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

Picture Books Are for Everybody!

Help me give my students new picture books that are diverse, engaging, and will ignite a love of reading!

  • $1,258 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My 730+ students live and study in the Hermosa neighborhood, whose Spanish translation is "beautiful". It's a working-class neighborhood on the northwest side of our city. I'm lucky enough to be their librarian, meaning I know each and every student in our school.

Although many of my students come from homes lacking resources needed to compete with their suburban counterparts, they're eager learners who love to read and love getting their hands on technology.

They are the reason I get out of bed each morning. Our library is a safe haven for all to read, learn, thrive, and have fun. They inspire me each day to make our library a better place.

My Project

As the school librarian, I'm lucky to teach 735 readers each week in all grade levels, kindergarten through sixth grade.

While my littlest ones love picture books, I have plenty of older readers who still seek out picture books because their beautiful illustrations help guide the story.

I always seek to expand our picture book collection with titles (new and old) that are well-reviewed and will speak to my students. We have so many favorite authors and illustrators, including Mo Willems, Mac Barnett, Kelly DiPucchio, and Jon Klassen, and favorite characters including Olivia, Pinkalicious, and Pete the Cat.

I'm requesting 75 picture books, plus some bins to keep new titles easily accessible.

Some may need to hear "Sulwe" by Lupita Nyong'o (the lead actress from "Us"). Sulwe's skin is the color of midnight, darker than everyone in her family and school. She wants to be beautiful and bright like her mom and sister. Then, a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

Others need to get their hands on "We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders". Sixteen children's book artists illustrate inspirational civil rights quotations. Illustrations by Greg Pizzoli, Brian Pinkney, and more will bring words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Sonia Sotomayor, and President Barack Obama to life.

My readers will find tons of inspiring books with messages of kindness, perseverance, and inclusiveness in this list, like "Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History", "Little Libraries, Big Heroes", “When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex", "Sofia Valdez: Future Prez", and "Ninita's Big World: The True Story of a Deaf Pygmy Marmoset".

My picture book lovers and I appreciate your help in bringing more great titles to our lovely library.

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Ms. Westerberg, Librarian
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Prandom Large Foldable Cube Storage Baskets Bins 13x13 inch [3-Pack] Fabric Linen Collapsible Storage Bins Cubes Drawer with Cotton Handles Organizer for Shelf Toy Nursery Closet Bedroom(Gray/Blue)… • Amazon Business $27.95 1 $27.95
Suffragette: The Battle for Equality • Amazon Business $20.35 1 $20.35
I Voted: Making a Choice Makes a Difference • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
River • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Snack Attack! • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
What Miss Mitchell Saw • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
A Big Bed for Little Snow • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Cool Cuts • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Astro Girl • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
By the Light of the Moon • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Sulwe • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Stretchy McHandsome • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Pokko and the Drum • Amazon Business $15.85 1 $15.85
MerryMakers The Good Egg / The Bad Seed Plush Flip Doll, 11-Inch • Amazon Business $15.61 1 $15.61
Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship • Amazon Business $15.21 1 $15.21
Penny and Her Sled • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Peanut Butter's First Day of School (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Explorers • Amazon Business $14.59 1 $14.59
The One and Only Wolfgang: From pet rescue to one big happy family • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
What Kind of Car Does a T. Rex Drive? • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Once Upon a Goat • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
Salsa Lullaby • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Little Libraries, Big Heroes • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Little Smokey • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Unicorns 101 • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
How to Read a Story: (Illustrated Children's Book, Picture Book for Kids, Read Aloud Kindergarten Books) • Amazon Business $13.27 1 $13.27
Grama’s Hug • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Here and Now • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
Winter Dance • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
Snow Globe Wishes • Amazon Business $12.84 1 $12.84
Equality's Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Boxitects • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Just Like Me • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
A Day So Gray • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Sofxeda Valdez, presidenta tal vez / Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (los Preguntones) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.60 1 $12.60
What Color Is Night? • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
I Wonder • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
Ignore the Trolls • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
Kiki & Jax: La magia de la amistad / Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders (Books for Kid Activists, Activism Book for Children) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
How to Give Your Cat a Bath: in Five Easy Steps • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Mr. Scruff • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Nuts! • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Please Don't Eat Me • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet: (Children’s Environment Books, Unique Children’s Series, Children’s Action and Adventure Graphic Novels, Emergent Readers Chapter Books) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women's Right to Vote • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
What Do They Do with All That Poo? • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Lena's Slippers • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Big Box Little Box • Amazon Business $11.38 1 $11.38
A Tiger Like Me • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Ninita's Big World: The True Story of a Deaf Pygmy Marmoset • Amazon Business $10.93 1 $10.93
I am Jim Henson (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Jack Blasts Off (A Jack Book) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Hi, Jack! (A Jack Book) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
God Bless America: The Story of an Immigrant Named Irving Berlin • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Just In Case You Want to Fly • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Great Job, Dad! • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
Together We Can!: A heart-warming ode to friendship, compassion, and kindness • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
A Stone Sat Still: (Environmental and Nature Picture Book for Kids, Perspective Book for Preschool and Kindergarten, Award Winning Illustrator) • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
The Good Egg Presents: The Great Eggscape! • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
Grace Goes to Washington • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
A Crazy-Much Love • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Who is the Mystery Reader? (Unlimited Squirrels) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Along the Tapajós • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Birds • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Pete the Cat Checks Out the Library • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Bird Hugs • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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