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Ms. Zaccardi from Raleigh NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Are the Main Characters

My students need books in which they are the main character. They need to see themselves in every story, changing the world, changing their world, or just having an adventure.

  • $523 goal

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My Students

Every child deserves to be the main character in a book. Our students are smart, kind, funny, and come from very diverse backgrounds. Most of our student population receives free and reduced lunch, and for many, the school library is the only library they've ever used. That makes it extremely important that the books here be relevant to their lives.

I love my job - each day I get to help children find books that engage, inspire, and captivate them.

Our students love reading, and I hope to be able to provide them with books that they'll love.

My Project

Have you ever read a book about a magical talking animal, and made a direct connection to your own life? Me neither. I have read about human characters like me, though, children with families like mine, struggles like mine, overcoming challenges and persevering. Everyone needs that book.

Every student deserves to be the main character.

With the books I've chosen, my students will see themselves. A book like Hidden Figures shows the power of women, Malala's Magic Pencil shows children changing the world, and Hello, Universe shows friendships forming in the unlikeliest of places. Children learn empathy through stories. They see themselves represented overcoming challenges, and they see others doing the same. They learn acceptance and kindness, and they find power in themselves. We need these books.

Ms. Zaccardi
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lola: Edición en español de ISLANDBORN (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos • Amazon Business $15.64 1 $15.64
King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
Before She was Harriet (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $14.56 1 $14.56
Princess Hair • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code • Amazon Business $14.20 1 $14.20
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
The Word Collector • Amazon Business $13.36 1 $13.36
A Different Pond • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Islandborn • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse • Amazon Business $12.70 1 $12.70
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $12.36 1 $12.36
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
The Big Bed • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Her Right Foot • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
La Princesa and the Pea • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History • Amazon Business $11.68 1 $11.68
Ghost Boys • Amazon Business $11.41 1 $11.41
Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series) • Amazon Business $11.33 1 $11.33
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora • Amazon Business $10.82 1 $10.82
The First Rule of Punk • Amazon Business $10.66 1 $10.66
Amina's Voice • Amazon Business $10.48 1 $10.48
Hello, Universe • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95

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