Upon receiving my class roster at the beginning of the school year, panic immediately set in as I read the names of 14 boys and only 6 girls. There had been other teachers in my building who had "nightmare" years of classes with the majority of boys. I am so happy and lucky to say that my mostly male class has been an absolute dream. They are kind and helpful, love to learn and not so stereotypically rough around the edges.
As much as they are a dream to teach, I have a sense of panging guilt every time one of them asks me to help them look for a book in my classroom library.
I know I don't have many of the latest and greatest books for my boys and it breaks my heart every time they walk away from our book nook with disappointment in their eyes.
They crave the graphic novels and book-turned-movie books. They are all waiting patiently on the school library's wait list for books they are dying to read. As a teacher, it is absolutely awful to essentially deny these amazing boys the enjoyment of reading.
This project includes numerous graphic novels and sports related books to appeal to my male students. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Captain Underpants, Shredderman, and Matt Christopher books will help update my classroom library and allow me to help even my most reluctant male readers find the love of reading.
Funding this project will help the boys of my current 3rd grade class and future classes get off the mile-long school library wait list for these popular titles and get engaging books in their hands more quickerly.
There is nothing more enjoyable than watching students find the joy of reading, especially ones who are hesitant to read in the first place.
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