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Ms. Leiter from Saint Paul MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Can Read Books About Us!

Help me give my students 26 books with interesting stories about children who look like them and reflect their cultural and racial backgrounds.

  • $184 goal

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My Students

My students come to school eager to learn about the world around them. They love to sit down with a friend to read, and they love to talk! Our school is an urban elementary school with many bilingual students who are learning English. Some of our students have recently arrived in the United States and did not have an opportunity to attend school before. Our school has two special programs. We have a bio-smart focus which provides enrichment and challenges in science. We also offer a Spanish and English dual-immersion program, in which students learn in two languages.

Every day I see my students working together, playing together, and engaged in learning about math, reading, writing, and science.

They are a community of learners that cares about each other.

My Project

My first graders love stories and are eager to learn to read. I am requesting books that are designed to support young children as they learn beginning reading skills. My students will be able to understand these books and they will know the words. The books feature characters that reflect the cultures and races of students in our classroom. The children in the stories are from many cultures, including Latino, African American, Asian, Middle Eastern, and European backgrounds- just like the students in our class.

My students are affirmed when they see their own cultures and skin-tones reflected in the characters in the stories they read.

They see that stories are about all of them and that they are all important. They can recognize themselves in the stories as well as their friends and classmates.

The books also feature stories and themes about children doing things that my students are familiar with: playing in the snow, going to school, jumping in rain puddles, playing with friends, and taking care of pets. Families in the stories do things that my students know about and like to do: helping mom and dad, working together at home, wearing special cultural clothing, taking care of little brothers and sisters, and playing in the snow. My students can understand and relate to these stories.

Reading stories about children who look like us and have similar interests helps first graders have conversations about what makes us all unique and special. It helps students to identify and appreciate their own race and culture as well as those of their classmates. Thank you for helping my students learn about themselves and others through the stories.

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

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
I Like to Eat • - Hameray Publishing $14.22 1 $14.22
I Like Breakfast • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Friends Together • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Radar and Grandpa • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Where Can I Read? • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Baby • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Big and Little • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Thanksgiving Dinner • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Snow Fun • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
What is a Friend? • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
The Dunk Tank • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Recess Time • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Going Up and Down • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
My Loose Tooth • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Socks • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
My Big Sister • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Wet Wet Wet • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
My Noisy House • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
The Very Clean Car • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Helping Mom • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Hide and Seek • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Dirt • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Clean Your Room, Nick! • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Bubble Gum • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
I Can Read • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95
Run Haley, Run • - Hameray Publishing $3.95 1 $3.95

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