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Ms. Pearson from Melrose Park IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

One Book A Day: The Read Aloud Way

Help me give my students twenty picture books that represent the children and people in our classroom, school, community, and world!

  • $360 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My students are young, innocent, enthusiastic, and vibrant. They come to school with expectations for excitement and engagement. My students demonstrate strength, perseverance, and commitment at six and seven that I have not seen in many. Ninety-nine percent of the student population at the school is low-income in an urban environment, and 64% of the school population are English Language Learners.

My first grade students deserve to have doors opened for them, experiences presented to them, and tools to success provided for them.

These students deserve to have the best education with no "if, ands, or buts" due to the environment that they live in. My classroom is full of minds that can be agents for change in our world. We are continuing to build a classroom environment that allows us to grow, learn, and thrive!

My Project

Every day my students walk into our classroom and experience two to three daily read alouds. What I have noticed is that my students are not regularly seeing themselves represented daily in the picture books that I read to them. In order to increase acceptance and tolerance, students first must be exposed to that which is different than they are. Additionally, every student deserves to see themselves in the characters of a great picture book!

Since my students come from an an array of racial, socioeconomic, ethnic, linguistic, and religious backgrounds, I want them to see and experience themselves in the books that are read.

During our read alouds, it is inevitable that my students share their thoughts and opinions while they listen to stories. My students are captivated by the tales of the children and people they hear about and through these read alouds. Since students are actively engaged in learning, we have fostered classroom norms for discussion about students who look and live differently than we do. Additionally, I can answer questions about persons who live differently from themselves.

These newly added picture books will continue to help me teach students about tolerance and acceptance because my students have become accustomed to representing and diversity they see through children's literature. All of these texts lead to discussions that I can have daily with my students about the importance of accepting others and learning about those who are different than you. Students benefit from these conversations and continue talking with their families and community about what they have learned. These picture books may be the first time that my students see themselves represented in the literature they experience in schools, and it is my goal to help them find more!

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Ms. Pearson
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 23 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lucy's Umbrella • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Encounter • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Brief Thief • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
The Dead Bird • Amazon Business $16.68 1 $16.68
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
A Boy Like You • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
When's My Birthday? • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Out! • Amazon Business $15.28 1 $15.28
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story • Amazon Business $14.64 1 $14.64
Peeny Butter Fudge • Amazon Business $14.21 1 $14.21
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina • Amazon Business $13.87 1 $13.87
Saturday • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
A Squiggly Story • Amazon Business $13.06 1 $13.06
How to Read a Book • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Dress Like a Girl • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Just In Case You Want to Fly • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
I Am Perfectly Designed • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Another • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Blue Sky White Stars • Amazon Business $8.14 1 $8.14

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