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Ms. Muhtaris from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Inspiring Literature Keeps Kids Reading

My students need a variety of 33 books for independent reading.

  • $354 goal

This project expired on December 31, 2010.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

A good book should leave you... slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. ~William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958

I teach a group of inspired 5th grade students in a large urban public school in Illinois.

One of my main goals is to foster a love of reading in my students so that they can acquire the skills and passion to learn about any topic they find interesting in life. To do that I need books and lots of them!

My Project

I am asking for a variety of books for my students to read independently. These books cover a wide range of topics, genres, and interests and will appeal to both boys and girls so that there is something for everyone. Because we have no library at our school I need to be able to give my students many book choices to ensure that they are excited about reading. This will then snowball into a lifelong love of reading! Just imagine my students cuddled up on the carpet all engaged in stories donated by YOU!

Ensuring that my students have the life-long literacy skills that they need to be successful in this world is one of my highest priorities in the classroom.

I cannot do that without donors like you who provide quality current literature that students are interested in and excited to read. Please consider making this very important donation today.

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Short: Walking Tall When You're Not Tall at All John Schwartz • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees Deborah Ellis • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Scat Carl Hiaasen • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life Rachel Renee Russell, Rachel Renee Russell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.88 1 $8.88
Skeleton Creek (Skeleton Creek Series) Patrick Carman • Barnes and Noble $10.25 1 $10.25
Extra Credit Andrew Clements, Mark Elliott (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Umbrella Summer Lisa Graff • Barnes and Noble $10.93 1 $10.93
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute Jarrett J. Krosoczka • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Mudshark Gary Paulsen • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, Alexis Frederick-Frost • Barnes and Noble $8.88 1 $8.88
The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors Chris Barton, Tony Persiani (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.95 1 $12.95
Slob Ellen Potter • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Rise of the Heroes ( Series #1) Andy Briggs • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Wild Girl Patricia Reilly Giff • Barnes and Noble $10.93 1 $10.93
Dragonbreath Ursula Vernon, Ursula Vernon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.88 1 $8.88
The Dunderheads Paul Fleischman, David Roberts (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes Marlane Kennedy • Barnes and Noble $12.98 1 $12.98
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood Tony Lee, Sam Hart (Illustrator), Artur Fujita (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.73 1 $9.73
Meanest Doll in the World Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin, Brian Selznick (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini Sid Fleischman • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Library Lion Michelle Knudsen, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City Kirsten Miller • Barnes and Noble $6.79 1 $6.79
Postcards from No Man's Land Aidan Chambers • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
George Washington's Teeth Deborah Chandra, Madeleine Comora, Brock Cole (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Saffy's Angel Hilary McKay, Designed by Ann Sullivan • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Reaching for the Moon Buzz Aldrin, Wendell Minor (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Ravenmaster's Secret: Escape from the Tower of London Elvira Woodruff • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Rodzina Karen Cushman • Barnes and Noble $5.55 1 $5.55
Buster Denise Fleming, Denise Fleming (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Tiger, Tiger Lynne Reid Banks • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Scarecrow and His Servant Philip Pullman, Peter Bailey (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.55 1 $5.55
Fly by Night Frances Hardinge • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Sister Spider Knows All Adrian Fogelin • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93

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