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

We Need Diverse Books

Help me give my students books with diverse characters to serve as mirrors and windows

  • $641 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Young children are innately curious about the world around them and about the people in it. The first graders that I teach in Belmont Public Schools are no exception. The students in my class are kind, accepting and inquisitive. They are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, religion and languages spoken and they are excited by noticing the similarities and differences between themselves and their classmates. However, due to the high cost of homes in the district I teach in, many minority populations are very underrepresented in our schools. Minority students may look around their classroom and see no other students that look like them. As we know, representation matters. Having books that feature diverse characters helps to expose children in my classroom to people they may not encounter in their community otherwise.

My first graders are also just starting down the path towards becoming lifelong avid readers.

Having books to read with characters that children can identify with helps children feel engaged and motivated to read. Please help to make sure that we are getting books with diverse characters in the hands of all our young readers.

My Project

Elementary educators in Belmont Public Schools recognize the importance of putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children. My colleagues and I have been working hard to build classroom libraries that recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

The "read aloud" is many children's favorite part of the school day, whether that school day is remote or in person.

With each read aloud, we hope that children will find mirrors where they see themselves reflected as well as windows where they can peek into the lives of others who are different from them.

Please consider donating here to help me purchase more diverse books for my students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ispík kákí péyakoyak / When We Were Alone (Cree and English Edition) • Amazon Business $21.95 1 $21.95
Ways to Welcome • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Rescuing Mrs. Birdley • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $16.49 1 $16.49
Our Favorite Day of the Year • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
At the Mountain's Base • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
Speak Up • Amazon Business $15.44 1 $15.44
Southwest Sunrise • Amazon Business $15.39 1 $15.39
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Your Name Is a Song • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Thank You, Omu! • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Sparkle Boy • Amazon Business $14.90 1 $14.90
Thunder Boy Jr. (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.79 1 $14.79
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $14.51 1 $14.51
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You • Amazon Business $14.48 1 $14.48
Pink Is for Boys • Amazon Business $14.45 1 $14.45
The Big Umbrella • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
I Am Jazz • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Let's Dance! • Amazon Business $14.32 1 $14.32
Strictly No Elephants • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
The Thing Lou Couldn't Do • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
A Letter to My Teacher • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
Be Who You Are • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Skin Again • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World (Easy Reader Books, Children Around the World Books, Preschool Prep Books) • Amazon Business $10.89 1 $10.89
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $10.38 1 $10.38
Visiting Day • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
My Family, Your Family (Cloverleaf Books ™ ― Alike and Different) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Shades of People • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Let's Talk About Race • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
Dear Juno (Picture Puffins) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Families • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
black is brown is tan • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
A Bike Like Sergio's • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79

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