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Ms. Seraus from New York NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Library Makeover - Because 4th Graders HATE Baby Books

My students need 30+ engaging chapter books this upcoming school year to mark their move to the 4th grade.

  • $440 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

In an inner-city school and with difficult personal and academic circumstances, my students do not have exposure to powerful children's literature. Without sufficient books in my classroom to capture their interest, they have not been able to discover the joy and importance of reading.

My students are a combination of learning disabled, autistic, speech and language impaired, as well as MR children in a self-contained 12:1:1 classroom.

They significant academic challenges, and many face personal challenges in their homes. Our school is an impoverished part of a large city in New York State. It has very little funding and thus very little supplies. Because of my students' wide educational needs, they absolutely need a variety of supplies and books that would engage them as different types of learners. My students, most important of all, are hilarious, fun, and very, very smart. They just need a little help getting to be the successful young adults I know they all are going to be.

My Project

My classroom library needs a desperate makeover. My intention is to create a cozy space with drapes and rugs, and large comfy pillows that would make the library an inviting and exciting place to be. But without children's literary classics like books by Judy Blume, this cozy environment would be largely incomplete. Historical fiction like "Chains" by Laurie Anderson, among other like texts will allow me to connect reading to other content areas, making sure to keep my students focused on our one, most important goal of the year-- to become the best readers we can be. I hope that having all these new texts to borrow and explore will help my children move up 5 reading levels this upcoming year. It's an ambitious goal, but having these books, I believe, will serve as the fuel to reach it.

Without passion, there cannot be change.

I want my kids to be passionate about reading and I believe that if this passion is ignited, it can very well change the rest of their lives.

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

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This project will reach 9 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Three Volume Boxed Set Rick Riordan • Barnes and Noble $11.10 1 $11.10
The Book Thief Markus Zusak • Barnes and Noble $8.88 1 $8.88
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Four Book Set Jeff Kinney • Barnes and Noble $31.00 1 $31.00
Hatchet (Brian's Saga Series #1) Gary Paulsen • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Writer's Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You Ralph Fletcher • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Holes Louis Sachar • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler E. L. Konigsburg • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Judy Blume • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.51 1 $7.51
Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O'Dell • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Chains Laurie Halse Anderson • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Mouse and the Motorcycle Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling (Illustrator), Tracy Dockray (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Fever 1793 Laurie Halse Anderson, Lori Earley • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Charlotte's Web E. B. White, Garth Williams, Edith Goodkind Rosenwald, Garth Williams (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Magic Tree House Boxed Set: Books 1-28 Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $76.40 1 $76.40
First Captain Underpants Collection: Boxed Set, Books 1 - 4 Dav Pilkey • Barnes and Noble $20.48 1 $20.48
Junie B. Jones's First Boxed Set Ever! (Junie B. Jones Series) Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.64 1 $13.64
Junie B. Jones's Third Boxed Set Ever! Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.64 1 $13.64
Encyclopedia Brown Box Set Donald J. Sobol • Barnes and Noble $17.06 1 $17.06
The Boxcar Children® Mysteries Boxed Set #1-4 Gertrude Chandler Warner • Barnes and Noble $12.98 1 $12.98
The Boxcar Children Mysteries Boxed Set #5-8 Gertrude Chandler Warner • Barnes and Noble $12.98 1 $12.98
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Boxset 1-4 Dav Pilkey, Martin Ontiveros • Barnes and Noble $13.64 1 $13.64
Scary Stories: Boxed Set Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.28 1 $12.28
Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97

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