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Ms. Loren McAdams from Richmond VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Books So Nice, You Will Want To Read Them Twice!

Help me give my students read aloud books that will engage them in reading and motivate their developing comprehension and writing skills!

  • $622 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our school motto is “just like family”, and in our classroom, we are all a classroom family. My students live in a small community in the south side of Richmond City, and we reflect those same tight knit community values inside of our school walls. In our classroom we value strong relationships built on trust, love, and supporting each others’ academic, social, and emotional growth; just like family.

My first graders are curious, active, social, creative, and resilient.

Our class word is “persevere”; I teach my students the word “persevere” during the first week of school, because the first grade is challenging, but we do not give up when we are learning new and difficult skills. “Persevere” rings in our classroom from the first week of school until the last day. One of my sweet firsties who made a deep connection with our class word, expressed to me on the last day of school that he learned how to “persevere and do my best work” in the first grade.

My Project

My students are eager, curious, and imaginative; Each day, I gather my students on the carpet for them to engage with literature. It is critical for emerging readers to be read aloud to each and every day. Young readers need to be exposed to a variety of texts to broaden their vocabulary, gain experiences through reading, and begin to develop their own interests. Young readers are more motivated to learn to read when engaging reading is modeled for them by an adult, and they are able to get cozy and actively listen to the words of the story. When students are given a safe learning environment and a good book, they are able to use their imaginative minds and their senses to visit a world only made possible in books.

I have carefully chosen each of the books for my project, because I believe they will motivate my students to want to become life long readers.

My students will want to hear each of the stories I have selected for my project more than once. A good read aloud book has vivid imagery for students to visualize the story in their own minds. My students will want to retell each of these stories to their friend on the bus, or a family member when they get home from school. The characters in these stories are relatable to my students, allowing them to take on many different points of view. My students will make connections with the stories and relate them to their own lives, while developing their own opinions, and be able to justify their own feelings about the story. Each of these books for my project will be essential for transforming my students from emerging readers into fluent readers, able to comprehend new texts!

Ms. Loren McAdams
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Otis • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
The Gingerbread Girl • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Snowmen at Night • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
Hello Ocean • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
The Relatives Came • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Peter's Chair • AKJ Education $14.39 1 $14.39
A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Bear Snores On • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Ish • AKJ Education $13.50 1 $13.50
Wemberly Worried • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs As Retold by Mo Willems • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
How I Became a Pirate • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Tops & Bottoms • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Koala Lou • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Duck for President • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Hooway for Wodney Wat • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Tacky the Penguin • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Snowy Day • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Recess Queen • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Sheila Rae, the Brave • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Chrysanthemum • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Hey, Little Ant • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Scaredy Squirrel • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
The Easter Bunny's Assistant • Amazon Business $12.11 1 $12.11
Turkey Trouble • AKJ Education $11.67 1 $11.67
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
The Dot • AKJ Education $10.95 1 $10.95
The Three Billy Goats Fluff • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Pumpkin Jack • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones: A Book About Animals That Lay Eggs • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Ice Bear Read and Wonder: In the Steps of the Polar Bear • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Bat Loves the Night Read and Wonder • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato An Irish Folktale • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Piggie Pie! • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Ruby the Copycat • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
The Gingerbread Man • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink (Gilbert the Opossum) • Amazon Business $4.24 1 $4.24
Abe Lincoln's Hat • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Just Going to the Dentist (Little Critter) Golden Look-look Book • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

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