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Ms. Rigsby from Glen Burnie MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Readers Gonna Read

My students need books that mirror the diversity in our classroom.

  • $337 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach a great group of third graders! They are diverse in culture, ethnicity, and personalities. They learn so much from each other just by listening and sharing.

Their open minds warm my heart.

But, they do have their share of hardships and worries. Many students do not come in with enough supplies, but do come in with worries. Even with all that is happening around them, they still manage to come to school with a huge smile. It is my job to let them know they can bridge the gap between what they have and what they can become.

My Project

One day I read a book to my class that wasn't the normal "comic" style novel (which is what my students always beg for). Instead, I pulled out a picture book about women who changed America. My students sighed. But when the story was over,every student clapped and told me how much they loved it! That book hasn't been on a shelf since! Everyday another student takes it to read it.

Ever since then, I knew our school's diversity should be mirrored in the classroom library.

A portion of my students speak Spanish at home. Stories like “Love and Roast Chicken” and “My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia” will be relevant for those students. I also do not have many stories in my library with inspiring minorities through history. Books like “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” and “Malala: A Hero for All” will show my students there are more people to look up to other than the past presidents. I want my students to be able to see themselves in the books they read!

Ms. Rigsby
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains • Amazon Business $15.01 1 $15.01
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
Trombone Shorty • Amazon Business $14.08 1 $14.08
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Ruby's Chinese New Year • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Before She was Harriet (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/la vida de Celia Cruz (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Winner) (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo (Pura Belpre Honor Books - Illustration Honor) • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
If You Were Me and Lived in...Peru: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World (Volume 12) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $9.39 1 $9.39
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
DK Readers L1: LEGO® Women of NASA: Space Heroes • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Malala: A Hero for All (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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