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Mrs. Smith from Urbandale IA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Need Diverse Books!

My students need a diverse and responsive classroom library that keeps them engaged and reading.

  • $865 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are in a 10th, 11th, and 12th graders in a urban district. We are smaller in size than neighboring districts, representing a unique group of students.

We are a diverse group learners.

Students in my district represent 92 countries and over 50 languages spoken. My students complete the range of socio-economic status. Some do not have access to books. Some have a library full at home. My goal is to make this gap smaller. They are amazingly open minded students who love to think and be challenged everyday.

My Project

Reading changes the world. Reading creates empathy. Reading makes us social. Reading brings us understanding. My students need books that will engage and teach them. They need books that they can relate to and that can challenge them.

Last year, 92% of my students said they read more than they had year before.

My classroom library is one key to keeping this reading momentum going. I hope to continue this by providing my students with titles that are responsive to them right now in terms of genre and content.

When a students asks for a book recommendation, my goal is always to give them at least five options. By adding the titles on this list, it will make this goal possible. Many titles on this list address issues they see everyday: mental health, LGBTQ, abuse, and discrimination. There is a range of nonfiction, fiction, young adult, and poetry to meet all students interests.

Mrs. Smith
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 180 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir • Amazon Business $17.87 2 $35.74
The Poet X • Amazon Business $14.51 2 $29.02
No Matter the Wreckage • Amazon Business $13.49 2 $26.98
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives • Amazon Business $12.59 2 $25.18
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $11.39 2 $22.78
This Is Where It Ends • Amazon Business $11.33 2 $22.66
Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance • Amazon Business $18.29 1 $18.29
The Great Alone: A Novel • Amazon Business $17.22 1 $17.22
Educated: A Memoir • Amazon Business $16.80 1 $16.80
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) • Amazon Business $7.98 2 $15.96
The Complete Persepolis • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
To All the Boys I've Loved Before • Amazon Business $7.53 2 $15.06
Looking for Alaska • Amazon Business $7.47 2 $14.94
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg • Amazon Business $14.67 1 $14.67
There There: A novel • Amazon Business $14.62 1 $14.62
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $6.69 2 $13.38
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe) • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Leah on the Offbeat • Amazon Business $12.83 1 $12.83
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Far from the Tree • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
the witch doesn't burn in this one • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Bad Feminist: Essays • Amazon Business $11.93 1 $11.93
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Before I Let Go • Amazon Business $11.35 1 $11.35
This Is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body • Amazon Business $10.84 1 $10.84
Sky in the Deep • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI • Amazon Business $10.25 1 $10.25
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy) • Amazon Business $9.60 1 $9.60
Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Carve the Mark • Amazon Business $9.20 1 $9.20
Interpreter of Maladies • Amazon Business $9.08 1 $9.08
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
For Every One • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
March: Book One • Amazon Business $8.84 1 $8.84
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End • Amazon Business $8.80 1 $8.80
Six of Crows • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance • Amazon Business $8.64 1 $8.64
Dumplin' • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
Sharp Objects (Movie Tie-In): A Novel • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
An Ember in the Ashes • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) • Amazon Business $4.15 1 $4.15
Enrique's Journey (The Young Adult Adaptation): The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother • Amazon Business $3.60 1 $3.60

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