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Mrs. Gutierrez from Safford AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books, Books, and More Books...Please!

My students need a variety of books, including Be Kind, The Invisible Boy, Winners Never Quit, Each Kindness, and the What Was, Who Are, and Where Is series, to teach good character traits.

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My Students

I am a second grade teacher in a Title I rural school district. There are only two other second grade classrooms at my school and less than five hundred students in our entire K-6 setting. Many of my students leave school at the end of the day and spend time with a caregiver other than a parent. Many don't even live with a parent, rather are being raised by another family member. When they do go home, many of my students don't have a single book to read - let alone a book they are reading for enjoyment.

Cassandra Clare said that one must always be careful of books and what's inside them, for words have the power to change us.

Since many of my students won't have examples of good books or good characters at home, I'm looking to provide them with the best books possible. Books that will change them for the better, books that will push our classroom community and atmosphere to it's absolute very best!

My Project

The books that I have chosen for this project come recommended by elementary teachers from all over the nation! We want to add books to our classroom library and to my read-aloud stack that are meaningful and make a difference within our classroom. Requested titles include Be Kind, Pig the Winner, Train Your Dragon To Be Kind, Me....Jane, Ruby's Wish, The Invisible Boy, Winners Never Quit, Each Kindness, and the What Was, Who Are, and Where Is series.

Our classroom is a community built around the six pillars of character and these books teach/reinforce just that!

Books about fairness, caring, trustworthiness, perseverance, and respect have been chosen to set the example for how my 7 and 8-year-old students can live their best lives and be the best classmates possible!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $17.06 1 $17.06
Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the Cafeteria • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Me . . . Jane • Amazon Business $14.31 1 $14.31
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
Pig the Winner • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Train Your Dragon To Be Kind: A Dragon Book To Teach Children About Kindness. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids To Be Kind, Caring, Giving And Thoughtful. (My Dragon Books) (Volume 9) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Be Kind • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Wordy Birdy • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $11.09 1 $11.09
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever • Amazon Business $10.53 1 $10.53
Grace for President • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
The Adventures of RJ the Mouse: The Forgotten Voice • Amazon Business $9.55 1 $9.55
Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ruby's Wish • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Library Lion • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
My Mouth Is a Volcano! • Amazon Business $6.83 1 $6.83
Leo the Late Bloomer • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Edward the Emu • Amazon Business $6.50 1 $6.50
Winners Never Quit! • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Miss Rumphius • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Edwina the Emu • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
When I Was Young in the Mountains (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Rough-Face Girl • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Koala Lou • Amazon Business $6.28 1 $6.28
Where Is Antarctica? • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Who Is Eric Carle? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
A Visitor for Bear (Bear and Mouse) • Amazon Business $5.86 1 $5.86
Where Is the Bermuda Triangle? • Amazon Business $5.17 1 $5.17
What Was the Wild West? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
What Was the Age of the Dinosaurs? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Where Is Walt Disney World? • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
Who Are Venus and Serena Williams? (Who Was?) • Amazon Business $4.79 1 $4.79
What Are the Ten Commandments? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $4.54 1 $4.54
Where Is the Mississippi River? • Amazon Business $4.37 1 $4.37

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