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Ms. Berenblum from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

We Need Diverse Books!

My students need diverse books to broaden thinking and spark conversations

  • $956 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students at my school are creative, passionate and curious. My school serves a diverse population. We strive to maintain a racial, ethnic, and economic mix because we believe that diversity and equal access benefit everyone. Our students tend to care a lot about social justice and making the world a welcoming place for everyone. They are passionate about topics such as sustainability, politics, school integration, and feminism, to name a few! Each year they dig deep into two big integrated units of study that combine social studies, science, reading, and writing.

My Project

Every week my fourth graders meet with their first grade reading buddies to share books and conversation. By introducing the younger students to new books and happy reading experiences, the fourth graders are taking on a big responsibility, and they need the right books for the job. The beautiful, critically-acclaimed books in this project will form our classroom's new Book Buddy Library. Picture books are great for all ages, and this library will give students a purpose for dipping back into picture books even as they spend most of their independent reading time savoring chapter books.

My students spend time each week browsing this section of our classroom library and selecting books to read to their younger buddies.

These books will give the big and little reading buddies windows into other peoples' experiences as well as mirrors of their own. I am picturing this project as a sort of Reading Rainbow Redux, with fourth graders guiding the younger readers through interesting stories and new information about the world around them.

Ms. Berenblum
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 60 students.

14 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Where Children Sleep • Amazon Business $21.75 1 $21.75
Carmela Full of Wishes • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Grandfather Gandhi • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Grandfather Gandhi • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
When We Were Alone • Amazon Business $17.35 1 $17.35
Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present • Amazon Business $16.66 1 $16.66
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay • Amazon Business $15.04 1 $15.04
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
You Hold Me Up • Amazon Business $14.86 1 $14.86
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey (English and Arabic Edition) • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
I Am Not a Number • Amazon Business $14.33 1 $14.33
Mixed: A Colorful Story • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
A Boy and a Jaguar • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
Wild Berries • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
The Black Book of Colors • Amazon Business $13.93 1 $13.93
Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $13.57 1 $13.57
We'll Paint the Octopus Red • Amazon Business $13.55 1 $13.55
Stolen Words • Amazon Business $13.54 1 $13.54
Sweetest Kulu (English) • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
King for a Day • Amazon Business $13.42 1 $13.42
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
Beautiful • Amazon Business $12.71 1 $12.71
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
My Friend Isabelle • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
Islandborn • Amazon Business $12.10 1 $12.10
Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story • Amazon Business $11.85 1 $11.85
Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
I Can't Believe You Said That!: My Story about Using My Social Filter...or Not! (Best Me I Can Be!) • Amazon Business $10.40 1 $10.40
NewsPrints • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Drawn Together • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
Bigfoot (Behind the Legend) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Unicorns (Behind the Legend) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Loch Ness Monster (Behind the Legend) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
A Night Out with Mama • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Nelson Mandela • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Zombies (Behind the Legend) • Amazon Business $9.94 1 $9.94
Kamik (English): An Inuit Puppy Story • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Fatty Legs • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time • Amazon Business $9.65 1 $9.65
SkySisters • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
My Heart Fills with Happiness • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing the Right Way! (Best Me I Can Be) • Amazon Business $7.82 1 $7.82
Worm Loves Worm • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
The People Shall Continue • Amazon Business $7.38 1 $7.38
The Family Book • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
We March • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Ian's Walk: A Story about Autism • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $6.32 1 $6.32
Yasmin the Painter • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Meet Yasmin! • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Yasmin the Explorer • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Yasmin the Builder • Amazon Business $5.65 1 $5.65

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