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Ms. Franks from Burien WA is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Representation Matters: Seeing People Like Me in My Class Library

Help me give my students books that represent the diverse backgrounds of their family, friends, and neighbors so they see themselves in the literature of our classroom.

  • $680 goal

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My Students

I have been teaching in a Title I school near Seattle, WA for the past 7 years. My third grade students are curious, thoughtful, silly, and creative small humans. This group of kiddos are particularly drawn to storytelling, whether it's a class read aloud, reading with their 5th grade buddies, or retelling their favorite new joke for perhaps the hundredth time, they seem to get lost in the world being presented to them.

Getting to spend so much of our time together creates an incredible sense of community, care, and drive for them to thrive both academically and personally.

Although this job is never easy, I am grateful every day to have the opportunity to welcome all my students with compassion as we learn more about the world, our community, each other, and ourselves.

My Project

Access to quality literature is vital to every classroom. My library is currently a hodgepodge of hand-me-down books from generous colleagues and goodwill finds through the years. It it desperately in need of an update that not only captures the imagination and attention of my budding readers, but that connects to them on a personal level as well. Our Title I school is incredibly diverse and represents a wide range of races, religions, countries of origin, and experiences. Most of my students speak more than one language including Spanish, Punjabi, Vietnamese, Punjabi. I need a classroom library that captures the range of experiences my students have!

These rich and diverse texts will not only pique the interest of my growing readers, but also help build students' self esteem, acceptance, community, and compassion.

Picture books are accessible to all readers, simultaneously drawing students in with inspiring art and storytelling. These books will help students see people and experiences familiar to them, as well as introduce them to the cultures and backgrounds of their peers. This is a wonderful way of starting conversations about such big topics as inequity, immigration and refugees, and discrimination. In reading and sharing stories that capture the diversity of the human experience, students can continue to learn more about themselves, their peers, and the complicated and connected world in which they are growing up.

Ms. Franks
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga • Amazon Business $13.61 2 $27.22
IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines • Amazon Business $18.89 1 $18.89
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Where Are You From? • Amazon Business $15.79 1 $15.79
First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great • Amazon Business $15.64 1 $15.64
When We Were Alone • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Four Feet, Two Sandals • Amazon Business $14.73 1 $14.73
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Familyx92s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.38 1 $14.38
Sulwe • Amazon Business $14.34 1 $14.34
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $13.42 1 $13.42
Most People • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belprxe9 • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $12.64 1 $12.64
La Frontera: El Viaje Con Papa / My Journey with Papa (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $12.62 1 $12.62
Dreamers • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Alma and How She Got Her Name • Amazon Business $12.26 1 $12.26
My Papi Has a Motorcycle • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Islandborn • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
My Hair is a Garden • Amazon Business $11.12 1 $11.12
Hair Love • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin • Amazon Business $10.85 1 $10.85
A Different Pond (Fiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $10.64 1 $10.64
Mommy's Khimar • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Refugees and Migrants (Children in Our World) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The People Shall Continue • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Lubna and Pebble • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
Hot Hot Roti for Dada-Ji • Amazon Business $9.21 1 $9.21
Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story • Amazon Business $9.19 1 $9.19
Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
My Mother's Sari • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
Nadia's Hands • Amazon Business $7.33 1 $7.33

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