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Ms. Berenblum from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books for Bilingual Brainiacs!

My students need more titles from their favorite series, such as Geronimo Stilton, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Minecraft since they are becoming serious readers!

  • $771 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

In our class, the motto is "Question Everything." We believe that kids learn best when they pursue their own interests. Our classroom library reflects this belief. We have graphic novels, everything Star Wars, and a basket of bug books for our budding entomologists.

We teach a diverse class of 25 learners.

The majority of our students are first-generation Brooklynites. They are eager to devour a variety of books that reflect their unique interests and life experiences. Some of our students have IEPs for special learning needs. We have a handful of newcomers who are just learning English. And most of our students are English Language Learners. All of our students are bilingual, and they read in both Spanish and English in order to preserve their home language and attain maximum literacy in both.

My Project

Do you remember the first time you really "got into" a series? For me it was the Hardy Boys (no, not Nancy Drew). I wanted to read every Hardy Boys book under the sun. Though formulaic, Frank and Joe's adventures kept me going back to the library for new titles. My heart raced for every "special edition" or "rare" title I could get my hands on. That is how my students feel about their favorite series. They are nuts about Geronimo Stilton's corny cheese puns, and will read anything that says Wimpy Kid on the cover. They love the Weird But True series of fact books from National Geographic Kids, and like to challenge each other to identify the Myths in the myth series. Every day (and night) they follow their favorite characters through serialized adventures, unwittingly picking up the habits of strong and committed readers along the way. These books will help my students get deeper into the series that they are most enjoying, and will also introduce them to some new favorites.

There is nothing better than being able to lead children to books they will love, particularly a series numbered from 1 to infinity!

The predictable plot and familiar characters of series books have been shown to help young readers make sense of story. Reading through a series is a huge help to language learners, who benefit from continuity as they encounter new words. Taking on the identity of a confident reader is easy when you can say you've read ALL OF your favorite series!

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Ms. Berenblum
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Thea Stilton Special Edition: The Journey to Atlantis: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure • Amazon Business $11.87 2 $23.74
Historias de miedo 3 / Scary Stories 3: Relatos Aterradores Para Helarte La Sanre / More Tales to Chill Your Bones (Punto De Encuentro) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.69 2 $23.38
Mas Historias De Miedo (More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $23.30 1 $23.30
World Soccer Records 2015 • Amazon Business $22.16 1 $22.16
Historias De Miedo (Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $20.97 1 $20.97
Weird but True! Collector's Set 2 (Boxed Set): 900 Outrageous Facts • Amazon Business $18.89 1 $18.89
Weird but True Collector's Set (Boxed Set): 900 Outrageous Facts • Amazon Business $17.61 1 $17.61
BONE #1: Out from Boneville • Amazon Business $7.92 2 $15.84
The Phoenix of Destiny: An Epic Kingdom of Fantasy Adventure (Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy: Special Edition) • Amazon Business $14.02 1 $14.02
Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $14.01 1 $14.01
Diario de Greg # 9: El arduo viaje (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia: 2,500 Animals with Photos, Maps, and More! • Amazon Business $13.72 1 $13.72
El Deafo • Amazon Business $6.84 2 $13.68
Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy #3: The Amazing Voyage • Amazon Business $12.78 1 $12.78
Thea Stilton Special Edition: The Secret of the Snow: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure • Amazon Business $12.78 1 $12.78
Diario de Greg 6 sin salida (Spanish Edition) (Diario De Greg / Diary of a Wimpy Kid) • Amazon Business $12.38 1 $12.38
Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy #5: The Volcano of Fire • Amazon Business $12.37 1 $12.37
Ripley's Special Edition 2016 (Ripley's Believe It Or Not Special Edition) • Amazon Business $12.15 1 $12.15
Diario de Greg 5. La Horrible Realidad (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $11.23 1 $11.23
Bone, Vol. 5: Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
Bone, Vol. 6: Old Man's Cave • Amazon Business $11.07 1 $11.07
Bone, Vol. 4: The Dragonslayer • Amazon Business $11.06 1 $11.06
National Geographic Kids Everything Volcanoes and Earthquakes: Earthshaking photos, facts, and fun! • Amazon Business $11.05 1 $11.05
Thea Stilton Special Edition: The Secret of the Fairies: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 • Amazon Business $10.84 1 $10.84
National Geographic Kids 125 True Stories of Amazing Animals: Inspiring Tales of Animal Friendship & Four-Legged Heroes, Plus Crazy Animal Antics • Amazon Business $10.82 1 $10.82
Bone, Vol. 3: Eyes of the Storm • Amazon Business $10.61 1 $10.61
How to Speak Dog: A Guide to Decoding Dog Language • Amazon Business $10.53 1 $10.53
Thea Stilton Graphic Novels #3: The Treasure of the Viking Ship • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Diario de Greg 8 Mala suerte (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
Bone, Vol. 2: The Great Cow Race • Amazon Business $9.83 1 $9.83
How to Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
Phonics Power! (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $9.58 1 $9.58
Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy #7: The Enchanted Charms • Amazon Business $9.32 1 $9.32
125 Cool Inventions: Supersmart Machines and Wacky Gadgets You Never Knew You Wanted! (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
National Geographic Kids Everything Soccer: Score Tons of Photos, Facts, and Fun • Amazon Business $8.83 1 $8.83
Thea Stilton Graphic Novels #1: The Secret of Whale Island • Amazon Business $8.43 1 $8.43
Thea Stilton Graphic Novels #2: Revenge of the Lizard Club • Amazon Business $8.27 1 $8.27
Thea Stilton #21: Thea Stilton and the Lost Letters • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Thea Stilton #19: Thea Stilton and the Chocolate Sabotage • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Thea Stilton and the Journey to the Lion's Den: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Thea Stilton #20: Thea Stilton and the Missing Myth: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Thea Stilton and the Spanish Dance Mission. • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Thea Stilton and the Cherry Blossom Adventure: A Geronimo Stilton Adventure • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! 2: Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew . . . • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
National Geographic Kids Myths Busted!: Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew... • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth • Amazon Business $7.85 1 $7.85
Alien Attack! (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Pizza Party! (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (Step into Reading) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

Materials cost

$615.98

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$9.24

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$655.22

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$115.63

Total project goal

$770.85

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$770.85

9 Donors

-$734.12

Donations toward project cost

-$655.22

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$78.90

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$36.73

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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