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Ms. Arcara from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Getting on the Right Track to Reading

My students need 50+ various titles from the Rookie Reader Series of books.

  • $396 goal

This project expired on May 10, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Reading: a time to discover, a time to learn, a time to enjoy. But what if the vast majority of books your teacher had in her classroom were over and above your head...would you enjoy reading then?

Hi, I am a first grade teacher in a Title I school in Brooklyn, New York.

My classroom is filled with eager students who are five and six years old. Many of them are below level readers who are still working on putting sounds together to make a simple word.

My Project

My classroom is filled with books that are over and above their reading level. That is why I am reaching out to you. Rookie Readers are books that are written with the new reader in mind. Rookie Reader books have repetitive text and child friendly pictures that make reading fun, enjoyable, and understandable. Having Rookie Readers in my classroom would change the lives of my students. They would be able to read the book independently and take a quiz about the story, which is at their level, and pass! The confidence levels of my children will skyrocket because they have been awarded for understanding the story. Reading and understanding the Rookie Reader books will makes them want to read more.

I ask you to consider this project when thinking about your donation.

You can be a part of leading my sweet, little first graders along the road of reading success. You will be a part of changing their lives forever. Why...because they can read. And like a famous child's author once told me, "if you can read, you can do anything."

Ms. Arcara
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
Good Luck Charlie Jeff Moores, Jeff Moores (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Rookie Reader (Level A, PreK-K): Cats!/Hello, Doctor/Where is Max? Larry Dane Brimner, David F. Marx, Mary E. Pearson, Tom Payne (Illustrator), Mark A. Hicks (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Hot Rod Harry (A Rookie Reader Series) Catherine Petrie, Paul Sharp (Illustrator), Robert Hillerich (Director) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Hi, Clouds (Rookie Readers): Level B Carol Greene, Gene Sharp (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Balls (Rookie Readers) Melanie Davis Jones, Linda Bronson (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Where Is Max? (Rookie Readers Series) Mary E. Pearson, Samantha Walker (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Aggie and Will (Rookie Reader Series) Larry Dane Brimner, Rebecca McKillip Thornburgh (Illustrator), Linda Cornwell • AKJ BOOKS $16.67 1 $16.67
All Kinds of Kids (Rookie Reader Series) Christina Mia Gardeski, Bob McMahon (Illustrator), Linda Cornwell, Katherine A. Kane • AKJ BOOKS $16.67 1 $16.67
All Wrapped Up (A Rookie Reader - Level C Series) Thera S. Callahan, Mike Gordon (Illustrator), Linda Cornwell, Katherine A. Kane • AKJ BOOKS $16.67 1 $16.67
Family Photo (Rookie Reader Prepositional Phrases Series) Dana Meachen Rau, Mike Gordon (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
I've Lost My Hat (Rookie Reader Prepositional Phrases Series) Charnan Simon, Rick Stromoski (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Look for Ladybugs (Rookie Reader Series) Dana Meachen Rau, Christine Schneider (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Rookie Reader-Level A Boxed Set Scholastic Library Publishing Staff, Catherine Petrie, Mary Margaret Perez-Mercado • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Rookie Reader-Level B Boxed Set Scholastic Library Publishing Staff, Various, Carolyn Kowalczyk • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Rookie Reader-Level C Boxed Set Scholastic Library Publishing Staff, Amy Moses, Becky Bring McDaniel • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Germs Judy Oetting, Tad Herr (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Eat Your Peas, Louise! Pegeen Snow, Mike Venezia (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
I Can Ski! Melanie Davis Jones, Terry Boles (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Car Wash Kid (Rookie Reader Series) Cathy Goldberg Fishman, Barry Gott (Illustrator), Linda Cornwell, Katherine A. Kane • AKJ BOOKS $9.26 1 $9.26
Circle in the Sky (Rookie Reader Counting Numbers, and Shapes Series) Zachary Wilson, JoAnn Adinolfi (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Going to the Beach (Rookie Readers) Jo S. Kittinger, Shari Warren (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Pumpkin Fever (Rookie Reader Counting Numbers, and Shapes Series) Charnan Simon, Jan Bryan-Hunt (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Rookie Reader Childrens Press • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Rookie Reader (Level C, Grades 1-2): Go-With Words/Messy Bessey/The Secret Code Bonnie Dobkin, Patricia McKissack, Frederick McKissack, Dana Meachen Rau, Dana Regan (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Rookie Reader Opposites Box Set Children's Press, Carolyn Lunn, Larry Dane Brimner, Rebecca McKillip Thornburgh (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Rookie Reader Outdoor Box Set Children's Press, Larry Dane Brimner, Don L. Curry, Gene Sharp (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.50 1 $8.50
Slower Than a Slug (Rookie Reader Skill Set Series) Larry Dane Brimner, Deborah Zemke (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Bubble Trouble Joy N. Hulme, Mike Cressy (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Cowboy Up! Larry Dane Brimner, Susan Miller (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Snow Joe Carol Greene, Paul Sharp (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 2 $8.44
Unsinkable! (Rookie Choices) Larry Dane Brimner, Christine Tripp (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
Lara Ladybug Christine Florie, Danny Brooks Dalby (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Bears, Bears, Everywhere Rita Milios, Keiko Motoyama (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Pancakes, Crackers, and Pizza: A Book of Shapes Marjorie Eberts, Margaret Gisler, Steven Hayes (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Who Is Coming? Patricia C. McKissack, Clovis Martin (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Addition Annie (Revised Edition) David Gisler, Sarah A. Beise (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Aggie & Will Larry Dane Brimner, Rebecca McKillip Thornburgh (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
All Wrapped Up Thera S. Callahan, Mike Gordon (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Bats in My Attic Sydnie Meltzer Kleinhenz, Rick Stromoski (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Being Me Julie Broski, Vincent Vigla (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Bit Is a Bite Larry Dane Brimner, Erin Eitter Kono (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Bugs! Patricia McKissack, Mike Cressy (Illustrator), Fredrick McKissack • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Busy Guy Charnan Simon, Dana Meachen Rau (Editor), Joan Holub (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Cori Plays Football Christine Florie, Christine Tripp (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Dirty Larry Bobbie Hamsa, Donna Catanese (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Dog for Each Day Lynea Bowdish, Karen Stormer Brooks (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Fall Leaves Aaron Jasinski, Aaron Jasinski (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Frog in the Pond Wil Mara, Cheryl Mendenhall (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Giggle Belly Page Sakelaris, Richard L. Torrey (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Jenny's Socks Carol Murray, Priscilla Burris (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22
Katie Did It Becky Bring McDaniel, Richard Hoit (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.22 1 $4.22

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