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Mr. B. from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Changing the Face of Reading

The cost of 24 graphic novels, such as Batman novels and Star Wars novels, from Barnes and Nobles is $382, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am a Literacy Coach at an under-resourced middle school in Brooklyn. Since the days of prehistoric man, people have been telling stories using pictures instead of prose. From the cave paintings of the Cro-Magnon to the hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt, graphic storytelling has been in use as a popular means of communicating thoughts and ideas. Graphic storytelling has undergone a recent resurgence, especially among adolescent readers. Publishers, writers, and artists have created colorful, action-packed books featuring superheroes and other larger-than-life characters that can give struggling or disinterested readers a bridge to more advanced literature. Even some classics have been converted into graphic novels. Among them are J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' and Ray Bradbury's short stories. Graphic novels also reflect popular culture. The illustrations show the trend in young adult clothing, and design. The dialogue uses popular slang. The cinematic action is edgy and fast-paced, often with multiple story lines. Current issues, such as politics, are included in the themes. The wide appeal of the graphic novel form has not gone unnoticed. The ALA 2004 Best Book for Young Adults included two graphic novels on the shortlist, 'Persepolis' by Marjane Satrapi and 'Blankets' by Craig Thompson. Graphic novels are also included on book lists for reluctant young adult readers. And the ALA list of recommended books for reluctant young adults for 2005 includes at least three graphic novels. It's time that our classroom libraries embrace what our students are reading! I am asking for funding of a set of graphic novels to supplement my classroom library. These texts that my students crave will be an invaluable teaching tool that will drive instruction, and motivate my reluctant readers. Make a difference in the life of a reader. The power of books is a wonder.

Mr. B.
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again Frank Miller,Lynn Varley,Todd Klein • Barnes and Noble $17.95 1 $17.95
The Best of Ray Bradbury: The Graphic Novel Ray Bradbury,Dave Gibbons (Illustrator),Richard Corben (Illustrator),Mike Mignola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $17.05 1 $17.05
Ultimate X-Men, Volume 3: World Tour Mark Millar,Chuck Austen,Chris Bachalo,Adam Kubert,Chuck Austen,Esad Ribic • Barnes and Noble $16.19 1 $16.19
Dark Empire Tom Veitch,Cam Kennedy • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Batman: The Long Halloween (Batman Series) Jeph Loeb,Tim Sale (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.99 1 $13.99
Batman: Year One (Deluxe Edition) Frank Miller,David Mazzuchelli (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.99 1 $13.99
Left Behind: A Graphic Novel of Earth's Last Days Tim LaHaye,Jerry B. Jenkins,Tim F. Lahaye,Aaron Lopresti,Jeffrey Moy,Manufactured by Tyndale House Publishers • Barnes and Noble $13.49 1 $13.49
Ultimate X-Men Volume 1: The Tomorrow People Mark Millar,Adam Kubert,Andy Kubert,Frank Miller (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Ultimate X-Men Volume 2: Return to Weapon X Mark Millar,Adam Kubert,Tom Raney,Tom Derenick • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return Marjane Satrapi • Barnes and Noble $12.56 1 $12.56
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Marjane Satrapi • Barnes and Noble $12.56 1 $12.56
Batman: Hush, Volume 1 Jeph Loeb,Jim Lee (Illustrator),Scott Williams (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Batman: A Death in the Family Jim Starlin,Dennis O'Neil (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Nancy Drew, Girl Detective Volume 1: The Demon of River Heights (Nancy Drew Graphic Novel Series) Stefan Petrucha,Sho Murase (Illustrator),Based On Work by Carolyn Keene • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Star Wars: Darth Maul Ron Marz,Rick Magyar,Jan Duursema • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Ultimate X-Men Volume 5: Ultimate War Mark Millar,Chris Bachalo (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.89 1 $9.89
Death of Superman DC Comics,DC Comics Staff • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
World without a Superman DC Comics Staff,Dan Jurgens (Editor),Louise Simonson (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $6.75 1 $6.75
Left Behind Graphic Novel: Book 1, Vol. 3 Tim LaHaye,Jerry B. Jenkins,Jerry Jenkins,Tim LaHaye • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Left Behind Graphic Novel: Book 1, Vol. 5 Tim LaHaye,Jerry B. Jenkins,Jerry B. Jenkins,Tim F. Lahaye • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Left Behind Graphic Novel: Book 1, Vol. 1 Tim LaHaye,Jerry B. Jenkins,Jerry B. Jenkins • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The Batman: The Killing Joke Alan Moore,Dennis O'Neil (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Meridian Magic (W.I.T.C.H Graphic Novel Series) Parke Godwin,Tk • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
W. I. T. C. H Graphic Novel #1: The Power of Friendship Parke Godwin,Tk,Manufactured by Volo • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49

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