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Ms. DiMaria Citrolo from Flushing NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Us On Our Adventures in the World of Reading!

My students need beginner level books that focus on phonics and sight words including Little Critter, Curious George, and Disney Princess phonics fun sets (among others).

  • $431 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

"Books are...time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers, dragon-tamers, dream-catchers, fact-finders and safe places." This rings very true in our classroom where an audible "awww" noise of disappointment is heard at the end of independent reading time.

Our first graders come from very diverse backgrounds and have a wide variety of needs.

They are a mix of English language learners and students with disabilities. The majority of children do not have access to books at home or families that are able to read to them. The time spent reading and being read to in our classroom is the only exposure some of our students have to the wonderful world of literature.

My Project

My amazing co-teacher and I followed our wonderful Kindergarten students to first grade! Unfortunately, we moved our fabulous first graders into a classroom with a second grade library. This means that we are lacking "just right" reading books that the children need to build their foundational reading skills such as sight word recognition, fluency and phonics. Our students get to "book shop" or select books of interest to read in school and they are also allowed to take a book home everyday so they can practice and share their books with their family. Because of the small number of outdated books we have available, we are in desperate need of new books so that children have a wide variety to choose from and take home.

By increasing the amount of early reader books in our classroom library, our students will be able to select books that interest them, not forced to pick through the few we have available.

The more books our students are able to read on their independent reading level, the more their reading skills will grow. A library filled with appropriate and interesting books will foster a love of reading in our students; benefits that will far outlast their time with us in first grade.

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

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This project will reach 23 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Curious George Curious About Phonics 12 Book Set • Amazon $11.65 2 $23.30
Scooby-Doo: Phonics (12 Books Set) • Amazon $11.52 2 $23.04
Fancy Nancy's Fantastic Phonics (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $10.70 2 $21.40
Short-Vowel Pals • Amazon $17.05 1 $17.05
Learn to Read • Amazon $15.82 1 $15.82
Guided Science Readers Parent Pack: Level D: 16 Fun Nonfiction Books That Are Just Right for New Readers • Amazon $15.22 1 $15.22
Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers Parent Pack: 15 Classic Stories That Are "Just Right" for Young Readers • Amazon $13.34 1 $13.34
I Can Read 50th Anniversary Box Set (I Can Read Book 1) • Amazon $12.12 1 $12.12
Batman Classic: Batman Phonics Fun (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $11.61 1 $11.61
Biscuit Phonics Fun (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $11.52 1 $11.52
Lalaloopsy Phonics Boxed Set • Amazon $11.10 1 $11.10
Star Wars: Phonics Boxed Set • Amazon $11.10 1 $11.10
Little Critter Phonics Fun (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $11.07 1 $11.07
Clifford's Phonics Fun Boxed Set #1 • Amazon $10.83 1 $10.83
Phonics Box Set (Tonka) • Amazon $10.70 1 $10.70
Dragon's Fat Cat • Amazon $4.89 2 $9.78
Dragon's Halloween (Dragon Tales (Random House Paperback)) • Amazon $4.89 2 $9.78
Superman Classic: Superman Phonics Fun (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $9.69 1 $9.69
LEGO DC Super Heroes: Phonics Boxed Set • Amazon $9.35 1 $9.35
Biscuit: More Phonics Fun (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $9.02 1 $9.02
Reading Adventures Winnie the Pooh Level Pre-1 Boxed Set • Amazon $8.99 1 $8.99
Reading Adventures Disney Princess Level 1 Boxed Set • Amazon $8.99 1 $8.99
Reading Adventures Cars level 1 Boxed Set • Amazon $8.99 1 $8.99
The Berenstain Bears Phonics Fun (My First I Can Read) • Amazon $8.21 1 $8.21
Barbie, I Can Be- A Pet Vet (Step into Reading, Step 1) • Amazon $3.26 2 $6.52
Dragon Gets By (Dragons) • Amazon $4.89 1 $4.89
Dragon's Merry Christmas • Amazon $4.89 1 $4.89
Barbie: Horse Show Champ (Step into Reading) • Amazon $3.59 1 $3.59
I Can Be a Horse Rider (Barbie) (Step into Reading) • Amazon $3.26 1 $3.26
Big Snowman, Little Snowman (Disney Frozen) (Step into Reading) • Amazon $2.83 1 $2.83
A Tale of Two Sisters (Disney Frozen) (Step into Reading) • Amazon $2.67 1 $2.67

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