Building a Classroom Library

So, this week, let’s start off with some great news: I have accepted a position as a Language Arts teacher at a local high school! I am so excited for this position. Some of you may know, I originally went in to get my Master’s so I could eventually teach on the college level, but, along the way, I remembered my biggest influences were my high school teachers. Those were the women that built up my love of literature. So if I want to have the same kind of influence, high school was a better place to go.

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So I spent this summer doing everything I had to in order to qualify to teach this fall, and it all worked. I am so excited! I know I said that before, but even just typing this out, I can’t stop smiling.

I’ll be teaching American Literature, and, in high school, that usually means reading the classics. The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, other books by old dead white men…The only book I know of on our syllabus by someone of color is Their Eyes Were Watching God.

I adore the classics, but man do I wish to show kids in this predominately black school that they are represented in literature. I also think students would enjoy reading more if they had books they could related to. Because of these desires, I am setting up a mini library in my classroom.

university student reading in libraryI am donating books myself, both from my personal library and buying books specifically for this. But, as they say, it takes a village to raise a child and I can’t do this alone. This is where you can come into the picture.

I have created an Amazon Wishlist of classic novels and YA books that I would love to have to build this library. Most of the books are by people of color, like most of my students will be. It is important to me that my students get a chance to be able expand their world view.

I am asking if you can donate a book off of the wish list. If it is in your heart to donate something and do not see it on the list, please do not feel like you cannot. My students and I will be eternally grateful for anything you donate. Even if you are not able to donate, simply sharing this blog post will be appreciated.

Thank you to anything you do for these kids. They may not know you, but the knowledge you will be helping bestow on them will impact them for the rest of their lives.

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