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Mrs. MacHott from Corona CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Stories Are Light: A Brighter World of Diverse Books

Help me give my students gorgeous books filled with diverse characters, fun stories, and amazing history!

  • $467 goal

This project expired on July 16, 2019.

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My Students

My 2nd graders are creative, hilarious, kind-hearted, and curious little humans. Last month, they donated books from home to build book boxes to keep on each of our school buses, so that our bus riders can read together on the way to and from school. On a class survey, my class recently voted overwhelmingly that reading is their favorite part of the school day, and I love helping them grow into readers!

Some of our most special moments as a class family have been shared during read-alouds, which make us think about and see our world differently than we did before.

My Project

In one of our class' most-loved books, author Kate DiCamillo writes, "Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark." Stories can be mirrors, where we can see characters like ourselves and feel valued; and windows into the lives of people very different from ourselves. This is why kids who are readers grow up to be kinder, more empathetic people--which is exactly what we need more of in this world.

The books in our classrooms should be as diverse as the students and families we serve.

Yet, most teachers must fund our own classroom libraries, relying on yard sales and bargain bins where books are often older, more tattered, lower-quality, and lacking in characters that truly represent all types of people. I've been working to change this a few books at a time, but this project is a huge step toward making sure the stories we share include both mirrors and windows, for every child!

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This project will reach 26 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ruth and the Green Book • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Hello Goodbye Dog • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
Extra Yarn • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
The Water Walker • Amazon Business $16.10 1 $16.10
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.40 1 $15.40
Susan Laughs • Amazon Business $14.75 1 $14.75
Alma and How She Got Her Name • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Say Something • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré • Amazon Business $14.16 1 $14.16
My Name Is Sangoel • Amazon Business $13.60 1 $13.60
Thank You, Omu! • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
A Family Is a Family Is a Family • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
A Different Pond (Fiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Thunder Boy Jr. (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $10.28 1 $10.28
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Bringing Asha Home • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Maya's Voice • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox • Amazon Business $9.08 1 $9.08
Moses Goes to a Concert • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
SkySisters • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
O'Sullivan Stew (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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