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Mrs. Travis from Mesquite TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Books We Read Shape Our Students

My students need a diverse and purposeful classroom library. My goal is to fill our library with read alouds that are culturally connected, teach character education, and inspire creativity.

  • $536 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are energetic and hardworking! They bring a happy climate to our classroom and encourage me to be the best teacher for them. They enjoy hands-on activities, engaging centers, and themed days. I love to see their grit during difficult activities and their celebration after their perseverance.

The relationships I have created with my students and their parents are what makes them special!

I will be looping up with half of my students to a brand new school. This year is special because although we will be moving to a new school climate, our classroom community support will travel together.

My Project

Focused purposeful read alouds are the goal for my classroom library. Although students have freedom to choose books in my classroom, they are lacking the access to books that have been purposefully placed to teach diversity and character. Reflection and representation in a classroom library allow students to see themselves within the pages of a book. I have selected books that are reflective of Hispanic-Mexican culture. Culturally reflective titles help shape student identity and allow students to see themselves within the stories' plots.

If students can culturally identify in books, then it's also important for them to be able to see into the lives of others.

This year, my class will be joining the Global Read Aloud, where we will explore books with an "emphasis on perspective, on understanding others, on connecting and change". We will be connecting with other classrooms through Google Hangouts to discuss the books written by indigenous writers, Julie Flett and Monique Gray Smith.

Character education is another priority for my classroom library. Books have the power to shape young minds. They can instill kindness, teach empathy, and inspire perseverance. Maria Dismondy is a focus author whose books tell about kindness, courage, friendship, empathy, and standing up for others. Purposeful read alouds expose students to messages that create and establish the classroom climate and student mindset.

Mrs. Travis
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
When We Were Alone • Amazon Business $17.35 1 $17.35
Iggy Peck, Architect • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
You Hold Me Up • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon • Amazon Business $14.81 1 $14.81
If I Built a House • Amazon Business $14.77 1 $14.77
Stick and Stone • Amazon Business $14.72 1 $14.72
Holy Mole!: A Folktale from Mexico • Amazon Business $14.27 1 $14.27
Wild Berries • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
A Day with Yayah • Amazon Business $13.63 1 $13.63
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Growing Up With Tamales / Los tamales de Ana (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.27 1 $13.27
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $12.21 1 $12.21
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale (Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.45 1 $11.45
You Get What You Get (Little Boost) • Amazon Business $11.02 1 $11.02
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor: Celebrating Diversity with Empathy • Amazon Business $10.64 1 $10.64
Elena's Serenade (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Pink Tiara Cookies for Three • Amazon Business $10.41 1 $10.41
The Crayon Box that Talked • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Rude Cakes • Amazon Business $9.56 1 $9.56
My Heart Fills with Happiness • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
The Potato Chip Champ: Discovering Why Kindness Counts • Amazon Business $8.32 1 $8.32
The Fiesta Dress: A Quinceanera Tale • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Lying Up a Storm • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
What If Everybody Did That? • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
If I Built a Car • Amazon Business $7.74 1 $7.74
What Can You Do with a Paleta / ¿Qué Puedes Hacer con una Paleta? • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Playing Loteria /El juego de la loteria (Bilingual) (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $6.83 1 $6.83
The Jelly Donut Difference: Sharing Kindness with the World • Amazon Business $6.71 1 $6.71
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
Cactus Soup • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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