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Mrs. Eldridge from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Literature To Support My Young Readers and Writers

My students need a lending library of 29 mentor texts to support their work as readers and writers.

  • $293 goal

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Let's give my students something to read and write about! This fall will be my third year at my school, which is located in a high-need community. I will be teaching a 3rd grade class full of eager readers and writers.

My school is fortunate to have a wide range of leveled chapter books for the students. However, we do not have a lot of picture books to support their work as readers and writers. If there is a particular title that I want to use in the class to illustrate a writing quality or reading skill, I often have to either borrow it from the public library (which means we can only have it for a short amount of time) or purchase it myself (which can become expensive).

What a difference it would make if my students could have a permanent lending library of mentor texts for their reading and writing in our classroom! I have carefully selected very specific book titles that would strengthen my students' writing skills and support them as readers reading with meaning.

Your help will make it possible for my students to grow as strong readers and writers. You would also foster their independence as learners as these books will be available to them in our classroom library to refer to time and time again. You may just help cultivate a future Caldecott Medal award-winning author!

Mrs. Eldridge
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 22 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Amelia's Road Linda Jacobs Altman, Enrique O. Sanchez (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Grandfather Twilight Barbara Helen Berger • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Three Days on a River in a Red Canoe Vera B. Williams, Vera B. Williams (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
I Was So Mad Mercer Mayer • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Night Tree Eve Bunting, Ted Rand (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
Today Was a Terrible Day Patricia Reilly Giff, Susanna Natti (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Porcupine Named Fluffy Helen Lester, Lynn M. Munsinger, Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Tub People Pam Conrad, Richard Egielski (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
There's a Nightmare in My Closet Mercer Mayer, Mercer Mayer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Wump World Bill Peet, Bill Peet (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Flower Garden Eve Bunting, Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
Looking Down Annette Smith, Joy Antonie (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.68 1 $4.68
When I Was Young in the Mountains Cynthia Rylant, Diane Goode (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Tight Times Barbara Shook Hazen, Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Hey, Al Arthur Yorinks, Richard Egielski (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.30 1 $15.30
Song and Dance Man Karen Ackerman, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Where the Forest Meets the Sea Jeannie Baker, Jeannie Baker (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $16.19 1 $16.19
Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street Roni Schotter, Kyrsten Brooker (Illustrator), Krysten Brooker (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Tree is Nice Janice May Udry, Marc Simont (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds Cynthia Rylant, Barry Moser (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
Hazel's Amazing Mother Rosemary Wells • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: Poems Georgia Heard, Jennifer Owings Dewey (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.76 1 $8.76
The Salamander Room Anne Mazer, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Lou Fancher (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Oliver Button Is a Sissy Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
Something Beautiful Sharon Dennis Wyeth, Sharon Dennis Wyeth (Illustrator), Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Lotus Seed Sherry Garland, Tatsuro Kiuchi (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.30 1 $6.30
Rag Coat Lauren A Mills, Dennis Nolan (Illustrator), Lauren A. Mills (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
The Table Where Rich People Sit Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29

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