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Ms. Caves from Manhattan KS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Representation Matters in YA Novels

Help me give my students a diverse reading experience & the opportunity to see themselves in a novel!

  • $598 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Next year, I will be starting my first year at MHS. Although I don't know my students yet, I do know where they come from. Manhattan is a community that is fueled by two things: Kansas State University and Fort Riley Army Base. Together, these facilities draw in diverse families and students from all around country.

What I do know about my future students is that they will be unique, they will be diverse, and it will be extremely important for them to be able to see themselves in literature.

It is for that reason that I am asking for help to fill my classroom bookshelves with characters and authors who come from different walks of life and do not fit the white-cis-heteronormative standard.

My Project

Did you ever wish that you could see yourself in a book you found in the library? In today's diverse society, that can be an even taller order to fulfill.

Students around the globe are reaching for something, anything, in which they can see themselves, and representation of those diverse students MATTERS!

Should you choose to support my project, you will allow my students to have a classroom library which is filled with stories of kids just like them -- whether those kids be from the LGBTQ+ family, people of color, or from entirely different cultural backgrounds, it is more important now than it ever has been for students to be able to see them in a novel.

Ms. Caves
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Internment • Amazon Business $12.32 2 $24.64
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali • Amazon Business $8.02 2 $16.04
Nicola Yoon Boxed Set • Amazon Business $15.77 1 $15.77
A Very Large Expanse of Sea • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel • Amazon Business $14.82 1 $14.82
The Poet X (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Honorable Mention) • Amazon Business $14.61 1 $14.61
The Miseducation of Cameron Post • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
What If It's Us • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Love from A to Z • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $12.34 1 $12.34
Let Me Hear a Rhyme • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Like a Love Story • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
The Astonishing Color of After • Amazon Business $10.27 1 $10.27
If I Was Your Girl • Amazon Business $10.05 1 $10.05
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $9.77 1 $9.77
The Rest of Us Just Live Here • Amazon Business $9.71 1 $9.71
The Art of Being Normal: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.68 1 $9.68
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $9.38 1 $9.38
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
I'll Give You the Sun • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Holding Up the Universe • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree • Amazon Business $8.15 1 $8.15
Love, Hate and Other Filters • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Leah on the Offbeat • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
They Both Die at the End • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.15 1 $7.15
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • Amazon Business $7.05 1 $7.05
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $6.70 1 $6.70
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $6.47 1 $6.47
We Should All Be Feminists • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
For Every One • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children • Amazon Business $5.14 1 $5.14

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