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Ms. Lisnich from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Books for the Boys!

Help me give my students a range of novels, graphic novels, and non-fiction to engage my male readers.

  • $483 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are from a diverse, Chicago neighborhood brimming with English language learners, attending a public school. A variety of cultures are represented, languages spoken, and ideas shared within my classroom. 90% of my students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

My daydreaming middle schoolers race to our classroom library to reunite with their favorite books and snag the coveted rocking chair and ottoman for independent reading.

They enjoy perusing the variety of reading options that I have carefully selected to nurture their love of reading. Just this morning, an eighth-grader told me the novel she was reading was so good she read it in two days and can’t wait to find another one that she only hopes can last even longer! Unfortunately, I find the boys in my room seem to have a harder time finding books that interest them which can make reading feel more like a chore. Through my project, I hope to change that!

My Project

This is my first full year teaching at my school and through the help of donors, I have been building a classroom library which is crucial because we do not have a school librarian. Research shows the best way to improve reading comprehension is to read more. Students will practice literacy skills in class during self-selected reading time and can check out books to bring home.

Boys are specifically in danger of being disengaged readers which can put them at a disadvantage across all subject areas.

This project is filled with carefully selected books to interest the male readers in my room. I have based the choices off of their personal requests and most searched for genres- specifically mysteries, science fiction, sports stories, graphic novels, and non-fiction.

Ms. Lisnich
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

Equity Focus

At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 80 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Thief Knot: A Greenglass House Story • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
The Winterhouse Mysteries • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Stranger Things: SIX (Graphic Novel) • Amazon Business $16.69 1 $16.69
Winter World (The Long Winter) • Amazon Business $16.66 1 $16.66
All That Remains: A Post-Apocalyptic EMP Survival Thriller (Lone Survivor) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
This Was Our Pact • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
The Curse of the Werepenguin • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Extinction Code • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town: An Official Stranger Things Novel • Amazon Business $12.92 1 $12.92
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Stranger Things: The Other Side (Graphic Novel) • Amazon Business $11.64 1 $11.64
The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds: The First Official Stranger Things Novel • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat: The Spacedog Cometh #3 • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
The Crossover (Graphic Novel) (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Departure • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Pandemic (The Extinction Files) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Berlin Boxing Club • Amazon Business $9.58 1 $9.58
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong (1)) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Platypus Police Squad: Last Panda Standing • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat: Enemies #2 • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
The Last Last-Day-of-Summer • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Platypus Police Squad: Never Say Narwhal • Amazon Business $8.21 1 $8.21
Secrets of Winterhouse, The • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Code Name Verity • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat #1 • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
The Player King • Amazon Business $7.42 1 $7.42
Once (Once Series) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Greenglass House • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Ghosts of Greenglass House • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars #1: The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas (Sherlock Holmes and the Baker St.Irregulars) • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Winterhouse • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Black Panther The Young Prince • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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