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Mrs. Kilgore from Norfolk VA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Now I See Me!

Help me give my students a collection of diverse literature that reflects my students so they can see themselves while they read!

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My Students

I am a fourth-grade reading, writing and social studies teacher at a Title One school in Virginia. We are a Pre-K through 8th grade building. Nearly 900 students call our school their "home." Between my two classes, I teach nearly 50 students, including students receiving special education services, English Language Learners, as well as gifted learners.

For many of our students, school is more than just a place to learn, but a source of stability and nurturing.

Some of our students have been through more in their young lives than most adults. Norfolk is home to the largest Naval Base in the world. Many of our families are part of the military, which means that many of our students have to deal with one, or even both, of their parents being on deployment for long periods of time.

My hope is to provide the students with a safe and fun place to learn! Over the years, I have worked very hard at turning our classroom into our "Home Sweet Classroom!"

My Project

If you want your children to love to read, then you must give them books to fall in love with! This year I have made it a goal to restock my classroom library with books students enjoy and want to read. Since the beginning of the year, I have more than doubled the amount of chapter books in our library. Now my goal is to add picture books for the students to enjoy.

The books in this project will hopefully not only help them love reading, but also to better love themselves.

The books in this project are about loving yourself for who you are! I want my students to celebrate their differences and be proud of themselves. It is so important for the students to be able to see themselves in the text. That is why this collection of books is so important for our classroom.

Mrs. Kilgore
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Cool Cuts • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Sulwe • Amazon Business $15.09 1 $15.09
The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop • Amazon Business $14.59 1 $14.59
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes • Amazon Business $13.06 1 $13.06
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Not Quite Snow White • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $10.26 1 $10.26
Look What Brown Can Do! • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Happy Hair • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Bat Boy and His Violin (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Colors of Us • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Sister Anne's Hands (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59
One Crazy Summer • Amazon Business $6.17 1 $6.17
Teammates • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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