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Mrs. Barnes from Sacramento CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Us Break Out Of The Canon! Update Those Shelves!

My students need an updated classroom library that represents them! The Amazon book list includes YA novels that do just that.

  • $819 goal

This project expired on August 8, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I teach at an international baccalaureate urban public school that emphasizes high level academic achievement. This school is unique in that it is also a 100% free and reduced lunch program with a student population that is extremely diverse from socioeconomic status to ethnicity, with extreme poverty in the form of homelessness, some gang influenced youth, ranging all the way to some students who are from a very affluent neighborhood close by. All of these students are privileged to sit in classes alongside one another and experience one another's personal stories.

My Project

We are looking to update our classroom library to include more modern books, and also books that are not predominantly historical fiction, which is the dominant book theme in our current classroom library.

I inherited a wonderful classroom library from the former occupant, an eighth grade history/ELA teacher, of my classroom--the thing is, a majority of the books that are on the shelves have publishing dates that are older than I am, and I'm a first-year, 38 year old teacher!

We want to diversify our literary genres, include more ethnically diverse authors and protagonists. We want to add literature that speaks to social justice issue such as LGBTQA+, girls/women's issues, black lives matters issues, et al. We want a classroom library that is as diverse as our classroom inhabitants are!

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

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Divergent Series Four-Book Paperback Box Set: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four • Amazon Business $31.51 1 $31.51
The Maze Runner Series Complete Collection Boxed Set • Amazon Business $30.70 1 $30.70
Inheritance Cycle 4-Book Trade Paperback Boxed Set (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, In (The Inheritance Cycle) • Amazon Business $30.49 1 $30.49
The Heroes of Olympus Paperback Boxed Set • Amazon Business $29.34 1 $29.34
Uglies: Uglies; Pretties; Specials; Extras • Amazon Business $28.49 1 $28.49
The Giver Quartet boxed set • Amazon Business $27.82 1 $27.82
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Boxed Set • Amazon Business $24.09 1 $24.09
The Hunger Games Box Set: Foil Edition • Amazon Business $21.87 1 $21.87
Pretty Little Liars Box Set: Books 1 to 4 • Amazon Business $17.59 1 $17.59
The Poet X • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
The School for Good and Evil Series Paperback Box Set: Books 1-3 • Amazon Business $15.10 1 $15.10
Tyler Johnson Was Here • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Leah on the Offbeat • Amazon Business $13.76 1 $13.76
One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $13.38 1 $13.38
Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
The Astonishing Color of After • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Turtles All the Way Down • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Warcross • Amazon Business $12.19 1 $12.19
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $11.43 1 $11.43
Eleanor & Park • Amazon Business $11.23 1 $11.23
Michael Jordan: The Life • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
The Perks of Being a Wallflower • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares • Amazon Business $10.35 1 $10.35
The Final Four • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
You Will Be Mine • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two • Amazon Business $8.10 1 $8.10
A Mango-Shaped Space • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
This Book Is Gay • Amazon Business $7.91 1 $7.91
Paper Towns • Amazon Business $7.09 1 $7.09
Speak • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life • Amazon Business $6.80 1 $6.80
The Cabin • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
The Rest of Us Just Live Here • Amazon Business $6.26 1 $6.26
Challenger Deep • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
180 Seconds • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Slam! • Amazon Business $5.66 1 $5.66
Boy21 • Amazon Business $5.50 1 $5.50
Bridge to Terabithia • Amazon Business $5.29 1 $5.29
The Little Prince • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Monster • Amazon Business $3.38 1 $3.38

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