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Literature for Learning: Equity, Equality, Anti-racism

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$4,430
147%
Raised toward our $3,000 Goal
55 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on October 31, at 12:00 AM CDT
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Books are arriving!

November 06, 2020

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your generosity is making it possible for the Mary and Jean Borg Center for Reading and Literacy to expand our collection of children’s literature to include narratives, stories, and informational texts that represent a wide range of non-dominant perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures.

The $4,430 raised from this project will purchase nearly 300 new titles that will be accessible to faculty in the College of Education for research and teaching, teacher candidates for lesson planning and implementation, and most importantly, to children in our partner schools and families who access Borg Center services. Thank you for supporting the education of future teachers who will have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to create anti-racist and democratic classrooms where all children can reach their full potential.

 

14 hours remaining

October 30, 2020

On behalf of the Mary and Jean Borg Center, thank you for contributing to our crowdfunding project. We have been blown away by your generosity. Our project concludes in 14 hours and we have already surpassed our goal. However, we can always expand our collection with books that include narratives, stories, and informational texts that represent a wide range of non-dominant perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures. If you know someone who has been planning to contribute, or who you have been meaning to share this project with, now is the time. Thank you again for supporting the education of future educators to create anti-racist and democratic classrooms where all children can reach their full potential.

You've helped us reach our goal...and we're still going!

October 22, 2020

We are so excited by the response to Literature for Learning: Equity, Equality, and Anti-Racism, a project to expand the Borg Center library to include more texts that represent a wide range of non-dominant perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures. When we first created a list of materials we would like to have, the cost was over $5,000. We never imagined that we could raise that much but are now approaching that figure having soared past our initial goal thanks to generous donors.

 

There’s still time to donate so please share the project with anyone you think may be interested! Expanding our library in this way will support future teachers in developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to create anti-racist and democratic classrooms where ALL children can reach their full potential. Additionally, faculty in the College of Education who conduct research with children’s literature will access these texts to build upon knowledge in the field of using children’s literature to engage K-12 students in critical conversations about race, equity, and justice.  

Let the book buying begin!

October 12, 2020

Thanks to generous donors like you our crowdfunding project is now 83% of the way to our goal! Please share the project with family and friends who you think may be interested in helping us expand our collection of children’s literature to include narratives, stories, and informational texts that represent a wide range of non-dominant perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures.

Did you know that the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison has been collecting data on books published by and about BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) since 1985 (see statistics here)? These data have revealed a persistent diversity gap in children’s and YA books published in the US. Although in recent years this gap has narrowed, there is much more work to do, because the consequence of publishing gaps is diversity gaps in school and classroom libraries.

Listen to Dr. Grace Kang talk about how this gap impacted her and the reasons why diverse classroom libraries are so important. We hope you will take a moment to watch.

We are grateful for the positive response to this important project! Your donations are helping us close the diversity gap in the Borg Center library. The project team has developed book lists by themes and have begun purchasing books.

Check out this diverse text set on Families:

Alko, Selina - The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage 

Bunting, Eve - The Memory String

Coffelt, Nancy - Fred Stays with Me!

DePoala, Tomi - Now One Foot, Now the Other

Elliott, Zetta - Bird

Galindo, Renata - My New Mom & Me

Garza, Carmen Lomas - In My Family/En mi familia 

Godin, Thelma Lynne - The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen

Grimes, Nikki - My Man Blue

Johnson, Angela - Daddy Calls Me Man

Johnson, Angela - Do Like Kyla

Khan, Rukhsana - Big Red Lollipop

Levy, Dana Alison - The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher 

Lyons, Kelly Starling - Going Down Home with Daddy

Maillard, Kevin Noble - Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

McGhee, Alison - Tell Me a Tattoo Story 

Medina, Meg - Tia Isa Wants a Car

Newman, Leslea - Heather Has Two Mommies

O’Leary, Sara - A Family is a Family is a Family

Perkins, Mitali - Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story from the Border

Rockwell, Anne - Let’s Go to the Hardware Store

Schiffer, Miriam B. - Stella Brings the Family 

Spinelli, Eileen - Night Shift Daddy 

Steptoe, Javaka - In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

Sturgis, Brenda Reeves - Still a Family: A Story About Homelessness

Tahe, Rose Ann - First Laugh--Welcome Baby!

Uegaki, Chieri - Ojiichan’s Gift

Wahl, Phoebe - Sonya’s Chickens 

Woodson, Jacqueline - Our Gracie Aunt

Woodson, Jacqueline - Pecan Pie Baby

Woodson, Jacqueline - Visiting Day

Woodson, Jacqueline - We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past

Yamasaki, Katie - When the Cousins Came 

Yang, Kelly - Front Desk 

Yum, Hyewon - This is Our House

 

Dr. Grace Kang talks about why diverse classroom libraries are so important.

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$15

Buy a book!

$15 will purchase one text for teacher candidates to use in the Mary and Jean Borg Center for Reading and Literacy.

$30

Double up!

$30 will purchase a pair of texts for teacher candidates to use in the Mary and Jean Borg Center for Reading and Literacy.

$75

Short Stack

Your $75 gift will purchase five books for teacher candidates to use in the Mary and Jean Borg Center for Reading and Literacy.

$150

Fill a shelf!

Your generous $150 gift will fill a shelf with 10 books for teacher candidates to use in the Mary and Jean Borg Center for Reading and Literacy.

$375

Now we're bookin'!

Your $375 gift will purchase 25 books for our teacher candidates to use in the Mary and Jean Borg Center for Reading and Literacy!