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Ms. L. from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Create a Lifelong Love of Literature

The cost of a read-aloud library of 16 stories is $297, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I teach at Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. 95% of students at Holmes come from low-income families. Last year, I taught nineteen book-crazy first graders. They eagerly devoured every story, poem, play or magazine article put their way. They were a joy to teach and watching their reading skills grow over the course of the year was truly amazing. In September, I will be privileged to teach these same nineteen students in second grade, along with seven additional, new students. I am eagerly anticipating guiding my students on the next leg of their educational journey. The second grade reading curriculum used at my school includes daily read-alouds designed to improve comprehension and allow students to draw comparisons between texts. While the text of each story is printed in my teacher's guide, I feel that the experience would be less boring and more meaningful for everyone involved if my students could hear the story read from the actual book! In addition to being able to see illustrations, students can check the book out of the classroom library to take home and share with their families, or simply reread the story over and over again in class. I will be able to borrow some titles from other teachers, but these stories would complete the collection and make for a much more meaningful start to each day!

Ms. L.
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo; And His Adventures with the Family Lazardo William Joyce • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Come on, Rain Karen Hesse,Jon J. Muth (Illustrator),John Muth (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Paperboy Dav Pilkey • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Jalapeno Bagels Natasha Wing,Robert Casilla,Robert Casilla (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
When We Get Home Robin Ballard • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Friend Frog Alma Flor Ada,Lori Lohstoeter (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World Marjorie Priceman • Barnes and Noble $14.40 1 $14.40
Pet Show! Ezra Jack Keats,Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Chester's Way Kevin Henkes • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone • $14.10 1 $14.10
Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year Kate Waters,Madeline Slovenz-Low,Martha Cooper (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $11.70 1 $11.70
First Flight: Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers George Shea,Don Bolognese (Illustrator),Don Bolognese (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.62 1 $10.62
Doggone Lemonade Stand! Judy Bradbury,Cathy Trachok (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.85 1 $9.85
A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You Joan Walsh Anglund,Joan Walsh Anglund (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.95 1 $8.95
Treasure Uri Shulevitz • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Wow! It's Great Being a Duck Joan Rankin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39

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