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Mrs. Moss from Jackson MS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Need Diverse Books

My students need a variety of fiction and nonfiction books including Who Was Jackie Robinson, Who is Nelson Mandela, Who is Michelle Obama, Who Was Louis Armstrong and Terrible Terrel.

  • $649 goal

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My Students

According to a recent study, of the 3,200 children's books published in 2013, just ninety-three were about African American characters. In 2012, only six percent of children's books published featured diverse characters. We need diverse books.

My students are bright, caring, and inquisitive kids in 2nd-5th grades.

They are committed readers, most of whom are on track to meet their individual reading goals. Our school is a model whole school, where students receive arts integrated instruction.

My Project

This project requests a variety of fiction and nonfiction books including Who Was Jackie Robinson, Who is Nelson Mandela, Who is Michelle Obama, Who Was Louis Armstrong and Terrible Terrel. Our library is the heart of our classroom. Students are able to select books, check them out on the computer, and take them home. Many students come to my room in the mornings to check out books for the day, other students tell me that they read our classroom books to their younger siblings at home. They love checking their reading levels and selecting appropriate books to read. However, as I did inventory and reflected on our library I realized that, quite frankly, most of the books in the library do not reflect my students backgrounds. The majority of the students in our school are African-American, but the majority of the books in our classroom library featured white characters. I want to change that. I have carefully studied lists of children's books and chosen a group of high-quality children's books that feature people of all sorts of diverse backgrounds.

Children need to see successful people who look like them, in their homes, on TV, in the community and yes, in books.

Some of the books that I have selected focus on history, but most focus on the personal triumphs and struggles of diverse characters such as black doctors, Latina superheros, basketball players, ballerinas, or kids who want a puppy. I am convinced that access to books that reflect who they are will make my students more excited about reading.

Mrs. Moss
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
As Fast As Words Could Fly • Amazon $14.82 1 $14.82
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) • Amazon $14.66 1 $14.66
Beautiful Blackbird (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner) • Amazon $14.55 1 $14.55
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom • Amazon $14.06 1 $14.06
Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! • Amazon $13.84 1 $13.84
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me • Amazon $13.69 1 $13.69
Precious and the Boo Hag (Anne Schwartz Books) • Amazon $13.35 1 $13.35
I Have a Dream (Book & CD) • Amazon $13.21 1 $13.21
The Crossover • Amazon $13.07 1 $13.07
Danitra Brown, Class Clown • Amazon $13.05 1 $13.05
P.S. Be Eleven (Ala Notable Children's Books. Middle Readers) • Amazon $12.42 1 $12.42
I, Too, Am America • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
The Gumazing Gum Girl! Book 1 Chews Your Destiny (Gum Girl Novel, A) • Amazon $12.33 1 $12.33
Freddie Ramos Stomps the Snow (Zapato Power) • Amazon $11.54 1 $11.54
Princess Truly and The Hungry Bunny Problem • Amazon $9.89 1 $9.89
Almost Zero: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon $9.39 1 $9.39
Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon $9.13 1 $9.13
Halfway to Perfect: A Dyamonde Daniel Book • Amazon $8.97 1 $8.97
Luz Sees the Light (Future According to Luz) • Amazon $8.95 1 $8.95
Luz Makes a Splash (The Future According to Luz) • Amazon $8.05 1 $8.05
The Colors of Us • Amazon $7.99 1 $7.99
The Thing About Luck • Amazon $7.54 1 $7.54
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon • Amazon $7.35 1 $7.35
American Born Chinese • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu • Amazon $6.99 1 $6.99
Dancing in the Wings • Amazon $6.99 1 $6.99
Meet Danitra Brown • Amazon $6.91 1 $6.91
Big Hair, Don't Care • Amazon $6.67 1 $6.67
Gifted Hands, Kids Edition: The Ben Carson Story (ZonderKidz Biography) • Amazon $6.43 1 $6.43
Those Shoes • Amazon $6.00 1 $6.00
The Name Jar • Amazon $6.00 1 $6.00
Inside Out and Back Again • Amazon $6.00 1 $6.00
Jackie & Me (Baseball Card Adventures) • Amazon $5.99 1 $5.99
Jazmin's Notebook • Amazon $5.99 1 $5.99
Dear Juno (Picture Puffins) • Amazon $5.99 1 $5.99
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream Delo • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
The Year of the Book (An Anna Wang novel) • Amazon $5.26 1 $5.26
Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash (Zapato Power) • Amazon $4.99 1 $4.99
Who Was Sacagawea? • Amazon $4.61 1 $4.61
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? • Amazon $4.57 1 $4.57
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel • Amazon $4.57 1 $4.57
Freddie Ramos Zooms to the Rescue (Zapato Power) • Amazon $4.49 1 $4.49
Who Was Frederick Douglass? • Amazon $4.47 1 $4.47
Who Is Barack Obama? (Who Was...?) • Amazon $4.44 1 $4.44
Freddie Ramos Springs Into Action (Zapato Power) • Amazon $4.44 1 $4.44
Freddie Ramos Takes Off (Zapato Power) • Amazon $4.44 1 $4.44
Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything • Amazon $4.43 1 $4.43
Who Was Roberto Clemente? • Amazon $4.40 1 $4.40
Who Is Muhammad Ali? (Who Was...?) • Amazon $4.40 1 $4.40
Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Ruby Lu, Brave and True • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-Up • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Ruby Lu, Star of the Show • AKJ Books $4.37 1 $4.37
Who Was Gandhi? • Amazon $4.34 1 $4.34
Sugar Plums to the Rescue • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Who Is Michelle Obama? • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Who Was Rosa Parks? • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Who Was Jackie Robinson? • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Perfectly Prima (Sugar Plum Ballerinas Series #3) Whoopi Gol • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Who Is Nelson Mandela? • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Sugar Plum Ballerinas Dancing Diva • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Terrible Terrel • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Ruby and the Booker Boys # 2: Trivia Queen, 3rd Grade Suprem • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Who Was Harriet Tubman? • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Who Was Louis Armstrong? • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64

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