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Mrs. R.
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 1 donor
  • $0 still needed

Finding Our Way: Hispanic Heritage

My students need books in which they can relate. The need books that show characters who are proud of their heritage and yet still true to themselves.

I teach sixth grade at an elementary charter school. My students are high-need, and the community is also high-need. The class is approximately 75% Hispanic. The students range from "New to the United States" to "My family has been here for generations".

I find that many of my students struggle with finding the right cultural balance. The students whose families have lived here for generations tend to shun their rich cultural background- while those new to the country try to hold on to what they have left and what they have known with everything.

By providing books in the classroom library that celebrate Hispanic heritage, I hope to begin to shrink the gap between groups of students. I hope to show that while they are all very different, they are also very much the same.

Your help in purchasing these books can make it possible for my students to explore the Hispanic culture through characters much like themselves.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Once Upon a Cuento Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Wachale!: Poetry and Prose about Growing Up Latino in America Ilan Stavans, Pat Mora, Michelle Serros, Ilan Stevens (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Estrella's Quinceanera Malin Alegria • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Finding Miracles Julia Alvarez • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Before We Were Free Julia Alvarez • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Trino's Choice Diane Gonzales Bertrand • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
The Tequila Worm Viola Canales • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
Breath, Eyes, Memory: A Novel Edwidge Danticat • Barnes and Noble $12.55 1 $12.55
Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box Juan Felipe Herrera • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse Juan Felipe Herrera • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Downtown Boy Juan Felipe Herrera • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Any Small Goodness: A Novel Of The Barrio Tony Johnston, Raul Colon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
The Girl from Playa Blanca Ofelia Dumas Lachtman, Pinata Books • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida Victor Martinez, Steve Scott (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
El Bronx Remembered: A Novella and Stories Nicholasa Mohr • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Going Home Nicholasa Mohr, Dena Wallenstein Neusner (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Call Me Maria Judith Ortiz Cofer • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Cuba 15 Nancy Osa • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Why Does the Coqui Sing? Barbara Garland Polikoff • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Crazy Loco David Rice, Christian Clayton (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Becoming Naomi Leon Pam Munoz Ryan • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Jumping Tree Rene Saldana Jr., Rene Saldana • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Finding Our Way Rene Saldana, Rene Saldaana • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Living Up the Street Gary Soto, Strawberry Hill Press • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Jesse Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The Skirt Gary Soto, Soto Gary, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
A Summer Life Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Local News: Stories Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Petty Crimes Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Nerdlandia: A Play Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Accidental Love Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Pacific Crossing Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Novio Boy: A Play Gary Soto • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
The Color of My Words Lynn Joseph • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Breath, Eyes, Memory (SparkNotes Literature Guide) SparkNotes Editors, Based On Work by Edwige Danticat • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45

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