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Ms. Bell from Albany OR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I Like to Read Now, Ms. Bell!

My students need engaging chapter books to encourage independent reading!

  • $459 goal

This project expired on November 20, 2015.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Ms. Bell, you actually have a fun library. I like to read the books here. Will it be like this in fourth grade?" Hearing those words has given me motivation to keep my classroom library up to date with books that are hand selected from the Association for Library Service to Children's (ALSC) list.

These kids that I teach are curious, innovative learners that explore many topics.

They enjoy fiction and non-fiction in many formats. My students are currently enrolled in a Title I school with over 400 similar peers. Most of these students understand they are living in poverty and worry about their parents financial burdens. Providing students many of the basic supplies comes out of my own pocket. An entire classroom library is out of the question when students come to school without pencils to write with.

My Project

As of January 2014, some 76% of American adults ages 18 and older said that they read at least one book in the past year. This is a devastating statistic. I want my students to change their own projected statistic. I am requesting 50 chapter books, across reading levels and interests for students to read starting on the first day of school. Currently my classroom library is leveled so that students are able to choose a text at their independent reading level. They will be learning the skills to choose a book of high interest at their reading level. This means that they will learn these skills at the beginning of the year in order to choose books that will help improve their overall reading ability as well as increase their motivation for reading for pleasure.

This donation will allow my students a variety of texts to engage in to increase their overall reading ability as well as their motivation to read for pleasure.

These texts were hand selected and most published from 2010 - 2015. With a variety of texts, each student will have a loved book from the library to read starting on the first day of school.

Ms. Bell
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 27 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Arcady's Goal • Amazon $15.50 1 $15.50
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art • Amazon $13.52 1 $13.52
Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 • Amazon $12.96 1 $12.96
The G-Man Super Journal: Awesome Origins (Amp Comics for Kids) • Amazon $12.15 1 $12.15
The Worst Witch Strikes Again • Amazon $5.99 2 $11.98
The Worst Witch • Amazon $5.99 2 $11.98
Little Roja Riding Hood (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) • Amazon $11.43 1 $11.43
Each Kindness (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon $11.43 1 $11.43
The Terrible Two • Amazon $10.59 1 $10.59
Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too!) • Amazon $9.48 1 $9.48
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend • Amazon $8.95 1 $8.95
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate • Amazon $8.82 1 $8.82
Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China • Amazon $7.99 1 $7.99
The Rough-Face Girl • Amazon $7.90 1 $7.90
Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet • Amazon $6.99 1 $6.99
Prince Cinders • Amazon $6.99 1 $6.99
Sootface • Amazon $6.87 1 $6.87
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things • Amazon $6.68 1 $6.68
Double Dog Dare • Amazon $6.67 1 $6.67
Mousenet (A Mousenet Book) • Amazon $6.67 1 $6.67
Adelita • Amazon $6.64 1 $6.64
26 Fairmount Avenue (Newbery Honor Book, 2000) • Amazon $6.62 1 $6.62
Rainbow Magic Special Edition: Lila and Myla the Twins Fairies • Amazon $6.61 1 $6.61
All Pigs Are Beautiful: Read and Wonder • Amazon $6.25 1 $6.25
Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest • Amazon $6.23 1 $6.23
Cuckoo Feathers (Simply Sarah series) • Amazon $6.15 1 $6.15
Stuart Goes To School • Amazon $5.99 1 $5.99
Clementine • Amazon $5.99 1 $5.99
Heidi Heckelbeck Gets the Sniffles • Amazon $5.99 1 $5.99
The Whipping Boy • Amazon $5.99 1 $5.99
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Uranium Unicorns From Uranus • Amazon $5.99 1 $5.99
Pa Lia's First Day: A Jackson Friends Book • Amazon $5.95 1 $5.95
Ruby Lu, Brave and True • Amazon $5.71 1 $5.71
A Matter-of-Fact Magic Book: No Such Thing as a Witch (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) • Amazon $5.62 1 $5.62
Heidi Heckelbeck Is Not a Thief! • Amazon $5.59 1 $5.59
Danger in the Deep Blue Sea (Mermaid Tales) • Amazon $5.46 1 $5.46
Ocean Fairies #1: Ally the Dolphin Fairy: A Rainbow Magic Book • Amazon $4.99 1 $4.99
Freddie Ramos Takes Off (Zapato Power) • Amazon $4.99 1 $4.99
Donavan's Word Jar (Trophy Chapter Books) • Amazon $4.99 1 $4.99
Heidi Heckelbeck Is a Flower Girl • Amazon $4.99 1 $4.99
Lily and Miss Liberty • Amazon $4.99 1 $4.99
Heidi Heckelbeck Goes to Camp! • Amazon $4.73 1 $4.73
My Name Is Maria Isabel • Amazon $4.70 1 $4.70
Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs • Amazon $4.54 1 $4.54
Hamster Magic (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) • Amazon $4.39 1 $4.39
Violet Makes a Splash (Sister Magic, No. 2) • Amazon $4.29 1 $4.29
Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind (Scholastic Biography) • Amazon $4.29 1 $4.29
Scholastic Reader Level 2: Spooky Friends • Amazon $3.99 1 $3.99
The Fairies' Birthday Surprise (Rainbow Magic, Scholastic Reader Level 2) • Amazon $3.99 1 $3.99
How Not to Start Third Grade (Step into Reading 4) • Amazon $2.25 1 $2.25

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