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Ms. Schlessinger from Highland Park NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Multicultural Books

Help me give my students diverse books that are reflective of their cultures and languages!

  • $485 goal

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My Students

I teach Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade English Language Learners. My students come to my classroom from all over the world. Our town is very diverse and the students are very proud of their home languages and cultures.

My students currently speak 12 languages!

My ELLs get so excited when we we read a book that is either in their language or represents their culture. They enjoy sharing about themselves and seeing themselves represented in a book helps students communicate as they are still learning English.

My Project

My goal is to incorporate more multicultural book titles into my classroom so that my English Language Learners can see themselves, their cultures, and their language reflected in the books that we read and have in our library.

Adding these books into our classroom library will inspire a lifelong love of reading!

I would like to add ‘mirrors’ for my students to reflect their cultures and diverse backgrounds by incorporating materials into their school day that are representative of themselves. This idea came from the National SEED (Seeking educational equity and diversity) Project ‘Curriculum as Window and Mirror’ (

“This brief paper will explore the need for curriculum to function both as window and as mirror, in order to reflect and reveal most accurately both a multicultural world and the student herself or himself. If the student is understood as occupying a dwelling of self, education needs to enable the student to look through window frames in order to see the realities of others and into mirrors in order to see her/his own reality reflected. Knowledge of both types of framing is basic to a balanced education which is committed to affirming the essential dialectic between the self and the world. In other words, education engages us in "the great conversation" between various frames of reference.”

Ms. Schlessinger
Grades PreK-2

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This project will reach 65 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
This Is the Way We Eat Our Lunch: A Book About Children Around the World • Amazon Business $24.90 1 $24.90
School in Many Cultures (Life Around the World) • Amazon Business $23.67 1 $23.67
Hansel and Gretel • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother,Too (Chinese Edition) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
The Ghanaian Goldilocks • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Children Just Like Me: A School Like Mine: A Celebration of Schools Around the World • Amazon Business $15.70 1 $15.70
Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
The Way to School • Amazon Business $14.54 1 $14.54
Back to School: A Global Journey • Amazon Business $14.23 1 $14.23
My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School Around the World • Amazon Business $14.14 1 $14.14
Little Roja Riding Hood (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Pool • Amazon Business $13.85 1 $13.85
Door: (Wordless Children’s Picture Book, Adventure, Friendship) • Amazon Business $13.04 1 $13.04
Wave • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Children Just Like Me Food Like Mine (Dk Children Just Like Me) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World • Amazon Business $11.43 1 $11.43
Community Soup • Amazon Business $10.23 1 $10.23
Teacher Created Materials - TIME For Kids Informational Text: School Around the World - Grade 3 - Guided Reading Level N • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Oso polar, oso polar, ¿qué es ese ruido? (Brown Bear and Friends) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Hal Lil Kangar Aidan Um?: Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Here I Am (NA) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World (Global Fund for Children Books) • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
La semillita (The Tiny Seed) (The World of Eric Carle) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
The Ugly Vegetables • Amazon Business $7.36 1 $7.36
Healthy Kids (Global Fund for Children Books) • Amazon Business $7.11 1 $7.11
El canguro tiene mama? (Spanish edition) (Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Lola Plants a Garden (Lola Reads) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
¿Ha visto a mi gata? (Have You Seen My Cat?) (The World of Eric Carle) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Schools Around the World • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Teacher Created Materials - TIME For Kids Informational Text: Kids Around the World - Grade 1 - Guided Reading Level I • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Have You Seen My Cat? (The World of Eric Carle) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Rapunzel (Once Upon a World) • Amazon Business $4.85 1 $4.85
This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around the World • Amazon Business $2.56 1 $2.56

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