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Ms. Bell from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Represented Readers: Building a Diverse Classroom Library!

Help me give my students a diverse classroom library that will keep them engaged as readers and as global citizens!

  • $792 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I teach at a Title I public school in Washington, D.C. 99% of our students are eligible for free lunch, and many of them are English language learners. Several of our students are newcomers to the U.S., learning English for the first time while adjusting to life in a brand new place. The diverse backgrounds and native languages of our learners are assets to our vibrant community, and I continue to see students love and support each other both in and outside of the classroom.

My students are empathetic, inquisitive, and creative.

I am constantly blown away by their ability to grapple with important issues and look for solutions, whether it is writing a letter to Congress, or inventing a new way to do something in our classroom maker space. My students desire to ask big questions, find the information they need, and take action making our learning community an energizing and inspiring place to be.

My Project

In order to become stronger readers, writers, and thinkers, my students need access to high-quality and engaging books. In addition to having a wide variety of titles to choose from, it is imperative that a great classroom library is filled with books that reflect students' cultures, identities, and experiences.

I am seeking to build a classroom library that represents the unique cultural identities of students in and outside of my classroom.

By being able to choose from books with a wide representation of content, characters, and authors, students will have more opportunities to connect to the stories they read. They will also build a reading life, gaining insight and expertise in which types of books they enjoy most. Finally, a diverse library will give students a window to understand the lives of others.

In order to curate my library selections, I used the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project's Diverse Book List 2019-2020. I hope that access to these books will spark my students' love of reading, open doors to new ideas, and affirm their sense of belonging in our school community.

Ms. Bell
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
TIME For Kids - Grade 3-4 with Teacher's Guide and financial bonus issues • TIME for Kids $4.50 10 $45.00
Naomis Too (Two Naomis) • Amazon Business $13.78 1 $13.78
Dragons in a Bag • Amazon Business $13.11 1 $13.11
Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Sharks • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of the Dark • Amazon Business $11.22 1 $11.22
Pizza Party: The Carver Chronicles, Book Six • Amazon Business $11.12 1 $11.12
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me • Amazon Business $10.24 1 $10.24
Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Finding Langston • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ghosts for Breakfast • Amazon Business $7.31 1 $7.31
The Gumazing Gum Girl!, Book 2 Gum Luck (The Gumazing Gum Girl!, Book 2) (A Gum Girl Novel) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-made Catastrophes • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book: Book 1 • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Trouble Next Door: The Carver Chronicles, Book Four • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Gumazing Gum Girl!, Book 3 Popped Star (A Gum Girl Novel) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Little Shaq Takes a Chance • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Ruby Lu, Brave and True • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The New Kid: The Carver Chronicles, Book Five • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Hip-Hop Road Trip (Academy of Dance) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Ballet Breakdown (Academy of Dance) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Hole Nine Yards (The Mysterious Makers of Shaker Street) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Double Scribble (Jake Maddox Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
BFF Breakup (Academy of Dance) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Lark and the Diamond Caper (Orca Echoes) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Lark Takes a Bow (Orca Echoes) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Soccer Switch (Jake Maddox Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Stick to the Facts, Katie: Writing a Research Paper with Katie Woo (Katie Woo: Star Writer) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Kinda Like Brothers • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Power Forward (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Little Shaq: Star of the Week • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Shai & Emmie Star in Dancy Pants! (A Shai & Emmie Story) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.57 1 $6.57
Superhero Harry • Amazon Business $6.54 1 $6.54
Two Naomis • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel • Amazon Business $6.21 1 $6.21
The Parker Inheritance (Scholastic Gold) • Amazon Business $6.18 1 $6.18
Dog Days: The Carver Chronicles, Book One • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Skateboard Party: The Carver Chronicles, Book Two (2) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Don’t Feed the Geckos!: The Carver Chronicles, Book 3 • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 2: The Ladek Invasion (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 3: Muffin Wars (Volume 3) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Nikki and Deja: Substitute Trouble (Nikki & Deja) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Nikki and Deja: Election Madness (Nikki & Deja) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Miami Jackson Sees It Through (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Ruby Lu, Star of the Show • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Lola Levine Is Not Mean! • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Gumazing Gum Girl!, Book 1 Chews Your Destiny (The Gumazing Gum Girl!, Book 1) (A Gum Girl Novel) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Brand New School, Brave New Ruby (Ruby and the Booker Boys #1) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Ruby Flips For Attention (Ruby and the Booker Boys #4) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Alien Next Door 1: The New Kid (1) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Miami Jackson Makes the Play (A Stepping Stone Book) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Nikki and Deja: Nikki and Deja, Book One (1) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Digging Deep (Jake Maddox Girl Sports Stories) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Soccer Show-Off (Jake Maddox Girl Sports Stories) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Running Back Dreams (Team Jake Maddox Sports Stories) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Point Guard Prank (Jake Maddox Sports Stories) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Quarterback Comeback (Team Jake Maddox Sports Stories) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Yasmin the Superhero • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Batter Up! (Jake Maddox Sports Stories) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Lola Levine and the Vacation Dream • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Lola Levine: Drama Queen • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! (A Shai & Emmie Story) • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras) • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras) • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
Yasmin the Zookeeper • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome (Sarai #1) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Miami Gets It Straight (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) • Amazon Business $4.78 1 $4.78
Mia Mayhem Breaks Down Walls (4) • Amazon Business $4.58 1 $4.58
Stella Diaz Has Something to Say • Amazon Business $4.50 1 $4.50
Stella Diaz Has Something to Say • Amazon Business $4.50 1 $4.50
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! (Passport to Reading Level 3) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero! • Amazon Business $4.46 1 $4.46
Yasmin in Charge • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00
Who Is Michael Jordan? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $3.47 1 $3.47
Hoop Hustle (Jake Maddox Sports Stories) • Amazon Business $3.45 1 $3.45
EllRay Jakes the Recess King! • Amazon Business $3.29 1 $3.29

Materials cost

$598.21

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$35.89

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.97

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$673.07

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$118.78

Total project goal

$791.85

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$791.85

2 Donors

-$743.32

Donations toward project cost

-$673.07

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$70.25

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$48.53

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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