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

Let's Create Book Lovers!

My students need books! I inherited approximately 10 books. This project is for award-winning, multi-cultural, fiction and non-fiction books of varying reading levels (and two cardboard display stands). Please help!

  • $527 goal

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My Students

I am a 55-year-old, brand-new, 3rd-grade teacher. It took me 11 years to earn my degree. What did I dream of, all along? To teach children who live in poverty.

More than 90 percent of my students live in families receiving public aid, live in substitute care, or are eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches.

Previously, I've taught low-income children at a summer literacy camp and as a guest teacher. I have an unquenchable passion to teach and to care for those most vulnerable in our society. They need me! And I learn from them, lessons of tenacity, resilience and love.

My Project

In order to hook children as life-long readers, we need to meet them where they are, with the best there is to offer. Finding only 10 books left by the previous teacher, I've been combing garage sales and Goodwill.

My project is to purchase engaging, award-winning novels, books about race cars, Blobfish and Ben Franklin, and even an ISpy book or two—a tantalizing selection of fiction and non-fiction pieces.

Students will have their own box, filled with a couple of books to enjoy during "Read to Self" time. These carefully chosen—and deliciously varied—jewels will be showcased on the three-tiered cardboard displays, allowing my students to shop... and wetting their appetites for more!

Ms. Kettering
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Classroom Keepers Book Shelf, Blue (001329) • Amazon Business $12.74 2 $25.48
What's Weird on Earth • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Soccer Star • Amazon Business $14.22 1 $14.22
Rocks, Minerals & Gems • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Julián Is a Mermaid • Amazon Business $13.87 1 $13.87
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
The Book of Mistakes • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
Vincent's Colors • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
A Pizza the Size of the Sun • Amazon Business $12.21 1 $12.21
The Big Book of Dinosaurs • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Pink Is For Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals (The World of Weird Animals) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Everything You Need to Know About Snakes • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
1,000 Facts About Insects (100 Facts About...) • Amazon Business $10.52 1 $10.52
I Spy Treasure Hunt: A Book of Picture Riddles • Amazon Business $10.37 1 $10.37
Batter Up! History of Baseball (TIME FOR KIDS Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights • Amazon Business $9.67 1 $9.67
Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
100 Ways to Make the World Better! (100 Things To...) • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
100 Things to Make You Happy (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $9.38 1 $9.38
Trapped in a Video Game (Book 1) • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
LeBron James: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Became King • Amazon Business $9.13 1 $9.13
Ben Franklin's in My Bathroom! (History Pals) • Amazon Business $9.04 1 $9.04
A Pizza the Size of the Sun • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Belle Prater's Boy • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Summer of the Monkeys • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
The Mighty Miss Malone • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Bud, Not Buddy • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
Pictures of Hollis Woods • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
The Incredible Journey • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Race Cars (True Books: Behind the Scenes) • Amazon Business $6.18 1 $6.18
Fog Magic • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
My Life with the Chimpanzees • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Lily's Crossing • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The One and Only Ivan • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The Indian in the Cupboard • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
One Crazy Summer • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Blue Willow • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
The Water Horse • Amazon Business $5.39 1 $5.39
Heidi Heckelbeck Has a New Best Friend • Amazon Business $5.08 1 $5.08
Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Step Into Reading, Step 4) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Julian, Secret Agent (Julian's World) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Robots • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
I Spy Animals • Amazon Business $2.89 1 $2.89

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