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Ms. Johnson from San Leandro CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help 4th Graders Talk About Race!

The cost of these books is $453, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am a 4th grade teacher working in an ethnically diverse, San Leandro classroom. My 10-year old students are African-American, Latino, Filipino, Yemenese, Chinese, Korean, White, and Multi-racial. I have 28 students, most of whom are poor, and many of whom are second-language learners. One of my goals as a teacher is to help my students think more deeply about issues of race and stereotypes. One of the ways I do this is by reading aloud from books that deal specifically with the topics of race and culture. Examples of such books include: All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color; Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children; Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia. These colorful, thoughtful, engaging books are not part of my school district's core literature program, so I need to buy them for myself. I have spent several weeks developing a list of books that speak to skin color, or the specific cultures of all of my students and their families. If someone is able to donate them, you will be helping my students develop empathy for others whose culture is different from their own, and ultimately, help my students grow to be more caring members of this world.

Ms. Johnson
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
First Day in Grapes (hardcover) • $16.95 1 $16.95
My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (hardcover • $12.21 1 $12.21
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez • $11.56 1 $11.56
The Colors of Us (hardcover) • $11.56 1 $11.56
The Other Side (hardcover) • $11.55 1 $11.55
The Librarian of Basra : A True Story from Iraq (hardcover) • $11.55 1 $11.55
Hannah is Her Name (hardcover) • $11.55 1 $11.55
The Name Jar (hardcover) • $11.55 1 $11.55
My Diary from Here to There/Mi Diario De Aqui Hasta Alla (hardcover) • $11.53 1 $11.53
A Movie in My Pillow/Una Pelicula En Mi Almohada: Poems (hardcover) • $11.53 1 $11.53
My Name Is Yoon (hardcover) • $11.20 1 $11.20
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • $10.87 1 $10.87
The Color of Home (hardcover) • $10.87 1 $10.87
Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children (hardcover) • $10.85 1 $10.85
Visiting Day (hardcover) • $10.85 1 $10.85
The Mats (hardcover) • $10.46 1 $10.46
All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color • $8.96 1 $8.96
Voices of the Heart • $8.95 1 $8.95
ABC A Family Alphabet Book • $8.95 1 $8.95
Cuadros de Families/ Family Pictures • $7.16 1 $7.16
In My Family/En Mi Familia In My Family/En Mi Familia In My Family/En Mi Familia • $7.16 1 $7.16
Who's in a Family? • $7.16 1 $7.16
Working Cotton • $6.30 1 $6.30
Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale • $6.29 1 $6.29
The Spirit of Tio Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story • $6.26 1 $6.26
Encounter • $5.40 1 $5.40
Whoever You Are (Reading Rainbow Book) • $5.40 1 $5.40
Day of the Dead • $5.40 1 $5.40
black is brown is tan • $5.39 1 $5.39
All the Colors of the Earth • $5.37 1 $5.37
La mariposa • $5.36 1 $5.36
The Jacket • $4.99 1 $4.99

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