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  • $1,128 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. Thompson
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 1 donor
  • $0 still needed

Keeping Urban Readers Engaged!

The cost of 70 books, in 18 different titles, including The Stinky Cheese Man, Ruby's Wish, and Conch Bearer, purchased from Barnes and Noble is $1128, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

What would you like to hear first, the good news or the bad news? Unfortunately, there is bad news: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores of black, Hispanic, and low-income students are at least 20 points BELOW the scores of their more affluent and white peers. Twenty points is the equivalent of two grade levels or more! ?Studies reveal that in inner cities across the country, more than half of all black men still do not finish high school.? -NAACP ?The result is increasing numbers of Black youths are on the streets without guidance or educational support for their development? ?NAACP Now it's time for the GOOD NEWS! Hooray! My soon-to-be fourth graders at Dodge Elementary School in Chicago LOVE TO READ and DEFY THOSE ODDS EACH AND EVERY DAY! Dodge Renaissance Academy is located on the near west side of Chicago, and the population is 99% African American. I currently teach a class of 20 third graders and will be moving on with the same children to be their fourth grade teacher next year. I am in desperate need of additional books, because they have read most or all of the ones that I currently have in my classroom. I just can't say enough about what wonderful and enthusiastic young readers I have in my class. These children have worked so hard learning skills and strategies as they read their way through my classroom library. Because of their determination and hard work, I am realizing that I urgently need several new books for these children to read, especially as we move together to the next school year during fourth grade. I have hand selected a number of specific picture and chapter books that I know are of interest and also are relevant to the lives of African American urban children. Many of the titles which I selected are of particular interest to boys. With your generous support, I can continue to encourage my young readers' desire to learn!

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Last Resort J. Patrick Lewis, Roberto Innocenti, Roberto Innocenti (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $16.15 2 $32.30
Hot City Barbara M. Joosse, Gregory Christie (Illustrator), R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 2 $30.58
The First Marathon: The Legend of Pheidippides Susan Reynolds, Daniel Minter (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 2 $30.50
Say Something Peggy Moss, Lea Lyon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 2 $30.50
Ellington Was Not a Street Ntozake Shange, Kadir A. Nelson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 2 $30.50
Stories without Endings: Snapshots Globe-Fearon Staff, Fearon Staff • Barnes and Noble $14.71 2 $29.42
My Name Is Yoon Helen Recorvits, Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.40 2 $28.80
On My Way to Buy Eggs Chih-Yuan Chen, Chih-Yuan Chen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 2 $28.70
Ruby's Wish Shirin Yim Bridges, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 2 $28.70
New York's Bravest Mary Pope Osborne, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Louis Francher (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 2 $28.70
Pop's Bridge Eve Bunting, C. F. Payne (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.60 2 $27.20
Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 2 $27.18
Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 2 $27.18
Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, Paula Kahumbu, Peter Greste (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 2 $27.18
John, Paul, George and Ben Lane Smith, Lane Smith (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 2 $27.18
Rosa Nikki Giovanni, Bryan Collier (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 2 $27.12
Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building Deborah Hopkinson, James E. Ransome, James E. Ransome (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 2 $27.12
How We Are Smart W. Nikola-Lisa, Sean Qualls (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 2 $27.12
Wild About Books Judy Sierra, Marc Brown (Illustrator), Marc Brown (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 2 $27.12
15 Minutes Steve Young • Barnes and Noble $12.79 2 $25.58
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School Mark Teague (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.76 2 $25.52
Two Hot Dogs with Everything Paul Haven, Tim Jessell (Illustrator), Peter Ferguson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.76 2 $25.52
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? Steve Jenkins, Robin Page • Barnes and Noble $12.00 2 $24.00
Dunk under Pressure (Winning Season Series #7) Rich Wallace • Barnes and Noble $11.99 2 $23.98
The Three Questions Retold by Jon J. Muth, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator), Leo Tolstoy • Barnes and Noble $10.17 2 $20.34
Bein' with You This Way W. Nikola-Lisa, Michael Bryant (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 2 $14.30
Over the Wall John H. Ritter • Barnes and Noble $6.29 2 $12.58
The Wolves in the Walls Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 2 $12.58
Boy Who Saved Baseball John H. Ritter • Barnes and Noble $6.29 2 $12.58
Angelo David Macaulay • Barnes and Noble $6.25 2 $12.50
Conch Bearer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni • Barnes and Noble $5.39 2 $10.78
Choosing up Sides John H. Ritter • Barnes and Noble $5.39 2 $10.78
Double Dutch Sharon M. Draper • Barnes and Noble $5.39 2 $10.78
Wilma Rudolph Victoria Sherrow, Larry Johnson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 2 $10.70
If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand: Poems about School Kalli Dakos, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 2 $8.98

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