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Mrs. Emerson from Maple Grove MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Mirrors and Windows... Books Are Magical!

Help me give my students access to books that have characters that look like them!

  • $586 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I have a wonderful classroom filled with 24 unique, diverse, and special kiddos! Each one brings something different to our classroom with their background and experiences. From different races, different religions, to different family make-ups, they love to learn about how they are special and how it’s a beautiful thing to be “different!”

My 6 and 7 year olds love all things books, experiments, hands-on learning, and animals!

I am lucky to teach a class filled with eager, compassionate, and active learners!

My Project

I recently watched a Ted Talk about an Asian woman who grew up and loved books. Unfortunately, there were very few books that had characters that looked like her. She said that books should be mirrors and windows. Students should be able to pick up a book and see themselves in books (mirrors) but also have opportunities to open up books and be opened to a new world of culture, race, traditions, and family structures (windows).

Looking at my book collection and then looking at my student population I was shocked by the amount of books that did not have students of color, different family make-ups, or different cultures or traditions.

I want to right that wrong by getting books that have students of color as the main character, books that talk about different types of families, and books that celebrate the wonderful cultures, traditions, and celebrations around the world!

Mrs. Emerson
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Say Something • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $15.75 1 $15.75
Love • Amazon Business $14.74 1 $14.74
Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls • Amazon Business $14.69 1 $14.69
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
I'm Mixed! • Amazon Business $14.26 1 $14.26
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
The Big Umbrella • Amazon Business $14.23 1 $14.23
Americans • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Words to Love By • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
A World of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Grandma's Purse • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness • Amazon Business $12.50 1 $12.50
Yes I Can!: A Girl and Her Wheelchair • Amazon Business $12.37 1 $12.37
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
I Believe in Myself (Mindful Mantras) • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
I Will Try (Mindful Mantras) • Amazon Business $11.09 1 $11.09
Ta-Da! • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
I Am Proud of Myself! (Mindful Mantras) • Amazon Business $11.03 1 $11.03
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Kindness Starts With You - At School • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
How to Trick the Tooth Fairy • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Be Kind • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Betty Before X • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
A Flicker of Hope • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Bubble Gum Brain • Amazon Business $9.43 1 $9.43
Don't Call Me Names • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
Racism and Intolerance (Children In Our World) • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
All Familes Are Different (Now I'm Growing!) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
My Home, Your Home (Cloverleaf Books - Alike and Different) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Don't Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability (A First Look At...Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
On the First Day of First Grade • Amazon Business $7.54 1 $7.54
My Family, Your Family (Cloverleaf Books - Alike and Different) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
A Rainbow of Friends • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Pass the Ball, Mo! (Mo Jackson) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
I Want to Be a Doctor (I Can Read Level 1) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Get a Hit, Mo! (Mo Jackson) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Don't Throw It to Mo! (Mo Jackson) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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