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Ms. Moynihan from Nashville TN is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Reader

My students need non-fiction books to grow their reading ability and to captivate their attention.

  • $1,162 goal

This project expired on December 1, 2015.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My scholars are hungry to learn. They are incredibly bright, gifted, gritty kids, who need more non-fiction books to stretch their brains even further.

Last year, these scholars were the highest performing in reading, out of any open-enrollment school, in the city.

They are brilliant and are in need of a challenge. Our school serves low-income scholars and families, within our community, with the mission of sending 100% of our kids to and through college. Despite the challenges our scholars face, they approach learning, each day, with an unparalleled level of zest and grit, working tirelessly to achieve their goals. They are voracious readers, and this year, they will tackle the challenge of reading 2.024 million words, over the course of our time together. Poverty affects academics most acutely in reading ability, so we work tirelessly to close the literacy gap. Although my scholars read on average 8 months ahead of grade level, nearly 50% are behind where they need to be.

My Project

I am requesting popular, young adult non-fiction literature, to inspire our scholars to read a wide variety of texts. Although our kids are voracious readers, they primarily choose fiction for their independent reading texts. Unfortunately, the non-fiction section of our library is the smallest section, so scholars do not have many quality books to choose from. Getting these books, will give our kids access to rich, rigorous non-fiction texts, that can help foster their love of reading. Often times, scholars ability to read non-fiction, is much lower than that of their ability to read fiction, so it is critical that we get them as much exposure as possible, to these texts, to make sure they are strong readers in all subjects. When our scholars go to college and get jobs, they will need to be proficient in reading non-fiction literature. By setting them up with quality texts, in middle school, we are ensuring success for them, years down the road.

Getting scholars to read non-fiction can open up worlds for them that they never dreamed possible.

Not only will it help grow their reading ability, but it will also show them the power reading non-fiction has, because it gives them access to information about anything they want to know. Each time a scholar receives a book from Donorschoose, they are reminded that there are people rooting for them, all over the world. It takes a village to raise a reader. We need your help to get quality books.

Ms. Moynihan
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 150 students.

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Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $17.63 2 $35.26
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi • Amazon Business $16.19 2 $32.38
Marx • Amazon Business $15.90 2 $31.80
The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum • Amazon Business $15.64 2 $31.28
Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting • Amazon Business $14.89 2 $29.78
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science • Amazon Business $14.67 2 $29.34
Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers (Junior Library Guild Selection) • Amazon Business $14.36 2 $28.72
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) • Amazon Business $14.31 2 $28.62
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Weary • Amazon Business $13.32 2 $26.64
The American Plague • Amazon Business $13.13 2 $26.26
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart • Amazon Business $13.01 2 $26.02
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.90 2 $25.80
Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London • Amazon Business $12.52 2 $25.04
My Friend Dahmer • Amazon Business $12.41 2 $24.82
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club • Amazon Business $12.38 2 $24.76
Assuming Names: a con artist's masquerade (Criminal Mischief ) (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $12.20 2 $24.40
Lincoln's Grave Robbers • Amazon Business $12.17 2 $24.34
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group • Amazon Business $11.90 2 $23.80
The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins • Amazon Business $11.75 2 $23.50
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards)) • Amazon Business $11.75 2 $23.50
The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed • Amazon Business $11.42 2 $22.84
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Newbery Honor Book) • Amazon Business $11.34 2 $22.68
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition • Amazon Business $11.16 2 $22.32
Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement • Amazon Business $11.11 2 $22.22
Branded by the Pink Triangle • Amazon Business $10.82 2 $21.64
Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy • Amazon Business $10.68 2 $21.36
Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917 • Amazon Business $10.65 2 $21.30
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust • Amazon Business $10.62 2 $21.24
Chasing Lincoln's Killer • Amazon Business $10.59 2 $21.18
The Great Fire • Amazon Business $10.53 2 $21.06
No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row • Amazon Business $10.33 2 $20.66
Hole in My Life • Amazon Business $9.63 2 $19.26
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous • Amazon Business $9.26 2 $18.52
Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing • Amazon Business $8.57 2 $17.14
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster • Amazon Business $7.99 2 $15.98
Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure • Amazon Business $7.93 2 $15.86
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith • Amazon Business $7.56 2 $15.12
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery • Amazon Business $7.43 2 $14.86
Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines • Amazon Business $7.19 2 $14.38
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll's History and Her Impact on Us • Amazon Business $6.94 2 $13.88

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