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Ms. Dunaway from Henrico VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Representing Reality Through Reading

My students need books that represent their many diversities, including nonfiction titles like Primates, graphic novels like Lowriders in Space, and fiction books like My Basmati Bat Mitzvah.

  • $592 goal

This project expired on June 21, 2018.

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My Students

Our school is an academic, economic, and socially diverse school in the heart of Henrico County. Three-fourths of our students have applied for, and been accepted to, the international baccalaureate program. The other portion of the student community filters in from nearby neighborhoods. Our library is working towards creating a flexible learning commons to support the needs of all of our students.

A large focus of the library program is to build lifelong learners and promote the love of reading.

There is research aplenty proving the importance of reading, and in our library, we are striving to create a collection of books that students will want to read. Our library collection is lacking the cultural representation that our population needs. Students want to read books that they can find themselves in - books that they can relate to - and we want to be able to provide that for them.

My Project

Every day, students come into our library and check out books. The majority of our students love to read and get truly excited when we have new books, however, they've been asking for books that include, "A character like me." Throughout this year, we, the librarians, have been working to develop a collection that all students will love and appreciate.

Our books need to support the population of our school.

The book list for this project has been carefully selected to include titles and genres that represent the cultures and diversity found within our building. Many have main characters of different ethnic backgrounds (It Ain't So Awful, Falafel; The Cruisers), but all feature stories that a middle school student can relate to (Save Me a Seat). Our requested list includes both high and low level books so that all of our readers will benefit from this project. We want these kids to get excited about reading!

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This project will reach 999 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Game for Swallows To Die, to Leave, to Return • AKJ Education $21.40 1 $21.40
Low Riders in Space (Book 1) • AKJ Education $16.78 1 $16.78
Target Practice (Cleopatra in Space #1) • AKJ Education $16.78 1 $16.78
Secret of the Time Tablets (Cleopatra in Space #3) • AKJ Education $16.78 1 $16.78
The Thief and the Sword • AKJ Education $16.78 1 $16.78
Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Book 2) • AKJ Education $16.78 1 $16.78
Primates The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas • AKJ Education $16.05 1 $16.05
The Unforgotten Coat • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Zita the Spacegirl Far from Home • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Shooting Kabul • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Cruisers Book 3: A Star Is Born • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Cruisers Book 4: Oh, Snap! • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
If I Ever Get Out of Here • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
How It Went Down • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
George • AKJ Education $12.56 1 $12.56
Amina's Voice • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Cruisers Book 2: Checkmate • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Hello, Universe • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Escape from Aleppo • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Saving Kabul Corner • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Gaby, Lost and Found • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Save Me a Seat • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Cruisers: Book 1 • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Rad American Women A-z • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
Jake the Fake Keeps it Real • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
Zombie Baseball Beatdown • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Tequila Worm • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ninth Ward • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Somewhere Among • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83

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