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Ms. O'Hara from Sunnyvale CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I See Me!

Help me give my students books that mirror their lives and showcase characters like them.

  • $493 goal

This project expired on December 14, 2019.

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My Students

My students are creative, full of energy, and have an immense appetite for new stories and books. They each bring so many different capabilities, strengths, and skills to our classroom community and enjoy sharing with and hearing about other students' lives and backgrounds.

While my students come from diverse backgrounds, the books in my current classroom library do not reflect these backgrounds and experiences.

A culturally relevant classroom library should contain books that serve as both a window into other experiences and a mirror to reflect one's personal experiences. It is my hope to bring more books that mirror my students' experiences into the classroom so students can see themselves reflected in the characters of the stories they read.

The books I am requesting reflect the diversity of the students that make up my classroom community and the school at large so that they will continue to serve future classrooms as well.

My Project

My students are so excited to read new books and learn about the characters inside the pages. As a first year teacher, my classroom library does not have a large selection for them to choose from and the books I do have don't feature characters that reflect their lives and their experiences. I would like for my students to be able to see themselves mirrored in the books on our shelves.

Readers engage more deeply with literacy when they can relate to the stories and the struggles and experiences of the characters.

Providing my students with stories and characters that reflect the diversity of our classroom will encourage them to engage with literacy and think deeply about the story.

Ms. O'Hara
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dreamers • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Always Anjali • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Red: A Crayon's Story • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $11.73 1 $11.73
The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird. Atinuke • Amazon Business $11.25 1 $11.25
The Good Egg • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas (Juana & Lucas) • Amazon Business $10.52 1 $10.52
Zapato Power Boxed Set #1-3 • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Book Uncle and Me • Amazon Business $8.43 1 $8.43
Juana and Lucas • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Here I Am (NA) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Year of the Three Sisters (An Anna Wang novel) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-made Catastrophes • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Ruby Lu, Brave and True • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Year of the Book (An Anna Wang novel) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Year of the Fortune Cookie (3) (An Anna Wang novel) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Rickshaw Girl • Amazon Business $6.74 1 $6.74
The Year of the Baby (An Anna Wang novel) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Ruby Lu, Star of the Show • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Lola Levine Is Not Mean! • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Hector's Hiccups (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Abuela's Birthday (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Marigold Mess (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
The Secret Recipe (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) • Amazon Business $5.94 1 $5.94
Lights Out (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87
Singing Superstar (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.85 1 $5.85
Lola Levine and the Vacation Dream • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Yasmin the Chef • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) (Bobby Vs Girls) • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
Meet Yasmin! • Amazon Business $5.05 1 $5.05
Yasmin the Painter • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Yasmin the Fashionista • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Yasmin the Zookeeper • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
My Vida Loca (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95
Every Day Is Exciting (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $4.95 1 $4.95
Yasmin the Superhero • Amazon Business $4.53 1 $4.53
Yasmin the Teacher • Amazon Business $4.42 1 $4.42
Yasmin the Builder • Amazon Business $4.40 1 $4.40
Yasmin in Charge • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
Donavan's Word Jar (Trophy Chapter Book) • Amazon Business $3.21 1 $3.21
My Family Adventure (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $2.76 1 $2.76

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