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Ms. Ajello from New Haven CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Families Ready to Read - Books Are All We Need!

Help me give my students access to good literature at home to build family relationships, literacy skills, and a love of reading!

  • $1,360 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our students are 3 and 4 years old, and attend a Head Start School affiliated with an urban, public school system. The majority of our students come from low-income families, and are faced with numerous challenges both in and out of the classroom. They do not always have the "typical" life experiences that create the knowledge of the world that most preschoolers possess. A typical day in our classroom is filled with various types of learning, including whole group instruction, small group instruction, and lots of fun, movement, and play!

Our students enter our classrooms every day full of energy and enthusiasm, ready to learn, and excited for what experiences we have planned for them.

We hope to help our students "break the cycle" of poverty by giving them the experiences and quality education they need in order to be successful throughout their educational careers. We firmly believe that Pre-K is the foundation of the rest of our students' experiences with school. By giving them engaging, exciting school experiences, we hope to set them up to succeed in school, as well as throughout their lives.

My Project

A typical day in a Pre-K classroom involves numerous opportunities to connect with books. Students "read" and look at books both independently and with friends multiple times a day. In addition, they listen to books be read by the teacher throughout the day, both as a whole class and in small groups.

Young children love being engaged with books, and even students who are unable to read independently love to use illustrations to help them tell stories.

But how can we extend this learning into the home? There is nothing teachers in our building want more than for our students to succeed! Having access to books, as well as hearing them read aloud, both at school and home, has been proven essential for a child to be successful in their academic career. Unfortunately, many children in our school come from low-income families, and therefore are more likely to live in "book deserts." In addition to lack of resources to purchase books, many families lack access to reliable transportation to travel to public libraries.

According to Mariah Evans, University of Nevada at Reno, "The number of books in a home has a more direct effect on the eventual level of a child's education than do the parents' education and economic standing." To help provide the foundation students need for future success, this project will begin to build a lending library that families can access while they are at our school. Even if they are unable to own a large number of books themselves, students will at least have the opportunity to be exposed to numerous high-quality, age-appropriate texts at home once the library is established. We are requesting books, books, and more books. From "The Giving Tree" to "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", we want enough books in our lending library for every child to find something that interests them!

Ms. Ajello
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 450 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Chicka Chicka Box Box!: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 (Chicka Chicka Book, A) • Amazon Business $23.91 2 $47.82
Stellaluna 25th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $13.37 2 $26.74
Glad Monster, Sad Monster • Amazon Business $12.34 2 $24.68
Elmer (Elmer Books) • Amazon Business $11.89 2 $23.78
The Way I Feel • Amazon Business $11.86 2 $23.72
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? • Amazon Business $11.64 2 $23.28
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons • Amazon Business $11.35 2 $22.70
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! • Amazon Business $11.19 2 $22.38
The Giving Tree • Amazon Business $10.95 2 $21.90
Press Here • Amazon Business $10.82 2 $21.64
Bear Wants More • Amazon Business $10.51 2 $21.02
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale • Amazon Business $9.96 2 $19.92
The Rainbow Fish • Amazon Business $9.65 2 $19.30
The Very Hungry Caterpillar • Amazon Business $8.73 2 $17.46
Dragons Love Tacos • Amazon Business $8.49 2 $16.98
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site • Amazon Business $8.41 2 $16.82
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? • Amazon Business $8.39 2 $16.78
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
The Snowy Day • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Wemberly Worried • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
The Tiny Seed (The World of Eric Carle) • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Little Blue and Little Yellow • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Heartprints • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
My Many Colored Days • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Words Are Not for Hurting (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
Feet Are Not for Kicking (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
Germs Are Not for Sharing (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
A Color of His Own • Amazon Business $7.91 2 $15.82
Voices Are Not for Yelling (Best Behavior) • Amazon Business $7.64 2 $15.28
Mouse Paint • Amazon Business $7.63 2 $15.26
Where the Wild Things Are • Amazon Business $7.59 2 $15.18
The Feelings Book • Amazon Business $7.50 2 $15.00
It's Okay To Be Different (Todd Parr Classics) • Amazon Business $7.48 2 $14.96
Hands Are Not for Hitting (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series) • Amazon Business $7.42 2 $14.84
Bear Feels Scared (The Bear Books) • Amazon Business $7.19 2 $14.38
Goodnight Moon • Amazon Business $7.19 2 $14.38
Make Way for Ducklings • Amazon Business $7.19 2 $14.38
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs • Amazon Business $7.19 2 $14.38
Growing Vegetable Soup (Voyager Books) • Amazon Business $7.00 2 $14.00
Is Your Mama a Llama? • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry… (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
How Are You Peeling? (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Sometimes I'm Bombaloo (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
I Love You, Stinky Face • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business • Amazon Business $6.98 2 $13.96
Ten Black Dots • Amazon Business $6.98 2 $13.96
Eating the Alphabet • Amazon Business $6.95 2 $13.90
Planting a Rainbow • Amazon Business $6.95 2 $13.90
The Little House • Amazon Business $6.87 2 $13.74
Guess How Much I Love You • Amazon Business $6.79 2 $13.58
Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books) • Amazon Business $6.79 2 $13.58
How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? • Amazon Business $6.69 2 $13.38
Corduroy • Amazon Business $6.49 2 $12.98
We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Classic Board Books) • Amazon Business $6.39 2 $12.78
The Grouchy Ladybug • Amazon Business $6.39 2 $12.78
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs • Amazon Business $6.15 2 $12.30
The Tale of Peter Rabbit • Amazon Business $5.92 2 $11.84
Chrysanthemum • Amazon Business $5.59 2 $11.18
Owl Babies • Amazon Business $5.59 2 $11.18
My Friend and I • Amazon Business $5.57 2 $11.14
Teeth Are Not for Biting (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series) • Amazon Business $5.55 2 $11.10
Love You Forever • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
A Rainbow of Friends • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
The Little Red Hen (Little Golden Book) • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Jamberry • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Giraffes Can't Dance • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM)) • Amazon Business $4.49 2 $8.98
Avery Address Labels with Sure Feed for Inkjet Printers, 1" x 2-5/8", 750 Labels, Permanent Adhesive (8160) - 08160 • Amazon Business $8.82 1 $8.82
The Mitten • Amazon Business $3.99 2 $7.98
The Paper Bag Princess (Munsch for Kids) • Amazon Business $5.98 1 $5.98

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