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

Empower Students with Diverse Picture Books

Help me give my students a culturally diverse collection of books to help broaden their worldview and to continue to develop tolerance, acceptance, and empathy.

  • $593 goal

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My Students

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” This quote from John Green conveys the power of books. Books open my students’ minds and hearts, transform their lives, broaden their perspectives, and help them develop empathy.

My students are inquisitive, compassionate, and creative.

Students at my school are book-loving, avid readers, and enthusiastic learners. As English language learners, books are so important to my students and are truly valued. I am the librarian at a K-8 elementary school in an impoverished urban area. Our school library is an essential resource for my students. Many of my students do not have access to books at home and rely on our school library to check out high-quality books. Our school library supports our students’ inquiry and encourages students to explore and investigate the world through books.

My Project

I am requesting a collection of books that promote inclusion, multiculturalism, and diversity and will open my students’ eyes to an appreciation and understanding of others. This collection of books tell the stories of refugees, immigrants, Native Americans, and individuals who spoke out against intolerance. A majority of these books are picture books, an accessible format for students and teachers to read these books together and engage in discussions. I selected these books to expand our classroom themes of peace and tolerance.

Books can serve as mirrors and windows for my students.

It is important for my students to see themselves and their families in books, but it is also essential for my students to explore the diversity of our world. Learning about others is key in developing tolerance, acceptance, and empathy. This collection of books will allow my students to broaden their horizons, open their minds to new and different viewpoints, and promote social action to combat injustice.

Ms. Hlousek
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 200 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
What If... • Amazon Business $15.62 1 $15.62
Thank You, Omu! • Amazon Business $15.47 1 $15.47
El lápiz mágico de Malala (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $15.31 1 $15.31
Teddy's Favorite Toy • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
I'm an Immigrant Too! • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $14.30 1 $14.30
La Frontera / The Border: El viaje con papá/ My Journey With Papa (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
What Can a Citizen Do? • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
All of Us • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Thread of Love • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
The 5 O'Clock Band • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Where Oliver Fits • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Undocumented: A Worker's Fight • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice • Amazon Business $12.37 1 $12.37
Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Marwan's Journey • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Me And My Fear • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
The Day War Came • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Someone New • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Khalida and the Most Beautiful Song • Amazon Business $12.05 1 $12.05
Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes • Amazon Business $12.01 1 $12.01
Bowwow Powwow • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Spectacularly Beautiful: A Refugee's Story • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
A Gift from Abuela • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Esos zapatos (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
It's Not Fair!: A Book About Having Enough (Generous Kids) • Amazon Business $11.12 1 $11.12
What If Everybody Said That? • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
I am Sonia Sotomayor (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Windows • Amazon Business $10.10 1 $10.10
Grandad Mandela • Amazon Business $5.51 1 $5.51
Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins • Amazon Business $4.97 1 $4.97

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