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Ms. Solarek from Seattle WA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bring Book Clubs to Life for Fourth Graders

Help me give my students engaging book club books that reflect their cultural backgrounds and interests. With these books, we will be able to create a vibrant community of book lovers.

  • $986 goal

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My Students

Our school is filled with incredible students who love to come to school every day! They are such happy individuals with so much empathy and curiosity! The staff at our school learns as much from the students as the students do from us about life and the world.

In my class of amazing fourth graders over half of the students speak a language other than English at home.

My students bring many different cultures from around the world into our classroom every day, creating a rich and deep learning learning environment.

It is an amazing environment to teach about difference because it is so evident. I am truly indebted to my students for all they teach me about life and their culture.

My Project

My students love to read- so long as the books they are reading are great! Too many books that come in pre-bought classroom sets that fill my library feature main characters that are invariably feature white, English-first-language main characters. These books simply don't reflect the students in my class, and they understandably don't grab their attention. They need books that reflect their lives and experiences.

My students love to talk about books!

With these sets of books, we will be able to set up book clubs in our classroom in which we discuss great literature and grow our reading brains. Book clubs not only provide a great avenue to build a love of reading, they also support our English Language Learners in developing their academic language skills. It's a win-win!

Ms. Solarek
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Bad Guys Box Set: Books 1-5 • Amazon Business $22.92 3 $68.76
Clubhouse Mysteries Super Sleuth Collection: The Buried Bones Mystery; Lost in the Tunnel of Time; Shadows of Caesar's Creek; The Space Mission ... Animal Show; Stars and Sparks on Stage • Amazon Business $24.09 2 $48.18
EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken • Amazon Business $5.99 6 $35.94
EllRay Jakes the Recess King! • Amazon Business $5.62 6 $33.72
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Unpleasant Penguins from Pluto (Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot #9) • Amazon Business $5.39 6 $32.34
Ivy and Bean and the Ghost that Had to Go (Ivy & Bean, Book 2) (Bk. 2) • Amazon Business $5.39 6 $32.34
Lunch Walks Among Us (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist) • Amazon Business $6.99 4 $27.96
Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $6.99 4 $27.96
The Invisible Fran (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist) • Amazon Business $6.91 4 $27.64
Ivy & Bean (Book 1) (Bk. 1) • Amazon Business $4.59 6 $27.54
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point (0.7mm), Black, 12 Count (Packaging may vary) • Amazon Business $6.35 4 $25.40
Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues • Amazon Business $5.99 4 $23.96
Don’t Feed the Geckos!: The Carver Chronicles, Book 3 • Amazon Business $5.99 4 $23.96
Nikki and Deja: Nikki and Deja, Book One • Amazon Business $5.99 4 $23.96
The Fran with Four Brains • Amazon Business $5.99 4 $23.96
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time • Amazon Business $5.99 4 $23.96
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 2: The Ladek Invasion (Volume 2) • Amazon Business $5.99 4 $23.96
The Secret Recipe (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 4 $23.80
Singing Superstar (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $5.95 4 $23.80
Dog Days: The Carver Chronicles, Book One • Amazon Business $5.40 4 $21.60
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars (Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot #4) • Amazon Business $5.30 4 $21.20
Skateboard Party: The Carver Chronicles, Book Two • Amazon Business $5.29 4 $21.16
My Family Adventure (Sofia Martinez) • Amazon Business $4.95 4 $19.80
EllRay Jakes Stands Tall • Amazon Business $3.29 6 $19.74
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules • Amazon Business $8.96 2 $17.92
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 • Amazon Business $8.31 2 $16.62
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3) • Amazon Business $7.85 2 $15.70

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