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Mrs. Sotomayor from Bloomington IN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bringing in Real Books!

My students need fresh new books for shared reading to supplement our district curriculum. We need real books that are engaging, entertaining, and inspiring to foster a love of books and reading!

  • $522 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Our school is an Artful Learning school with a focus on the performing arts. Our students access the curriculum and state standards through arts based strategies and projects. This year we have partnered with our local university to provide additional experiences in the arts which include dance, yoga, drums, pottery, tumbling, keyboarding, and violin, among others. Our students are excited about having the opportunity to participate in learning experiences they may not have otherwise.

Our students come from low socioeconomic households with a variety of challenges that often impede their ability to succeed in the classroom.

The basic needs of our student often go unmet outside of the school doors. Many students deal with behavioral issues as a result of trauma, stress, or other emotional disabilities. Our students deserve to feel the sense of pride that comes with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals.

My Project

Our current reading curriculum is less than exciting, and the weekly books leave a lot to be desired. My own personal collection is also lacking. My students love our shared reading time, but we need more interesting books. I have researched recommended titles for first grade shared reading and selected four books per month that I know will make our shared reading time more engaging. The books I have selected also have resources that go along with them which I intend to purchase from Teacher's Pay Teachers. These books are fantastic not only for modeling fluent reading and teaching comprehension strategies, they are full of great words for vocabulary, and most of them have an important lesson embedded in the story. I know these books will bring a love of reading to our classroom! Please consider helping to build our classroom book collection with REAL books!

Mrs. Sotomayor
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 15 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Penguin in Peril • Amazon Business $14.61 1 $14.61
Hoot and Peep • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Great Spruce • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
The Darkest Dark • Amazon Business $14.35 1 $14.35
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $14.14 1 $14.14
Maddi's Fridge • Amazon Business $14.04 1 $14.04
Amazing Grace (Reading Rainbow Books) • Amazon Business $14.02 1 $14.02
Real Cowboys • Amazon Business $13.89 1 $13.89
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa • Amazon Business $13.12 1 $13.12
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $13.10 1 $13.10
I Don't Want to Be a Frog • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
If Your Monster Won't Go To Bed • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
The Koala Who Could • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
School's First Day of School • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Thunder Underground • Amazon Business $11.91 1 $11.91
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $11.80 1 $11.80
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion • Amazon Business $11.57 1 $11.57
The Big Bed • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
Naughty Mabel • Amazon Business $11.25 1 $11.25
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) • Amazon Business $11.09 1 $11.09
Nerdy Birdy • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Oskar and the Eight Blessings • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Ida, Always • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
The Mermaid • Amazon Business $10.30 1 $10.30
Cloudette • Amazon Business $9.82 1 $9.82
The Animals' Santa • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
Honey... Honey... Lion! • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Alligators and Crocodiles • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Scarecrow's Hat • Amazon Business $7.93 1 $7.93
Sylvie • Amazon Business $7.68 1 $7.68
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books) • Amazon Business $7.28 1 $7.28
Farfallina & Marcel • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Chameleons Are Cool: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Make Way for Ducklings • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Pumpkin Soup: A Picture Book • Amazon Business $6.11 1 $6.11
Chicks and Salsa • Amazon Business $5.87 1 $5.87
A Plump And Perky Turkey • Amazon Business $4.45 1 $4.45

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