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

Make Our Classroom Library Reflect Them

Help me give my students a library that reflects their lives, skin colors, opportunities and obstacles.

  • $582 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work with one the most incredible group of children. Each child has the biggest heart and incredible empathy for others.

This is my first year teaching in Oakland.

I work at a Title 9 school with about 70% of students on free lunch. My students come from all different backgrounds and from all different cultures. Each day I am blessed to learn from them and inspired by their abilities to persevere and and overcome the tremendous obstacles that they face each day. Many of my students have the abilities to be successful in school but lack the confidence and materials to do so. Together we are making great strides, but there is still so much more to do.

I want to give my students a library that reflects who they are, where they come from and is filled with stories about people who look like them.

My Project

Each week my students book shop in our classroom library. They pick books that are of interest to them as well as books at their reading level. These are the books they read for the whole week. It is important that our library is well stocked. Each teacher is responsible for creating, organizing and developing their library.

My goal this year is to make sure that my students have books to choose from that reflect them and their lives.

I am fortunate to have classroom library, but it isn't as diverse as my student population. In order to build my students confidence and interest in reading, I need to give them materials that help them understand their worth and the importance of their story.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Guided Reading Collection: Grade 5 Fiction/Nonfiction Paired Studies (16 books) • AKJ Education $91.99 1 $91.99
LC511GR - Flex-Space Wobble Cushion - Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 2 $29.98
LC511RG - Flex-Space Wobble Cushion - Orange • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 2 $29.98
LC511BU - Flex-Space Wobble Cushion - Blue • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 2 $29.98
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • AKJ Education $13.86 2 $27.72
Let the Children March • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
Write to Me • AKJ Education $12.40 2 $24.80
Richard Wright and the Library Card • AKJ Education $7.26 2 $14.52
I Have a Dream (Book & CD) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Sit-In How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Harlem's Little Blackbird • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Trailblazer • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Blackbird Fly • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Selected Poems of Langston Hughes • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Who Was Harriet Tubman? • AKJ Education $4.37 2 $8.74
Baseball Saved Us • AKJ Education $8.32 1 $8.32
Love to Langston • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Xochitl, la Nina de las Flores (Xochitl and the Flowers) • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
Elizabeti's Doll • AKJ Education $7.26 1 $7.26
It'S Okay To Be Different • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Peace Book • AKJ Education $5.84 1 $5.84
Elijah of Buxton • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Story of Muhammad Ali • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59

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