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Ms. Stepek from Del Valle TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Baby Steps! Building Our Classroom Library.

Help me give my students a classroom library full of high interest, diverse, young adult books.

  • $590 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My kids started this year with a series of substitutes for almost a month before I was hired. As a result, they’ve suffered through a fragmented, aimless class in a room with empty walls, overbright, hospital-like lights, and a single, empty bookcase. My students are bright, creative, and delightfully funny teenages who are excited and willing to finally dig into their English class. As a first-year teacher, I am still building my resources and at a school serving lower-income communities, it is absolutely essential to provide my students with engaging, diverse books that they may not have access to at home.

My goal is to give my students a classroom library overflowing with high-interest, relevant, and challenging books; stories they can see themselves and their lives reflected in, that showcase their interests and passions, that help them realize they are not alone and that reading is one other way of connecting to the world.

My Project

Providing my students with a classroom library bursting with awesome, diverse young adult literature ensures that they will remain engaged in reading and all the benefits that spark from it. I want my students to hear the voices of Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Angie Thomas as well as so many others because these authors speak in a language young adults understand.

Students deserve to see themselves, their struggles, and their dreams reflected in the books they read and building this classroom library will go a long way in helping each one of them experience that kind of connection.

With so many different books at their fingertips, my students will be able to participate in book clubs, explore difficult themes through fiction, and grow their literacy and language learning through accessible, engaging stories.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Station Eleven • Amazon Business $9.56 5 $47.80
The Six of Crows Duology Boxed Set: Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom • Amazon Business $20.70 1 $20.70
The Poet X • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $15.10 1 $15.10
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $13.77 1 $13.77
Wildcard (Warcross) • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
The Belles • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Harbor Me • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win (Women in Science) • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Things Fall Apart • Amazon Business $10.80 1 $10.80
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe • Amazon Business $10.71 1 $10.71
Parable of the Sower (Earthseed) • Amazon Business $10.20 1 $10.20
Another Brooklyn: A Novel • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy) • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
All American Boys • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
Eleanor & Park • Amazon Business $9.71 1 $9.71
The Darkest Part of the Forest • Amazon Business $9.56 1 $9.56
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Dread Nation • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Feathers • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Furthermore • Amazon Business $8.17 1 $8.17
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Whichwood • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
After Tupac and D Foster • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Code Name Verity • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Hush • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Rose Under Fire • Amazon Business $7.98 1 $7.98
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life • Amazon Business $6.80 1 $6.80
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
We Should All Be Feminists • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Warcross • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy) [Assorted Cover image] • Amazon Business $3.68 1 $3.68

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