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Mrs. VanTassel from Greenville SC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Classroom Book a Day

Help me give my students books that they will enjoy, can relate to, and can learn through.

  • $1,156 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

When my students walk into the classroom, they are ready to take on the world. While I have a variety of students from a variety of backgrounds, they all have one thing in common: they love to learn.

I don't think there's another group of students out there that works as well together, as a team, as mine do.

This is a rare quality in a classroom, to have everyone get along and look out for one another.

While some of my students started school with all of their wants and needs fulfilled, others only have some of their needs fulfilled and require extra love from their teachers in school. Together we make up a family and all of our wants and needs are met within the classroom, especially mine.

My Project

I want to continue to foster a love of reading for my students. I have read a picture book a day to my class this year, and I want to continue to make this possible through books that they can relate to. The benefits to reading picture books are astronomical. They can help students build community, develop empathy, have exposure to diverse stories and characters, give opportunities to have open discussions, and so much more.

I have chosen books that will allow my diverse population of students to see themselves, and maybe even have their eyes opened to what others are going through.

I have chosen books that I hope will inspire my class. I have chosen books that will have my students looking forward to our goal of reading a picture book each day.

I love being able to see the joy in their faces each time we sit down to read a book together. I especially value the sense of community that we develop as we discuss topics, learn about characters, and learn more about ourselves.

Mrs. VanTassel
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Junkyard Wonders • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Calling the Water Drum • Amazon Business $17.05 1 $17.05
Salt In His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
Grains of Sand • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
When Lightning Comes in a Jar • Amazon Business $16.67 1 $16.67
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel • Amazon Business $15.63 1 $15.63
The Darkest Dark • Amazon Business $15.30 1 $15.30
The Treasure Box • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Let Them Play (Tales of Young Americans) • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
Be Kind • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Dude! • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Friends Stick Together • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Before She was Harriet (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) • Amazon Business $14.54 1 $14.54
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $14.54 1 $14.54
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Charlie and Lola) • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Alan's Big, Scary Teeth • Amazon Business $14.30 1 $14.30
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist • Amazon Business $14.12 1 $14.12
Jabari Jumps • Amazon Business $14.11 1 $14.11
It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk (It’s Not a Fairy Tale) • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Happy Dreamer • Amazon Business $13.90 1 $13.90
Stolen Words • Amazon Business $13.56 1 $13.56
Let the Children March • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
A Bike Like Sergio's (A Junior Library Guild Selection) • Amazon Business $13.38 1 $13.38
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
A Unicorn Named Sparkle: A Picture Book • Amazon Business $13.17 1 $13.17
Randy Riley's Really Big Hit • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Monster Trouble! • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Sometimes You Fly • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Harriet Gets Carried Away • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Carmela Full of Wishes • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Dreamers • Amazon Business $12.65 1 $12.65
The Sandcastle That Lola Built • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush's Incredible Journey • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Sophie's Squash Go to School • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Bruce's Big Move (Mother Bruce) • Amazon Business $12.39 1 $12.39
How to Be a Lion • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse • Amazon Business $12.31 1 $12.31
The Very Last Castle • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Not Quite Narwhal • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Front Desk • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Ninja Bunny • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
Surf's Up • Amazon Business $11.71 1 $11.71
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist • Amazon Business $11.09 1 $11.09
How to Catch a Leprechaun • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Eraser • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Rot, the Cutest in the World! • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
I'm Here • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Tucky Jo and Little Heart • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
When I Was Eight • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Destiny's Gift • Amazon Business $9.01 1 $9.01
The Dot • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Follow the Drinking Gourd • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Babe & I • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Bringing In the New Year (Read to a Child!) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
This Is Not a Valentine • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans • Amazon Business $7.04 1 $7.04
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Those Shoes • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story (Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Room on the Broom • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59

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