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Mrs. Vaughn from Boston MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mirrors and Windows: Chapter Books that Reflect Our Classroom Community!

Help me give my students access to mirrors and windows by supporting the purchase of chapter books that reflect who they are and their experiences!

  • $669 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are hard-working critical thinkers who advocate for the best learning experiences possible for all students. They are active in our school community and believe in the power of their own voices to make change! Just this past school year, students spoke at school committee meetings about the conditions of their school, how it has impacted their learning and what they would like to see improved in order for the school to be a better place!

My fourth-graders come from various cultural backgrounds and communities.

Their cultural backgrounds contribute to the rich diversity of the school, its customs and traditions. Students are empowered to learn about different cultures and people, by engaging in meaningful and productive dialogue with their classmates.

My Project

Representation matters! It matters in entertainment and politics and especially in literature. As an educator, I must ensure that my students see themselves reflected when they look around our classroom. I am adamant about searching for books that serve as mirrors for my students! At the beginning of the school year, it is especially important to me that my students identify, recognize, and celebrate their cultural backgrounds and multiple identities.

We start by discussing who we are, where we come from, and why that matters to our educational experiences.

I have selected chapter books that depict Black, LatinX, and Asian characters with multiple talents, perspectives, and experiences that contest typical ideas that are normally presented in popular culture. Throughout the school year, I want students to read these books and see themselves as multi-faceted people whose stories are worth telling.

I hope that this wide array of chapter books increases student engagement, a celebration of cultural identity and produces positive self-images. These books will also lead to open dialogue about who we are as a classroom community and the interconnectedness of our collective human experiences.

Mrs. Vaughn
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Genesis Begins Again • Amazon Business $13.29 3 $39.87
The Season of Styx Malone • Amazon Business $11.72 3 $35.16
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $8.99 3 $26.97
A Good Kind of Trouble • Amazon Business $13.42 2 $26.84
The Last Last-Day-of-Summer • Amazon Business $13.33 2 $26.66
Tight • Amazon Business $13.11 2 $26.22
Dragons in a Bag • Amazon Business $13.11 2 $26.22
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • Amazon Business $8.58 3 $25.74
Indian Shoes • Amazon Business $12.42 2 $24.84
The Red Umbrella • Amazon Business $7.87 3 $23.61
New Kid • Amazon Business $7.79 3 $23.37
Harbor Me • Amazon Business $10.72 2 $21.44
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $9.98 2 $19.96
Blended • Amazon Business $9.17 2 $18.34
Full Cicada Moon • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Lucky Broken Girl • Amazon Business $7.96 2 $15.92
Until I Find Julian • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
The Red Pencil • Amazon Business $6.98 2 $13.96
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $13.41 1 $13.41
Lola Levine Is Not Mean! • Amazon Business $5.99 2 $11.98
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen • Amazon Business $5.46 2 $10.92
The Color of My Words • Amazon Business $3.29 3 $9.87
Meet Yasmin! • Amazon Business $4.90 2 $9.80
Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Yasmin the Teacher • Amazon Business $4.42 2 $8.84
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish • Amazon Business $8.58 1 $8.58
Donavan's Word Jar (Trophy Chapter Book) • Amazon Business $3.21 2 $6.42

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