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Ms. Madsen-Bond from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help my Bilingual Fourth Graders!

My students need access to a variety of high quality books.

  • $455 goal

This project expired on March 13, 2013.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember what it was like the first time you read a book that you couldn't put down? My fourth graders deserve access to a variety of high quality books. The books asked for in this grant proposal are all award winning themselves or are written by award winning authors.

I have 24 Mexican-American fourth graders in my bilingual classroom.

Most of their families recently immigrated to Chicago from Mexico. They came here so that their children would have more educational opportunities than they had in Mexico. Many of my students are reading at a second grade reading level. It is essential that they have access to good books to facilitate their love of reading and thus help them transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

My Project

All of the books being requested are award winning books themselves or written by award winning authors. The majority of the books are John Newbery Medal, Pura Belpre, and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winners. The John Newbery Medal goes to the author of the most distinguished American novel for children. Pura Belpre is given to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience. The Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award is presented to an illustrator of African descent whose inspiring books best promote an understanding of the American Dream.

Children can do amazing things when they have the necessary drive and support.

It is my job to get students to want to read and give them the tools necessary to be successful readers. Children will like to read when they have quality books readily available. Your donation to this project will make a huge difference in my students' lives because it will ensure them access to award-winning books.

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

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Dona Flor Raul Colon, Pat Mora • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Owen • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Barrio • AKJ Books $7.30 1 $7.30
Chato''s Kitchen • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child Franci • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
Breaking Through • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Tar Beach • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Tea With Milk • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
The Patchwork Quilt Valerie Flournoy, Jerry Pinkney (Illustr • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Ellington Was Not a Street Ntozake Shange, Kadir Nelson (Ill • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Just Us Women • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Lilly''s Purple Plastic Purse Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Ill • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Weekend with Wendell, A • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Wemberly Worried • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Julius, the Baby of the World • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Chester''s Way • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Lilly''s Big Day and Other Stories: 9 Stories Kevin Henkes, P • AKJ Books $10.91 1 $10.91
Sheila Rae, the Brave • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Zebra Wall, The • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Strega Nona • AKJ Books $6.56 1 $6.56
Madeline Deluxe Edition • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Henry''s Freedom Box • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, The • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Bill and Pete • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Pancakes For Breakfast (Trade) • AKJ Books $4.38 1 $4.38
Merry Christmas, Strega Nona Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (I • AKJ Books $5.11 1 $5.11
Big Anthony and the Magic Ring • AKJ Books $5.11 1 $5.11
Stagestruck • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Oliver Button Is A Sissy • AKJ Books $5.11 1 $5.11
The Knight & The Dragon • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
The Night of Las Posadas Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illus • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Tom • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Tony''s Bread Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $5.10 1 $5.10
Tacky The Penguin • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Tacky In Trouble • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Tacky and the Winter Games • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Tacky and the Emperor • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Tacky Goes to Camp • AKJ Books $11.68 1 $11.68
Tacky''s Christmas • AKJ Books $12.40 1 $12.40
Three Cheers for Tacky • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Zen Shorts Jon J. Muth (Illustrator) • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
The Three Questions • AKJ Books $13.13 1 $13.13
Grandfather''s Journey • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Sam and the Lucky Money Karen Chinn, Wright Cornelius Van (I • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
Baseball Saved Us • AKJ Books $13.10 1 $13.10
So Far from the Sea • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Who Belongs Here?: An American Story • AKJ Books $8.06 1 $8.06

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