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Ms. Maldonado from Jackson MS is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Wow! I See Myself in the Story.

Help me give my students books that they can see themselves. Regardless of what language you speak, books and stories connect all of us and help us to develop a love of reading and learning.

  • $571 goal

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My Students

I am an ELL teacher at a low-income/ high poverty school district. Most of my students do not speak English at all and are new to the U.S. They range in grades from Kindergarten-5th grade. Reading is a way to unify their culture and help students to feel welcome into their new country.

Our classroom has some leveled readers for EL students, but no reading books in their native language.

My students are voracious readers of the few books that we have that are in English and Spanish. I want to have a library that students can borrow books and take home to support their reading literacy.

My Project

These books are much needed in my classroom library for my ELL students. They are in a new country and usually do not speak English. Having books that they can read and see themselves in, will help them to feel welcomed and that they belong in our class. It helps to honor their culture and also develop a love of reading. Books are a way to realize that we are all the same regardless of where you come from.

Having books that students can take home and parents can read with them will help build our school community and to build a partnership between our school and the child's home.

It will promote bonding of the parent and their child because the parent can read along with their child.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Marisol McDonald and the Monster: Marisol McDonald y El Monstruo (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Clara and the Curandera / Clara y la curandera (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash: Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.29 1 $16.29
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina • Amazon Business $14.81 1 $14.81
Viva Frida (Morales, Yuyi) • Amazon Business $14.70 1 $14.70
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood • Amazon Business $14.28 1 $14.28
Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale (Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.20 1 $14.20
My Grandma/Mi Abuelita • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $13.87 1 $13.87
A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
The Desert Is My Mother / El Desierto Es Mi Madre (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/la vida de Celia Cruz (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Winner) (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo: Bilingual Spanish-English (Pura Belpre Honor Books - Illustration Honor) • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Pablo's Tree • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
Freddie Ramos Adds It All Up (8) (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Zapato Power Boxed Set #1-3 • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Last Stop on Market Street • Amazon Business $10.40 1 $10.40
The Neighborhood Mother Goose (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Cuauhtémoc: Shapes - Formas (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Clemente! • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Just In Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Yes! We Are Latinos: Poems and Prose About the Latino Experience • Amazon Business $8.85 1 $8.85
Loteria: First Words / Primeras Palabras (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.40 1 $8.40
Too Many Tamales • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
Quinito's Neighborhood/El Vecindario de Quinito • Amazon Business $8.26 1 $8.26
Lucha Libre: Anatomy - Anatomia (English and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Los Gatos Black on Halloween • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day; Celebremos El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (Bilingual Spanish-English) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
I Will Love You Forever / Te amaré por siempre (Bilingual) (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
The Dog Who Loved Tortillas: La perrita que le encantaban las tortillas (Little Diego Book) • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
Mango, Abuela, and Me • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Niño Wrestles the World • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
What Can You Do with a Paleta / ¿Qué Puedes Hacer con una Paleta? • Amazon Business $7.42 1 $7.42
Playing Loteria /El juego de la loteria (Bilingual) (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Freddie Ramos Hears It All (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Freddie Ramos Rules New York (Zapato Power) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Stella Diaz Has Something to Say • Amazon Business $4.50 1 $4.50
Bilingual Tales: El patito feo / The Ugly Duckling (Spanish and English Edition) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Three Little Pigs: Los Tres Cerditos – Bilingual English and Spanish Children's Fairy Tale Keepsake Stories, PreK–3 • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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