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Ms. Mel from Columbia Hts MN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Windows and Mirrors: Perspectives through Picture Books

Help me give my students picture books that are a reflection of themselves.

  • $283 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My kiddos are one of a kind. They love, love, LOVE listening to stories and reading books. They are full of questions, so creative, thoughtful, and kind. They come to school excited and ready to learn. They love to try new things and challenge themselves everyday.

My kiddos are brave and resilient and work so hard to grow in their academics and their social skills as well.

They try their hardest as they work in small groups, large groups, and using so many different strategies in order to make sure THEY learn. Learning does not come easy to most of them, but they never EVER give up. It is an honor to work alongside them.

My Project

"Children need windows and mirrors. They need mirrors in which they see themselves and windows through which they see the world.” -Rudine Sims Bishop.

This summer I had the opportunity to participate in two different professional developments that focused on race equity-and it changed me.

The lessons I learned have stayed with me and have challenged me in ways I have never been challenged. Part of the part of the professional development revolved around reading and text diversity. The presenters kept saying that students must see themselves in the books they read. While I have heard this time and time again, it wasn't until these presentations where my heart and mind said that it was time for me to do the work and make changes to my library so that my students were able to connect more to the stories we were reading; buying books that reflected who they were as human beings.

The books on this list are a reflection of the diverse students that I have the privilege and honor to teach. I have purchased a curriculum called Perspectives through Picture Books that allows the scholars to dive into deeper conversations and make important connections to the characters and stories. I cannot wait to get started, and cannot wait to grow the hearts and minds of my students.

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

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Little SPOT of Emotion Box Set (8 Books) • Amazon Business $39.65 1 $39.65
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
You Matter • Amazon Business $15.89 1 $15.89
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings • Amazon Business $14.75 1 $14.75
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You • Amazon Business $14.48 1 $14.48
Kitchen Dance • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
Be Kind • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story • Amazon Business $13.81 1 $13.81
I Am Human: A Book of Empathy (I Am Books) • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Same, Same But Different • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $7.89 1 $7.89
Kol Hakavod: Way to Go! • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59

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