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Mrs. Michael from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Family Stories

The cost of reading books is $318, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $332 goal

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I am a first grade teacher at Bronx Charter School for the Arts ("Bronx Arts"), located in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. I am need of books for our 45 first graders that depict various types of families in urban communities. I plan to use these books as part of a year-long family themed curriculum. According to the New York City social studies curriculum guide, the first grade year should be spent studying "Me and My Family." At Bronx Arts, we are exploring the social studies theme of family through our work in the fine arts, as well as in reading and writing. We will begin the year by looking at families through portraiture; then we will collect and share family narratives; and we will end by focusing on the rhythms unique and special to our families' cultures. We know that children at the ages of five and six enjoy hearing and seeing stories they can identify with personally. As a result, I strive to make available books for my students that reflect their cultural background (Domincan, Puerto Rican, Mexican, and African-American), race (black and Hispanic), and family structure(single-parent family, living with a grandparent, foster care and adoptive situations). By engaging with such themes, my students can gain a better sense of self and a deeper appreciation for their own families. However, to make this unit successful, access to the books is essential. I look forwarded to adding these family books to our class library!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
People Peter Spier • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
The Colors of Us Karen Katz • Barnes and Noble $15.30 1 $15.30
We Wanted You Liz Rosenberg,Peter Catalanotto (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Grandfather's Journey Allen Say • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Pigsty Mark Teague • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
My Big Brother Valorie Fisher • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Families Are Different Nina Pellegrini • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Visiting Day Jacqueline Woodson,James E. Ransome (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall Javaka Steptoe (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.72 1 $13.72
Patchwork Quilt Valerie Flournoy,Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator),Jerry Pinkey (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
My Big Sister Valorie Fisher • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
My Name Is Yoon Helen Recorvits,Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.80 1 $12.80
The Family Book Todd Parr • Barnes and Noble $12.76 1 $12.76
I Love You like Crazy Cakes Rose A. Lewis,Jane Dyer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale Mo Willems • Barnes and Noble $11.19 1 $11.19
Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers: A Collection of Family Poems Mary Ann Hoberman,Marylin Hafner (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
How My Family Lives in America Susan Kuklin,Susan Kuklin (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
When You Were Just a Heartbeat Laurel Molk • Barnes and Noble $3.99 1 $3.99

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