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  • $480 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. Bishop
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

Help Inner City Students See Themselves in Literature!

My students need 48 children's books that highlight the unique and diverse experiences of African American, Latino/a, and Asian youth!

I am a fourth grade teacher at an urban public school. My students are 60% Hispanic, 38% African American, and 2% Asian. All are from low-income families. Although our school is located in a neighborhood notorious for high rates of poverty and crime, my students love learning and are always looking for a challenge!

One of my primary goals is to ensure that my students develop a love of reading that they will carry with them into adulthood. Unfortunately, our current textbook offers stories from a very limited perspective, and our school is unable to provide any additional books.

In order to make reading exciting for my students, I am in the process of building a classroom library full of books that depict African American, Latino/a, and Asian characters in engaging and authentic ways. To begin our collection of multicultural literature, I have chosen 48 books at a variety of reading levels that reflect the history and lives of the students in my classroom.

Your help will allow my students to see their own experiences and history reflected in quality literature, and will encourage them to become life long readers!

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
How My Parents Learned to Eat Ina R. Friedman, Allen Say (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Under the Lemon Moon Edith Hope Fine, Rene King Moreno (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Where Fireflies Dance Lucha Corpi, Mira Reisberg (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Chato and the Party Animals Gary Soto, Susan Guevara (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Mice and Beans (Scholastic Bookshelf Series) Pam Munoz Ryan, Joe Cepeda (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Dreams Ezra Jack Keats, Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Centerfield Ballhawk Matt Christopher, Matt Christopher (Illustrator), Ellen Beier (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.89 1 $9.89
My Name Is Celia:The Life of Celia Cruz/ Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz Monica Brown, Rafael Lopez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Crazy Loco David Rice, Christian Clayton (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
A Crazy, Mixed-Up Spanglish Day (Get Ready for Gabi Series #1) Marisa Montes, Joe Cepeda (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Movie in My Pillow/Una pelicula en mi almohada Jorge Argueta, Elizabeth Gomez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Birthday Basket for Tia Pat Mora, Cecily Lang (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Night of Las Posadas Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Roberto Clemente: Young Ball Player (Childhood of Famous Americans Series) Montrew Dunham, Meryl Henderson, Meryl Henderson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Tomas and the Library Lady Pat Mora, Raul Colon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas Juan Felipe Herrera, Elly Simmons (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
La Mariposa Francisco Jimenez, Francisco Jimnez, Simon Silva (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Abuela Arthur Dorros, Elisa Kleven (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Tortilla Factory Gary Paulsen, Ruth Wright Paulsen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
Going Home Eve Bunting, David Diaz, David Diaz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Meet Kaya: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Kaya #1) Janet Beeler Shaw, Bill Farnsworth (Illustrator), Susan McAliley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Meet Addy: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Addy #1) Connie Rose Porter, Melodye Rosales (Illustrator), Renee Graef (Illustrator), Luann Roberts (Illustrator), Dahl Taylor (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Meet Josefina: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Josefina #1) Valerie Tripp, Susan McAliley, Pleasant Co, Jean-Paul Tibbles (Illustrator), Susan McAliley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Nettie's Trip South Ann Warren Turner, Ronald Himler, Ronald Himler (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
I Love Saturdays y domingos Alma Flor Ada, Elivia Savadier (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
My Name Is Mar a Isabel Alma Flor Ada, Ana M. Cerro, K. D. Thompson (Illustrator), K. Dyble Thompson (Illustrator), Kathryn Dyble Thompson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Stories Julian Tells Ann Cameron, Ann Strugnell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
More Stories Julian Tells Ann Cameron, Ann Strugnell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream Deloris Jordan, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator), With Roslyn M. Jordan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Best Way to Play (Little Bill Series) Bill Cosby, Varnette P. Honeywood (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Honest-to-Goodness Truth Patricia C. McKissack, Giselle Potter, Giselle Potter (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
23 Ways to Mess Up Valentine's Day (Willimena Rules #5) Valerie Wilson Wesley, Maryn Roos (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
How to (Almost) Ruin Your School Play (Willimena Rules Series, #4) Valerie Wilson Wesley, Maryn Roos (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
How to Face Up to the Class Bully (Willimena Rules! Series #6), Vol. 6 Valerie Wilson Wesley, Maryn Roos (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
How to Fish for Trouble (Willimena Rules! #2) Valerie Wilson Wesley, Maryn Roos (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
By My Brother's Side Tiki Barber, Robert Burleigh, Ronde Barber, Barry Root (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Escape North!: The Story of Harriet Tubman Monica Kulling, Shana Corey (Editor), Teresa Flavin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks Faith Ringgold, Faith Ringgold (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Beatrice's Goat Page McBrier, Lori Lohstoeter (Illustrator), Hillary Rodham Clinton (Afterword) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Shortcut Donald Crews, Donald Crews (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Tar Beach Faith Ringgold, Faith Riggold • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Friendship Mildred D. Taylor, Max Ginsburg (Illustrator), Max Ginsberg (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Amazing Grace Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
Story of Ruby Bridges Robert Coles, George Ford (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Teammates Peter Golenbock, Paul Bacon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
A Chair for My Mother Vera B. Williams, Vera B. Williams (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Rosa Nikki Giovanni, Bryan Collier (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29

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