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Ms. McKinnon from Austin TX is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Growing Beginning Readers with Engaging Texts and Tools

Help me give my students the books and tools they need to grow as readers.

  • $488 goal

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My Students

I am fortunate to spend my day with 20 inquisitive, engaged learners in southeast Austin, TX. They are passionate about our community and work hard to create an environment that values curiosity and seeks understanding and justice. They are readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, explorers, caregivers, dreamers, and change makers. They are committed to making the world better.

They use our classroom as a space to think critically about their world and how to be active members of our society.

They bring enthusiasm for learning and generosity towards others into our classroom and the world each day.

My Project

Reading Workshop is one of our favorite times of the day. We curl up with our chosen books, and learn about ourselves and our world through reading. But it isn’t simply a time to relax and unwind. Research supports that time to read, self-selected texts, and a library filled with books are the most effective tools in guiding kids to become successful, prodigious readers. Our Reading Workshop is a critical component in developing students’ skills in comprehension, fluency, language development and general academic success.

Through this project, you can ensure that my readers have access to a wide variety of books that reflect their identities, experiences and interests.

This selection of books will fill our library with culturally diverse texts to support our reading growth throughout the year. As Black and Brown students, my kids deserve quality books that mirror their lives. As emerging readers, they need a large quantity of books that develop their skills and propel their reading. We need better books and you can help us achieve that!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PP181 - Giant Classroom Timer • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
Sterilite 19849806 18 Quart/17 Liter Ultra Latch Box, Clear with a White Lid and Black Latches, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $39.29 1 $39.29
Better Office Products Purple Plastic 2 Pocket Folders with Prongs, Heavyweight, Letter Size Poly Folders, 24 Pack, with 3 Metal Prongs Fastener Clips, Purple • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
I Love Saturdays y Domingos (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Commended) • Amazon Business $16.65 1 $16.65
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
AmazonBasics Felt Tip Marker Pens - Assorted Color, 24-Pack • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
PP183 - Count Up & Count Down Digital Timer • Lakeshore Learning Materials $13.99 1 $13.99
Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12) • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Abigail & The Snowman (1) • Amazon Business $11.97 1 $11.97
Little Robot • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Baditude! What to Do When Life Stinks! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Owly & Wormy, Friends All Aflutter! • Amazon Business $10.94 1 $10.94
We Don't Eat Our Classmates • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $10.58 1 $10.58
Post-it Super Sticky Notes, Bright Neons, Call out Important Information, Recyclable, 6 in. x 8 in, 4 Pads/Pack, 45 Sheets/Pad (6845-SSP) • Amazon Business $9.64 1 $9.64
A Trip To the Top of the Volcano with Mouse: TOON Level 1 • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
Who Would Win?: Battle Royale • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
Owly & Wormy, Bright Lights and Starry Nights • Amazon Business $8.02 1 $8.02
The Shark King: TOON Level 3 • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
The Real Poop on Pigeons: TOON Level 1 (Giggle and Learn) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse: TOON Level 1 (Toon Book: Easy-to-Read Comics, Level 1) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Luke on the Loose: TOON Level 2 • Amazon Business $6.16 1 $6.16
Stinky: TOON Level 2 • Amazon Business $5.78 1 $5.78
Mia Mayhem vs. the Super Bully (3) • Amazon Business $5.18 1 $5.18
Get a Hit, Mo! (Mo Jackson) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
The Important Book • Amazon Business $4.94 1 $4.94
Deadliest!: 20 Dangerous Animals (Extreme Animals) • Amazon Business $4.83 1 $4.83
Mia Mayhem Breaks Down Walls (4) • Amazon Business $4.58 1 $4.58
Komodo Dragon vs. King Cobra (Who Would Win?) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark (Who Would Win?) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero! • Amazon Business $3.65 1 $3.65
Stinkiest!: 20 Smelly Animals (Extreme Animals) • Amazon Business $3.57 1 $3.57
EllRay Jakes Stands Tall • Amazon Business $3.29 1 $3.29
Mia Mayhem Learns to Fly! (2) • Amazon Business $2.92 1 $2.92

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