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

Bringing the Joy of Reading Back to the Classroom

My students need books with diverse characters that look like them. These books will help form connections with the text and engage them during independent reading time.

  • $539 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

I work with K-5 students in an urban Title I school in Charlotte. My students are creative inquirers who are eager to succeed. They love hands-on engaging lessons that incorporate technology and allow them to express their ideas.

Many of my students come to school with a growth mindset despite the challenges many of them face at home.

Our families are working class families that often do not have the supplies and resources needed to practice assignments at home. Therefore, my students often come to me with instructional gaps in reading and math.

As a reading teacher in an urban area, books are an essential resource for my students. Many of them do not have access to books at home and rely on our school to expose them to a variety of text. It is my goal every year to help them set goals, make growth, and instill a lifelong love of reading.

My Project

With the focus of elementary school shifting to test scores and test-taking strategies, it is my goal to spark the love of reading again. Students in my classroom want books that interest them but our classroom library lacks titles with characters that look like them. All these books have been chosen because they include characters of color that my students can relate to. These stories teach social-emotional lessons that our curriculum lacks. They also provide opportunities for modeling the strategies I want students to be using as they read independently.

The best way to become a better reader is to read more, and these books will continue to help my students grow stronger in reading.

My students will be given choice in the books that they select from our library. These books will help develop a culturally rich selection of text that they can enjoy reading.

Mrs. Thrower
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Girl Who Drank the Moon • AKJ Education $15.26 1 $15.26
Tops & Bottoms (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $14.12 1 $14.12
I Wanna Iguana • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
The Rain Stomper • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Saints and Misfits • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
Kitchen Dance • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Extra Yarn • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
In Plain Sight • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Blackout • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Day the Crayons Quit • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Crown : An Ode to the Fresh Cut • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $13.02 1 $13.02
The First Rule of Punk • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
As Brave As You • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Three Tales of My Father's Dragon My Father's Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, the Dragons of Blueland • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
The Crossover • AKJ Education $12.28 1 $12.28
Ralph Tells a Story • Amazon Business $12.17 1 $12.17
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors • Amazon Business $11.71 1 $11.71
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
Wonder • AKJ Education $10.69 1 $10.69
Young Zeus • Amazon Business $10.10 1 $10.10
A Moment In Time • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Recess Queen • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $9.23 1 $9.23
Baghead • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Jamaica's Find (Reading Rainbow) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
The Relatives Came • Amazon Business $6.83 1 $6.83
Inside Out and Back Again • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
Heaven • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Dog Breath • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Fireflies • Amazon Business $5.31 1 $5.31
Looking For Red • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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