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

Inspirational Classroom Library

Help me give my students fresh, new copies of independent reading books for our classroom library that reflect their diverse backgrounds.

  • $557 goal

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My Students

My middle school students are bright and funny kids, and they often come hang out in my classroom at lunch to chat with each other and get work done. 8th graders are caught between childhood and adulthood, and it is an honor to see them slowly mature over the course of the year.

By the end of 8th grade, my students are beginning to feel the power of their own words and ideas, and are eager to use their talents to transform the world they live in.

My Project

Independent reading for pleasure is one of the best ways for students to develop a love for reading and to strengthen their language arts skills.

Choice reading improves both fluency and comprehension, and has a positive impact on writing skills.

The more my students read, the better they will do as thinkers and writers.

Unfortunately, many students do not have easy access to books outside of school. My classroom library now has some fresh, new titles in it, but most of it is cobbled together with yellowing older paperbacks and library discards.

Having shelves full of exciting contemporary books and classics would help inspire my students to follow through on their goal of reading for fun for 30 minutes a day.

Mrs. Bielby
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Hate U Give • AKJ Education $13.29 3 $39.87
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) • AKJ Education $8.97 2 $17.94
Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition • AKJ Education $6.29 2 $12.58
The Kite Runner (10th Anniversary) • AKJ Education $11.20 1 $11.20
The Things They Carried • AKJ Education $11.19 1 $11.19
The Book Thief • AKJ Education $10.49 1 $10.49
The Crossover • AKJ Education $9.38 1 $9.38
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale My Father Bleeds History • AKJ Education $9.31 1 $9.31
To Kill a Mockingbird • AKJ Education $8.98 1 $8.98
The Hunger Games • AKJ Education $8.78 1 $8.78
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • AKJ Education $8.69 1 $8.69
The House on Mango Street • AKJ Education $8.37 1 $8.37
Fahrenheit 451: A Novel • AKJ Education $8.28 1 $8.28
Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 1 • AKJ Education $7.99 1 $7.99
Night • AKJ Education $7.70 1 $7.70
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
American Born Chinese • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets • AKJ Education $7.69 1 $7.69
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
The Maze Runner • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Animal Farm • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
The Catcher in the Rye • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
The Outsiders • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
The Giver • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
Lord of the Flies • AKJ Education $6.99 1 $6.99
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Walk Two Moons • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Chains: Seeds of America • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Bud, Not Buddy • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Hatchet • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
The Hobbit • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
The Phantom Tollbooth • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Shiloh • AKJ Education $6.29 1 $6.29
Speak • AKJ Education $6.14 1 $6.14
Maniac Magee • AKJ Education $5.60 1 $5.60
Tuck Everlasting • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
The Lemonade War • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Hoot • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
One Crazy Summer • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Island of the Blue Dolphins • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Freak the Mighty • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Among The Hidden • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
The City of Ember The First Book of Ember • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
Love That Dog • AKJ Education $5.59 1 $5.59
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story • AKJ Education $5.38 1 $5.38
The Diary of a Young Girl • AKJ Education $4.89 1 $4.89
A Wrinkle in Time • AKJ Education $4.89 1 $4.89

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