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Mrs. Hempel from Carver MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Wanted: New Books to Expand on Classroom Diversity

My students need children's books like "The Boy With the Rainbow Heart" and "Hattie and Hudson," which will help provide rich and teachable moments in our diverse classroom.

  • $384 goal

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My Students

Our students come from a diverse background and I believe it is important to have literature in the classroom that represents the diversity within. The students in my class work hard every day to learn more about one another, as they strive to do their personal best work: academically and socially.

They are learning about growth mindset and how to be inclusive of all who enter our classroom.

My class consists of 24 amazing students. Of those 24, 2 of them receive ELL services, 3 receive specialized education services, and 2 of them are in speech. As their teacher, it is my job to model how to treat one another.

My Project

My students must identify themselves in some of the books they read to have an increased interest in the literature. Education is constantly changing, but who we are is not. Students need diverse literature at all ages.

Children's books can act as both mirrors and windows into the world.

I aim to provide a rich variety of literature that reflects the diversity in my classroom as well as literature that opens the door to conversation about other cultures. As children learn about "other" cultures at an early age, we can help to reduce stereotypes. Books also show children a broad variety of role models.

I would like to thank you for your consideration as you support funding a project to provide rich, diverse literature for my first and second grade students!

Mrs. Hempel
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 24 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dog vs. Cat • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
What Should Danny Do? • Amazon Business $16.93 1 $16.93
In Search of Happiness (Big Picture Book) • Amazon Business $16.58 1 $16.58
One Smile • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Leo the Lightning Bug • Amazon Business $15.58 1 $15.58
The Boy with the Rainbow Heart • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Wings • Amazon Business $14.70 1 $14.70
The Lunch Thief • Amazon Business $14.15 1 $14.15
The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
Hattie and Hudson • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Sparkle Boy • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $10.73 1 $10.73
The Day No One Played Together: A Story About Compromise (Mom's Choice Award Recipient) • Amazon Business $10.55 1 $10.55
Ricky Sticky Fingers • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
Soda Pop Head • Amazon Business $9.06 1 $9.06
Bubble Gum Brain • Amazon Business $8.96 1 $8.96
Little Red Writing • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Lying Up a Storm • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
Because of Mr. Terupt • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Interrupting Chicken • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
This School Year Will Be the BEST! • Amazon Business $5.31 1 $5.31
National Geographic Readers: Cats vs. Dogs • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19

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