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Ms. Mori from Oakland CA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Representation Matters: A Classroom Library Project

Help me give my students the inclusive and relevant books they deserve because representation is incredibly important in our class library. Children should see books that mirror them, windows to help them see others, and doors of opportunities.

  • $730 goal

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Celebrating Black History Month

This project is part of the Black History Month celebration because it supports a Black teacher or a school where the majority of the students are Black.

My Students

If you were to peek into my room on a given day, you would see students working together and laughing as they learn. Though students come to kindergarten at different learning levels, they are all able to help each other to be their best and have fun doing it. My students love anything hands-on and interactive. My students come to school every day eager to learn and grow.

Our school serves K-8 students in a low-income, high crime area.

These students show hard work and grit coming to school and being ready for new challenges every day in a safe learning environment. There is not always enough to go around to help them on their journey to the next grade and beyond. As their teacher, I hope that I can help them to be their best and reach their goals of college for certain!

My Project

Think back to your favorite children's book. Was it funny? Did it teach a lesson? Think about a book that you connected to. Did the characters look like you? All students should be able to experience representation and new opportunities through the books in their classrooms. "'Mirrors, windows, and doors' is a metaphor that can be used to refer to the need for children to find themselves reflected in books; for books to provide an opening onto worlds beyond their own experience (worlds real or imagined)—because children need to see children who look different in the books they read; and for reading to provide a conduit for children to journey into the world and experience all it has to offer." I encourage you all to watch the Ted Talk about this, too!

Representation matters and my students deserve to see books lining the shelves with characters that look like them, stories about them, as well as stories about other people living differently.

Please consider donating to my project so that I can provide more books that are representative, inclusive, and exciting for my students.

Ms. Mori
Grades PreK-2

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Family Is a Family Is a Family • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Peanut Goes for the Gold • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Black Is a Rainbow Color • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Where Are You From? • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Thank You, Omu! • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $14.91 1 $14.91
Bee-bim Bop! • Amazon Business $14.89 1 $14.89
Thunder Boy Jr. (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.79 1 $14.79
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $14.51 1 $14.51
My Papi Has a Motorcycle • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Carmela Full of Wishes • Amazon Business $14.35 1 $14.35
When Grandpa Gives You a Toolbox • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
I Promise • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
The Great Big Book of Families • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Shaking Things Up • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Separate Is Never Equal • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Brown Boy Joy • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Maybe Something Beautiful • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Drum Dream Girl • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Islandborn • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Same, Same But Different • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
We All Belong: A Children's Book About Diversity, Race and Empathy • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
Stella Brings the Family • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
I AM...: Positive Affirmations for Brown Boys • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Hair Like Mine (1) (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Stephen Curry: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Never Gave Up • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
I Am Perfectly Designed • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Excellence • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Skin Like Mine (2) (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Cora Cooks Pancit • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Mommy, Mama, and Me • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Love Saturdays y domingos • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Daddy, Papa, and Me • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Too Shy for Show-and-Tell (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
Two Homes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Under the Ramadan Moon • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
We're Different, We're the Same (Sesame Street) (Pictureback(R)) • Amazon Business $4.29 1 $4.29

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