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Ms. MATHEWS from Dorchester MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Getting Excited and Inspired in the School Library

My students need books that excite and inspire them to read, explore, question, and learn more. The books on this list will appeal to a wide range of readers in our school.

  • $785 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school library is the heart of the school, both literally and figuratively. The library is located in the center of the building and is the location where school and community meetings are usually held. Due to a complete makeover five years ago, the library is also the brightest (almost tropical) and newest area of the school. As the librarian, I strive to maintain the welcoming aura that was created when we received new paint, carpeting, furniture, etc. as part of the makeover.

Our students and teachers rely on our excellent book collection to support curriculum studies and independent reading interests.

I strive to provide books that reflect the students and their wide range of interests and questions. I am proud to provide a very diverse collection that feature books about people of color and written and illustrated by authors and illustrators of color. We want our students to see no limits to their potential and to be inspired by people from history as well as contemporary stories about kids just like them who have faced challenges and found ways to be resilient in the face of adversity.

My Project

The books on our list include a lot of new titles that were published in the last two years. Children always ask for new books and are always thrilled to be handed a book that looks bright and shiny. My goal is to hand children as many books as possible with images of people who resemble themselves and people in their families and neighborhoods. I want our children to reach for their highest possible goals and to know that others before them have faced challenges and been resilient, resourceful, and successful.

I want my students to find a true love of reading by discovering a new character in a fiction story or a person from history who did amazing things.

The more options that we can have available that meet children's interests, the more likelihood that we will be able to find books to inspire our children to read more and realize how essential reading is to their success in every dimension in school and in the world outside of school.

Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 475 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Seeing Into Tomorrow • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Marvel Black Panther: The Ultimate Guide • Amazon Business $18.14 1 $18.14
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Two Problems for Sophia • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Stuff of Stars • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Princess and the Pea • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
My Hair is a Garden • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present • Amazon Business $16.66 1 $16.66
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Cece Loves Science • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
Dinotrux • Amazon Business $14.47 1 $14.47
What If... • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Martin Rising: Requiem For a King • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Basketballogy • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
I Got the Rhythm • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Beautiful • Amazon Business $13.39 1 $13.39
My Pet Wants a Pet • Amazon Business $13.27 1 $13.27
Row, Row, Row Your Boat • Amazon Business $13.16 1 $13.16
Harbor Me • Amazon Business $13.09 1 $13.09
Lola Gets a Cat • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
I'm a Pretty Princess • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Like Vanessa • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Brave • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $11.73 1 $11.73
Be A Star, Wonder Woman! (DC Super Heroes) • Amazon Business $11.10 1 $11.10
For Every One • Amazon Business $10.34 1 $10.34
I'm Smart! • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Buckets, Dippers, and Lids: Secrets to Your Happiness • Amazon Business $9.77 1 $9.77
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 2: Middle School Mayhem • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Precepts • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Grimm Conclusion (A Tale Dark & Grimm) • Amazon Business $6.90 1 $6.90
Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten • Amazon Business $6.13 1 $6.13
Monsters and Mold (Zoey and Sassafras) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Night of the Zombie Zookeeper (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Meet Yasmin! • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate • Amazon Business $5.89 1 $5.89
Caterflies and Ice (Zoey and Sassafras) • Amazon Business $5.80 1 $5.80
The Haunted House Next Door (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol) • Amazon Business $4.72 1 $4.72
Outside My Window (Disney Tangled) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.91 1 $3.91

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