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Ms. Chung from East Boston MA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Fuel the Flames: We Love to Read!

Help me give my students quality books in their home languages and high-interest graphic novels to support their English reading skills!

  • $715 goal

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My Students

"She can't talk," explained an earnest classmate, referring to the bilingual learner next to me who had been in the country for a year. "She doesn't know English." I looked at the student, and both she and I knew that wasn't true. But she remained silent.

Later that day, when students chose independent reading books, the student's fingers lingered over the bookshelves - filled only with English chapter books - and then pulled a book that was too difficult for her reading level.

I watched her pour over the pages, decoding each multisyllabic word the best she could when I asked her to read to me. Students at my school, a Title I school serving primarily bilingual learners who come from immigrant and refuge backgrounds, face several challenges in developing literacy: the lack of a school library, and a dearth of high-interest, low-reading-level books for English language learners.

We need awesome, engaging books for readers at all levels to encourage kids to love reading and increase the accessibility of English. With no school-wide library of our own, it is up to teachers to find and provide the best texts for students to read and learn from.

My Project

My students love to read. But reading chapter books in English can be daunting, especially when you are acquiring a new language! These books will fuel my students' love of reading in their home languages while providing them with engaging, high-quality English graphic novels and illustrated chapter books to create a more accessible English reading experience. Books like Smile, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Holes are beloved by bilingual learners and provide some common ground for discussion between students, no matter if they're reading the book in Spanish, English, or Arabic!

Students will devour these books during their guided reading and independent reading times, whether they discuss it with a friend or small group or savor the book on their own.

Quality books make for engaged, curious, and enthusiastic readers, and your help will provide students with access to amazing texts.

Ms. Chung
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Diario de Greg (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) (11 Books) • AKJ Education $148.07 1 $148.07
Diario de Nikki (Dork Diaries) (9 Books) • AKJ Education $128.63 1 $128.63
Los Héroes del Olimpo (The Heroes of Olympus) (6 Bk Set) Spanish • AKJ Education $49.16 1 $49.16
Dork Diaries x 10 title set: Dork Diaries / Party Time / How to Dork your Diary / Pop Star / Dear Dork / TV Star / Skating Sensation / Holiday Heartbreak / OMG / Once Upon a Dork • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1-4 Box Set: Full-Color Edition • Amazon Business $29.16 1 $29.16
Amulet Boxset: Books 1-3 • Amazon Business $25.21 1 $25.21
Artemis Fowl (3 Bk Set) Spanish • AKJ Education $22.34 1 $22.34
Smile and Sisters: The Box Set • Amazon Business $15.38 1 $15.38
Big Nate Triple Play Box Set: Big Nate: In a Class by Himself, Big Nate Strikes Again, Big Nate on a Roll • Amazon Business $15.09 1 $15.09
The Ghoul (Arabic Children's Book) • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Hoyos • AKJ Education $10.21 1 $10.21
La lección de August (Wonder) • AKJ Education $10.18 1 $10.18
La maravillosa medicina de Jorge • AKJ Education $8.72 1 $8.72
Invisible Emmie • Amazon Business $8.24 1 $8.24
El Deafo • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
El león, la bruja y el ropero (The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe) • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
El Leon, la Bruja y el Ropero (Cronicas de Narnia) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Yo, Naomi Leon (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.56 1 $6.56
Tomas y la señora de la biblioteca (Tomas And The Library Lady) • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) • Amazon Business $5.62 1 $5.62
Esperanza renace (Esperanza Rising) • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10

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