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Mrs. de Mestre from Chapel Hill NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Inspiring Writers Through Read Alouds

My students need 16 illustrated books, including "Fireflies!" by Julie Brinckloe and "A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder" by Walter Wick.

  • $185 goal

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Everyone has a story... we are the authors of our lives. Our class consists of 25 fifth graders from various backgrounds.

Our school serves a large number of kids with high-need and our classroom has several children with special needs as well as English Language Learners. Despite the obstacles, our kids LOVE to write. They all have exceptional stories to tell.

We are in need of books to read aloud that exemplify techniques that real authors use to create a piece of writing. Using authentic text will inspire the children to think of themselves as authors and encourage them to use the same techniques.

Your contribution will ensure that our kids have opportunities to connect with powerful literature and apply what they observe to their own writer's craft. Writer's are born in moments of inspiration and YOU can be a part of that magic!

Mrs. de Mestre
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 100 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fireflies Julie Brinckloe, Julie Brinckloe (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Owl Moon Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
Peter's Chair Ezra Jack Keats, Ezra Jack Keats (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Every Living Thing Cynthia Rylant, S. D. Schindler (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
All the Places to Love Patricia Maclachlan, Mike Wimmer (Illustrator), Michael Wimmer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad Pamela Duncan Edwards, Henry Cole, Henry Cole (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Butterfly Patricia Polacco • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Caves Stephen P. Kramer, Kenrick L. Day (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Cheyenne Again Eve Bunting, Irving Toddy (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Dakota Dugout Ann Turner, Ronald Himler (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Dandelions Eve Bunting, Greg Shed (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
Dogteam Gary Paulsen, Ruth Wright Paulsen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder Walter Wick, Walter Wick (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Frog Prince--Continued Jon Scieszka, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Brothers Grimm • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Gardener Sarah Stewart, David Small (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29

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