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Ms. Berruti from Bronx NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Just Right Books for Everyone

My students need 27 easy to read books, including works by the Berenstains, Leo Lionni and Susan Hood.

  • $207 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

I teach in an urban school in a borough of New York City. Currently, I am teaching second grade. 95.7% of the students qualify for free lunch. We are part of the Reading and Writing project at Teacher's College. Many teachers (including myself) attend workshops and take courses to raise the level of our teaching.

My students need books that they can read and be excited about. About half of my students do not read at grade level. The philosophy of my school (which I wholeheartedly agree with) is that children will become better readers by reading lots of books on their own level. My classroom is filled with books for second grade readers. However, my supply of books for the children who need books that are a little easier is small. Mostly, the library for these children consists of books I was able to pick up on my own. The books I am looking to get are series books so that not only will the children have books on their levels but they will have characters they can get to know and enjoy.

I need series books that are for 1st grade readers. I am asking for books from the Berenstain Bears series, the Fly Guy series, The Pup and Hound series, and books by Leo Lionni. This way, my lower level readers who need extra support will have plenty of books to choose from. But that's not all. They'll have books that have colorful characters and meatier plots that will make them want to read more and more. Independent reading time for many of these students is grin-and-bear it time. The right series of books can change this and make independent reading time the best time of the day. I always tell the children that if you don’t enjoy your reading, then you haven’t found the right book.

In order to be good and productive citizens of our great country, these children need to be able to read. It's not just about getting a good job. It's about being able to get the information you need to make wise choices. All children are capable of being successful. Some just need a little extra support. These books are a step in giving them that extra support that they need. It's the type of support that will make a difference by making them feel special, not dumb. Help me, help them.

Ms. Berruti
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 13 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
It's Mine! Leo Lionni • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Pup and Hound Susan Hood, Linda Hendry (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.55 1 $3.55
Adventures of The Berenstain Bears (I Can Read Series) Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain • Barnes and Noble $5.99 1 $5.99
Big Book of the Berenstain Bears: Five Books in One! Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain • Barnes and Noble $9.89 1 $9.89
Berenstain Bears' New Baby Berenstain • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers Berenstain • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Berenstain Bears and the Truth Berenstain • Barnes and Noble $2.92 1 $2.92
Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food Berenstain • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners Berenstain • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies Berenstain • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Hi! Fly Guy Tedd Arnold, Tedd Arnold (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Shoo, Fly Guy! Tedd Arnold, Tedd Arnold (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Fly High, Fly Guy! Tedd Arnold • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Hooray for Fly Guy! (Fly Guy Series #6) Tedd Arnold • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Hi! Fly Guy Arnold • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Pup and Hound at Sea Susan Hood, Linda Hendry (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.55 1 $3.55
Pup and Hound Catch a Thief Susan Hood, Linda Hendry (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.55 1 $3.55
Pup and Hound Hatch an Egg Susan Hood, Linda Hendry (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.55 1 $3.55
Pup and Hound Move In Susan Hood, Linda Hendry (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.55 1 $3.55
Frederick Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Little Blue and Little Yellow Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Swimmy Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Artist) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Inch by Inch Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Alphabet Tree Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Tico and the Golden Wings Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Let's Play Leo Lionni • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Cornelius: A Fable Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29

Materials cost

$135.36

Vendor shipping charges

$13.54

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.38

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$169.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$37.10

Total project goal

$206.10

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$206.10

2 Donors

-$198.82

Donations toward project cost

-$169.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$29.82

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$7.28

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$0.00

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