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Mrs. Mize-Wilson from Cornelius NC is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Diversify My Classroom Library

Help me give my students diverse books, like mirrors, to reflect the power in reading a story about someone like you. Books also allow us to understand lives and experiences from our own.

  • $636 goal

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My Students

My students are hands-on learners who have unique learning styles. Our class is full of diverse, neurotypical learners. Our classroom community deserves the opportunity to learn how to notice everyone, be friendly to everyone, include everyone, make space for everyone, empathize with everyone and cheer on everyone. Our vision is grand and students deserve a classroom experience that supports seeing the world of learning outside the four walls of the school building. Students need a classroom library that matches that vision and their personalities! This group of students have yet to develop a love of reading and books. They need access to books that open their eyes to the larger world around them and learn that books are windows into the world, as well as mirrors into our souls.

Student engagement increases when students are provided with an uncommon experience.

My students are curious and need help to develop a relationship with books. Our classroom is an open learning environment where they are able to make choices about how they advance their skills and develop the confidence to use their voice to change the world. A diverse classroom library will support this vision for their future.

My Project

Having books with a variety of different backgrounds is crucial in the social and emotional development of students. In fourth grade, students are beginning to pick up books that have more content and stronger meaning. It is my goal to make sure that every student can find something that they can feel relates to them within my classroom library. Books, like mirrors, help reflect what we observe and know about the world we live in. It's powerful to read or listen to a story about someone like you. Books also allow us to view and understand lives that are different from our own, like a window into other experiences. Students who are also not familiar with a culture outside themselves are now at an age where they are learning more about their classmates, further than the surface level of "you look different than me" but we are learning more about the *why*. Let's make sure students have books that reflect their own identities, experiences and motivations, as well as, insight into the identities, experiences and motivations of others.

Mrs. Mize-Wilson
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic (Volume 4) • Amazon Business $24.22 1 $24.22
Your Name Is a Song • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Everybody in the Red Brick Building • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
This Was Our Pact • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World without Killing Dragons (The Dare to Be Different Series) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Room to Dream (A Front Desk Novel) (Front Desk, 3) • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
The Girl with Big, Big Questions (The Big, Big Series, 2) • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Three Keys (A Front Desk Novel) • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
A Walk in the Words • Amazon Business $13.90 1 $13.90
The Circles All Around Us • Amazon Business $13.50 1 $13.50
The 1619 Project: Born on the Water • Amazon Business $13.41 1 $13.41
Her Right Foot (American History Books for Kids, American History for Kids) • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Snapdragon • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Stuntboy, in the Meantime • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
El Deafo • Amazon Business $11.28 1 $11.28
Miles Morales: Shock Waves (Original Spider-Man Graphic Novel) • Amazon Business $11.04 1 $11.04
Besties: Work It Out (The World of Click) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Camp (A Click Graphic Novel) • Amazon Business $10.66 1 $10.66
Last Gate of the Emperor • Amazon Business $10.42 1 $10.42
National Geographic Kids Brain Games: The Mind-Blowing Science of Your Amazing Brain • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Tristan Strong Destroys the World (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 2) (Tristan Strong, 2) • Amazon Business $9.76 1 $9.76
Skin Like Mine (2) (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Breadwinner • Amazon Business $8.87 1 $8.87
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
Interesting Stories For Curious People: A Collection of Fascinating Stories About History, Science, Pop Culture and Just About Anything Else You Can Think of • Amazon Business $8.19 1 $8.19
Count Me In • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
History Smashers: The American Revolution • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Under the Ramadan Moon • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
History Smashers: Plagues and Pandemics • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Story) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Clean Getaway • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Sarah Journeys West: An Oregon Trail Survival Story (Girls Survive) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Dragons in a Bag • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Secret Lake: A children's mystery adventure • Amazon Business $6.94 1 $6.94
Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series, 1) • Amazon Business $6.74 1 $6.74
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 1) (Tristan Strong, 1) • Amazon Business $6.54 1 $6.54
City Spies (1) • Amazon Business $6.28 1 $6.28
Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
History Smashers: Women's Right to Vote • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Ban This Book: A Novel • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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