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

Guys Read! Classroom Library

The cost of books, including How To Eat Fried Worms and A Series of Unfortunate Events, is $262, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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This project expired on June 23, 2007.

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As a sixth-grade English Language Arts teacher, I frequently find that many of the boys in my class are reluctant readers. Much of this has to do with the fact that there is a lack of "high interest" books in our classroom libraries. This year, the proportion of girls to boys is not balanced. There are far more boys than girls in our sixth grade, and there aren't enough high-interest novels to go around for the fellows! I would really like to offer the boys (and the girls, too!) a wider selection of great books. I work in an elementary school that began the process of becoming a K-8 school this year with a brand new sixth grade. It is a very exciting opportunity for all of the students and the teachers. However, we really need some more resources, specifically in our classroom libraries! Jon Scieszka, a really great writer, has a website, It's a well-designed site that tries to encourage young male readers to make reading a priority. There are several titles mentioned on his site that look enticing, and I know that the addition of these books would definitely hook some of these reluctant readers. I want to try my best to show my students how fun and rewarding reading really is. For this "Guys Read!" library, the materials necessary are: books, lots and lots of books! I teach two different classes of ELA, so in total there would be approximately 50 students participating (just because the books are geared for the boys doesn't mean the girls can't enjoy them also). Many of the books on the guys read site are favorites of mine from my pre-adolescence. One of the major reasons why I teach middle school students is because I think the children are at a critical age where they can find the importance and joy of learning (and reading), but it's also a time when they can be swayed in the other direction. I try to motivate my students and keep their natural love of learning afloat and thriving! If the boys in my classes who are struggling readers to begin with can benefit from having these great novels at their fingertips, then I know it will have helped. Thank you.

Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Peter Pan in Scarlet Geraldine McCaughrean, Scott M. Fischer (Illustrator), J. M. Barrie • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
The Beatrice Letters (A Series of Unfortunate Events) Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.99 1 $13.99
Small Steps Louis Sachar • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Flush Carl Hiaasen • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Classic Books from the Library of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Quidditch through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them J. K. Rowling, Newt Scamander • Barnes and Noble $10.36 1 $10.36
Guys Write for Guys Read Jon Scieszka (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $9.89 1 $9.89
Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography Lemony Snicket • Barnes and Noble $9.59 1 $9.59
The End: Book the Thirteenth (A Series of Unfortunate Events) Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
30 Tales to Give You Goosebumps R. L. Stine • Barnes and Noble $7.15 2 $14.30
Al Capone Does My Shirts Gennifer Choldenko • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Revealers Doug Wilhelm • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural Patricia C. McKissack, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Jack Gantos • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler E. L. Konigsburg, Barry David Marcus • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
How to Eat Fried Worms Thomas Rockwell, Emily McCully (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The Artemis Fowl Files Eoin Colfer • Barnes and Noble $4.98 1 $4.98
Attack of the Tagger Wendelin Van Draanen, Brian Biggs (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.95 1 $4.95
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery Deborah Howe, James Howe, Alan Daniel (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Football Nightmare Matt Christopher, Robert Hirschfeld • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants (Captain Underpants Series) Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Puzzling Puzzles Lemony Snicket, Biff Nussbaum (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59

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