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Mrs. Fennessy from Rio WI is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Bring Us Together

My students need quality literature as inspiration to help us build a strong sense of community in our classroom and connect us to others around the world.

  • $744 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are from a small, close-knit rural community in South Central Wisconsin. Firsties, as I like to call them, are such a fun bunch to teach. They come to school with such a wide range of abilities, interests, and school readiness, but all of them still see the world with fresh eyes and have an eagerness to learn.

More than reading, writing, and math, what I really hope my students learn in first grade is compassion for others and a love of learning.

No child learns in the same way or at the same pace but giving them the tools to reach their own individual potential brings so much joy.

Our school has a growth mindset theme. Whether in the classroom or out on our own, we view mistakes as learning opportunities, try our best, have a positive attitude, and enjoy a good challenge!

My Project

One of my passions for teaching is creating a sense of community and instilling a sense of compassion and empathy in all of my students. I have really been inspired by conferences and conversations with colleagues about literacy and the power of books to connect us to each other. The books I am requesting are recommendations from two different sources: #classroombookaday (Jillian Heise & Donalyn Miller) and The Global Read Aloud.

As the Global Read Aloud website says, "Global collaboration is necessary to show students that they are part of something bigger than them.

That the world needs to be protected and that we need to care for all people. You can show them pictures of kids in other countries but why not have them speak to each other? Then the caring can begin."

Mrs. Fennessy
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Be a Friend • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse • Amazon Business $17.08 1 $17.08
The Very Last Castle • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes, and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Wild About Us! • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $15.41 1 $15.41
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Saffron Ice Cream • Amazon Business $15.13 1 $15.13
All Are Welcome • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
You Hold Me Up • Amazon Business $14.62 1 $14.62
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) • Amazon Business $14.42 1 $14.42
Friends Stick Together • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
We Don't Eat Our Classmates • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
My Friend Maggie • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Field • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
A Day with Yayah • Amazon Business $14.36 1 $14.36
Mixed: A Colorful Story • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
I'm Sad (The I'm Books) • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Nimoshom and His Bus • Amazon Business $14.09 1 $14.09
Wild Berries • Amazon Business $14.04 1 $14.04
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $13.22 1 $13.22
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $13.17 1 $13.17
When We Were Alone • Amazon Business $13.14 1 $13.14
Strictly No Elephants • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Albie Newton • Amazon Business $12.87 1 $12.87
Alma and How She Got Her Name • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
The Rabbit Listened • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Be Kind • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Where Oliver Fits • Amazon Business $12.42 1 $12.42
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Words and Your Heart • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Not Quite Narwhal • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Happy Dreamer • Amazon Business $11.90 1 $11.90
Brave • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
How to Read a Story • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
They All Saw a Cat • Amazon Business $11.45 1 $11.45
Refugee • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
The Big Umbrella • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
A Tiger Tail: (Or What Happened to Anya on Her First Day of School) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
To the Sea • Amazon Business $9.42 1 $9.42
Let Me Finish! • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
The Name Jar • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
My Heart Fills with Happiness • Amazon Business $7.96 1 $7.96
A Boy Called Bat • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

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