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Ms. Simon from Roslindale MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Need Diverse Books

My students need access to a classroom library that features protagonists who are as diverse as them; these texts are of high interest to my students and will appeal to even my most reluctant readers.

  • $238 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students come to school each day prepared to learn. They are fifth-grade leaders who stand up in the face of adversity even when that means they are standing alone.

My students are all members of a close school community that is committed to teaching through culturally responsive pedagogy to create independent learners and close achievement gaps.

They come from various neighborhoods in the city of Boston. Some arrive at school by foot and some are transported by a school bus.

My Project

My students know that books can take you places you've never been. Sometimes classic novels don't hold the interest of my students. They like to read graphic novels like the Amulet series, historical fiction, fantasy, and new best selling middle-grade fiction, such as Patina, Sunny and Lu by Jason Reynolds. My school library is definitely functioning but doesn't have a wide range of high-interest texts.

Students are eager to read texts that mirror their own identity and cultures as well as texts that offer a window into contrasting experiences.

With successful funding, students will have access to texts that interest them and increase comprehension and fluency. The best way to increase reading ability is to read more, and these books will continue to help my students grow stronger in literacy.

Ms. Simon
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Amulet #1-7 Box Set • Amazon Business $57.26 1 $57.26
Dreamers • Amazon Business $12.12 1 $12.12
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Like Vanessa • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Parker Inheritance • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Real Friends • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Positively Izzy • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Invisible Emmie • Amazon Business $8.24 1 $8.24
The Dreamer • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

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