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Mrs. Gillespie from Kannapolis NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading Books Just Like ME!

Help me give my students books of diversity, so that they can identify with the book's characters, in order to foster a better love of reading.

  • $330 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students I teach are from a low socio-economic community. We have a very diverse population with approximately 1/3 of our population being white, 1/3 black and 1/3 Hispanic. Our district is 100% free and reduced lunch. The students I teach in 5th grade generally range from 1st grade to 9th grade level readers. Many of my students come from homes where they only have one parent present and others live with extended family.

I truly love my students and their love of books!

I can't wait to see their excitement with new books of diversity!

My Project

Through Diversity Training, I have come to the realization that students need to read books that they can identify with and see themselves in. The books in my project are just that. My students are from a diverse population and will benefit from the identity lessons these books teach, as well as love seeing themselves in the books.

Students love to read books with characters like them.

Seeing books with pictures that look like them or their family members will make them want to read the book. Whether they read the book themselves or I read it aloud to the class in my Picture Book A Day, they will love the book.

Mrs. Gillespie
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Happy in Our Skin • AKJ Education $14.39 1 $14.39
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Day You Begin • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Can I Touch Your Hair? • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Harvesting Hope The Story of Cesar Chavez • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
What Can a Citizen Do? • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Day the Crayons Quit • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Skin You Live In • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
I am Jackie Robinson • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales • AKJ Education $9.49 1 $9.49
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
It'S Okay To Be Different • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
I Love My Hair! • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Too Many Tamales • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
How Are We the Same and Different? • AKJ Education $6.53 1 $6.53
The Colors of Us • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Follow the Drinking Gourd • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
I Will Come Back for You • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Chicken Sunday • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Name Jar • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Two Homes • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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