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Mrs. Liedtke from Columbus OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Finding the Future Newbery Winners

Help me give my students the opportunity to ignite their passion for reading by placing possible, award-winning books into their hands.

  • $374 goal

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My Students

I teach a class of gifted 4th graders who come from the largest district in Ohio. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and personal experiences, as well as interests and strengths. They do share in common, though, a curiosity about life, a desire to make a difference, and most often, a love for reading.

My students love to discuss what they are reading- new perspectives, related experiences to their own lives, and their discoveries about life.

We share a variety of reading experiences both in and outside of the classroom including whole class studies, literature circles, independent studies, and shared reading times. You'll often find students with a pile of books 4-5 high next to their caddy on their table. They enjoy learning how the world works and how they can make this world a better place for themselves, their families, and their community.

My Project

At the beginning of the school year, I provide my students with a collection of newly released novels. Their challenge is to read several novels and then select the novels they feel will win one of the ALSC awards, including the Newbery.

My students use the Newbery criteria to examine and analyze the novels they are reading.

They love to have spirited conversations about complex characters, plot development, and various themes. Because of this sharing, even my reluctant readers can't help but get excited about reading the novels recommended to them by their peers. The project culminates in January when the students watch the ALSC awards in class.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
New Kid • Amazon Business $10.20 3 $30.60
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise • Amazon Business $13.58 2 $27.16
Right as Rain • Amazon Business $13.58 2 $27.16
Genesis Begins Again • Amazon Business $12.32 2 $24.64
Because of the Rabbit • Amazon Business $12.32 2 $24.64
Spy Runner • Amazon Business $12.27 2 $24.54
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (A Sal and Gabi Novel, Book 1) • Amazon Business $12.10 2 $24.20
The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins • Amazon Business $11.72 2 $23.44
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA • Amazon Business $11.04 2 $22.08
How High the Moon • Amazon Business $10.75 2 $21.50
The Bridge Home • Amazon Business $8.83 2 $17.66
Song for a Whale • Amazon Business $7.72 2 $15.44

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