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Ms. Wiktor from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diversity in Literature Opens Minds

Help me give my students books that feature diverse characters, written by authors who have authentic experiences.

  • $657 goal

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My Students

My students are a bright, enthusiastic group of 6th graders in Chicago. Our school is a diverse school in a large, urban school district. My students bring all their varied experiences into the classroom, making our discussions and interactions rich and thought-provoking.

Our school has a literacy-based curriculum where the focus is on providing authentic texts and authentic opportunities to engage with and share those texts.

Reading is the heart of our school, and our students keep it beating with their continued and growing love of books.

My Project

Developing the habits of a lifelong reader is the cornerstone of the reading curriculum at our school. Access to a wide variety of texts that will spark joy in the hearts of our students is imperative. The goal of independent reading is to choose books that you want to read - and to truly enjoy them. At the same time, there is much more that you can get out of reading a book than just enjoyment.

Reading is one of the most powerful ways to develop empathy and understanding for other people, especially people whose experiences are different from your own.

Often, we seek out stories that are mirrors of our own lives. In our classroom, we want to also have books that will provide windows into worlds that are different from our own.

The books we're requesting present a wide variety of perspectives - kids who are mixed race dealing with issues of identity and where they fit in; those who are Muslim American struggling to fight the stereotypes of terrorist; kids who live in war-torn countries who have been torn from their families; stories that weave Indian culture with supernatural events, and more. Across a variety of genres, locations, time periods, races, religions and identities, these books will give students the ability to learn about, understand and empathize with experiences that are different from their own.

Ms. Wiktor
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 54 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Science of Breakable Things • Amazon Business $11.89 2 $23.78
Jake the Fake Goes for Laughs • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Harbor Me • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Tyler Johnson Was Here • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky • Amazon Business $13.84 1 $13.84
Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind • Amazon Business $13.80 1 $13.80
The Storm Runner (A Storm Runner Novel, Book 1) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Blended • Amazon Business $13.40 1 $13.40
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Internment • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Length of a String • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Game of Stars (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #2) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Front Desk • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Like Vanessa • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Friendship Experiment • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The House That Lou Built • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
A Sky Full of Stars • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
One Good Thing about America • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Whispers • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
New Kid • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Tito the Bonecrusher • Amazon Business $11.62 1 $11.62
Love Double Dutch! • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Black Girl Magic: A Poem • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Spirit Hunters #2: The Island of Monsters • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Betty Before X • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein: Based on a True Story • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
I Lived on Butterfly Hill • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
Stef Soto, Taco Queen • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
Tortilla Sun • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Lucky Broken Girl • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Summerlost • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Amina's Voice • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Walking Home • Amazon Business $7.84 1 $7.84
Paper Wishes • Amazon Business $7.63 1 $7.63
The Gauntlet • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Caminar • Amazon Business $6.96 1 $6.96
Somewhere Among • Amazon Business $6.92 1 $6.92
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • Amazon Business $6.81 1 $6.81
The Great Greene Heist (Jackson Greene) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
To Catch a Cheat: A Jackson Greene Novel • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Jake the Fake Keeps it Real • Amazon Business $5.85 1 $5.85
Spirit Hunters • Amazon Business $5.61 1 $5.61

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