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Ms. Short
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $286 for now
  • $572 still needed

Seeing Ourselves in Our Stories

Help me give my students a library of amazing books to showcase diversity and inclusivity, with titles like: The Stories Julian Tells; Hair Love; and The Invisible Boy.

My Students

My students are second graders who live in an inner-city environment in NJ. Although many of these students experience daily hardship and stress, they come to school eager to learn. My students know that our classroom is a place to learn and explore and persevere. They make me proud to be a teacher.

My students are amazing kids who are learning to fall in love with books and reading.

Some of their favorite characters are Junie B. Jones, and Jack and Annie from the Magic Tree House series. They love these characters, but we need books with amazing characters that my students can relate to more deeply. Most of my students are not white, but almost all of the characters in the books we have are.

My Project

My favorite thing about teaching is getting to share wonderful stories with my students through our daily read aloud. My students will often beg, “Just one more chapter!” We read together every day, as part of our daily literacy lesson, always after lunch and recess to cool down, and sometimes just for fun when we’re really enjoying a book and just have to know what happens in the next chapter. We need books where the main characters are diverse, just like my students. I am requesting multiple copies of each title so that I can reserve one as a read aloud while students can also choose that book to enjoy on their own.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ann Cameron (6 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $26.89 2 $53.78
Hair Love • AKJ Education $13.13 3 $39.39
The Invisible Boy • AKJ Education $13.13 3 $39.39
Series Sampler - Gaither Sisters by Rita Williams-Garcia (3 Books) • AKJ Education $18.02 2 $36.04
Thank You, Omu! • AKJ Education $13.86 2 $27.72
The last stop on market street • AKJ Education $13.86 2 $27.72
Under My Hijab • AKJ Education $13.83 2 $27.66
Biblioburro • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
My Abuelita • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
Princess Hair • AKJ Education $13.13 2 $26.26
The Name Jar • AKJ Education $5.83 3 $17.49
When the Beat Was Born • AKJ Education $17.09 1 $17.09
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • AKJ Education $6.56 2 $13.12
Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up • AKJ Education $4.37 3 $13.11
Jamaica's Find • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Those Shoes • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Erandi's Braids • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
Jamaica's Blue Marker • AKJ Education $5.83 2 $11.66
The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.10 2 $10.20

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This project will reach 22 students.

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