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Mrs. Walker from Louisville KY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Readers for Life

My students need engaging and relevant books to read in the classroom to help them get excited about reading.

  • $657 goal

This project expired on January 3, 2017.

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My Students

The majority of the students in my classroom come form broken homes and live in poverty. Approximately 90% of my class is on free/reduced lunch. Many read below their grade level largely because of the lack of access to books at home. For many, the only time they pick up a book to read is at school. They are eager to learn and grow but they need books that are engaging for them to keep them motivated to read all the way through. Their home lives can sometimes be very hectic and unstable. Reading could become a great outlet for them and escape from the stress they deal with at home.

My Project

Working with high poverty students is a challenge within itself but trying to work with them without proper supplies and resources is even harder. I am a first-year teacher and when I received my classroom, there was not a single book left in it. I scrambled to purchase my own books and I received donations from other veteran teachers in the building but still our classroom library is very slim. A lot of the few books we do have are outdated or falling apart. We make the most of what we have but a limited classroom library can be discouraging for students who already don't enjoy reading.

Our school wants to create leaders for life and the best way for our students to become successful in life is through their education.

The books that I have selected are books my students love to read. These books make reading fun and engaging for even my struggling readers. The graphic novels make reading less intimidating and invite students to be visually invested in the story as they read. These books are much more relevant and up to date than the majority of the books we currently have available in our classroom. A love for reading is in important building block to a successful education. Help me get my students excited about reading!

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

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This project will reach 28 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dork Diaries Box Set (Ten Books Inside!): Dork Diaries; Dork Diaries 2; Dork Diaries 3; Dork Diaries 3 1/2; Dork Diaries 4; Dork Diaries 5; Dork ... Diaries 7; Dork Diaries 8; Dork Diaries 9 • Amazon Business $79.99 1 $79.99
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 2) • Amazon Business $25.59 1 $25.59
The Trouble Begins: A Box of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-3 (The Bad Beginning; The Reptile Room; The Wide Window) • Amazon Business $25.17 1 $25.17
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script • Amazon Business $17.98 1 $17.98
Big Book of Who: Football Revised & Updated (Sports Illustrated Kids) • Amazon Business $14.47 1 $14.47
Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Mr. Lincoln's Way • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Because of Thursday • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Precepts • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.93 1 $9.93
Big Nate Blasts Off • Amazon Business $8.53 1 $8.53
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules • Amazon Business $8.51 1 $8.51
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8 • Amazon Business $8.51 1 $8.51
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul • Amazon Business $8.51 1 $8.51
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8 • Amazon Business $8.51 1 $8.51
Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) • Amazon Business $8.51 1 $8.51
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7) • Amazon Business $8.51 1 $8.51
Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10) • Amazon Business $8.51 1 $8.51
Big Nate: Revenge of the Cream Puffs • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Big Nate: Welcome to My World • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (Book 3) • Amazon Business $8.37 1 $8.37
Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11) • Amazon Business $7.92 1 $7.92
Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11) • Amazon Business $7.92 1 $7.92
Thunder Cake • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Kickoff! (Barber Game Time Books) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Deep Trouble (Classic Goosebumps #2) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Why I'm Afraid Of Bees (Goosebumps Series) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Monster Blood (Classic Goosebumps #3) • Amazon Business $6.80 1 $6.80
Ghosts • Amazon Business $6.55 1 $6.55
The Haunter (Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition #4) • Amazon Business $6.47 1 $6.47
Walk Two Moons • Amazon Business $6.09 1 $6.09
Firegirl • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
Night of the Puppet People (Goosebumps Most Wanted #8) • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
The Haunted Car (Classic Goosebumps #30) • Amazon Business $5.62 1 $5.62
Night of the Living Dummy (Classic Goosebumps #1) • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48
MVP #3: The Football Fumble (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Red Zone (Barber Game Time Books) • Amazon Business $4.93 1 $4.93
Return of the Mummy (Classic Goosebumps #18) • Amazon Business $4.53 1 $4.53
TIME For Kids Book of Why: Amazing Sports and Science • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Goosebumps #51: Beware, the Snowman • Amazon Business $4.22 1 $4.22

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