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Mrs. Gillespie from Annandale VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Engaging Books for Engaged Readers

My students need engaging, high-interest books, like Harry Potter, graphic novels, and The Hunger Games series for independent reading and book clubs.

  • $731 goal

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My Students

My students are a diverse group of sixth graders. As the oldest grade in our school, they are navigating their final year in elementary school while looking ahead to middle school. They are enjoying being the student leaders of the school, but they know that the end of this year brings new beginnings in new environments.

My students have backgrounds that range from poverty to privilege, English only speakers to English language learners, those who have spent their whole life in one place to those who have lived all over the world.

While not oblivious to their varied backgrounds and experiences, they do not allow their differences to divide them. They work together as learners and peers to create, collaborate, and problem solve.

My Project

Voracious readers need books to sustain them, and with the right book, any student can become a voracious reader. The right book is a book that will make someone think and feel deeply, ask questions, and examine how they view and interact with the world.

Good books allow us to increase our knowledge about the world and other people, experience things we have not yet imagined, and build empathy through journeying alongside a character.

Books, and the experiences held within them, allow us opportunities we might not otherwise have and can remind us that we are not alone in our thoughts and feelings. Ultimately, the right books can help us to become better citizens of the world.

Mrs. Gillespie
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Hardcover Boxed Set • Amazon Business $38.49 2 $76.98
Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set (new covers w/poster) (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) • Amazon Business $29.46 2 $58.92
Counting by 7s • Amazon Business $8.99 4 $35.96
The Spy School Collection: Spy School; Spy Camp; Evil Spy School • Amazon Business $16.14 2 $32.28
All's Faire in Middle School • Amazon Business $10.75 3 $32.25
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 4 $32.00
The Thing About Jellyfish • Amazon Business $7.40 4 $29.60
The War That Saved My Life • Amazon Business $6.40 4 $25.60
Catching Fire |Hunger Games|2 • Amazon Business $8.43 3 $25.29
See You in the Cosmos • Amazon Business $11.89 2 $23.78
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games) • Amazon Business $7.91 3 $23.73
The Hunger Games (Book 1) • Amazon Business $7.55 3 $22.65
Space Case (Moon Base Alpha) • Amazon Business $7.36 3 $22.08
Awkward • Amazon Business $9.85 2 $19.70
Real Friends • Amazon Business $8.18 2 $16.36
Liar & Spy • Amazon Business $6.11 2 $12.22
Posted • Amazon Business $11.57 1 $11.57
Orphan Island • Amazon Business $11.20 1 $11.20
The Perfect Score • Amazon Business $10.81 1 $10.81
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
Brave • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
Goodbye Stranger • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
Spaced Out (Moon Base Alpha) • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Book Scavenger (The Book Scavenger series) • Amazon Business $6.83 1 $6.83
When You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Midnight Without a Moon • Amazon Business $5.01 1 $5.01
Spy Ski School (Spy School) • Amazon Business $4.51 1 $4.51
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook • Amazon Business $4.27 1 $4.27

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