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Mrs. Lore from Lincoln IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

We Need Diverse Books (#WNDB) in the Classroom

Help me give my students more diverse YA books for our classroom library.

  • $603 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are readers, though many of them denied it at first. I teach mostly seniors in a rural high school; however, our school is quite diverse and often has many issues that inner city schools do. Many of my students came to me in the beginning of the year as non-readers, but as we've developed more of a reading life both in and out of the classroom, they're starting to identify as readers who are changed by the books they read.

My students are learning the power of story, and what it means to get lost in the pages of a book that speaks to them.

They come from such different backgrounds, and desire to see themselves reflected in the pages of the stories they read. In our classroom, we focus the year by talking about perspective and what it means to see through someone else's eyes. Throughout the year, they have become eager to connect with and relate to others. By finding themselves in the stories of someone they connect with (or are sometimes different from) my students are learning empathy and growing not only as readers, but as people ready to make change.

My Project

Many of my students utilize our school library, but the majority of them prefer to browse my classroom shelves, often asking for recommendations. My students know they should have a book in hand at all times, so they read at a fairly fast rate, and constantly rotate their independent novels. But, if the books they want aren’t on my shelves because they are checked out, they often won’t wait to pick them up and just move on or through other reads. Over the course of the last few years, I've noticed that my students gravitate towards books that they deeply connect too, and these are the reads they desire.

I want my students to be able to see themselves in the pages of the books they read, which is why I want to diversify my classroom library.

Young Adult books are booming in the publishing industry, and as the industry fills with more diverse authors, more of my students are finding themselves represented in the pages of books which encourages them.

My students are diverse--in culture, race, and life experiences--and they deserve stories that speak to their diversity but also allow them to empathize with others. Though my classroom library includes a plethora of books, as YA literature is ever growing, I cannot keep up with the amount of newly diverse books on the market. This project will fill up our classroom library with high interest texts that my students are constantly asking to read.

Mrs. Lore
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
All American Boys • Amazon Business $16.66 1 $16.66
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $16.58 1 $16.58
The Night Diary • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
A Very Large Expanse of Sea • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
The Poet X • Amazon Business $14.87 1 $14.87
New Kid • Amazon Business $14.71 1 $14.71
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Leah on the Offbeat • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $14.35 1 $14.35
The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola) • Amazon Business $13.48 1 $13.48
Love, Hate and Other Filters • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $13.14 1 $13.14
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Watch Us Rise • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Five Feet Apart • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $12.84 1 $12.84
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Fresh Ink: An Anthology • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Pride • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Opposite of Always • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Ramona Blue • Amazon Business $11.50 1 $11.50
Five Feet Apart • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health • Amazon Business $10.63 1 $10.63
Internment • Amazon Business $10.54 1 $10.54
Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
Odd One Out • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Everything, Everything • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55

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