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Mr. Kuykendall from Humble TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diversity Is Divine!

My students need diverse books in our library that reflect the different cultures in our world.

  • $1,226 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

As a librarian in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Many of our students were directly affected by Hurricane Harvey, which left them devastated. Despite the many challenges they face, I am hoping to spread the love of reading and provide my students with exciting and relevant resources.

Our students love to read and thrive on positive attention.

Many of them are being raised in single parent households and receive a free lunch based on their socioeconomic status. These things may prevent them from getting ahead early in life and may not provide them with the life experiences many of us see as "typical". From the minute they walk into the library, I focus on their potential and love of reading. I may not be able to control their home lives, however, I can certainly control their experience during the school day. I want the library to be a safe place where everyone feels welcome and accepted.

My Project

Our school is a beautiful melting pot of cultures. My goal is to give our students the opportunity to read about the different cultures that exist in our world. These diverse books will help our students learn about each other's cultures and traditions. My main focus, when choosing the books, was selecting biographies and historical fiction. By doing so, my wish is that they appreciate each other's differences, as well as, their similarities. The books in our library should reflect what our children see in the mirror. I want them to be able to relate to the people in the biographies, as well as, the characters in the stories. My library will be a place where everyone feels accepted and loved. After all, the library is the heart of the school.

Mr. Kuykendall
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wonder • AKJ Education $10.69 4 $42.76
She Persisted • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
March 3 • AKJ Education $17.99 1 $17.99
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras • AKJ Education $17.06 1 $17.06
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
When the Beat Was Born DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
The Water Princess • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Chocolate Me! • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
The Girl Who Drank the Moon • AKJ Education $16.16 1 $16.16
The Voice That Challenged a Nation Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights • AKJ Education $8.02 2 $16.04
My Name Is Bilal • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
Bud, Not Buddy • AKJ Education $14.60 1 $14.60
Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Hip Hop Speaks to Children A Celebration of Poetry With a Beat • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Wabi Sabi • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Happy in Our Skin • AKJ Education $14.39 1 $14.39
I Dissent • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Giant Steps to Change the World • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Sit-In How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
A Story, A Story: An African Tale (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Brothers In Hope The Story Of The Lost Boys Of Sudan • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Harlem's Little Blackbird • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Ada's Violin • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Lillian's Right to Vote A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Other Side • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The last stop on market street • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Biblioburro A True Story from Colombia • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Harvesting Hope The Story of Cesar Chavez • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Wangari's Trees of Peace A True Story from Africa • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Librarian of Basra A True Story from Iraq • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Malala's Magic Pencil • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Grandfather Gandhi • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
One Word from Sophia • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Diego Rivera His World and Ours • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote A Migrant's Tale • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
14 Cows for America • AKJ Education $6.53 2 $13.06
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Garvey's Choice • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Just a Minute! A Trickster Tale and Counting Book • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
A Bike Like Sergio's • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Kids of Kabul Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
A Different Pond • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
Juana and Lucas • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Old Yeller • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Drama • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
The Poet Slave of Cuba • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Temple Grandin How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Cool Salsa • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Nobody Gonna Turn Me 'Round Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Ball Don't Lie • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Parvana's Journey • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Cora Cooks Pancit • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
The Dreamer • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Stella by Starlight • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Uptown • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Red Pencil • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Dad, Jackie, and Me • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
Paint the Wind • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Dancing Home • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Only Passing Through The Story of Sojourner Truth • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Crossing the Wire • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
What Would Joey Do? • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Serafina's Promise • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Becoming Naomi Leon • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Day of the Dead / El Dia de los Muertos • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Alvin Ailey • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
I Love My Hair! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Whoever You Are • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Junebug • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
What Can You Do with a Paleta / ¿Qué Puedes Hacer con una Paleta? • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Round Is a Tortilla A Book of Shapes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can! Janitor Strike In L.a. • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Count Your Way Through Japan • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
The Gold-Threaded Dress • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
A Boy Called Slow The True Story of Sitting Bull • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
My Name Is Yoon • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Sylvia & Aki • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Granny Torrelli Makes Soup • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Color of My Words • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $4.85 1 $4.85
Full, Full, Full of Love • AKJ Education $4.49 1 $4.49
What Was the March on Washington? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Black Beauty • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Corn Is Maize: The Gift of the Indians • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Last Summer with Maizon • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
As Good as Anybody • AKJ Education $2.50 1 $2.50
Time Machine • AKJ Education $2.19 1 $2.19

Materials cost

$996.80

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$14.95

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,041.75

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$183.84

Total project goal

$1,225.59

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,225.59

8 Donors

-$612.61

Donations toward project cost

-$521.02

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$91.59

Matching donations from our partners

-$612.62

Match offers toward project cost

-$520.73

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$91.89

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$0.35

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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