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Mrs. Gerboth from Painesville OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Promoting a Culture of Diversity and Tolerance: Culturally Relevant Books

My students need access to a collection of quality, culturally relevant texts in order to promote reading and to reinforce a culture of inclusion, diversity, and tolerance.

  • $498 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The ELL population at our elementary has been steadily growing in recent years. Our students have home languages including Cantonese, Persian, and Spanish. The families of our ELs are hard working, and care a great deal about their students' education, but are limited by language, transportation, resources, and access to technology at home, and culturally relevant books.

Even with the above being said, the capabilities and heart of our students are far from limited!

I've had the pure privilege of looping with these dynamic youngsters, as their ESL teacher, for the past three years as they grow and progress through our K-5 building. Through this project, I plan to help them continue to grow!

My Project

"Research shows that students read better and read more when they read culturally relevant books" (Y.Freeman et al., 2003; Goodman, 1982; R.Jimenez, 1997b). It is critical that teachers of students of diverse populations have access to a variety of texts to breakdown stereotypes and build a culture of diversity and inclusion. Having a culturally diverse library serves all readers, not only EL students.

Culturally relevant titles will provide students an opportunity to personally connect to texts by being able to compare characters and events to their own families and experiences.

In the past, culturally relevant titles were difficult to find; but today, the selections available are increasing. "Reading the world always precedes reading the word, and reading the word implies continually reading the world" (Freire 1987).

By choosing to support this project, you will help our school community promote inclusion and tolerance through the beginnings of a culturally diverse reading library. These titles will be a featured section of our school library, which serves students grades K-5, in the entire elementary building. So access will reach farther than just our ESL classroom. The ESL students will read and review texts to feature in our new section, and publish these in a print display in the library to promote the reading of these titles in our greater school community.

Mrs. Gerboth
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ilyas & Duck & FANTASTIC FESTIVAL OF EID-AL-FITR • Amazon Business $19.90 1 $19.90
América Is Her Name • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Children Just Like Me: Celebrations! • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
My Name Is Sangoel • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Children Just Like Me: A new celebration of children around the world • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey (English and Arabic Edition) • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Kids Around the World Celebrate!: The Best Feasts and Festivals from Many Lands • Amazon Business $13.41 1 $13.41
Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Rene Has Two Last Names / Rene tiene dos apellidos (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.67 1 $12.67
Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
All the Colors We Are/Todos los colores de nuestra piel: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color/La historia de por qué tenemos diferentes colores de piel • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Colour of Home • Amazon Business $11.06 1 $11.06
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Calling the Doves/El canto de las palomas • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Escape from Aleppo • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
From North to South / Del Norte al Sur • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
My Diary from Here to There: Mi diario de aqui hasta alla (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
The Tortilla Factory • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Colors of Us • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Chinese New Year: With Fireworks, Dragons, and Lanterns • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
What Can You Do with a Paleta / ¿Qué Puedes Hacer con una Paleta? • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Friends from the Other Side / Amigos del otro lado • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
The Upside Down Boy/El nino de cabeza (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $7.56 1 $7.56
Niño Wrestles the World • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Too Many Tamales • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Under the Ramadan Moon • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story (Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Cactus Soup • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Bread, Bread, Bread (Around the World Series) • Amazon Business $6.97 1 $6.97
Rashad's Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr (Cloverleaf Books - Holidays and Special Days) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
My Name Is Yoon • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Abuela (English Edition with Spanish Phrases) (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.56 1 $6.56
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $6.52 1 $6.52
Diwali (Holidays and Festivals) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Kwanzaa • Amazon Business $5.13 1 $5.13
Sitti's Secrets (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $4.39 1 $4.39

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