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

Stories as Diverse as Us

Help me give my students access to diverse fiction books representing strong female characters, different cultural perspectives, and characters of different abilities.

  • $523 goal

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My Students

As the Library Media Technician, I serve over 400 elementary students and their families in a Title I school in Southern California. My students come from diverse backgrounds, variety of reading and learning abilities, and many face real-world life circumstances.

The students at my school are voracious readers!

They love learning through reading. They love the portal books provide to new worlds. They can't get enough of fiction and non-fiction books in our school library, whether they are in kindergarten or they are in 5th grade.

My Project

Our library is always seeking to develop an inclusive collection that is representative of all our students and our community. The enjoyment of reading can be sparked when students discover stories they can relate to. Reading diverse books can also help young readers develop understanding of others' experiences.

Reading stories that represent authentic, diverse narratives can help my students build empathy for others with experiences and circumstances different from their own, while making connections with stories that reflect their own narratives.

We need books written by women authors and stories about strong female characters, such as "Lucia the Luchadora" and "Rise of the Jumbies." We need books written by minority authors and stories about different cultures and diasporas, such as "Front Desk" and "Amal Unbound." We need stories about characters of different abilities, such as "Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus" and "Out of My Mind."

I have seen interest in reading grow when students find a connection with the characters and find themselves represented in the books they read. I hope these additional titles will spark the love of reading in my students as our library becomes more inclusive and diverse.

Mrs. Cox
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 415 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
El Deafo • Amazon Business $15.36 2 $30.72
Dreamers • Amazon Business $14.24 2 $28.48
No Kimchi For Me! • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus • Amazon Business $8.98 2 $17.96
Where Are You From? • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Song for a Whale • Amazon Business $7.72 2 $15.44
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $14.60 1 $14.60
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel • Amazon Business $13.70 1 $13.70
The Secret Recipe (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $13.41 1 $13.41
Thank You, Omu! • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Dress Like a Girl • Amazon Business $13.15 1 $13.15
Neither • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Fish in a Tree • Amazon Business $12.86 1 $12.86
Front Desk • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Alma and How She Got Her Name • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Lucia the Luchadora • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Lucia the Luchadora and the Million Masks • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Out of My Mind • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Where's Halmoni? • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
Drawn Together • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Festival of Colors • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Bat and the Waiting Game • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Chester and Gus • Amazon Business $9.33 1 $9.33
Rise of the Jumbies • Amazon Business $9.15 1 $9.15

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