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Mrs. Wilson from Dorchester MA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Melanin Please

Help me give my students books like Gary and the Great Inventors, The Undefeated, ABC's of Black History and M is for Melanin. It's important for students to have books with characters that look like them.

  • $573 goal

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Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

My students come from low-income families and our school is high poverty and the students receive free lunch. My students enjoy their time in school. They are always looking for ways to show off their skills through art, building, and play. You can always hear a quiet buzz during work time where they are engaged and eager to learn.

They keep me busy with their many questions and wonderings about the world around them.

My classroom is very diverse. This year with all that they hear on social media and in their neighborhoods, I feel it's important to teach them using books about affirmation and culture.

My Project

Growing up I didn't see or read many books that had characters that look like me. These books will help me to teach our black and brown children that they are worthy. I will use the books to teach children about their history and help them to feel proud of who they are and those who came before them.

The book M is For Melanin was used this year as the focus of our Black History show and the children couldn't stop talking about how much they loved the book.

Having more copies of this book in the classroom will make it easier to share. The books will be a constant reminder of the importance of speaking up for what is right and speaking up when others are silent.

Mrs. Wilson
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Black Is a Rainbow Color • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
The Undefeated (Caldecott Medal Book) • Amazon Business $12.30 2 $24.60
I Am Her: The ABC's of Black Women in History. • Amazon Business $24.00 1 $24.00
Gary and the Great Inventors: It's Laundry Day! • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
Africa For Smart Kids - Book1: Let's talk about Africa! (My school of Africa) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $18.50 1 $18.50
My ABC's • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
I'm Gonna Push Through! • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Work It, Girl: Michelle Obama • Amazon Business $14.42 1 $14.42
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom • Amazon Business $14.19 1 $14.19
Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $13.82 1 $13.82
Thurgood • Amazon Business $13.61 1 $13.61
Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama's Inspiring and Historic Presidency (Young Readers) • Amazon Business $13.41 1 $13.41
Brave. Black. First.: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.17 1 $13.17
I'm Brown and I'm Smart • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Melody's Songbook Of Freedom: A Look Back At The Songs That Helped Rewrite African American Black History • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Black History: Kids Edition • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
M Is for Melanin: A Celebration of the Black Child • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Hair Love • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
I Don't See Color • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Hair Like Mine (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
South Africa For Kids: People, Places and Cultures - Children Explore The World Books • Amazon Business $9.42 1 $9.42
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
LeBron James: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Became King • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
All About Africa! About All African States and Peoples • Amazon Business $9.10 1 $9.10
Emi's Curly Coily, Cotton Candy Hair • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
Rosa's Bus: The Ride to Civil Rights • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
If You Were a Kid During the Civil Rights Movement (If You Were a Kid) • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Africa Coloring Book For Kids! Discover This Collection Of Coloring Pages • Amazon Business $6.92 1 $6.92

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