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Mrs. Cook from Marion AR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

40 Book Challenge: Growing Global Leaders in the Delta

My students need high-interest novels to instill a lifelong love of reading.

  • $701 goal

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My Students

My students are compassionate, witty, humorous, and eager to know more. However, many struggle to view reading as anything other than an often difficult and mundane task to be completed between the hours of 8 and 3 Monday through Friday--if at all.

They desperately need the resources to be able to place that just-right book in their hands.

“For students of every ability and background, it is the simply miraculous act of reading a good book that turns them into readers. The job of adults who care about reading is to move heaven and earth to put that book into a child's hands.” ― Nancie Atwell

Research has proven that, regardless of social or economic status, reading frequently for pleasure is the greatest predictor of academic success. My students, living in the highly impoverished Delta, deserve to have the resources available to them that will equip them to be just as successful as any other child.

My Project

My students and I will each be participating in our own 40 Book Challenge throughout the school year. We will read books of our own choosing--books that let us peek at a sliver of the world that had once been unfamiliar, books that make us laugh, make us cry, and ultimately invite us to fall in love with reading.

It is through a love of reading that we create and sustain lifelong learners, compassionate humans, knowledgeable and capable leaders.

Fulfillment of this project will not only place high-interest novels on our shelves, but it will give my students the excitement of digging into an abundance of brand new novels, with the opportunity to choose what motivates them to kick start their 40 Book Journey.

Mrs. Cook
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Amulet Boxset: Books 1-3 • AKJ Education $28.45 1 $28.45
Inkheart (3 Bk Set) • AKJ Education $26.16 1 $26.16
Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set (new covers w/poster) • AKJ Education $25.55 1 $25.55
The Heroes of Olympus Paperback 3-Book Boxed Set • AKJ Education $20.40 1 $20.40
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them : The Original Screenplay • AKJ Education $18.24 1 $18.24
The Girl Who Drank the Moon • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
Scythe • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
The Hammer of Thor • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
The Breadwinner : A Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
The Inquisitor's Tale • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Piecing Me Together • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The New York Public Library Amazing Mythology: A Book of Answers for Kids • AKJ Education $12.41 1 $12.41
Patina • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Wolf Hollow • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
As Brave As You • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
See You in the Cosmos • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Booked • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Black Panther 1 • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Fish in a Tree • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Rain Reign • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Pax • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Crossover • AKJ Education $12.28 1 $12.28
March: Book One • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Catching Fire • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $8.98 1 $8.98
The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation) • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Ghosts • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Brown Girl Dreaming • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
El Deafo • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
The Hunger Games • AKJ Education $7.54 1 $7.54
Drowned City • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Dark Game: True Spy Stories from Invisible Ink to CIA Moles • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Fever 1793 • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Egypt Game • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Seedfolks • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The Underneath • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
The War That Saved My Life • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Because of Mr. Terupt • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ender's game • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
What Elephants Know • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The City of Ember The First Book of Ember • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything? And Other Stories • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Nothing But The Truth A Documentary Novel • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Freak the Mighty • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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