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Ms. Mariani from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

An Exciting Classroom Library Doesn't Build Itself!

Help me give my students a diverse, robust classroom library to help them rediscover the love of reading and boost their literacy skills!

  • $599 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Curious, enthusiastic, and woke - these are the upcoming 11th grade students at my school.

I call my students the "future change-makers of America" because they have the desire, determination, and lived experience to become advocates for themselves and their communities.

My responsibility is to help them develop the tools that they will need to do so. While my students are lively, creative, and critical thinkers, many of them lack the fluent literacy skills that they will need as readers and writers to go on and change the world.

They also, unfortunately, lack access to books to read for pleasure. The positive correlation between reading for pleasure and improved literacy skills is well-documented by the American Library Association; however, many if not most of our students lack easy access to diverse reading materials. The school building does not have a library, and most of our students do not live near a public library.

My Project

Many of my students do not have access to many books at home, and do not live near a library; additionally, the school building does not have a central library.

Our goal is to have a robust, diverse classroom library in which every student at every reading level will be able to read a book that excites, engages, and challenges them.

Reading for pleasure is a key ingredient in improving literacy skills, moving students towards college readiness, preparation to participate in society, and a lifetime of reading for pleasure as well as learning.

This year, we will engage in independent reading twice a week during advisory periods and three times a week in English class, with the goal of every student in 11th grade reading at least 10 books of their choice during the year. As such, we need a diverse classroom library that appeals to students from different cultures, with a wide variety of interests.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $11.39 2 $22.78
The Poet X • Amazon Business $10.96 2 $21.92
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $10.43 2 $20.86
Finding Yvonne • Amazon Business $16.06 1 $16.06
The Fault in Our Stars • Amazon Business $7.96 2 $15.92
Monday's Not Coming • Amazon Business $7.70 2 $15.40
Watch Us Rise • Amazon Business $14.80 1 $14.80
Piecing Me Together • Amazon Business $7.02 2 $14.04
Risking It All • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 3 • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
The Belles • Amazon Business $11.51 1 $11.51
Opposite of Always • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Catacomb (Asylum) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Heroine • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Resolutions • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $5.48 2 $10.96
The Right Swipe: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.88 1 $10.88
SHOUT • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee • Amazon Business $10.35 1 $10.35
Push: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.28 1 $10.28
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 • Amazon Business $10.04 1 $10.04
Awake • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Asylum • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
What I Leave Behind • Amazon Business $9.88 1 $9.88
The Girl from the Well • Amazon Business $9.78 1 $9.78
All American Boys • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
Dead Girls Don't Lie • Amazon Business $9.18 1 $9.18
Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1) • Amazon Business $9.00 1 $9.00
Delirium (Delirium Trilogy) • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 2 • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Get Out of Town (Riverdale, Novel #2) • Amazon Business $8.75 1 $8.75
Love from A to Z • Amazon Business $8.70 1 $8.70
The Day Before (Riverdale, Novel #1): a prequel novel • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
Locomotion • Amazon Business $8.24 1 $8.24
The Cheerleaders • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
#MurderTrending • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Dumplin' • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
Sanctum (Asylum) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Ghost (1) (Track) • Amazon Business $6.47 1 $6.47
Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Book 1) • Amazon Business $6.40 1 $6.40
Romiette and Julio • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The Stars Beneath Our Feet • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79

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