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Mrs. Residori from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

From Studying Authors to Becoming Authors...

My students need collections of books by a few powerful authors who will inspire them.

  • $495 goal

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My Students

"I'm going to be an author just like Mo Willems!" When I heard this declaration from one of my students last year I realized just how powerful author studies can be. I longed to provide my students with the experience of studying more inspirational authors, but lacked the books necessary.

I teach in an urban public school with a diverse student population.

My students live in neighborhoods all over the city and come together every day to work with and learn from each other. I am inspired everyday by the drive my little ones have to explore the world around them. One of my main goals as a first grade teacher is to foster a passion for reading and writing in my students that will last a lifetime. One of the ways I get the kids excited about reading and writing is by sharing high quality children's literature with them every day.

My Project

In my classroom, I teach my students not just how to read and write, but how to become authors. Everyday, the children participate in a writer's workshop, where they have time to write stories, poems, and other pieces of their own choosing. Through the writer's workshop, the children gradually begin to see themselves as authors. One of the ways to foster the children's identities as authors is to help them study the works of published authors. Reading and discussing collections of books by individual authors allows us to study the tools that author uses, identify the characteristics that make that author's work unique, and begin to incorporate some of the author's tools and characteristics into our own writing. My current collection of sets of books by individual authors is limited. I would love to open up our world of author studies to include such powerful writers as Leo Lionni, Nikki Grimes, Peter H. Reynolds, and more.

"I knew I wanted to be an author when I studied the work of Nikki Grimes in first grade." This is what I can imagine hearing 20 years from now from a published author and one of my former students.

Regardless of whether the children grow up to become writers or not, I know that through their participation in these powerful author studies, my students will build a love and respect for books and learning that will last with them throughout life.

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Mrs. Residori
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 21 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Best Kid in the World: A Sugarloaf Book Peter H. Reynold • AKJ Books $12.44 1 $12.44
Ish • AKJ Books $10.92 1 $10.92
My Very Big Little World: A Sugarloaf Book Peter H. Reynolds • AKJ Books $12.44 1 $12.44
Rose''s Garden Peter H. Reynolds • AKJ Books $12.47 1 $12.47
So Few of Me Peter H. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrat • AKJ Books $10.92 1 $10.92
Dot • AKJ Books $10.92 1 $10.92
The North Star Peter H. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustr • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
A Pocketful of Poems • AKJ Books $12.48 1 $12.48
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
It''s Raining Laughter • AKJ Books $9.86 1 $9.86
Oh, Brother! • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
Talkin'' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
Thanks A Million • AKJ Books $13.95 1 $13.95
Welcome, Precious • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
When Gorilla Goes Walking • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
Tico and the Golden Wings Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Illustrato • AKJ Books $5.45 2 $10.90
An Extraordinary Egg • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Cornelius: A Fable Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Fish Is Fish • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Frederick • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Geraldine, The Music Mouse Leo Lionni • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Let''s Make Rabbits Leo Lionni • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Let''s Play Leo Lionni • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Matthew''s Dream • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Nicolas, Where Have You Been? Leo Lionni • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
On My Beach There Are Many Pebbles • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Pezzettino • AKJ Books $12.44 1 $12.44
The Greentail Mouse • AKJ Books $12.44 1 $12.44
Theodore and the Talking Mushroom Leo Lionni • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
Tillie and the Wall Leo Lionni • AKJ Books $5.45 1 $5.45
Coyote • AKJ Books $5.46 1 $5.46
Jabuti the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon • AKJ Books $5.46 1 $5.46
Papagayo: The Mischief Maker Gerald McDermott, Louise A. How • AKJ Books $6.24 1 $6.24
Raven: A Trickster Tale • AKJ Books $5.46 1 $5.46
Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa • AKJ Books $5.46 1 $5.46
Monkey • AKJ Books $13.25 1 $13.25
Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai''i Gerald McDermott • AKJ Books $12.48 1 $12.48
Scaredy Squirrel at Night Melanie Watt, Melanie Watt (Illust • AKJ Books $13.22 1 $13.22
Chester • AKJ Books $6.98 1 $6.98
Scaredy Squirrel • AKJ Books $6.20 1 $6.20
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend Melanie Watt, Melanie Watt ( • AKJ Books $12.44 1 $12.44

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