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Mrs. Wiles from Hays NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books Galore! Generating a Love for Reading

Help me give my students books for whole group read alouds, as well as books to enjoy on their own during independent reading. These books will keep the students engaged, while giving them a different variety of stories.

  • $1,420 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My remarkable first graders are my second class I get to teach in my teaching career! I have 20 little firsties who make every day interesting. I teach in a Title 1 classroom, housing students who come from low-income households, but have a true desire for learning. Unfortunately, our will for learning gets hindered by the lack of classroom reading resources for the students.

There is never a day that goes by in first grade that we don't read at least three books.

My students are kind, smart, and caring, but also need the opportunity to get their minds moving and their wheels turning by enjoying new, unique stories that I read to them, as well as ones they read to themselves. The more my students read, the more the know, and the more they grow! Our outdated library is not interesting or enticing for these creative minds - we need new story-lines to keep us all engaged.

My Project

Students in the everyday classroom are accustomed to reading or listening to the same stories day in and out. I am attempting to expand my classroom library with themed books for read alouds and personal student reading. Creating engaging reading lessons is difficult when the reading material is not easily accessible or available at all - and these books often cost anywhere from $5 to $25, which comes directly from the teacher's own pocket. Funding books for teacher and student use in the classroom can often cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars, forcing teachers to use hand-me-down stories from years and years ago, or attempting to find online read alouds.

Let's face it, listening to a story on the Smart Board is no where near the same experience as hearing it read aloud by the teacher and seeing the pictures as the pages turn, and listening to First Day Jitters for the third year in a row isn't the best experience to instill a love for reading and hearing new stories.

Our students need fresh books to open up their minds and get them interesting in reading again. They need a new dog to save the day, they need a new back to school story for the first day, and they need a new version of The Gingerbread Man to take place of the one that they've heard fifty times beforehand. With these new books being utilized in our classroom libraries, students will get fresh stories and new characters to fall in love with, and, hopefully, help them fall in love with reading as well.

Mrs. Wiles
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Memoirs of an Elf • AKJ Education $12.40 2 $24.80
Snowmen Galore • AKJ Education $17.51 1 $17.51
Gingerbread Baby • AKJ Education $17.09 1 $17.09
Ginger and Petunia • AKJ Education $17.09 1 $17.09
Gingerbread Christmas • AKJ Education $17.09 1 $17.09
Cinders A Chicken Cinderella • AKJ Education $17.09 1 $17.09
Snowmen at Work • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Hedgie's Surprise • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
The Gingerbread Girl • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
John Philip Duck • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Junkyard Wonders • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
The Gingerbread Cowboy • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
Enemy Pie • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
I Need My Monster • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
The Relatives Came • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Mossy • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Gingerbread Friends • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Stellaluna 25th Anniversary Edition • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
The Easter Egg • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
All the Places to Love • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Gingerbread Boy • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Auntie Claus deluxe edition • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Recess Queen • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Each Kindness • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Mitten A Ukrainian Folktale • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Tops & Bottoms • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Balloons over Broadway The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Owl Moon • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Turnip • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Three Snow Bears • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
School's First Day of School • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Creepy Carrots! • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Hey, That's My Monster! • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Superworm • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Ninjabread Man • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Sandwich Swap • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Invisible Boy • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Snowmen at Christmas • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library, The • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Dragons Love Tacos • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Olive, the Other Reindeer • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Turkey Trouble • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Three Hens and a Peacock • AKJ Education $11.64 1 $11.64
The Library Gingerbread Man • AKJ Education $9.19 1 $9.19
The Spider • AKJ Education $8.02 1 $8.02
Catching the Moon • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Snowmen at Night • AKJ Education $6.80 1 $6.80
Salt in His Shoes Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Brave Irene • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Abe's Honest Words The Life of Abraham Lincoln • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Spiders • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Over and Under the Snow • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Prince Cinders • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Martin's Big Words The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Snow Globe Family • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Missing Mitten Mystery • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Pinduli • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Miss Rumphius • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Those Darn Squirrels! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Salamander Room • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
When I Was Young in the Mountains • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Scarecrow • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
In November • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Fall Pumpkins Orange and Plump • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Too Many Pumpkins • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Sophie's Masterpiece A Spider's Tale • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Piggie Pie! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Sheila Rae, the Brave • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Chair for My Mother: 25th Anniversary Edition • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Miss Nelson Is Missing! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Fly Away Home • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Wemberly Worried • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ira Sleeps Over • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Day's Work • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Wednesday Surprise • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Library Lion • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
A Weekend with Wendell • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Mysterious Tadpole • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Those Shoes • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Chrysanthemum • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Are You a Spider? • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
We're Going on a Bear Hunt • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Three Little Pigs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bats • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Gruffalo • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bat Loves the Night Read and Wonder • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Akiak A Tale From the Iditarod • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Pumpkin Town! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Pumpkin Soup • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
The Gruffalo's Child • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Fiona's Luck • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Thunder Cake • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Daisy Comes Home • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Snowmen At Christmas • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
A Bad Case of Stripes • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Ruby the Copycat • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Missing Mittens Odd and Even Numbers • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Boris Keeps Fit • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Dogerella • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
The Gingerbread Man • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Stone Soup • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Clifford's Christmas • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Spiders (Scholastic Reader, Level 2: Nic Bishop #2) • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Picking Apples and Pumpkins • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91
Snow • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Spiders (I Love) • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Groundhog Weather School • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Santasaurus • AKJ Education $1.00 1 $1.00

Materials cost

$1,076.78

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$83.99

3rd party payment processing fee

$16.15

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$1,206.92

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$212.99

Total project goal

$1,419.91

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,419.91

2 Donors

-$604.96

Donations toward project cost

-$603.46

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$1.50

match offer

-$709.95

Match offer toward project cost

-$603.46

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$106.49

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$104.99

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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