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Ms. L. from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let Me See My Face In The Books I Read

My students need books that have characters who reflect who they are culturally and racially, maps, and cushions.

  • $718 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Can you imagine growing up and rarely seeing yourself reflected in the books you read? Many of my students love to read! In order for them to see what they read as a continual authentic experience, they need to be able to see their experiences mirrored in the stories they're reading!

My students live in an urban city that is full of culture, life, and stories.

For many of them, learning at school is a vital way to understand the world and the people around them. Though their community is diverse, often times they grow up in environments where there are underlying racial tensions and conflicts. I want them to be able to see books at ways that honestly reflect who they are. All my students are students of color, but when I look at the books that I am able to easily get, almost all of them have characters that are not black and brown. I wish I could tell you about their excitement when we read books that have characters that look like them. Last year, after reading a book to the class, one of my students commented, "Hey! She looks like me!" I want this to be a reality for them, and not a rare occurrence.

My Project

A lot of the literature out there, especially for early elementary students, are often ones that are solely about culture. There are many books that celebrate race and culture, but I want my students to be able to also read books where the characters look like them but also lead normal, identifiable lives. Please help make this possible! Let's work towards a world where culture is not tokenized and where the next generation grows up to be socially conscious, aware, and compassionate in this diverse world.

I am so grateful that you took time to read this.

I want to be able to make my students' learning an authentic and sincere experience -- and this starts with being able to read about characters who are admirable, who go through hardship and survive, who are kind, and who we can say, "Hey, that could be me..."

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Ms. L.
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ann Cameron • AKJ Books $22.16 1 $22.16
Ezra Jack Keats • AKJ Books $20.69 1 $20.69
Hispanic • AKJ Books $14.01 1 $14.01
Coretta Scott King Award • AKJ Books $25.86 1 $25.86
Underground Railroad • AKJ Books $22.16 1 $22.16
Black, White, Just Right! • AKJ Books $15.29 1 $15.29
Girls Hold Up This World Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jada Pinkett, D • AKJ Books $12.54 1 $12.54
Floating on Mama&apos • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book Yuyi Moral • AKJ Books $11.83 1 $11.83
Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book Yuy • AKJ Books $13.28 1 $13.28
Ladder to the Moon • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Los Gatos Black on Halloween Marisa Montes, Yuyi Morales (Il • AKJ Books $13.28 1 $13.28
My Abuelita Tony Johnston, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $11.84 1 $11.84
Oh, Brother! • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Big Red Lollipop Rukhsana Khan, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Si, Se Puede/Yes, We Can • AKJ Books $11.80 1 $11.80
Rain School • AKJ Books $12.57 1 $12.57
Family Isabell Monk, Janice Lee Porter (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
Freddie Ramos Springs into Action • AKJ Books $13.49 1 $13.49
Freddie Ramos Takes Off • AKJ Books $4.49 1 $4.49
Messy Bessey • AKJ Books $3.66 1 $3.66
Messy Bessey Boxed Set Scholastic Library Publishing Staff, • AKJ Books $7.36 1 $7.36
Messy Bessey and the Birthday Overnight Patricia McKissack, • AKJ Books $3.66 1 $3.66
Messy Bessey''s Closet • AKJ Books $3.66 1 $3.66
Messy Bessey''s Family Reunion • AKJ Books $3.66 1 $3.66
Nikki & Deja • AKJ Books $2.95 2 $5.90
Throw Your Tooth On The Roof • AKJ Books $5.14 1 $5.14
People • AKJ Books $9.58 1 $9.58
Children Around the World • AKJ Books $5.88 1 $5.88
Geography from A to Z • AKJ Books $5.91 1 $5.91
Maps and Globes Jack Knowlton, Harriet Barton (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.17 1 $5.17
National Geographic Beginners World Atlas: Updated Edition N • AKJ Books $13.28 6 $79.68
PILLOW SOFTPLAY 24X24 POLY/YELLOW • ABC School Supply, Inc $45.59 1 $45.59
PILLOW SOFTPLAY 24X24 POLY/GREEN • ABC School Supply, Inc $45.59 1 $45.59

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