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Mr. Palmquist from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Classroom Library to Grow Students' Love for Reading

Help me give my students a bookshelf worth of new, varied, high-interest, amazing books to support their self-guided reading.

  • $994 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are a wonderful bunch of curious, energetic, and driven young people who work hard to do the best they can for themselves and their families. They are new to our wonderful little school and becoming part of our family-like community. But they are faced with challenging circumstances growing up in Oakland. One of their biggest academic struggles is around reading.

One quarter of my students are English learners and half are long term English learners.

All but one are students of color, most receive free or reduced lunches, and most will be the first in their family to go to college.

We are in the midst of building our classroom community around a love for History and English, rooted very much in a passion for reading. They are at a perfect moment, entering into high school, to develop and grow their identities as readers and learners.

My Project

These books will be a key part of growing a love of reading in my students. We read most days in class during self-selected reading as well as for homework. Students choose their own books to read that fit their interests and reading levels. This is a key practice to developing their confidence and skills as readers. To achieve this, we need an updated library. Specifically, having this library will help us in the following ways.

We simply need more high interest books: there are amazing books that every student should be able to access as easily as going to the bookshelf in their classroom.

Our class bookshelves are the main source of books for my students. To make sure they are being filled with reading-ready books, we are asking for popular books across a range of genres that all came highly recommended from teachers and students.

We also need more books across a variety of reading levels. I teach students whose reading levels range from about a 5th grade level to a near college level. They all need skill-appropriate books. Finally, as a humanities classroom we need books that cross themes and bring in social science and social issues into our every day reading.

These books will inspire and enrich our students in many ways. Please support our pursuit of reading!

Mr. Palmquist
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 21 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Pride Celebrating Diversity & Community • AKJ Education $18.21 1 $18.21
This Land Is Our Land A History of American Immigration • AKJ Education $18.21 1 $18.21
March 3 • AKJ Education $17.99 1 $17.99
March 2 • AKJ Education $17.96 1 $17.96
When the Moon Was Ours • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Scythe • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
A People's History of the United States • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
A Young People's History of the United States Columbus to the War on Terror • AKJ Education $14.56 1 $14.56
All American Boys • AKJ Education $13.99 1 $13.99
In the Shadow of Liberty • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
How I Resist • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Long Way Down • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Strange the Dreamer • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition • AKJ Education $13.14 1 $13.14
Uprooted • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Poet X • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
American Street • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Girl Mans Up • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
DEAR MARTIN • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The 57 Bus • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Smell of Other People's Houses • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Black Panther 1 • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Refugee • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Asking For It • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Samurai Rising The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Alchemist, The • AKJ Education $11.89 1 $11.89
Exit West • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Zeitoun • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Buck A Memoir • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Empire State of Mind How Jay Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office, Revised Edition • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
The Joy Luck Club (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $11.68 1 $11.68
Brave New World • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
#Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women • AKJ Education $11.66 1 $11.66
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale My Father Bleeds History • AKJ Education $11.17 1 $11.17
Take What You Can Carry • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
March: Book One • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
The Color Purple • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
The Crossover • AKJ Education $10.78 1 $10.78
Divergent • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Education $9.48 1 $9.48
Cool Salsa • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
When I Was the Greatest • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
The Hunger Games • AKJ Education $7.98 1 $7.98
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
145th Street: Short Stories • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Lord of the Flies • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
The Outsiders • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
You Don't Even Know Me Stories and Poems About Boys • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Sold • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
The Hobbit • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
X A Biography of Malcolm X • AKJ Education $5.91 1 $5.91
The First Part Last • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Slaughterhouse-Five • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The City of Ember The First Book of Ember • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
The BFG • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
James and the Giant Peach • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Bud, Not Buddy • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
A Raisin in the Sun (Common Core Exemplar) • AKJ Education $5.57 1 $5.57
Hatchet • AKJ Education $5.48 1 $5.48
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief • AKJ Education $5.38 1 $5.38
A Wrinkle in Time • AKJ Education $4.89 1 $4.89

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