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Ms. S. from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books for African American Boys

The cost of 27 books, including Music in Derrick's Heart and Jones Family Express (to be purchased from Barnes and Noble) is $328, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am a third-grade teacher at a school that serves residents of Chicago's Cabrini-Green. As I try to instill a love of reading and learning in my students, one of the challenges I have is finding books that capture their interest and reflect their experiences. All of my students are African American, and research indicates that African American boys in particular seem to trail behind other students in their development of reading skills. I am writing this grant to acquire a collection of books for my classroom library that will especially spark the interest and sustain the interest of my boys. While all of the books I am requesting have central characters who are African American boys, all the books have themes with universal appeal; and, I expect them to also be of interest to the girls in my classroom. I have selected a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, as well as poetry. The books are at a variety of reading levels, as my students range widely in their reading skills. I will use some of the books to read aloud to my class and will make others of them available in our classroom library for students to read independently. It is my hope that by providing a wide library of books that reflect the interests, experiences, and concerns of my African American boys, they will continue to grow as readers, learning to love books as the pathway to new adventures.

Ms. S.
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Angel Baby Pat Cummings, Pat Cummings (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Music in Derrick's Heart Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert, Colin Bootman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
I Dream of Trains Angela Johnson, Mike Benny (Illustrator), Loren Long (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Papa's Mark Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert, Colin Bootman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Perfect Harmony: A Musical Journey with the Boys Choir of Harlem Charles R. Smith, Charles R. Smith (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Hoop Kings Charles R. Smith • Barnes and Noble $13.49 1 $13.49
When Daddy Prays Nikki Grimes, Tim Ladwig (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.20 1 $7.20
Jones Family Express Javaka Steptoe, Javaka Steptoe (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon! Pat Cummings, Pat Cummings (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Daddy Calls Me Man Angela Johnson, Rhonda Mitchell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Uptown Bryan Collier, Brian Collier • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Strong to the Hoop John Coy, Leslie Jean-Bart (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Deshawn Days Tony Medina, Gregory R. Christie (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
I Need a Lunch Box Jeannette Franklin Caines, Pat Cummings (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Stealing Home Mary Stolz, Pat Cummings (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Rain Feet Angela Johnson, Rhonda Mitchell (Illustrator), With Rhonda Mitchell • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Locomotion Jacqueline Woodson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Joshua by the Sea Angela Johnson, Rhonda Mitchell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The First Part Last Angela Johnson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Julian, Dream Doctor Ann Cameron, Ann Strugnell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 2 $8.98
Go Fish Mary Stolz, Pat Cummings (Illustrator), Mary Stolz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
More Stories Huey Tells Ann Cameron, Lis Toft (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 2 $8.98
More Stories Julian Tells Ann Cameron, Ann Strugnell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 2 $8.98
Stories Julian Tells Ann Cameron, Ann Strugnell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 2 $8.98
Stories Huey Tells Ann Cameron, Roberta Smith (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 2 $8.98
Julian, Secret Agent Ann Cameron, Diane W. Allison (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.05 2 $8.10
Julian's Glorious Summer Ann Cameron, Dora Leder (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.05 2 $8.10

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