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Mrs. Byars from Eastvale CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Increasing Literacy Through a Class Library and Book Talks

Help me give my students a diverse library of books to read. I host book talks each week to share with my students the books I love that they can then check out from my classroom library.

  • $587 goal

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My Students

I teach at a large public school with a diverse population of over 4,000 students. Each year, I personally teach 150 to 180 students, and I am consistently surprised by their drive and creativity.

My students come from a wide variety of different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.

While many of my students struggle daily to get the supplies they need for school, they all work hard in my class. All my students embrace the positive and supportive culture I try to build each year in my classroom, and they love when we take on learning in new and exciting ways. My students love to challenge the status quo, and I hope this project will help them do just that.

My Project

I believe that students really do love to read, they just need help finding books that connect with them. Because of this, I do 5-minute book talks in my class each week to share with my students the books I have read and to help them find the stories that will make them addicted to reading.

By adding more books to my library I will not only be able to share more stories with them that they may love but I will also be able to immediately hand the book over to a student so they can take that book home and read it.

So far this year, I have had 15 students take home books from my library but I need more titles and a greater diversity of genres. The books on this list were picked based on student interests and identifying genres that were lacking in my class library. By funding this project you will help me create lifelong readers and lifelong learners one book a week, five minutes at a time.

Mrs. Byars
Grades 9-12
Half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
The Night Diary • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
A Very Large Expanse of Sea • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
Zenobia • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Swing (Blink) • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
We Are Okay • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Darius the Great Is Not Okay • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Genesis Begins Again • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America • Amazon Business $12.30 1 $12.30
Solo (Blink) • Amazon Business $12.24 1 $12.24
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise • Amazon Business $11.72 1 $11.72
What If It's Us • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
Illegal • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Lu (Track) • Amazon Business $10.13 1 $10.13
Sunny (Track) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
For Every One • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
The Hazel Wood: A Novel • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
The Crossover (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $9.38 1 $9.38
Amal Unbound • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone • Amazon Business $8.87 1 $8.87
They Both Die at the End • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Brown Girl Dreaming • Amazon Business $8.00 1 $8.00
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $7.68 1 $7.68
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban • Amazon Business $7.39 1 $7.39
He Said, She Said • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $6.48 1 $6.48
Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights • Amazon Business $6.42 1 $6.42

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