I am a special education resource teacher and I co-teach in a first and second-grade classroom. Each class has about 29 students consisting of diverse learners, ELL students, and a range of learning styles.
Of all the students in our school, 97% are from low-income households and 95% of them are minorities.
We are an inner-city Chicago school that every year has the privilege to serve many refugee students who are first coming to the United States to escape hardships and danger in their home countries.
Despite the range of backgrounds our students come from, they are excited and eager to learn when they come to school every day!
Every year we work to provide our students with the skills to become capable readers. But we also want them to be excited about reading and develop a love of reading. One of the best ways to do this is to have books with characters that look like the students in our class.
The books on this list include characters that are African, African American, Muslim, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, and Asian.
Many of our students are from these backgrounds and it will foster a love of reading to see characters that look like them portrayed in a positive light.
I would love to add these books to my classroom library and also be able to share them with other teachers in the primary grades to continue to foster a love of reading. I know our students will be very excited to see books with characters that look like themselves, their friends and family as well as their community.
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