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

Mentor Texts

Help me give my students books that serve as an example where students learn how to become better readers and writers.

  • $665 goal

This project expired on May 23, 2019.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Classroom Community & Mentor Texts

These mentor texts are great books to support students on their journey to becoming amazing readers and authors.

The school where I work is a Title 1 school where a majority of the students receive free or reduced lunch. Many students speak Spanish, Polish, or another language other than English at home. It is a great a diverse place to work! They would benefit from having these examples of literature. We have already had so many rich conversations that stem from our read alouds this year. My hope is to add more books to our library so we can continue that trend.

My class consists of 20 amazing students.

Of those 20, 11 are English learners. They all have a think win-win attitude and do their personal best to contribute to our classroom community.

My Project

These books are listed in a great professional book called The Ramped Up Read Aloud. This professional book gives many ways to use the titles I have asked for. We will use these books to help us become better writers of different genres, including narratives and opinion.

These books will also help students embrace differences and include others.

I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.

Mrs. Milic
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Bee Dance • Amazon Business $17.36 1 $17.36
Blizzard • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Out! • Amazon Business $17.09 1 $17.09
Read the Book, Lemmings! • Amazon Business $16.79 1 $16.79
The Great AAA-Ooo! • Amazon Business $16.22 1 $16.22
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $16.14 1 $16.14
Super Slug of Doom: A Super Happy Magic Forest Story • Amazon Business $15.14 1 $15.14
Meet Miss Fancy • Amazon Business $15.13 1 $15.13
Hector and Hummingbird • Amazon Business $14.85 1 $14.85
Horrible Bear! • Amazon Business $14.83 1 $14.83
Giraffe Problems • Amazon Business $14.81 1 $14.81
Love • Amazon Business $14.68 1 $14.68
Not Friends • Amazon Business $14.59 1 $14.59
The Bad Seed • Amazon Business $14.57 1 $14.57
Dad and the Dinosaur • Amazon Business $14.32 1 $14.32
Everything & Everywhere: A Fact-Filled Adventure for Curious Globe-Trotters • Amazon Business $13.37 1 $13.37
Dreamers • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
If You Plant a Seed • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Strictly No Elephants • Amazon Business $12.98 1 $12.98
Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers • Amazon Business $12.86 1 $12.86
Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience & Fortitude (A New York Public Library Book) • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Field • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
How to Grow Happiness (Jerome the Gnome) • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
How to Code a Sandcastle • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
The Very Last Castle • Amazon Business $11.90 1 $11.90
Boy and Bot • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
You Don't Want a Unicorn! • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
The Branch • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
A Different Pond (Fiction Picture Books) • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Home • Amazon Business $11.04 1 $11.04
Drawn Together • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
Grumpy Monkey • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
I Lost My Tooth! (Unlimited Squirrels) • Amazon Business $10.55 1 $10.55
Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for Amazing Architects • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Teddy's Favorite Toy • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Chicken in Space • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Sidekicks • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09
Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School: Book 1 • Amazon Business $7.54 1 $7.54
Peanut Butter and Jelly (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #3) • Amazon Business $6.26 1 $6.26

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