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Mrs. Giordano from Bayonne NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

First Grade Needs Diverse Books

Help me give my students culturally diverse books that they can identify with and that acknowledge their diversity.

  • $222 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My first grade class consists of twenty-two students who love to learn. Each morning, I am greeted with big, bright (and, at times, toothless) grins. The students are not only highly motivated to learn and grow, but are very caring and respectful of each other's feelings. As a class, time is spent fostering a sense of community within the classroom. Developing a strong classroom community is important to us, as it helps us grow into productive citizens. Learning compassion, patience, and respect are certainly valuable lessons that go hand in hand with academic excellence.

My Project

As classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse, teachers must promote this diversity through the literature. When culturally diverse literature is infused into the curriculum it can serve as a mirror or window.

When a student reads or listens to a story, they may see their own characteristics and feelings in a character.

If students imagine themselves in a story, it gives them a sense of belonging and acceptance into society. It is imperative to introduce children to new people, places and concepts that they have not have yet encountered.

As a teacher it is important to take advantage of teachable moments and respond to children's race-related questions and interactions with books and activities to enhance classroom discussions. A library of multicultural/diverse books would be the perfect addition to provide these types of lessons to my students. The books in our project are all high-quality and engaging literature that our class would enjoy reading.

Mrs. Giordano
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Twins' Blanket • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Call Me Tree / Llamame arbol (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.88 1 $13.88
The Other Side • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $12.54 1 $12.54
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Islandborn • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $9.47 1 $9.47
King for a Day • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Nixf1o Wrestles the World • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
Coretta Scott • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Freedom Summer • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Just For You!: The Two Tyrones • Amazon Business $3.95 1 $3.95

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