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Mrs. Atis from Camden NJ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Tired of Translated Books!

My students need books that were written originally in Spanish. The majority of these titles were written by Hispanic authors from many of the same cultures as my students.

  • $374 goal

This project expired on October 26, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

This fall, I will be teaching a class of 25+ bilingual Kindergarteners. All of my students will be learning to read and write in their native language of Spanish, while they are also acquiring English language abilities! In my classroom, we are all proud to come from a variety of cultures and to be able to learn and value the Spanish language in an academic setting.

The students in my community of Camden, NJ are strong and resilient, and they have already persisted through many challenges at this early point in their lives.

Many have immigrated from other countries themselves and are experiencing the unique challenge of acclimating to another culture and language. Our classroom is a safe place where they can take risks and grow while surrounded by peers with similar life experiences. We need authentic Spanish children's books that reflect our diverse community of learners and allow them to value their Latino cultures.

My Project

All children deserve to have access not only to books that serve as windows to others different from themselves, but also books that provide mirrors to see their own lives and experiences reflected. My students are all of a variety of Hispanic cultures, and in my bilingual classroom, they are proudly learning to read in Spanish as they also acquire English. After my first year of teaching in this setting, however, I realized that the majority of the Spanish texts we were reading had been translated or adapted from English.

There are many rich, diverse children's books written originally in Spanish, and my proudly bilingual students deserve to see their cultures reflected in the books they read.

This particular set of titles represents Latino authors from many countries, and they span a variety of themes and genres. With these books, my students will be able to relate to characters who have to explain their two long last names, or who long to know the island country their parents once called home. They will also hear folktales and rhymes that were made to be spoken in Spanish, and written by authors who my students could see themselves becoming someday.

I would greatly appreciate your partnership in bringing authentic and relatable children's books into my students' hands that will help them cherish the language and culture of their families and develop their identities as proud Latino Americans.

Mrs. Atis
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 26 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
El faro de las almas (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Última parada de la calle Market (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Lola: Edición en español de ISLANDBORN (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
Rene Has Two Last Names / Rene tiene dos apellidos (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.67 1 $12.67
El mejor es mi papa (Serie amarilla) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.58 1 $12.58
De como dicen que fue hecho el mar (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
¡Viva la tortuga! / Long Live the Turtle! (Spanish Edition) (Nidos para la lectura) • Amazon Business $11.95 1 $11.95
Vuelo del quetzal (Puertas al Sol/ Gateways to the Sun) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Ratoncito Pérez, cartero/ Tooth Fairy, mailman (Puertas al Sol/ Gateways to the Sun) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $10.84 1 $10.84
El loro tico tango (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
El caballero que no tenía caballo (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Cha-cha-cha En La Selva (Barefoot en Espanol (Paperback)) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Chumba la Cachumba • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
El Flamboyán Amarillo (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
¡Todos a Comer! A Mexican Food Alphabet Book (Bilingual English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Una extraña visita (Libros Para Contar / Stories for the Telling) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Guacamole: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem (Bilingual Cooking Poems) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
What Can You Do With a Rebozo?/¿Qué puedes hacer con un rebozo? (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
El papalote/The Kite (Spanish Edition) (Cuentos Para Todo el Ano/Stories The Year Round) • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Family Pictures, 15th Anniversary Edition / Cuadros de Familia, Edición Quinceañera • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Tia Isa Quiere Un Carro (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Arroz con leche: canciones y ritmos populares de América Latina Popular Songs and Rhymes From Latin America (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
La Isla (Spanish Edition) (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Juan Bobo busca trabajo (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Esos zapatos (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Abuela (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Un sillón para mi mamá (A Chair for My Mother) • Amazon Business $5.75 1 $5.75
Tortillitas para Mamá and Other Nursery Rhymes (Bilingual Edition in Spanish and English) • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59

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