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Mrs. Deuth from Cedar Falls IA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hey! That's My Story! - Diverse Books for ELLs

My students need to see themselves represented in literature. As a diverse group of ELL students, we need books that relate to our own families, traditions, and journeys.

  • $424 goal

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My Students

I get to experience new cultures and traditions without ever leaving my classroom! We are a beautifully diverse group of English language learners! In our class, we have quite a few countries and languages represented, including Spanish, French, Karen, Burmese, Bosnian, Marshallese, Swahili and more.

Every day, my linguistically diverse students work hard to thrive in an English-only environment.

My students are amazing learners and I believe they will do great things if they are given the tools they need to succeed!

My Project

My students and their families come from many different parts of the world. Currently, our classroom library does not have diverse books for each of them to feel represented.

All students deserve the opportunity to "see themselves" in the books they read.

I have selected books recommended by speakers from the national TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conference that showcase each of the cultures represented in our classroom.

It is my hope that by providing these culturally-rich books, my students will not only be able to see themselves in these stories, but also grow in their love of reading and maybe even be inspired to write down their own stories as well!

Thank you in advance for your partnership on this project!

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

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Surf War!: A Folktale from the Marshall Islands • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale (Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $16.32 1 $16.32
My Name Is Sangoel • Amazon Business $16.26 1 $16.26
Flowers for Sarajevo • Amazon Business $15.56 1 $15.56
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) (Coretta Scott King Honor - Illustrator Honor Title) • Amazon Business $15.48 1 $15.48
Mali Under the Night Sky: A Lao Story of Home • Amazon Business $15.13 1 $15.13
Bread Song • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
A Path of Stars (Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Children's and Young Adult. Honorable Mention (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
Two White Rabbits • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Gervelie's Journey: A Refugee Diary • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
Island below the Star • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Maile and the Huli Hula Chicken • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Am I small? Mol ke idik?: Children's Picture Book English-Marshallese (Dual Language/Bilingual Edition) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Eu Amo Ajudar: I Love to Help- Brazilian Portuguese book for kids (Portuguese Bedtime Collection) (Portuguese Edition) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
The Quiet Place • Amazon Business $9.67 1 $9.67
Al fin en casa / Home at Last (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.45 1 $9.45
My Diary from Here to There: Mi diario de aqui hasta alla (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
My Two Blankets • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
A Refugee's Journey from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Leaving My Homeland) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Bamboo People • Amazon Business $7.85 1 $7.85
What Can You Do with a Paleta / ¿Qué Puedes Hacer con una Paleta? • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Star in the Forest • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Gold-Threaded Dress • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Story of Moana: A Tale of Courage and Adventure • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
French-English Picture Dictionary (First Bilingual Picture Dictionaries) • Amazon Business $6.84 1 $6.84
Drita, My Homegirl • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Enrique's Journey (The Young Adult Adaptation): The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother • Amazon Business $3.60 1 $3.60

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