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Ms. Kravetz from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cool Books for Tough Guys

My students need a variety of 40+ fiction and non-fiction books that will engage young adult boys.

  • $549 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Why is so much young adult fiction aimed at young women? Boys want to read, too! We just have to put the right kinds of books in their hands.

I'm a tenth grade literacy teacher in NYC.

I have a classroom library to encourage students to become readers, and a significant part of our class time is devoted to developing reading skills and a love of reading. Most of my students come to the 10th grade reading at least two grade levels below where they should be. Many of my students are struggling readers and are not likely to go to the public library on their own to find a book. It's difficult to get them to read without very current, very appealing books in the library. I want our classroom to be full of books that they will be excited to read. After teaching in underfunded NYC schools for almost a decade, I'm getting a good idea of what some of those books are. I've also listened to countless young men ask me, "Do you have any books about war? What about something that's not a story?"

My Project

So, for this proposal, I am requesting a variety of young adult fiction and non-fiction books to add to my classroom library. I am requesting books that I know will appeal to boys, and the kinds of books they continually ask me for and that I'm frustrated to not have. We truly have a literacy crisis among young men - and particularly young men of color - that we can begin to work against by helping them see reading as something that is for them.

I hope by having books readily accessible for the students, that they will be able to meet the NYC standard of reading 24 books per school year and go on to be engaged, successful college students.

With your kind donation, I can put books into the hands of my wonderful teenagers.

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Ms. Kravetz
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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2 donors2 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 25 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $7.43 1 $7.43
Ball Don't Lie Matt de la Pena • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 1 $7.21
Mexican WhiteBoy Matt de la Pena • AKJ BOOKS $8.11 1 $8.11
We Were Here Matt de la Pena • AKJ BOOKS $8.11 1 $8.11
Homeboyz Alan Lawrence Sitomer • AKJ BOOKS $8.11 1 $8.11
Hoopster Alan Lawrence Sitomer • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Hip-Hop High School Alan Lawrence Sitomer • AKJ BOOKS $7.68 1 $7.68
Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers • AKJ BOOKS $6.30 1 $6.30
Sunrise over Fallujah Walter Dean Myers • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
1776 David McCullough • AKJ BOOKS $9.59 1 $9.59
American Gods Neil Gaiman • AKJ BOOKS $7.43 1 $7.43
Anansi Boys Neil Gaiman • AKJ BOOKS $7.43 1 $7.43
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas John Boyne • AKJ BOOKS $8.36 2 $16.72
The Book Thief Markus Zusak • AKJ BOOKS $7.54 1 $7.54
I Am the Messenger Markus Zusak • AKJ BOOKS $7.05 1 $7.05
Godless Pete Hautman • AKJ BOOKS $8.11 1 $8.11
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment / School's Out - Forever / Saving the World James Patterson • AKJ BOOKS $15.62 2 $31.24
Unsigned Hype Booker T. Mattison • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
Two the Hard Way Travis Hunter • AKJ BOOKS $8.97 1 $8.97
Street Dreams K'wan • AKJ BOOKS $9.74 1 $9.74
For the Win Cory Doctorow • AKJ BOOKS $14.67 1 $14.67
Lockdown Walter Dean Myers • AKJ BOOKS $14.12 1 $14.12
Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two Joseph Bruchac • AKJ BOOKS $7.43 1 $7.43
Under a War-Torn Sky L.m. Elliott, Laura Malone Elliott • AKJ BOOKS $6.30 1 $6.30
Soldier Boys Dean Hughes, Kim McGillivray • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Last Mission Harry Mazer • AKJ BOOKS $6.30 1 $6.30
Soldier X Don L. Wulffson • AKJ BOOKS $6.30 1 $6.30
House on Hound Hill Maggie Prince • AKJ BOOKS $6.60 1 $6.60
The Juvie Three Gordon Korman • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 1 $7.21
The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe (B&N Exclusive Deluxe Edition with DVD) Theodore Gray • AKJ BOOKS $18.44 1 $18.44
Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff • AKJ BOOKS $26.98 1 $26.98
Science: The Definitive Visual Guide Adam Hart-Davis • AKJ BOOKS $32.06 1 $32.06
Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide Martin Rees (Editor), Ian Ridpath, David Hughes, Carole Stott, Ian Nicholson • AKJ BOOKS $17.69 1 $17.69
Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth DK Publishing • AKJ BOOKS $25.33 1 $25.33
The Visual Dictionary of the Human Body (Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries Series) DK Publishing, Deni Bown, Bucaille • AKJ BOOKS $14.11 2 $28.22
Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All Russell Simmons, Chris Morrow • AKJ BOOKS $12.49 1 $12.49

Materials cost

$425.08

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.38

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$466.46

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$82.32

Total project goal

$548.78

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$548.78

1 Donor

-$233.23

Donations toward project cost

-$233.23

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

match offer

-$274.39

Match offer toward project cost

-$233.23

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.16

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$41.16

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$0.00

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