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Ms. Nunke from Durham NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Windows and Mirrors: Books

Help me give my students books that represent them and their lives as well and introduce them to different cultures and lives.

  • $566 goal

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My Students

My students are from Durham, NC and mostly come from low income families. About 50% of my students are Black and 50% of my students are Latinx. In addition, many of our students are newcomers (new to the U.S.). Our school is a Title I school that has exceeded its expected academic growth in the past few years. The students, parents, faculty, staff, and overall community are dedicated to students learning and success. My students are very passionate about learning and helping each other learn. I'm a brand new teacher and after the first week, I've got to say that I could not have asked for a more compassionate and motivated class. My students have been begging for me for a week to open up my library for them to explore and learn. Today, I ("finally," as some of my students put it) had the grand opening for my classroom library.

Today, I saw my students light up with joy when they got to explore the classroom library.

Some of my students who I have been shy around ELA activities in class, are now seeming to be looking forward to ELA time and can't wait to get to their books.

My Project

The demographics of my students in my class are about 50% Black students and 50% Latinx students. The content of my classroom library right now is not. This project will help me get closer to having my classroom library reflect the students I have in my classroom. In addition, I'd like to add books that give students an insight into other cultures that aren't highlighted in our day to day life as well.

My students need books that reflect them and their experiences.

There is great importance in this for their mental, emotional and academic health/growth. Students use their classroom libraries as a way to explore their interests and find new interests. Students use our classroom library on a day to day basis to find books they enjoy that they read throughout the day; they read them either with me, a partner, or on their own. In addition, I also have students pick a few books a week from the library to put into their book bins in the classroom. They can go read books from their book bins if they finish other work early, or if I've asked them to do independent reading during literacy centers. A goal of mine is for my students to eventually be able to take some of these books home to share and read with their families as well.

Ms. Nunke
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 620 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx / La juez que crecio en el Bronx (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $16.46 1 $16.46
The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop • Amazon Business $16.04 1 $16.04
A Boy Like You • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Under My Hijab • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent) • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Carter Reads the Newspaper • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
MAGIC LAND • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $10.45 1 $10.45
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Mommy's Khimar • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Say Something • Amazon Business $9.68 1 $9.68
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Fresh Princess • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
I Will Be Fierce • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
My Special Angels: The Two Noble Scribes • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Skin Like Mine (Kids Like Mine) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy • Amazon Business $8.35 1 $8.35
Leo Can Swim • Amazon Business $8.13 1 $8.13
Dad, Who Will I Be? • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
¡Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can!: Janitor Strike in L.A. (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Rashad's Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr (Cloverleaf Books ™ ― Holidays and Special Days) • Amazon Business $7.91 1 $7.91
Happy to Be Nappy (Board Book) Happy to Be Nappy • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Marvelous Me: Inside and Out (All about Me) • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
Mixed Me! • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59
Happy! • Amazon Business $6.56 1 $6.56
Woke Baby • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
EllRay Jakes Is Magic • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Ellray Jakes Walks the Plank (EllRay Jakes, Book 3) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Yasmin the Explorer • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Meet Yasmin! • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69
Yasmin the Chef • Amazon Business $5.64 1 $5.64
I Love My Hair! • Amazon Business $5.21 1 $5.21
Yasmin the Painter • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Yasmin the Fashionista • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Yasmin the Zookeeper • Amazon Business $4.55 1 $4.55
Yasmin the Superhero • Amazon Business $4.53 1 $4.53
Yasmin the Teacher • Amazon Business $4.42 1 $4.42
Yasmin the Builder • Amazon Business $4.09 1 $4.09
Yasmin in Charge • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
EllRay Jakes and the Beanstalk • Amazon Business $3.29 1 $3.29
EllRay Jakes Stands Tall • Amazon Business $3.29 1 $3.29
EllRay Jakes the Recess King! • Amazon Business $3.29 1 $3.29
Ellray Jakes the Dragon Slayer • Amazon Business $2.91 1 $2.91

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