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Mrs. Barber from North Canton OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Diversifying the Classroom Library

Help me give my students books that represent the diversity in our world.

  • $417 goal

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My Students

I co-teach 6th grade ELA and Math. Our school has a quickly changing dynamic and I would like to provide reading materials that represent the emerging diversity in our community.

I believe it is important for students to have access to both "mirrors" and "windows" when reading literature.

Books that act as "mirrors" provide students with relatable characters, something that is easy to come by for upper-class, white students, but not so prevalent for minority students. Books that act as windows allow students to view situations through other's point of view.

My Project

I would like to expose my students to a more diverse spectrum of writers, protagonists, and storylines. So many novels are written from similar points of view and this does not provide variety or diversity in the stories students are exposed to.

Many students struggle to find reading material they can relate to.

In order to provide my students with both "mirrors" and "windows" in their reading experiences, I am looking to expand my classroom library to include books recommended for the diversity in their characters, storyline, or author. This will help meet the expanding diversity in our school community.

Mrs. Barber
Grades 6-8

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This project will reach 125 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wonderstruck (Schneider Family Book Award - Middle School Winner) • Amazon Business $16.90 1 $16.90
Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community • Amazon Business $15.82 1 $15.82
The Bridge Home • Amazon Business $12.87 1 $12.87
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Wrong in All the Right Ways: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Poet X • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Harbor Me • Amazon Business $10.72 1 $10.72
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Astonishing Color of After • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Amina's Voice • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Betty Before X • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $7.75 1 $7.75
The Dangerous Art of Blending In • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
Eighth-Grade Superzero • Amazon Business $7.38 1 $7.38
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $7.01 1 $7.01
Finding Miracles • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Gauntlet • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Calling My Name • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Habibi • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Rickshaw Girl • Amazon Business $6.74 1 $6.74
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $6.70 1 $6.70
Listen, Slowly • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $6.42 1 $6.42
Better Nate Than Ever • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
The House That Lou Built • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48
The Wednesday Wars • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
All American Boys • Amazon Business $5.25 1 $5.25
El Deafo • Amazon Business $5.23 1 $5.23
Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
Half a World Away • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) • Amazon Business $4.71 1 $4.71

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