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Mrs. King from Humble TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Memorable Memoirs and Brilliant Biographies

Help me give my students updated, diverse biographies and memoirs that reflect their interests and passions.

  • $690 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school's mission is to build a community of learners that meets the individual needs and passions of the students we serve.

We have over 1100 enthusiastic learners at our school who are diverse in many ways.

We have students from all different backgrounds and cultures. We have students with many different passions and interests, from STEM areas to theater and music. We have students who are learning English as a second language, and those who are learning foreign languages. In fact, our ESL population has doubled in the last year and continues to grow. Our school has programs for life skills students and social skills programs for students with autism. About 27 percent of our students are economically disadvantaged. Forty-four percent of our population is considered "at-risk," but these labels do not stop our students.

My Project

Our library collection needs more current and diverse biographies and memoirs. Since becoming the librarian three years ago, I have been working on updating and diversifying our library collection.

Students need books to be mirrors to see themselves, but also windows so that they can experience other cultures including cultures in past times.

Diversifying our collection is a priority to me. I want the characters in our books to represent our student population and for students to learn about important diverse figures from the past.

"Every student deserves to see themselves in the books they read. Books have the power to encourage students while at the same time enlighten other readers of the truths about lives they don’t live. And hopefully, that enlightenment will spur compassion, understanding, and change," (On Our Minds, Scholastic, Inc.).

Mrs. King
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 999 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Michael Jackson All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track • Amazon Business $30.27 1 $30.27
Dolores Huerta Stands Strong: The Woman Who Demanded Justice (Biographies for Young Readers) • Amazon Business $27.87 1 $27.87
Fitness Routines of Tom Brady (Fitness Routines of Superstar Athletes) • Amazon Business $19.50 1 $19.50
Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler • Amazon Business $17.18 1 $17.18
Who Was Maya Angelou? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Who Was Harriet Tubman? • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Who Was Jackie Robinson? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
X: A Novel • Amazon Business $15.78 1 $15.78
No Summit out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits • Amazon Business $15.68 1 $15.68
Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall • Amazon Business $14.90 1 $14.90
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II • Amazon Business $14.89 1 $14.89
Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
Victoria: Portrait of a Queen • Amazon Business $14.85 1 $14.85
Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original "Girl" Reporter, Nellie Bly • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation): An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive • Amazon Business $14.10 1 $14.10
The Keeper: The Unguarded Story of Tim Howard Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $14.08 1 $14.08
Brave Face: A Memoir • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
It's Up to You, Ben Franklin • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Free Lunch • Amazon Business $12.82 1 $12.82
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Normal: One Kid's Extraordinary Journey • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Coco Chanel: Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Who Was Dr. Seuss? (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
It's Up to You, Abe Lincoln • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card • Amazon Business $10.77 1 $10.77
Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different: A Biography • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99

Materials cost

$542.29

Vendor shipping charges

$5.75

Sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.13

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$586.17

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$103.44

Total project goal

$689.61

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$689.61

3 Donors

-$344.80

Donations toward project cost

-$293.08

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$51.72

match offer

-$344.81

Match offer toward project cost

-$293.09

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$51.72

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