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Ms. Johnston from Indio CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

For the Love of Books in Middle School

My students need access to high interest books to discover themselves as readers and to encourage the love of reading!

  • $598 goal

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My Students

After 20 years of teaching elementary school, my heart was called to middle school. I have been at this very special school for the last year and a half and could not be happier working with this astounding group of kiddos. Almost 80% of my students are socioeconomically disadvantaged and a majority of them do not identify themselves as readers, and have limited access to relevant, high interest books. Despite these challenges, I have a heart for reluctant readers. You see, these students don't know they are a part of my mission to create passionate lifelong readers. For those that already found their love of reading, I want to keep it that way by cementing their already wonderful relationships with books.

My Project

All students deserve to keep their sense of wonder about learning. Read alouds, book talks, and the love of picture books doesn't stop in elementary school! Curiosity, inquiry, imagination, real life connections and relevance are what keeps students engaged in the classroom. Learning can be a joy, particularly when books are used.

I believe that books are the "magical" tool for students, teachers and families to use in order to help students flourish - ALL types of books!

As a middle school Language Arts teacher, it is my responsibility and honor to cultivate readers for life. This is why it is so important to have a classroom library full of books from all genres and all levels.

There is nothing more exciting than seeing your middle schoolers all over the classroom captivated by a new story, a new favorite book discovery, or perhaps a new love for reading! This is what keeps my passion alive as an educator. This is what gives me hope for our future.

Ms. Johnston
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Maze Runner Series Complete Collection Boxed Set (5-Book) • Amazon Business $28.12 1 $28.12
Al Capone Set of 3 Books: Al Capone Does My Homework / Al Capone Shines My Shoes / Al Capone Does My Shirts • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
The Bad Guys Box Set: Books 1-5 • Amazon Business $22.90 1 $22.90
Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume • Amazon Business $21.71 1 $21.71
Saving Winslow • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Wonderland: A Novel • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Small Things • Amazon Business $16.92 1 $16.92
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot (The Unicorn Rescue Society) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Willa: The Story of Willa Cather, an American Writer (American Women Writers) • Amazon Business $14.50 1 $14.50
Bob • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
Fox • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
One • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Abigail the Whale • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
A Squiggly Story • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
The Basque Dragon (The Unicorn Rescue Society) • Amazon Business $11.38 1 $11.38
What If... • Amazon Business $11.37 1 $11.37
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $10.90 1 $10.90
All's Faire in Middle School • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
The Creature of the Pines (The Unicorn Rescue Society) • Amazon Business $10.15 1 $10.15
Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Brave (Berrybrook Middle School) • Amazon Business $8.80 1 $8.80
Ghosts • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
See You in the Cosmos • Amazon Business $8.52 1 $8.52
It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Towers Falling • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
El Deafo • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute: Lunch Lady #1 • Amazon Business $6.34 1 $6.34
The Adventures of Hercules (Graphic Revolve: Common Core Editions) • Amazon Business $5.56 1 $5.56
Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1) • Amazon Business $4.00 1 $4.00

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