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Mrs. Walters from Shelby NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hey, That Book Cover Looks Like Me!

Help me give my students books they relate to personally; books that look like them and reflects their world.

  • $378 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My class is perfectly imperfect. We are a family of 20 students; 10 boys and 10 girls. Perfection? Almost! I wish I could say all my students are on grade level and have secure blissful home lives. Unfortunately this is not true, so during the school day, I strive to create an engaging and relevant educational environment.

Often teachers complain that "these students" are NOT motivated, but I have discovered that "engagement" is the observable trait of motivation.

Finding instructional resources and materials that are relevant and relatable, such as the book titles I have requested, have shown to be of great interest to my class. When students are interested they become engaged. An engaged student is motivated. As you read my project, you will see how my students desire and NOTICE resources and materials that reflect their lives/culture/ethnicity.

My Project

This is my second year teaching 3rd grade. The goal of this project is to "balance" my classroom library by adding books that reflect the racial and cultural diverseness of my students/school. The majority of students have limited literature resources in their homes, struggle with food and home security and the majority of the students represent racial minorities. Knowing that my students have had limited exposure to literature outside of school, I vowed to Read Aloud ONE book each school day. This has become the favorite part of the school day for the students and myself.

As I was reading "I Am Enough", by Grace Byers, Kynnedi said, "Hey, that girl on the cover looks like me".

A few weeks later while reading "Jabari Jumps" by Gaia Cornwall, another student commented that the boy on the cover looks like Isaiah. These comments told me that my students were looking for books they could identify with racially/culturally.

With Kynnedi and Isaiah in mind, this project will provide my students and school community with additional books that depict culturally affirming characters and/or provide students with books that are created by authors and illustrators that affirm and reflect their ethnicity.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Girl Who Drank the Moon • AKJ Education $16.16 1 $16.16
The Invisible Boy • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Other Side • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Emmanuel's Dream • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Crossover • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Wild Robot • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Booked • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Playbook • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Baseball Saved Us • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Bud, Not Buddy • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
As Brave As You • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
I Love My Hair! • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Ashes • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 • AKJ Education $5.98 1 $5.98
Peter's Chair • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Boy Called Slow • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Whistle for Willie • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Those Shoes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Name Jar • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Harriet Tubman • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Jackie & Me • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Color of My Words • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Who Was Louis Armstrong? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Fish Face • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Nelson Mandela? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Was the March on Washington? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
What Was the Underground Railroad? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
More Stories Huey Tells • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Shoeshine Girl • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
I Am Rosa Parks • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Donavan's Word Jar • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Barack Obama • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Messy Bessey • AKJ Education $3.61 1 $3.61
Jackie Robinson and the Story of All Black Baseball • AKJ Education $3.49 1 $3.49

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