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Ms. Colleen from San Francisco CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Stories that Nurture

Help me give my students picture books that will inspire them to reflect on who they are and to see themselves as agents of positive change in the world.

  • $539 goal

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My Students

My students are funny, exuberant, high-energy, second graders. Most are from low-income, immigrant families. Despite challenging socio-economic circumstances, my students are eager to grow and learn.

Part of my challenge as a teacher is to ensure that my curriculum is culturally relevant, accessible and reflective of my students' lived experience.

My students are hungry for high-quality stories that deepen their understanding of the world and their role in it. Their joyful enthusiasm for reading, listening to, and discussing meaningful and beautiful books is inspiring.

My Project

I am requesting picture books that will motivate my students to reflect on who they are and to see themselves as agents of positive change in the world.

The texts that I have selected are beautiful and thoughtful picture books that feature characters who look and live like my students.

They deal with topics ranging from family connections across generations to immigration to cultural pride. In Turning Pages, Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, relates how her love of reading helped her connect to different parts of her identity, overcome personal challenges, and work toward her dreams. Crown, an Ode to the Fresh Cut, by Derrick Barnes celebrates the pride brown boys feel when they see their new haircuts. The Proudest Blue, a Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad by tells the story of the joy and concern a little girl feels when her older sister wears a hijab to school for the first time. These are just a few examples of the wonderful books that I have chosen to inspire my students.

I have also included picture books, which feature characters of color, that teach self-regulation and empathy in a kid-friendly and accessible way.

Ms. Colleen
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
My Papi Has a Motorcycle • Amazon Business $16.68 1 $16.68
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Where Are You From? • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Someone New • Amazon Business $16.05 1 $16.05
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $14.80 1 $14.80
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood • Amazon Business $14.28 1 $14.28
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga • Amazon Business $14.00 1 $14.00
Teacup • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Islandborn • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
The Patchwork Bike • Amazon Business $13.82 1 $13.82
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
I'm New Here • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Thank You, Omu! • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Hey Black Child • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Say Something • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Thing Lou Couldn't Do • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Turning Pages: My Life Story • Amazon Business $12.37 1 $12.37
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $12.28 1 $12.28
When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree • Amazon Business $12.08 1 $12.08
Alma and How She Got Her Name • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
A Different Pond (Fiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $11.87 1 $11.87
Thunder Boy Jr. (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.84 1 $11.84
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
The Journey • Amazon Business $11.61 1 $11.61
A Big Mooncake for Little Star • Amazon Business $9.70 1 $9.70
The Colors of Us • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $5.23 1 $5.23

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