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Ms. Garcia-Bhattacharya from Los Angeles CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Inspiring Ravenous Readers

My students need culturally relevant books, such as The Drinking Gourd and A Million Fish...More or Less.

  • $507 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Reading is the key that opens doors throughout our lives. My students need to learn that reading is not just about speed and accuracy. Reading can be entertaining, as well as eye opening. The more we know, the more we can connect to the different people and cultures in our communities.

My students are wonderful people who are excited to learn.

They want to know more than I can teach in a single year and desperately need to reach the next level in reading comprehension. Test scores have been improving year after year and my students need more access to quality literature with which they connect. They are on the path to college, and they know there is a larger world beyond their community. For students who don't have the money to take vacations and explore the world, books allow them to see what could possibly be in their futures. My students are ready to set goals, and culturally relevant literature will help them open their minds, understand who they are, and dream.

My Project

My class would be ecstatic to include a culturally relevant African American literature section to our classroom library. I have a number of African American students who have never had the opportunity to visit, or even study, where their ancestors came from. Reading books about their culture would be incredibly motivating. Books like, African American Art For Young People, Aida, All Us Come Cross The Water, Count Your Way Through Africa, Dancing Granny, Lillie of Watts, Seven Candles for Kwanzaa, and Songs and Stories from Uganda would help students see that other cultures are beautiful and special. For students who live in a community that is often looked at through a negative lens, they need to see that they come from a long line of courageous, hard-working, and innovative people. Using the recommended books I have selected will allow students to apply the comprehension strategies and skills they are learning in a more meaningful way.

Please help us expand our classroom library to include more culturally relevant literature.

By exposing students to books they can relate to, they will see there is more to reading than achieving a set rate of words per minute. Reading is about extracting information from text and using it to enhance their lives. Becoming active readers will see them through an ever changing world.

Ms. Garcia-Bhattacharya
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Africa Dream Eloise Greenfield, Carole Byard (Illustrator), Carole M. Byard (Illustrator), Carole M. Byard (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad (Editor), David Roessel (Editor), Benny Andrews (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.22 1 $10.22
Aida Leontyne Price, Yoshi Miyake, Leo & Diane Dillon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.84 1 $6.84
All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African-American Spirituals Selected by Ashley Bryan, David Manning Thomas (Editor), Ashley Bryan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
A Million Fish...More or Less Patricia McKissack, Pat McKissack, Dena Schutzer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti Gerald McDermott, Gerald McDermott (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
At the Crossroads Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, James Ransome (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Back Home Gloria Jean Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.64 1 $7.64
The Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring Lucille Clifton, Brinton Turkle (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Ben's Trumpet Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.61 1 $14.61
Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea Joyce Carol Thomas, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Cornrows Camille Yarbrough, Carole Byard (Illustrator), Carole M. Byard (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Count Your Way Through South Africa James Haskins, Kathleen Benson, Alissa Neibert (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $17.03 1 $17.03
The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) F. N. Monjo, Fred Brenner (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Flossie and the Fox Patricia McKissack, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad Ann Petry • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Honey, I Love Eloise Greenfield, Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Island Christmas Lynn Joseph, Catherine Stock (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Julian's Glorious Summer Ann Cameron, R. Ed. Cameron, Dora Leder (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Kwanzaa A. P. Porter, Janice Lee Porter (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $20.45 1 $20.45
Mirandy and Brother Wind Patricia McKissack, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters John Steptoe, John Steptoe (Illustrator), John L. Steptoe (Illustrator), Clarita Kohen (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Moja Means One: A Swahili Counting Book Muriel Feelings, Tom Feelings (Artist) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
More Stories Julian Tells Ann Cameron, Ann Strugnell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Mummies Made in Egypt Aliki, Aliki (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Orphan Boy Tololwa M. Mollel, Paul Morin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
The Patchwork Quilt Valerie Flournoy, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator), Jerry Pinkey (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Paul Robeson Eloise Greenfield, George Ford (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $16.19 1 $16.19
Rosa Parks Eloise Greenfield, Gil Ashby (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Sing to the Sun Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Soul Looks Back in Wonder Various, Tom Feelings (Editor), Tom Feelings (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Spin a Soft Black Song Nikki Giovanni, George Martins (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
Sundiata: Lion King of Mali David Wisniewski, David Wisniewski (Illustrator), Lee Salsbery (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Julius Lester, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator), Jerry Pinckney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $16.23 1 $16.23
Talk about a Family Eloise Greenfield, James Calvin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Tar Beach Faith Ringgold, Faith Riggold • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Train to Lulu's Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, Robert Casilla (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.92 1 $8.92
Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale Ruby Dee, Susan Meddaugh (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Uncle Jed's Barber Shop Margaree King Mitchell, James E. Ransome (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.41 1 $15.41
Village of Round and Square Houses Ann Grifalconi, Ann Grifalconi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.61 1 $14.61

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