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Mrs. Dousias from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Literacy Jumps Out at You!

Help me give my students an exciting pop-up library to spark their love of literacy!

  • $599 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Seventeen energetic boys and six hard working girls love to learn in our public school on the Southwest Side of Chicago. We have so many material needs in order to level the playing field so as to compete with more affluent schools. Our school serves 93.7% Hispanic students, and 90.1% come from low income families. The students all eat breakfast together every morning, then meet on the rug to begin our seven hour daily adventure in word work, math, science, social studies, music and PLAY!

In the past, I have taught many of my Kindergartener's brothers and sisters, and even some of their mothers, aunts, and uncles!

In the morning I wake up, jump out of bed and can't wait to teach them each and every day!

My Project

My students are growing up in an era unlike any, even their older siblings ever encountered. The digital age is upon us. Some of my children tell me they do not even have any toys. Their parents hand them a tablet to entertain, and even try to educate them.

My little learners need bold inspiration to become interested in the beauty of BOOKS!

We would adore a library of Pop-Up books, that I would organize by readability and genre so that we could set up a weekly routine of sharing a world where the images capture their imaginations, and the words begin to entice them.

My plan is to institute a weekly pop-up read aloud. The Kindergarteners would all look forward to it. We would gather on the rug and "ooh," and "aahh" as I turn each page and the images reach our from the book toward the students in order to illustrate the story.

We have asked for a collection ranging from simple "ABC," and "1,2,3" books to elaborate volumes such as "Beauty & the Beast: A Pop-up Book of the Classic Fairy Tale." Many of the books pertain to Units I teach such as, "In the Butterfly Garden,"and "My Best Pop-up Space Book." There are also Pop-up books illustrating the four seasons, which little ones are just beginning to comprehend.

I want to encourage the children to talk to their friends about each book, and then draw and write about them. We can create a folder with all our reflections and monitor our artistic and literacy growth throughout the year. Eventually, we will learn some folding, and tab techniques to try to make some mini pop-up books of our own.

I am sure this undertaking will inspire other projects we have not even yet dreamed of.

Mrs. Dousias
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Beauty & the Beast: A Pop-up Book of the Classic Fairy Tale • Amazon Business $24.47 1 $24.47
The Little Mermaid (Pop-Up Classics) • Amazon Business $24.06 1 $24.06
A Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up • Amazon Business $23.74 1 $23.74
One Red Dot (Classic Collectible Pop-Up) • Amazon Business $21.38 1 $21.38
In the Butterfly Garden • Amazon Business $15.96 1 $15.96
Silly Haunted House: A Not-Too-Spooky Pop-Up Book • Amazon Business $15.76 1 $15.76
America the Beautiful: A Pop-up Book • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
A Box of Bugs: 4 Pop-up Concept Books (David Carter's Bugs) • Amazon Business $14.61 1 $14.61
The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
Believe: A Pop-Up Book of Possibilities • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Summer: A Pop-Up Book (Seasons Pop-up) • Amazon Business $12.62 1 $12.62
B Is for Box -- The Happy Little Yellow Box: A Pop-Up Book • Amazon Business $12.31 1 $12.31
My First Pop-Up Dinosaurs: 15 Incredible Pop-ups • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
My Best Pop-up Space Book • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
The Happy Little Yellow Box: A Pop-Up Book of Opposites • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Alpha Bugs: A Pop-up Alphabet (David Carter's Bugs) • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Feely Bugs (Mini Edition): To Touch and Feel (David Carter's Bugs) • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
The Wide-Mouthed Frog (A Pop-Up Book) • Amazon Business $11.42 1 $11.42
How Many Bugs in a Box?: A Pop-up Counting Book (David Carter's Bugs) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
School Bugs: An Elementary Pop-up Book by David A. Carter (David Carter's Bugs) • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
My Best Pop-up Construction Site Book: Let's Start Building! • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Spring: A Pop-up Book (Seasons Pop-up) • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
I Love You: A Pop-Up Book • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
Winter: A Pop-up Book (Seasons Pop-up) • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
Autumn: A Pop-Up Book (Seasons Pop-up) • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
Splish Splash: Pop-up Fun (Little Snappers) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Sophie la girafe: Pop-Up Peekaboo Sophie!: Pop-Up Surprise Under Every Flap! • Amazon Business $9.73 1 $9.73
Fun on the Farm: A Pop-up Book • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Pop-Up Peekaboo Puppies!: Pop-Up Surprise Under Every Flap! • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Pop-Up Peekaboo! Farm: Pop-Up Surprise Under Every Flap! • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Pop-up Peekaboo: Under the Sea • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Pop-Up Peekaboo! Things That Go: Pop-Up Surprise Under Every Flap! • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Pop-Up Peekaboo! Colors: Pop-Up Surprise Under Every Flap! • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Pop-Up Peekaboo: First Words • Amazon Business $8.87 1 $8.87
Pop-Up Peekaboo! Numbers • Amazon Business $8.87 1 $8.87
Pop-up Peekaboo! Baby Dinosaur • Amazon Business $8.87 1 $8.87
Builder Bugs: A Busy Pop-up Book (David Carter's Bugs) • Amazon Business $6.10 1 $6.10
Pop-up Dinosaurs: A Pop-Up Book to Get Your Jaws Into (Priddy Pop-Up) • Amazon Business $5.23 1 $5.23
Pop-up Peekaboo! I Love You • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49

Materials cost

$467.51

Vendor shipping charges

$3.99

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$7.01

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$508.51

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$89.74

Total project goal

$598.25

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$598.25

1 Donor

-$300.00

Donations toward project cost

-$255.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$45.00

match offer

-$298.25

Match offer toward project cost

-$253.51

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$44.74

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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