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High-Interest Books to Create Lifelong Readers

My students need 28 high interest grade-level books in my classroom library with titles from "Running With Scissors" to "Hero", to make them into lifelong learners!

My Students

"I have never read a book and you can't make me!" said one student as he entered my English class. My reply was "You just haven't found that special book that is so good you will beg for more time to read it!" That is what this donation will provide for my reluctant high school readers!

I teach high school students, many of whom are reading below grade level.

These students, for various reasons, do not see themselves as readers. My job is to change the negative ideas they have about reading. I need to get high interest books in the hands of these reluctant readers, books that will grab their attention from page one! Many of my students dislike going to the library because it makes them feel lost. If I had a classroom library of highly engaging books, students would feel they have a choice, which will help with their desire to read. Reading creates readers!

My Project

Among seventeen-year-olds, the percentage of nonreaders has more than doubled over a twenty-year period. On average, Americans ages 15-24 spend almost two hours a day watching television, and only seven minutes of their leisure time on reading. My students do not like reading, and they believe that they never will. I need to get interesting reading materials into these reluctant teens’ hands and inspire them to become readers! There is something magical that happens when a teen finds that book that grabs his attention from page one and he can't put it down! This grant would create a “book flood” zone in my classroom. The amount of time a student reads out of school strongly relates to reading achievement levels. I can't wait to have these books ready to offer my students because I believe it will change their lives. Students will journal daily about their books, create projects and then present them to the class.

My students need a chance to read two books at a time: one that requires me, the teacher, to be in the room, and one that is a high-interest, fun read.

Ignoring the recreational side of reading is a recipe for "readicide." I believe both sides of reading--the academic and the recreational--need extensive emphasis. With these high interest books in their hands, they will experience the joy of reading and become life long readers with a reading ability that allows them choices after graduation!

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie, Ellen Forney (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $9.30 1 $9.30
Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature Robin Brande • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 1 $7.21
It's Kind of a Funny Story Ned Vizzini, Tk • AKJ BOOKS $9.30 1 $9.30
Crank (Crank Series #1) Ellen Hopkins • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 1 $7.21
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky • AKJ BOOKS $8.05 1 $8.05
Nineteen Minutes Jodi Picoult • AKJ BOOKS $9.20 1 $9.20
Snitch Allison van Diepen • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 1 $7.21
A Step from Heaven An Na • AKJ BOOKS $6.83 1 $6.83
Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher • AKJ BOOKS $9.87 1 $9.87
Twisted Laurie Halse Anderson • AKJ BOOKS $9.01 1 $9.01
The House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer • AKJ BOOKS $9.30 1 $9.30
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Max Brooks • AKJ BOOKS $7.23 1 $7.23
Girl, Interrupted Susanna Kaysen • AKJ BOOKS $10.65 1 $10.65
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah • AKJ BOOKS $7.25 1 $7.25
Running with Scissors: A Memoir Augusten Burroughs • AKJ BOOKS $7.43 1 $7.43
Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle: Lessons from a Football Life Bill Curry • AKJ BOOKS $9.40 1 $9.40
Ball Don't Lie Matt de la Pena • AKJ BOOKS $7.21 1 $7.21
Gym Candy Carl Deuker • AKJ BOOKS $2.84 1 $2.84
Knights of the Hill Country Tim Tharp • AKJ BOOKS $6.30 1 $6.30
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon • AKJ BOOKS $8.28 1 $8.28
Ghost World Daniel Clowes, Fantagraphics Books • AKJ BOOKS $9.23 1 $9.23
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware • AKJ BOOKS $13.00 1 $13.00
The Odyssey Gareth Hinds, Gareth Hinds (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.79 1 $11.79
Metamorphosis Franz Kafka, Peter Kuper (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $8.39 1 $8.39
Boy Meets Boy David Levithan • AKJ BOOKS $8.07 1 $8.07
Wide Awake David Levithan • AKJ BOOKS $8.54 1 $8.54
Hero Perry Moore • AKJ BOOKS $8.11 1 $8.11
Suicide Notes Michael Thomas Ford • AKJ BOOKS $8.19 1 $8.19

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