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Ms. Butler from Bethesda MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Inspire Emergent Readers!

Help me give my students a dynamic and engaging classroom library to inspire them to love reading!

  • $617 goal

This project expired on November 13, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My classroom is filled with scientists, readers, mathematicians, writers, and problem solvers. Students are encouraged to read together, ask questions, help others, and search their own answers.

My students will often ask, “when will we get to read together?” Their first stop in the morning is to see which books are on display.

My students are a group of 1st graders who are working to strengthen their independent reading skills. We spend time reading as a class, independently, and with reading partners. My students are most excited when they get to read a story they have never read before with a classmate and connect with the characters in their books!

My Project

I am transferring to a new school and am looking for help to create my own 1st grade classroom library. My goal is to help my students curiosity by giving them access to a variety of engaging books for all reading levels.

When choosing my books for my students, I focus on big themes like empathy, kindness, perseverance, and curiosity so my students can connect what their reading to their own world and learn from their favorite characters.

In primary grades, picture books are uses as windows into a character's life. I chose books like "We are All Wonders", "Amazing Grace", "My Teacher is a Monster", to help practice empathy and promote kindness within my learning community. Books like "The Paperbag Princess", "Grace for President", and "Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed" will encourage my students to pair their kindness with perseverance.

My students are naturally curious about the world around them and are constantly asking questions about how things work. I believe it is crucial to expose young students to STEM education early in their academic career. Books from series like "Ordinary People Change the Word" introduce my students to curious historical figures who problem solve and persevere through challenges. Nonfiction texts for early readers written by authors like National Geographic, Gail Gibbons, and Steven Jenkins allow them to learn more about their interests in visual ways. Through integrating Science and Social Studies literature in my primary classroom, my students can both learn from curious characters as well as search for nonfiction texts for answers to their own questions.

Ms. Butler
Grades PreK-2

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Dinosaur Book • Amazon Business $16.09 2 $32.18
Strong Girls Gift Set (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $30.87 1 $30.87
Ordinary People Change the World Gift Set • Amazon Business $26.32 1 $26.32
Say Hello to Zorro! • Amazon Business $16.60 1 $16.60
Grace for President • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World (Easy Reader Books, Children Around the World Books, Preschool Prep Books) • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
I Want My Hat Back • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Library Lion • Amazon Business $13.81 1 $13.81
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) • Amazon Business $13.77 1 $13.77
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed - A Children's Kindness Book • Amazon Business $13.75 1 $13.75
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
Julius, the Baby of the World • Amazon Business $13.43 1 $13.43
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (Irma S and James H Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (Awards)) • Amazon Business $13.40 1 $13.40
Big Book of Bugs • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Ricky, the Rock that Couldn't Roll (You Rock Group) • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
Wemberly Worried • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Sheila Rae, the Brave • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $11.59 1 $11.59
This Is Not My Hat • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Thank You, Mr. Falker • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
The Good Egg • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
Be Kind • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
I am George Washington (Ordinary People Change the World) • Amazon Business $9.74 1 $9.74
Amazing Grace (Grace-picture Books) • Amazon Business $8.75 1 $8.75
We Forgot Brock! • Amazon Business $8.02 1 $8.02
Biggest, Strongest, Fastest • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
The Reasons for Seasons • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Actual Size • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Chester's Way • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? • Amazon Business $7.55 1 $7.55
From Seed to Plant • Amazon Business $7.28 1 $7.28
Thunder Cake • Amazon Business $7.27 1 $7.27
There is a Bird on Your Head! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon Business $7.00 1 $7.00
Waiting Is Not Easy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
National Geographic Readers: Plants (Level 1 Co-reader) • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74
National Geographic Readers: Seed to Plant • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Paper Bag Princess • Amazon Business $1.99 1 $1.99

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