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Mrs. Sunley from Durham NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

They Look Like Me! Books to Reflect a Diverse Classroom

My students need texts that represent Latino icons, culture, and accomplishments.

  • $343 goal

This project expired on July 28, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I work with 50 6th and 7th grade English Language Learners. They come to us with a variety of language backgrounds, and a passion for learning. Our students can be completely literate in their first language or come from a community where they were not given the chance at an education. It is my privilege to help these students navigate a new language, culture, and country.

These middle schoolers are incredibly diverse and bring their own story to the classroom.

As their teacher, it is my job to help them to embrace and tell that story. To be proud of their first language and to grow into their second. In our class, we work to create a safe space for all students to learn and grow.

My Project

What I am looking to purchase for my classroom is books that represent the students that I serve. I want them to look at the cover of these new books and see faces that reflect themselves. To read these texts and hear stories that mirror their own lives.

Representation Matters!

I need for my students to see their heritage in action. To know that their story is worth telling. To understand that they can explore different genres. To claim the authorship of their own tales, and that perhaps one day, they too, will be immortalized in book. Books have power, and if students see themselves in a book, hopefully they will feel empowered as well.

Mrs. Sunley
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Salsa Stories • Amazon Business $6.62 15 $99.30
Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/La Historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $15.45 1 $15.45
Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Islandborn • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
Yes! We Are Latinos: Poems and Prose About the Latino Experience • Amazon Business $9.44 1 $9.44
My Diary from Here to There: Mi diario de aqui hasta alla (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
The Upside Down Boy/El nino de cabeza (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $7.56 1 $7.56
In My Family/En mi familia • Amazon Business $7.04 1 $7.04
Stef Soto, Taco Queen • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey del Futbol • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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