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Ms. McEntire
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 3 donors
  • $0 still needed

Celebrating Holidays Through Reading!

My students need a variety of 50+ holiday and thematic books that are on their comprehension level in order to understand and appreciate holidays and themes.

My Students

Holidays are celebrated throughout the world, and in the United States we have a diverse, rich culture of holidays and traditions! To really appreciate and understand the history and culture behind the holidays students are celebrating, we need a class set of holiday books my students can comprehend.

I have a creative, inquisitive group of bright young minds!

My students love to celebrate and explore the different holidays that we have here in the United States, and all over the world! However, many of the books in our school library are not on my students' comprehension level. The books that are holiday related are usually several decades old, and on a 3rd or 4th grade reading level. When I have no other choice but to read these books to my students, all of the information is hard for them to understand, and they become more confused and distant. Students are not able to fully appreciate the diversity of the holiday or theme we are studying or understand why we are celebrating these holidays in the first place! My students have a great deal of passion for reading, and I am sure with grade appropriate holiday and thematic books, my students will be asking more and more questions about the traditions and holidays that we are studying!

My Project

I am hoping to receive an entire set of holiday books and thematic books that my students will be able to read and understand. These books range from Johnny Appleseed whom we study at the beginning of the year, to Mother's Day which falls during the last few weeks of school! These books will not only explain the origins of important holidays, but also how these holidays are celebrated. To go along with the holiday books, I have asked for a collection of books that relate to themes we teach in first grade, such as pumpkins, seasons, and other fun themes! These books will be placed in my reading center. Students will fill out reading response sheets on these books, and can tell me what they have truly learned about the theme or holiday. It is crucial for students to learn at an early age how to appreciate our culture and holidays.

Donors, with your help I will be putting educational holiday books in the hands of readers who are curious about the different holidays that are celebrated around the world.

Students are also especially interested in learning about the holidays they celebrate in the United States, and why we are celebrating! Please consider making a donation to this wonderful cause!

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Apples Gail Gibbons • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
Apples Inez Snyder • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
How Do Apples Grow Betsy Maestro, Giulio Maestro (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Johnny Appleseed Patricia Brennan Demuth, Michael Montgomery (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Johnny Appleseed Jane Kurtz, Mary Haverfield (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Leaves David Ezra Stein (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Why Do Leaves Change Color? Betsy Maestro, Loretta Krupinski (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Tree for All Seasons Bernard • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
Christopher Columbus Marion Dane Bauer, Liz Goulet Dubois (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Christopher Columbus (History Maker Bios Series) Susan Bivin Aller, Tim Parlin (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus? Jean Fritz, Margot Tomes (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Pumpkins Ken Robbins • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Pumpkin Book Gail Gibbons, Gail Gibbons (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie Jill Esbaum • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
Leaf Man Lois Ehlert • AKJ BOOKS $10.94 1 $10.94
When Autumn Falls Kelly Nidey, Susan Swan (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
Scarecrows Lola M. Schaefer • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
Scarecrow Cynthia Rylant, Lauren Stringer (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.98 1 $5.98
Thanksgiving Robin Nelson • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
First Thanksgiving: (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 3 Book) Linda Hayward (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Thanksgiving Is... Gail Gibbons, Gail Gibbons (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
The Snowman Raymond Briggs, Raymond Briggs (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Snowman: (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 1 Book Raymond Briggs • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
All You Need for a Snowman Alice Schertle, Barbara Lavallee (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Winter (The Seasons) Nuria Roca, Rosa Maria Curto (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
Snow (Ready-to-Read, Level 1) Marion Dane Bauer, John Wallace (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Snow Dog Marley (I Can Read Book 2 Series) John Grogan, Richard Cowdrey (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
A Mother for Choco Keiko Kasza, Keiko Kasza (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Mama, Do You Love Me? Board Book Barbara M. Joosse, Barbara Lavallee (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
I Love My Mommy Because... Laurel Porter-Gaylord, Ashley Wolff (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Happy Mother's Day! (Little Critter Series) Mercer Mayer, Mercer Mayer (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Spring Nuria Roca, Dimitry (Editor), Rosa Maria Curto (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
Everything Spring Jill Esbaum • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
It's St. Patrick's Day Rebecca Gomez, Mary Morgan (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever! Teddy Slater, Ethan Long (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Jack and the Leprechaun Ivan Robertson • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
The Tooth Book: A Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums Edward Miller • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
Missing Tooth: (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 3 Book) Joanna Cole • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Fluffy Meets the Tooth Fairy (Hello Reader! Series) Kate Mcmullan, Mavis Smith (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Substitute Groundhog Pat Miller, Kathi Ember (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.79 1 $3.79
Ready-to-Read: Groundhog Day (Robin Hill School Series) Margaret McNamara, Mike Gordon (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Groundhog Gets a Say Pamela C. Swallow, Denise Bunkus (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! (If You Give... Series) Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Biggest Valentine Ever Steven Kroll, Jeni Bassett (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Biscuit's Valentine's Day Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Pat Schories (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Best Thing About Valentines Hudson, Mary C. Melcher (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $2.99 1 $2.99
Penguins! (National Geographic Readers Series) Anne Schreiber • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Ready-to-Read Series) Margaret McNamara, Mike Gordon (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
George Washington Lenny Hort • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Who Was George Washington? Roberta Edwards, Nancy Harrison (Illustrator), True Kelley (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
George Washington and the General's Dog (Step Into Reading: Step 3 Reading on Your Own) Frank Murphy, Richard Walz (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Abraham Lincoln (History Maker Bios Series) Jane A. Schott, Tim Parlin (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
Abraham Lincoln: Lawyer, Leader, Legend Justine Korman Fontes • AKJ BOOKS $3.41 1 $3.41
Who Was Abraham Lincoln? Janet Pascal, John O'Brien (Illustrator), Nancy Harrison (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26

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