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Ms. Amanda from Hyattsville MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Little Library for Little Minds

My students need 45 more books in our classroom library so they are able to read literature they will enjoy, which will help foster a love for reading.

  • $536 goal

This project expired on January 13, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Sitting down in the classroom library should be something students look forward to everyday. When pictures are faded in books and the story has no connection to their lives, students are not interested in reading.

My students are fantastic 4-year-olds.

They are energetic and enthusiastic. They have a genuine love for the world around them and deserve to be given every opportunity the world has to offer. Many of my students are the first in their families to attend schools in the United States. They attend school in a low-income area highly populated with recent immigrants from Hispanic backgrounds, most coming from Central America. The majority of my students speak Spanish as a first language. My students are very smart and, though it sometimes takes a little coaxing, they are all hard workers who will someday have a large impact on the world if they are pushed to reach their full potential.

My Project

Last year when I gave my students books in their backpacks to take home for the summer many of them told me it was the only book they had at home. Right now my classroom library is very barren. My classroom was opened late last year to house a number of wait listed Pre-Kindergarten students, which meant I got whatever books were left over after all of the other classrooms had already started. This didn't leave me with many books, let alone quality books. The books I am asking for would not only provide my students with quality literature to be engaged with, it would also help my create an environment where students learn to love the books they are reading. By the end of the year I can hope that my students leave being able to read, but more important than that, I hope that my students are able to leave the classroom with a love for books. If they love books, they will continue reading and that can only help ensure they will be successful for years after leaving my classroom.

In our classroom every time we finish a book, we give it a hug because we love the books we read.

I want to be able to provide my students with a larger variety of books they can read that they will relate to and learn to love. The more they love books, the more they will read. The more variety of books they have, the more well rounded they will be. I want my students to have the opportunity to read a lot of books, learn to love them, and continue to be readers for the rest of their lives.

Ms. Amanda
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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6 donors6 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 23 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Swimmy Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Artist) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
It's Okay to Be Different Todd Parr • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Earth Book Todd Parr • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
The Feelings Book Todd Parr • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Family Book Todd Parr • Barnes and Noble $10.93 1 $10.93
We Belong Together: A Book about Adoption and Families Todd Parr, Todd Parr (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.93 1 $10.93
Peace Book Todd Parr, Todd Parr (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.54 1 $8.54
The Feel Good Book Todd Parr • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Okay Book Todd Parr • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.93 1 $10.93
City Dog, Country Frog Mo Willems, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.25 1 $10.25
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
The Pigeon Has Feelings Too! Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion Mo Willems • Barnes and Noble $11.53 1 $11.53
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Julius, the Baby of the World Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Chester's Way Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Lilly's Big Day Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Frederick Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
A Color of His Own Leo Lionni • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
It's Mine! Leo Lionni • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Fish Is Fish Leo Lionni • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Ish Peter H. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.57 1 $9.57
The Dot Peter H. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.57 1 $9.57
No, David! David Shannon, David Shannon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Bad Case of Stripes David Shannon, David Shannon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
How I Became a Pirate Melinda Long, David Shannon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.94 1 $10.94
David Goes to School David Shannon, David Shannon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
David Gets in Trouble David Shannon • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Pirates Don't Change Diapers Melinda Long, David Shannon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.94 1 $10.94
Giraffes Can't Dance Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.43 1 $9.43
The Gingerbread Man Catherine Mccafferty, Manufactured by McGraw-Hill Childrens Publishing • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Duck for President Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Giggle, Giggle, Quack Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
The Rainbow Fish Marcus Pfister Herbert, J. Alison James (Translator), J Alison James (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $12.95 1 $12.95
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business Esphyr Slobodkina, Esphyr Slobodkina (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Little Blue and Little Yellow Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Mouse Paint Ellen Stoll Walsh • Barnes and Noble $5.08 1 $5.08
Inch by Inch Leo Lionni • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
A Letter to Amy Ezra Jack Keats, Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Whistle for Willie Ezra Jack Keats, Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats, Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein, Shel Silverstein (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.43 1 $9.43

Materials cost

$390.90

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$23.45

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.86

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$455.21

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$80.33

Total project goal

$535.54

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$535.54

6 Donors

-$535.54

Donations toward project cost

-$455.21

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$80.33

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$0.00

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