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Mrs. Ferris from Portland OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Our Classroom Library... in Dire Straits

Help me give my students diverse stories that they can find inspiration and motivation in.

  • $410 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My classroom community is filled with a diverse culture of students. As a whole group, they are caring, strong-willed, energetic, creative, and eager to learn in new ways. Each of my 31 students is unique and brings such authentic life experiences to our class. Specifically, I have several students who have immigrated to America with their families from refugee camps for a better life; several students who have gone through trauma that I can't even imagine; multiple students who are learning English as their second, or even third language; students battling understanding their identities; students who are struggling with getting their basic needs met at home, and even some families who are homeless.

My students yearn to read for an escape from or an answer to the difficulties life has challenged them with.

What we really need is diverse books that the students will see themselves and their own stories in. I try to provide ample new books to motivate them to continue reading and learning, and discovering stories of characters who they can relate to.

My Project

These new books will emphasize the importance of why we learn. The students want to see that reading can allow them to enter a world of their own. It can open their minds to opportunities, and inspire them through possibilities. The gift of reading is truly an investment in the futures of the students, no matter what their reading level. To have a rich classroom library filled with beautiful and relatable stories is just what will help my students continue their quest to improve as readers and find themselves despite diverse challenges.

These books will allow for identity appreciation.

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

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This project will reach 31 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Beautiful: Living with the Frenemy • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Beautiful: A Girl's Trip Through the Looking Glass • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
The Dreamer (Ala Notable Children's Books. Older Readers) • Amazon Business $15.69 1 $15.69
A Year Full of Stories: 52 classic stories from all around the world • Amazon Business $15.22 1 $15.22
Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World (Vashti Harrison) • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Beautiful: Game of Crones • Amazon Business $13.88 1 $13.88
Esperanza Rising • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Wolf Hollow • Amazon Business $13.38 1 $13.38
All the Impossible Things • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America (For Young People Series) • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Orphan Island • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Other Words for Home • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Noise: A graphic novel based on a true story • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
Wishtree • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Skin Like Mine (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
My Jasper June • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Beverly, Right Here • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Some Places More Than Others • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Becoming Naomi León (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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