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Mrs. Norwood
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Books of Hope

My students need 29 high-quality non-fiction picture books to use as models for creating their own non-fiction picture books that will be sent to children in Uganda. We also need a binding machine and binding spines to finish our books and make them beautiful!

Do you believe that EVERY child should have the opportunity to go to college, regardless of their zip code? At my school in Texas, we believe exactly that. Our school exists to send low-income kids to college so that they can come back and transform their communities. I teach 7th grade English at an inner city charter school where we work hard every day to provide kids with the educational and emotional resources they need to be successful in life.

Although our children are in need themselves, we want to instill in them an attitude of service to others. We want them to work to improve their community and other communities in need. It is our dream to have our kids participate in a program called "Books of Hope". This innovative and inspiring program partners US schools with schools in Uganda serving the orphaned and mostly HIV positive civil war refugees. Ugandan schools request books to be used for instructional purposes, and the US schools then create nonfiction picture books as a part of a nonfiction unit of study. The finished books are sent to Uganda with personal notes and pictures from the US students. The books truly provide hope.

In order to have our students participate in "Books of Hope", we are in need a few resources. We will need a collection of high-quality nonfiction picture books for our kids to use as resources and models for their own nonfiction writing. We will also need a binding machine and binding spines to make our finished books durable, useful, and beautiful.

With a donation to this project, you are not only helping US students learn and grow, but you will be contributing to an amazing project that is impacting global literacy. Kids from Texas all the way to Uganda will be grateful for your generosity!

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler, Mark Tucker (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.98 1 $4.98
Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts! Lynne Truss, Bonnie Timmons (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
PULSAR COMBBIND MACHINE Fellowes Pulsar Comb Binding Machines; Manual • Quill $134.99 1 $134.99
MATTE TEXTURED BINDING SPINE, 1/4 GBC Matte Textured Binding Spines; Black, 1/4" • Quill $11.69 4 $46.76
Every Minute on Earth: Fun Facts that Happen Every 60 Seconds Steve Murrie, Matthew Murrie, Mary Anne Lloyd (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini Sid Fleischman • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka Jon Scieszka • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Kadir Nelson, Hank Aaron, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.19 1 $15.19
Close to Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916 Michael Capuzzo, Mike Capuzzo • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Greatest Stars of the NBA 2004 Cine-Magna, Volume 6: Future Greatest Stars of the NBA Jon Finkel, NBA (Illustrator), Tomas Montalvo-Lagos (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Physics: Why Matter Matters! Simon Basher (Illustrator), Dan Green • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Little Rock Nine(Turning Points Series) Marshall Poe, Ellen Lindner (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Delicious: The Life and Art of Wayne Thiebaud Susan Goldman Rubin, Susan Rubin • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Underwear: What We Wear under There Ruth Freeman Swain, John O'Brien (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Bat Boy Lives! David Perel, Editors of the Weekly World News, Editors of Weekly World News • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Pick Me Up Created by David Roberts, Created by Jeremy Leslie • Barnes and Noble $26.99 1 $26.99
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Russell Freedman • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Up before Daybreak: Cotton and People in America Deborah Hopkinson • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
One Kingdom: Our Lives with Animals Deborah Noyes, Deborah Noyes (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $16.20 1 $16.20
Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium Carla Killough McClafferty, Carla Killou McClafferty • Barnes and Noble $16.20 1 $16.20
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon Catherine Thimmesh • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
Universe (Eyewitness Book Series) Manufactured by DK Publishing Staff, Robin Kerrod • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
Aztec, Inca, and Maya (Eyewitness Books Series) Elizabeth Baquedano, Michel Zabe (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
Eyewitness World War II Simon Adams, Andy Crawford (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Plant (Eyewitness Books Series) Davie Burnie, Andrew McRobb (Illustrator), Manufactured by DK Publishing • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Mammal (Eyewitness Books Series) Steve Parker, Jane Burton (Illustrator), Manufactured by DK Publishing • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Chemistry (Eyewitness Books Series) Ann Newmark, Laura Buller • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Human Body Steve Parker • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
Eyewitness Soccer Andy Crawford (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Music (Eyewitness Books Series) Neil Ardley • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Eyewitness Ocean Miranda MacQuitty, Frank Greenaway (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39

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