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Ms. D'Amato from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Meatloaf again? Variety Needed In Classroom Library to Enhance Reading Curiosity

The cost of this proposal for 35 books on a variety of subjects including dinosaurs, outer space and the city of New York that will help flesh out a classroom library and help the students experience reading as a process of discovery is $494, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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I am a second-grade teacher in the East New York section of Brooklyn. All of my students receive free school lunch. Just as most people don\'t want to eat the same thing for dinner every night, students don\'t want to read the same books day after day, year after year. While our school does provide classrooms with some books, it is common for first- and second-grade classes to receive many of the same books. This means that the students quickly become bored with the book selection, and they then become disinterested in reading. One of my goals as a teacher is to get the students on a path towards becoming life-long lovers of reading. While many of the students naturally enjoy reading, for some, reading feels like a chore. In an effort to boost the students\' overall interest in reading, I would like to be able to provide them with a wide variety of texts from which to choose. This proposal is for funding to purchase 35 books that I\'ve selected to supplement my classroom library. Over the past couple of years I have gained a sense of some of the subjects which interest the children, such as dinosaurs, outer space, the world of nature, and their home, New York City. The books I\'ve selected are wonderful, a mix of fiction and nonfiction, and, among others, include: \"Where the Wild Things Are\" and the Nutshell Library, both by Maurice Sendak, \"Fall Is Here! I Love It!\" by Elaine W. Good, the Madonna Box Set of stories by Madonna, \"How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?\" by Jane Yolen, \"First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers\" by George Shea, \"John Glenn: Young Astronaut\" by Michael Burgan, \"Don\'t Know Much About the Solar System\" by Kenneth C. Davis, and \"Reaching for the Moon\" by Buzz Aldrin. These nine books and the 26 others will surely help my students understand how interesting it can be to read a book, cover to cover. Please help me put our kids on a reading diet rich in variety, and then . . . watch them grow! Thank you.

Ms. D'Amato
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Madonna: Box Set Madonna • Barnes and Noble $27.96 1 $27.96
Sweet Tooth Margie Palatini, Jack E. Davis (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Game Day Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber, Barry Root (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
My New York: New Anniversary Edition Kathy Jakobsen, Kathy Jakobsen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.16 2 $30.32
Subway Anastasia Suen, Karen Katz (Illustrator), Karen Katz (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Life Doesn't Frighten Me Maya Angelou, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jean-Michel Basquat, Sara Jane Boyers (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $14.36 1 $14.36
Marsupial Sue Presents "The Runaway Pancake" John Lithgow, Jack E. Davis (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.36 1 $14.36
The Subway Mouse Barbara Reid, Barbara Reid (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
New York and New York: The Big Apple from A-Z Laura Krauss Melmed, Frane Lessac (Illustrator), Fran Lessac (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.59 1 $13.59
Nutshell Library Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
Reaching for the Moon Buzz Aldrin, Wendell Minor (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.86 1 $11.86
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale Mo Willems • Barnes and Noble $11.19 1 $11.19
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.19 1 $11.19
Walter the Farting Dog: Trouble at the Yard Sale William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, Audrey Colman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.19 1 $11.19
Space Simon Holland, Carole Stott, Mary Ling (Editor), Simon Holland (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures John Malam, Steve Parker • Barnes and Noble $8.98 1 $8.98
Don't Know Much About the Solar System Kenneth C. Davis, Pedro Martin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
I Want to Be an Astronaut Byron Barton, Byron Barton (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Postcards from Pluto Loreen Leedy, Loreen Leedy (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Fall Is Here! I Love It! Elaine W. Good, Susie Shenk Wenger (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
The Moon Book Gail Gibbons, Gail Gibbons (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Apples Gail Gibbons, Gail Gibbons (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Flight (Discoveries Series) Donald Lopez (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Brundibar Maurice Sendak (Illustrator), Tony Kushner • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Solar System Manufactured by Scholastic Inc. Staff, Stuart Atkinson, Scholastic, Andrew Peters (Illustrator), Sebastian Quigley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Down in the Subway Miriam Cohen, Melanie Hope Greenberg (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
John Glenn: Young Astronaut Michael Burgan, Robert S. Brown, Robert S. Brown (Illustrator), Brownm Robert S. (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
The Planets in Our Solar System Franklyn M. Branley, Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Astronauts Carmen Bredeson, Nanci R. Vargus, Minna Gretchen Palaquibay • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
Liftoff! (Rookie Read-about Science Series) Carmen Bredeson • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
Subway Rides Pam Walker • Barnes and Noble $4.45 1 $4.45
DK Readers: Astronaut, Living in Space (Level 2: Beginning to Read Alone) Kate Hayden, Peter Dennis (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers (I Can Read Chapter Book Series) George Shea, Don Bolognese (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Exploring North America Jacqueline Morley, David Antram • Barnes and Noble $3.58 1 $3.58

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