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Ms. Ruff
Grades 9-12
  • Animo Locke College Preparatory Academy B
  • Los Angeles, CA
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 8 donors
  • $0 still needed

High Interest Books for Passionate Readers: Round 1 (YA)

My students need multiple copies of high-interest young adult books for our classroom library.

My Students

I want this to be the year my students learn to love reading. For 11 years of their lives, they've been reading mostly texts chosen for them. This year, I want to put the power in their hands and allow them to explore the power of choice to find books that spark interest and curiosity.

The students at my school are compassionate, hilarious, intelligent, and motivated youth of color living in a high-poverty inner city neighborhood in California.

Many will be the first in their families to graduate from high school and an even larger number will be the first to continue to college. We have a significant population of English language learners. These young people have strong wills and big dreams. I want to help them achieve their goals, and they won't be able to unless they leave high school with the reading skills they need to be successful in college.

My Project

Our school has no library due to budget cuts. The closest public library is about two miles away and has limited hours. To solve this problem, I've started a library in my classroom, but I need more books, including high-interest young adult titles that struggling readers are eager to read. I've seen how my students light up when presented with a book that interests them and that is at a level they can read independently. The books that were donated through two years ago are still being well-loved and well-read, but I would love to add more choice for my students. Reading regularly is the only way my students can hope to improve their reading levels and gain the independence that comes with being a fluent reader. I don't want these amazing children to leave my classroom without the skills they need to thrive. A library of high interest reading material is one step that will set them up for success both in and out of the classroom.

This high interest library will help this year's students and ones that come in future years.

Too often, my students tell me, "Miss, I hate reading." Really, they just haven't found the right book yet so they can develop their skills. Your donation to help fund my classroom library will bring the right books to my students so I can help them to see the joy of reading.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) • Amazon $50.85 1 $50.85
Duck Brand 1115496 Peel N' Stick Laminate Adhesive Shelf Liner, 12-Inch x 36-Feet, Clear • Amazon $5.48 8 $43.84
The Fault in Our Stars • Amazon $7.78 5 $38.90
The Outsiders • Amazon $6.42 5 $32.10
Looking for Alaska • Amazon $5.94 5 $29.70
Divergent • Amazon $5.65 5 $28.25
The Book Thief • Amazon $8.52 3 $25.56
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) • Amazon $8.06 3 $24.18
Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) • Amazon $7.31 3 $21.93
Tangerine • Amazon $5.08 4 $20.32
Wonder • Amazon $9.51 2 $19.02
The Hunger Games (Book 1) • Amazon $6.21 3 $18.63
If I Stay • Amazon $6.17 3 $18.51
Go Ask Alice • Amazon $5.64 3 $16.92
The Perks of Being a Wallflower • Amazon $8.33 2 $16.66
Howl's Moving Castle • Amazon $5.12 3 $15.36
An Abundance of Katherines • Amazon $7.48 2 $14.96
To Kill a Mockingbird • Amazon $4.88 3 $14.64
Holes (A Yearling Book) • Amazon $4.80 3 $14.40
Paper Towns • Amazon $6.97 2 $13.94
Thirteen Reasons Why • Amazon $6.86 2 $13.72
Tuck Everlasting • Amazon $4.36 3 $13.08
Speak • Amazon $6.41 2 $12.82
Out of My Mind • Amazon $6.25 2 $12.50
Uglies • Amazon $6.09 2 $12.18
Number the Stars • Amazon $4.48 2 $8.96
Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy) • Amazon $7.55 1 $7.55
The Call of the Wild (Dover Thrift Editions) • Amazon $2.48 3 $7.44
The Giver (Readers Circle (Laurel-Leaf)) • Amazon $4.32 1 $4.32

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This project will reach 130 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 7 other donors.

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