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Mrs. Ninofranco from Fullerton CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mock Our Socks Off With Notable 2018 Books

Help me give my students the opportunity to read potential award-winning literature by providing copies of popular novels published in 2018 before the awards are announced in January.

  • $205 goal

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My Students

I teach a group of impressionable sixth graders in their formative years. They come with a variety of interests and background knowledge, as well as the desire to move to middle school as successful students.

Many of my students are affected by poverty, family conflicts like divorce or violence, or fear of deportation.

However, all of them have the opportunity to learn and grow as readers and as people. Most have socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and have confronted more hardships in their young lives than most of us. I am lucky enough to spend my day with them, and I am amazed and impressed by their resilience, despite tough home lives and economic challenges.

My Project

My students are growing as readers, but they are stuck in series that aren't pushing their thinking as young adults who will soon be facing bigger issues as they move to junior high, high school, and adulthood. The books I have selected have been vetted by educators and librarians across the country.

In today's society, students need to be learning about life outside of their little community, and grow empathy and compassion for other people.

In The Science of Breakable Things, the main character deals with depression and learns about hope and love. Where the Watermelons Grow touches on mental illness. Learning disabilities and bullying are addressed in The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle. Books are the best way to teach about the world, about struggles that people face, and how to be resilient when faced with conflict. My students, many coming from poverty or abuse, also need to know that there is hope for them.

These books have been selected as Newbery-worthy. My eager readers will read as many of these as possible before the awards are announced at the end of January, and then vote on which they feel was the most worthy. Some call this Mock Newbery, but we call it engaging and just plain fun!

Mrs. Ninofranco
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Just under the Clouds • AKJ Education $17.99 1 $17.99
The Last • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Science of Breakable Things • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Where the Watermelons Grow • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Checked • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Saving Winslow • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
Just Like Jackie • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40

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