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Mrs. Volenec from Alamo CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Social Justice Books to Increase Diversity in Our Collection

Help me give my students access to diverse stories to help them fall in love with reading.

  • 3 donors
  • $591 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

We have a large group of struggling readers at our school. COVID-19 stopped in-person learning beginning on March 16, 2020. Since then, the majority of our students did not reach their reading goals as they did in previous years. As more students have struggled to read over the past year, they have needed an impetus for embracing the love of reading. These titles are highly appealing to our voracious and struggling readers and can be just what they need to want to return to or begin enjoying reading.

Our collection needs more diverse titles to help our struggling readers find that perfect book.

Although we have many voracious readers, we also have a significant number of reluctant readers. One way our reluctant readers become more enthusiastic readers is by word-of-mouth. Their classmates will recommend popular and much-loved titles to them. They pick up these titles and fall in love with reading.

My Project

These books are well-written, many award-winning, and will entice our students to want to read. One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching is hearing a student share with me that they used to hate to read until they read one of the books I recommended. I hope to continue to convert more students to the love of reading.

The majority of these titles are centered on the lives of people of color, different abilities, and challenging circumstances.

Our students need to experience these stories to increase their own empathy. They will get caught up in the lives of these young people and want to continue to read more.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Starfish • Amazon Business $13.99 3 $41.97
The Inheritance Games • Amazon Business $9.89 4 $39.56
Turtle Boy • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
War Stories • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition • Amazon Business $14.59 1 $14.59
It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) • Amazon Business $7.04 2 $14.08
The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games, 2) • Amazon Business $13.20 1 $13.20
They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (Fighting for Justice, 1) • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
By Your Side • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Haikyu!!, Vol. 6 (6) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 9 (9) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
My Hero Academia, Vol. 6 (6) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Summoning • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon's Return • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Night Diary • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son (Ali Cross, 2) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Forget Me Not • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Canyon's Edge • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Bloom (The Overthrow) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Dragon Warrior • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Boy Who Dared • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Knockout • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Other Words for Home • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
My Life as a Book (The My Life series, 1) • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
A Monster Calls: A Novel (Movie Tie-in): Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd • Amazon Business $7.86 1 $7.86
The Chaos Curse (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #3) (3) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Red Queen (Red Queen, 1) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series, 1) • Amazon Business $6.74 1 $6.74
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $6.70 1 $6.70
The Game of Stars (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #2) • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49

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