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Mrs. Bonebright from Aurora CO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Year of Firsts (Read-alouds)

My students need 33 well-written, thoughtful, and engaging read-alouds. They absolutely love The Little Red Hen, Strega Nona, and Ordinary Mary, and would love to own them!

  • $528 goal

This project expired on January 19, 2016.

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My Students

"I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book." - J.K. Rowling As I crack open the pages of a book and look out at the bright eyes of my students, I realize that this quote could not be more true. My students, who never sit still for a moment, are entranced.

My 24 students see our Title I school as a place of refuge.

A dependable and consistent base in their ever-changing, very transient little lives. Over 70% of students in our school come from low-income homes. A majority of my students come from broken homes, with separated parents/guardians taking turns for drop-off and pick-up. My school is dedicated to giving these students hope for their future, instilling in them the habits of perseverance, inquiry, responsibility, craftsmanship, and respect. We want to engage students in purposeful learning that supports creative and critical thinking - heavily involving the incorporation of the outdoors in this goal. Our motto is "We are crew, not passengers." No one gets a sideline seat in our mission to learn. Only through working together are we able to achieve.

My Project

My students need new read aloud books. Our read-aloud time together is when my students take to heart the lessons that I have been instilling in them. When I tell them "We are crew, not passengers," they remember that The Little Red Hen earned a cake by working hard, and that her friends, who did nothing, earned nothing. When I ask them "Who will be a role model?" they think of Ordinary Mary, and how her one act of kindness changed the world. Books give my students a context to connect the impact that their learning could have on their lives, and the lives of their crew. It gives them a context for the "why" of what we're doing at school. I believe that Roald Dahl's quote from Matilda rings true for my students - "All the reading she had done had given her a view of life they had never seen."

My students own few, if any, books.

School is the only place where they are able to experience the magic of reading and enjoy the feeling of getting lost in a good book. They deserve the luxury of reading a good book and experiencing a world outside of their own. Sometimes it is hard for 5- and 6-year-olds to comprehend the complex ideas of responsibility, respect, kindness, and collaboration. But seeing that look of, "I got it!" in their eyes as I read is irreplaceable.

Mrs. Bonebright
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
It's a Busload of Pigeon Books! • Amazon Business $17.49 2 $34.98
Frederick • Amazon Business $14.01 1 $14.01
Duck for President (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.91 1 $13.91
The Mitten • Amazon Business $13.90 1 $13.90
Madeline • Amazon Business $13.76 1 $13.76
Miss Nelson Is Missing! • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Strega Nona: An Old Tale Retold • Amazon Business $13.53 1 $13.53
The Rainbow Fish • Amazon Business $13.26 1 $13.26
How to Read a Story • Amazon Business $13.05 1 $13.05
Harold and the Purple Crayon • Amazon Business $12.88 1 $12.88
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School (A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure) • Amazon Business $12.77 1 $12.77
Chrysanthemum • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Elmer (Elmer Books) • Amazon Business $12.70 1 $12.70
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type • Amazon Business $12.64 1 $12.64
Exclamation Mark • Amazon Business $12.63 1 $12.63
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Swimmy 50th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $12.46 1 $12.46
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed • Amazon Business $12.09 1 $12.09
What Does It Mean To Be Kind?® • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
The Wonderful Things You Will Be • Amazon Business $11.24 1 $11.24
Owl Moon • Amazon Business $10.09 1 $10.09
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Book with No Pictures • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Where the Wild Things Are • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
The Day the Crayons Quit • Amazon Business $9.38 1 $9.38
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Little Red Hen (Folk Tale Classics) • Amazon Business $8.89 1 $8.89
The Crayon Box that Talked • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Go Away, Big Green Monster! • Amazon Business $8.61 1 $8.61
Ish (Creatrilogy) • Amazon Business $8.14 1 $8.14
Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) (Junie B. Jones, No. 18) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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