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Ms. Lavin from Falls Church VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Diverse Books for Third Grade

My students need more high-interest books that meet their literacy and social needs!

  • $775 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

These students have a wonderfully diverse range of experiences: they are from countries all around the world, they come from families that take many different forms and they have many interests outside of school. They bring these experiences to the classroom, and literacy opens up a space for students to explore and express their identities.

These students need to be exposed to literature that speaks to them, and provides a mirror for them as 21st century learners.

They are the inventors, professionals and influencers of tomorrow! Together, we've discovered gaps in our classroom library and have structured this project around our most pressing literacy needs. We need both classic and diverse books that reflect the interests and needs of these wonderful third grade learners.

My Project

As a first year teacher, books, specifically quality ones - are lacking in my room. Students only check out books at the library once a week, and these are students who can benefit immensely from having high-interest, quality literature right in their classroom. After surveying my students, I have found the genres, authors, and subjects that are missing. This project will help build my classroom library in a way that will meet THEIR needs.

In addition to the timeless classics that are lacking in the classroom library, my students need books that represent THEM.

Characters in books can be a source of inspiration for students, and can help them aspire to higher levels of learning and engagement at school. Through literature, we can teach children that their visions for their future can be realized. They, too, can make a difference.

Please note that your contribution does so much more than fill bookshelves. All books can teach children, but good books can help them achieve more than they thought possible.

Ms. Lavin
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Amulet #1-7 Box Set by Kazu Kibuishi (2016-10-25) • Amazon Business $57.26 1 $57.26
Junie B. Jones Complete First Grade Collection Box set • Amazon Business $31.34 1 $31.34
The Complete Ramona Collection: Beezus and Ramona, Ramona and Her Father, Ramona and Her Mother, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Ramona Forever, Ramona the Brave, Ramona the Pest, Ramona's World • Amazon Business $30.81 1 $30.81
The City of Ember Complete Boxed Set • Amazon Business $21.96 1 $21.96
Roald Dahl Magical Gift Set (4 Books): Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator • Amazon Business $20.74 1 $20.74
El Deafo • Amazon Business $17.02 1 $17.02
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 9-12: Dolphins at Daybreak, Ghost Town at Sundown, Lions at Lunchtime, and Polar Bears Past Bedtime • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 5-8: Night of the Ninjas, Afternoon on the Amazon, Sunset of the Sabertooth, and Midnight on the Moon • Amazon Business $16.03 1 $16.03
Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon • Amazon Business $15.55 1 $15.55
Ivy & Bean's Secret Treasure Box (Books 1-3) • Amazon Business $14.71 1 $14.71
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Wayside School Boxed Set: Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, Wayside School is Falling Down, Sideway Stories from Wayside School • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $13.92 1 $13.92
Roller Girl • Amazon Business $13.90 1 $13.90
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets • Amazon Business $13.83 1 $13.83
Harlem (Caldecott Honor Book) • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Good Dog • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark • Amazon Business $13.22 1 $13.22
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $13.10 1 $13.10
Malala's Magic Pencil • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
The Lifters • Amazon Business $12.03 1 $12.03
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Grand Canyon • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $11.92 1 $11.92
Where the Red Fern Grows • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #2) • Amazon Business $11.33 1 $11.33
A Different Pond • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures • Amazon Business $10.80 1 $10.80
Wonder • Amazon Business $10.70 1 $10.70
The Charming Life of Izzy Malone • Amazon Business $10.43 1 $10.43
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #1) • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Peanut Butter and Jelly (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #3) • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Big Nate Triple Play Box Set: Big Nate: In a Class by Himself, Big Nate Strikes Again, Big Nate on a Roll • Amazon Business $10.34 1 $10.34
Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems About Just About Everything • Amazon Business $9.65 1 $9.65
Hello, Universe • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes • Amazon Business $8.67 1 $8.67
The New Kid on the Block • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Witches • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
George's Marvelous Medicine • Amazon Business $7.74 1 $7.74
The Twits • Amazon Business $7.23 1 $7.23

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