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Ms. Anderson from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

New Books for a Little Library for Neighborhood Kids

My students need compelling books to replenish their Little Free Library for neighborhood kids.

  • $592 goal

This project expired on July 15, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students care about their world, and they care that younger students in the neighborhood surrounding our school have the opportunity to find themselves in books and become readers.

While my school is a selective enrollment STEM school, offering unique opportunities in math and science, my school is located in a high-poverty neighborhood.

My students strive to break down the barriers between our competitive school and the students who live nearby without as many resources as they have. This project is my students' effort to give our neighborhood educational, inspiring books.

My Project

My students are readers. And, as my high school readers reflect back on their early childhood reading experiences, they realize that, for some as female students and all as minority students, they were underrepresented in the children's literature they had access to. My students learned to love reading, but they feel they were lucky, and that many of their peers could not see themselves or their cultures in the books they could access.

Knowing this, my students decided to create a Little Free Library to make books that feature minority or female protagonists easily available in the neighborhood where our school is located.

Their goal was to give neighborhood kids a mirror in literature.

Their project was successful--Kids LOVE the library. However, kids love the library so much that we are running low on books, so this grant is designed to restock the library. My students have picked out the books based on the books that they've talked to our most frequent customers about, and based on the books that spoke powerfully to my students themselves. Your donation will enable my students to continue empowering younger kids in Chicago.

Ms. Anderson
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Odd and the Frost Giants • Amazon Business $10.90 2 $21.80
Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes • Amazon Business $17.81 1 $17.81
Seasons • Amazon Business $16.10 1 $16.10
Sofia and the Purple Dress / Sofia Y El Vestido Morado (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $14.61 1 $14.61
This Moose Belongs to Me • Amazon Business $14.46 1 $14.46
Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart • Amazon Business $14.32 1 $14.32
City Moon • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
The Hello, Goodbye Window • Amazon Business $14.12 1 $14.12
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
CRAZY ABOUT CATS • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
The House in the Night • Amazon Business $13.48 1 $13.48
On a Magical Do-Nothing Day • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars • Amazon Business $13.25 1 $13.25
Kitten's First Full Moon • Amazon Business $12.46 1 $12.46
Windows • Amazon Business $12.42 1 $12.42
The Runaway Piggy / El cochinito fugitivo (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.13 1 $12.13
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $12.10 1 $12.10
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $12.08 1 $12.08
The Way Home in the Night • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
The Music of the Sea • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70
Cinnamon • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
I Had a Favorite Dress • Amazon Business $11.43 1 $11.43
Baby Monkey, Private Eye • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Beastly Verse • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Sarabella's Thinking Cap • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Professor Astro Cat's Solar System • Amazon Business $10.94 1 $10.94
The Boy in the Bubble • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
The Runaway Tortilla • Amazon Business $9.91 1 $9.91
The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
M Is for Magic • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Chu's Day Board Book • Amazon Business $7.72 1 $7.72
Instructions • Amazon Business $7.68 1 $7.68
What Can You Do with a Paleta / ¿Qué Puedes Hacer con una Paleta? • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
The Ghosts in the Castle (City Kids) (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Stop That Pickle! • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Crazy Hair • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Wolves in the Walls • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Abuela (English Edition with Spanish Phrases) (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.57 1 $6.57
Blueberry Girl • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
The Dangerous Alphabet • Amazon Business $3.80 1 $3.80

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