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Mrs. Sweeney from Annapolis MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Galore: Engaging Books for Reluctant Readers

My students need 29 new books for our classroom library. Our list includes "Astronaut Academy", "Diary of a Wimpy Kid", "Dork Diaries", "The Dragon Players" and more.

  • $568 goal

This project expired on January 2, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember the feeling you would get as a kid when you found yourself lost in a great book suddenly thrown into a magical world? I want to help my students develop a love of reading by discovering a plethora of great young adult books and authors.

I teach a reading class for a diverse group of students in a high poverty school.

My classes are predominantly comprised of African American, Hispanic, Special Education, and ESOL students who struggle to acquire the reading skills necessary for students their ages. While they are often labeled as non-readers, they merely struggle to access many middle school texts and are sometimes unmotivated by novels that do not appeal to them.

My Project

I want to shake things up and provide my reluctant readers with books that will inspire them to not only have stronger reading skills but to be life-long readers. We need new books for our classroom library. Our list includes Astronaut Academy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, The Dragon Players and more. Students will be able to relate to the dynamic characters and learn from the themes throughout the novels. By having a choice of so many different types of books during independent reading time, they will be motivated to select one that's right for them and have book talks with others as they discover new titles.

Do you remember a novel that inspired you or made you want to read more?

Do you remember the excitement you felt at the smell and feel of a brand-new book? I believe these books could open up new worlds for my students. Please support this project to provide the gift of reading and help my students find that true passion for books we want all young people to have!

Mrs. Sweeney
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bone • AKJ Books $85.03 1 $85.03
Diary of a Wimpy Kid • AKJ Books $72.26 1 $72.26
Maximum Ride James Patterson • AKJ Books $21.89 1 $21.89
Mouse Guard, Volume 2: Winter 1152 David Petersen (Artist), • AKJ Books $18.21 1 $18.21
Ultimate Spider-Man • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
Ultimate Spider-Man 1 • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Thief: the Gr • AKJ Books $14.59 1 $14.59
Mouse Guard, Volume 1: Fall 1152 David Petersen, David Peter • AKJ Books $13.83 1 $13.83
Point Blank: The Graphic Novel (Alex Rider Series) Anthony H • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Skeleton Key: The Graphic Novel (Alex Rider Series) Anthony • AKJ Books $10.94 1 $10.94
Dork Diaries 5 • AKJ Books $10.21 1 $10.21
Dork Diaries 3 1/2 • AKJ Books $10.21 1 $10.21
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life Rachel Renee • AKJ Books $10.21 1 $10.21
Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 5 • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 4 • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
The Sons of Liberty 1 • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
The Sons of Liberty 2 • AKJ Books $9.48 1 $9.48
Knights of the Lunch Table • AKJ Books $8.02 1 $8.02
Dodgeball Chronicles, The (Knights of the Lunch Table Series) • AKJ Books $8.02 1 $8.02
The Dragon Players • AKJ Books $8.02 1 $8.02
Astronaut Academy 1 • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Library Wars: Love & War 1 • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Astronaut Academy: Re-entry • AKJ Books $7.29 1 $7.29
Naruto: Chapterbook, Volume 2: The Tests of a Ninja Masashi • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Naruto: Chapterbook, Volume 5: Bridge of Courage Masashi Kis • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Naruto: Chapterbook, Volume 6: Speed Masashi Kishimoto, Masa • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Naruto: Chapterbook, Volume 1: The Boy Ninja Masashi Kishimo • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64
Naruto: Chapterbook, Volume 3: The Worst Job Masashi Kishimo • AKJ Books $3.64 1 $3.64

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