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Ms. Guidera from Baltimore MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Marvelous Books

Help me give my students graphic novels that will encourage even the most reluctant readers to read and book covers to protect books.

  • $322 goal

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My Students

My school is located in a high poverty area in Baltimore City. It is a Title I school with over 470 students in grades pre-k to five. My students love to read. They get excited about new books I introduce. Unfortunately, engaging books are not easy to come by.

Many of my students do not have books in their home.

Checking out books from our school library each week provides students with greater access to books. My students are able to check out a book from my library every week. It is one of their favorite things to do. Many of my students stop by the library before school to check out a new book. They are so excited to get a new book that they do not want to wait until their next class period. They are truly developing a love for reading.

One of the big issues we have is that we do not have a lot of books in the library. We also have a lot of empty shelves and many books that are over 30 years old. I am hoping to add new, high interest books for students to enjoy.

My Project

One of my main goals in the library this year is to develop a collection that meets the needs of my school community. I created interest surveys to see what types of books students are interested in and what they wish was in the library. Graphic novels and comics were the overall most requested book type. I had a total of 6 graphic novels in the library last year. That section of the library has grown to 30 books now, but with 490 students, there are not enough graphic novels to fill the shelves. There are times when only 4 graphic novels are still on the shelf, leaving few options for students to check out. Of the graphic novels we have, none of them are about superheroes. With the passing of Stan Lee, Marvel book requests have been growing. I would love to add several Marvel books to our collection. I am requesting Marvel Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Black Panther books. I am also requesting a Stan Lee biography and a how to draw comics book so my students can learn about the creator of many Marvel characters and how he created them.

Graphic novels are a wonderful resource for reluctant readers.

The emphasis on illustrations and the lower word count can encourage even the most struggling readers to pick up a book and read. While they are often still chapter books, they are quick reads and can be less intimidating. Even though they tend to have a low word count compared to normal chapter books, they tackle complex themes. The artwork helps with student comprehension.

Reading is reading. Finding the right book in elementary school can help develop a love of reading that can last a lifetime! For many students, the right book is a graphic novel.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 300 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Book Boxed Set: Avengers Assembled • Amazon Business $32.34 1 $32.34
Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two Box Set • Amazon Business $31.57 1 $31.57
20-Pack Starter Kit Brodart Fold-On Exact Fit Archival Book Jacket Includes Ten (10) 10"H x 21"L, Five (5) 8"H x 17"L, Five (5) 12"H x 24"L and 8" Plastic"Bone" Folder • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way • Amazon Business $25.95 1 $25.95
Marvel Avengers: The Greatest Heroes • Amazon Business $10.52 2 $21.04
Marvel Encyclopedia • Amazon Business $18.22 1 $18.22
Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy: The Ultimate Guide to the Cosmic Outlaws • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Who Is Stan Lee? (Who Was...?) • Amazon Business $16.80 1 $16.80
MARVEL's Black Panther: The Junior Novel • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Black Panther: The Official Movie Special • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Scotch 845 Book Tape, 2 Inches x 15 Yards, 3 Inch Core, Crystal Clear • Amazon Business $5.69 1 $5.69

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