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Ms. Boddie from Burien WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diversity and Culture Through Reading

My students need books with diverse characters that look like them!

  • $473 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Welcome to my first grade classroom. My school is located in Washington state at a title one school. My 23 students are hard working, thoughtful and respectful learners but are unfortunately in a school that is severely underfunded.

My students and their families come from many cultural backgrounds with more than half of them, English being their second language.

With the increasing demands of grade level standards, I am unable to give my students the experiences they deserve to have in the classroom. Please help these students exceed state expectations and become well-rounded human beings.

My Project

My students need more opportunities to celebrate their cultures in my classroom and one great way to do this is with books. Such books like "Chocolate Me" by Taye Diggs and "Gazpacho for Nacho" by Tracey C. Kyle allow my students to read about characters that look like them, thus helping to increase their engagement and love for reading. Because students spend so much time in school, it is a critically important opportunity and responsibility that schools ensure that all students get the support and help they need to feel that their diverse backgrounds are represented.

I want my classroom to be a place that embraces cultural diversity and is able to be a place that brings out the best in all of my students.

I am asking for books that have strong people of color, amazing and accomplished women, stories that have characters that match a wide range of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds from my classroom, and books to better understand people with disabilities. With your support, these books will be motivating for students to set and reach many of their goals.

Please help me get these books for my students in order to help them become the wonderful people they can be. Thank you!

Ms. Boddie
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Susan Laughs • Amazon Business $17.06 1 $17.06
Gazpacho for Nacho • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
My Friend Isabelle • Amazon Business $12.41 1 $12.41
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
My Brother Charlie • Amazon Business $11.91 1 $11.91
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Mixed Me! • Amazon Business $11.34 1 $11.34
Jupiter Storm • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
My Brother is Very Special • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Featherless: Desplumado (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
My Diary from Here to There: Mi diario de aqui hasta alla (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
Emi's Curly Coily, Cotton Candy Hair • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito • Amazon Business $8.94 1 $8.94
The Colors of Us • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Love Saturdays y domingos • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Nappy Hair (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
What Can You Do with a Paleta / ¿Qué Puedes Hacer con una Paleta? • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Don't Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability (A First Look At...Series) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Marvelous Me: Inside and Out (All about Me) • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
Niño Wrestles the World • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
In My Family/En mi familia • Amazon Business $7.04 1 $7.04
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Daddy Calls Me Man (Richard Jackson Books (Orchard)) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Do Like Kyla (Orchard Paperbacks) • Amazon Business $6.62 1 $6.62
Abuela (English Edition with Spanish Phrases) (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.57 1 $6.57
Bigmama's • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia • Amazon Business $5.52 1 $5.52
Chocolate Me! • Amazon Business $5.44 1 $5.44
Sugar Plum Ballerinas #3: Perfectly Prima • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
A Rainbow of Friends • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Sugar Plum Ballerinas Dancing Diva • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Sugar Plums to the Rescue! • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Helen Keller (Level 2) (Readers Bios) • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74
Katherine Johnson (You Should Meet) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Mae Jemison (You Should Meet) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Living in . . . Brazil • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Rosa Parks (Readers Bios) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Rosa Parks (Readers Bios) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Amelia Earhart (Readers Bios) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Misty Copeland (You Should Meet) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Whoever You Are (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
DK Readers L4: Amazing Women • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Toeshoe Trouble (Sugar Plum Ballerinas, Book 2) • Amazon Business $3.78 1 $3.78
Living in . . . China • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74
Living in . . . India • Amazon Business $3.59 1 $3.59
Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel • Amazon Business $3.20 1 $3.20
Sugar Plum Ballerinas #1: Plum Fantastic • Amazon Business $3.18 1 $3.18
Full, Full, Full of Love • Amazon Business $2.81 1 $2.81
Living in . . . Mexico • Amazon Business $2.68 1 $2.68
Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) • Amazon Business $2.51 1 $2.51

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