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Ms. Joust from Baltimore MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Hankering for a Book to Read

My students need new and classic picture books to strengthen our classroom library.

  • $193 goal

This project expired on May 23, 2018.

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My Students

My students are English language learners in a Title I school in Baltimore City. Our nickname is "the school of many nations" because our student body represents a multitude of countries and cultures. Diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Our diversity is not just valued locally, but citywide as well, since families from different neighborhoods enroll their children in our school. Despite these virtues, ours is still an urban school in a struggling district. Over 90% of students at our school qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. New and appropriate materials cannot always be provided for our school. My students are clever, caring, and funny individuals who deserve access to high quality books, supplies, and resources.

My Project

Our classroom library is filled with science and reference books, but is sorely lacking when it comes to picture books. We're seeking to augment our library by adding classic and modern picture books.

Picture books inspire readers with detailed illustrations, relatable stories and accessible text.

Often with less than 500 words, picture books can be read in a single lesson and easily revisited to mine different layers of the story. The combination of images and text allow English language learners, especially newcomers, to access and gain meaning from the text. In addition, picture books are a great point of departure for difficult and weighty conversations. Besides all of those important reasons, picture books are engaging and offer students emotional connections to interesting stories.

By donating to our project you will be helping enhance our classroom library with high-quality picture books. From classics like "Where the Wild Things Are" and "The Snowy Day" to modern titles such as "A Bad Case of Stripes" and "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs," these picture books will find their ways into the hands of my students who are always hankering for a good book.

Ms. Joust
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 45 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Swimmy • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Stone Soup (Aladdin Picture Books) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (I Can Read It All by Myself) • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
Green Eggs and Ham • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Paul Galdone Classics) • Amazon Business $6.52 1 $6.52
Where the Wild Things Are • Amazon Business $6.36 1 $6.36
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble • Amazon Business $6.33 1 $6.33
Strega Nona • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Miss Nelson Is Missing! • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Brave Irene: A Picture Book • Amazon Business $5.54 1 $5.54
Madeline • Amazon Business $5.54 1 $5.54
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
The Snowy Day • Amazon Business $5.02 1 $5.02
Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books) • Amazon Business $4.97 1 $4.97
A Bad Case of Stripes (Scholastic Bookshelf) • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76
The Paper Bag Princess (Munsch for Kids) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Harry the Dirty Dog • Amazon Business $4.37 1 $4.37
The Story about Ping • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Mitten • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Story of Ferdinand • Amazon Business $3.43 1 $3.43

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