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Ms. Roselle from Tulsa OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading to Change the World: One Classroom at a Time

My students need to experience the comfort, joy, and excitement of listening/reading a book with rich vocabulary, culturally relevant characters, and engaging illustrations that spark their imagination.

  • $799 goal

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My Students

Throughout the day I am fortunate enough to support over 30 students who have special learning needs at my school. My classroom is filled with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who need extra support in reading and math. Our school receives Title 1 funding and 100% of my students receive free and reduced lunch. The community we reside in is an under-served area of Tulsa, Oklahoma and the challenges within the community run parallel with our school. Despite these challenges my students, families, and school community show resilience and grit everyday.

My students are full of joy and have a strong desire to learn new things!

Everyday I learn something new from my students as they bring laughter and life into my classroom. Many of my students are working multiple grade levels behind and the time they spend in my classroom is vital to their growth. My students know that it takes hard work to succeed and they are willing to put in that work everyday!

My Project

Students enter my classroom often having never experienced the comfort and joy of consistently being read to. So often reading experiences in school are riddled with the pressure of high stakes tests or mastering objectives. With these added layers, my students rarely get to take the time to simply enjoy a story.

My goal is to provide students with meaningful read-aloud experiences that are filled with culturally rich stories and social-emotional themes that open up students to the joy of reading.

In this project I am asking for 50 picture books that span diverse backgrounds, histories, and experiences. My students need stories that they can identify with, learn from, and connect with emotionally. In my special education classroom, I will be committing 10 minutes a day for reading to my students. During this time students will not have to feel the pressure of sounding out words or mastering grade level standards. The read alouds will be an opportunity for students to joyfully engage in literature and build connections with others and themselves through a book.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls - Gift Box Set • Amazon Business $65.00 1 $65.00
At the Same Moment, Around the World • Amazon Business $17.05 1 $17.05
The Red Piano • Amazon Business $16.67 1 $16.67
Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills • Amazon Business $15.83 1 $15.83
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink • Amazon Business $15.58 1 $15.58
Telephone • Amazon Business $14.66 1 $14.66
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) • Amazon Business $14.42 1 $14.42
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Sometimes You Fly • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Rapunzel • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
The Book with No Pictures • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
Virginia Wolf • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
Through My Eyes • Amazon Business $14.03 1 $14.03
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Du Iz Tak? (E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. Picture Books) • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Hansel and Gretel • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Painting For Peace in Ferguson • Amazon Business $12.58 1 $12.58
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
Elmer (Elmer Books) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Dot • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win (Women in Science) • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
The Giving Tree • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
A Different Pond • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Thank You, Mr. Falker • Amazon Business $11.12 1 $11.12
Flotsam • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Hug Machine • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Extra Yarn • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Ida, Always • Amazon Business $10.33 1 $10.33
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
A Sick Day for Amos McGee • Amazon Business $8.02 1 $8.02
The Peace Book • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
Freedom in Congo Square (Charlotte Zolotow Award) • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
The Twelve Dancing Princesses • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Brontorina • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
We March • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $6.63 1 $6.63
Miss Rumphius • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Tuesday • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Where the Wild Things Are • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36
Dancing in the Wings • Amazon Business $6.14 1 $6.14
Corduroy • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The Princess and the Pea • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Chrysanthemum • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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