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Ms. Zdeb from Oceanside CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

If We Build a Library, They Will Read

Help me give my students individual books reflecting their various identities and needs to build excitement for independent reading in and out of class.

  • $736 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students come from all walks of life. In each class, I have dependents of active military, first and second generation immigrants, students who have or are currently experiencing homelessness or the foster care system, differently-abled students, students navigating their own complicated gender identities, and so, so many others. Many are living below the poverty line, and don't always have access to books at home (or at school) that are interesting and relevant to their lives and identities.

I'll never forget the moment last year when a student of Samoan heritage came to me and said "I read a lot of books, but this is the first time I've had books to read that weren't just about white people." It is crucial for students of all backgrounds and identities to see themselves represented in literature, and not just as background characters.

As I've worked to acquire more diverse titles for my classroom, more and more students (many who entered my class on the first day of school declaring "I DON'T read" became interested in giving reading a chance.

My Project

When we gave them new books, they read. When we gave them books that reflect their identities, they read. When we gave them book club books, they read, and then they entered into discourse with friends and strangers, defended opinions, explained viewpoints, and discovered ways of thinking outside their norms. In short, when we gave them books, they learned.

Thanks to the donors in summer, my ninth and tenth grade students (many of whom rated their love of reading below a five out of ten at the beginning of the year), are excited to be reading.

They were ready to throw down in order to get the book club they most desired, and many have finished their books two to three weeks early and are asking for more. In the most recent survey I gave, only a handful of students rated their enjoyment of reading below a 5/10, and many students enjoyment levels jumped up by two to four points.

Ms. Zdeb
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Newtown: An American Tragedy • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Telesa: The Covenant Keeper • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Swipe Right for Murder • Amazon Business $14.52 1 $14.52
Salvaged • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
OtherEarth (Last Reality) • Amazon Business $14.47 1 $14.47
The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell's Library) • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried • Amazon Business $14.31 1 $14.31
War Girls • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
We Contain Multitudes • Amazon Business $14.29 1 $14.29
His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe's Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined • Amazon Business $14.28 1 $14.28
Kingdom of Souls • Amazon Business $14.08 1 $14.08
Everything I Never Told You: A Novel (Alex Awards (Awards)) • Amazon Business $14.03 1 $14.03
One of Us Is Next: The Sequel to One of Us Is Lying • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
The Vanishing Season • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Of Dreams and Rust • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Dig • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
Patron Saints of Nothing • Amazon Business $13.74 1 $13.74
Brave Face: A Memoir • Amazon Business $13.71 1 $13.71
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
The Grace Year • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The Fountains of Silence • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
House of Salt and Sorrows • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Juliet Takes a Breath • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
After the Shot Drops • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Columbine • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
SLAY • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist) • Amazon Business $11.85 1 $11.85
The Closest I've Come • Amazon Business $11.38 1 $11.38
Other Words for Home • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
We Set the Dark on Fire • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Heroine • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Barely Missing Everything • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Marrow Thieves • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (Necromancer Series) • Amazon Business $10.35 1 $10.35
The Sun and Her Flowers • Amazon Business $10.08 1 $10.08
Here to Stay • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 1 (1) • Amazon Business $9.83 1 $9.83
Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
The Things She's Seen • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
In the Neighborhood of True • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Skink--No Surrender (Skink Series) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49

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