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Mrs. Haskell from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Mrs. H's top 32

My students need 32 wonderful books that build prior knowledge.

  • $372 goal

This project expired on February 22, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

What is your safe haven from the world? For the 20 four-year-old girls I spend my day with it is our classroom. Poor nutrition, single parents, limited vocabulary exposure, high crime neighborhoods, and poverty are a few of the challenges facing my students every day.

The school is in its second year and building up its resources little by little.

Many of these girls are rarely read to, but frequently babysat by their televisions. The combination disservices their attention spans, their vocabulary, and their ability to think creatively. They attend a school designed to fit their needs and help them reach their full potential. Knowing these girls backgrounds and what they are up against, we have an extended day, an extended year, and hold school one Saturday a month. The rigorous schedule compensates for background but presents a new challenge: student burnout and attention span.

My Project

This collection of books will be used in read aloud, in writing and in our classroom library. In these settings, my girls will practice critical thinking skills, re-telling, drawing and fine motor development, and help my girls take learning home with them through our own classroom library system. This project is important because it helps my girls develop a love of literature from an early age. Another reasons why these books are so critical is because they help build background knowledge which is a key component to future comprehension.

Reading is unfortunately something that doesn’t happen as often as it should in their homes.

By introducing my girls to phenomenal, imaginative stories at school, they will carry that love of reading from school back to their homes. Thank you so much for your generous support of my girls.

Mrs. Haskell
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 83 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Elmer David McKee • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Jane Yolen, Mark Teague, Mark Teague (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Strega Nona Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale Verna Aardema, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Caps for Sale Esphyr Slobodkina, Esphyr Slobodkina (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bill Martin Jr., Lois Ehlert (Illustrator), John Archambault • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.25 1 $10.25
Imogene's Antlers (Reading Rainbow Series) David Small, David Small (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
If You Give a Pig a Pancake Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Olivia Ian Falconer, Ian Falconer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.39 1 $9.39
Fancy Nancy's Favorite Fancy Words: From Accessories to Zany (Fancy Nancy Series) Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.88 1 $8.88
The Story of Ferdinand Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.27 1 $12.27
The Wolf's Chicken Stew Keiko Kasza • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Pinkalicious Victoria Kann, Elizabeth Kann, Victoria Kann (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
A Porcupine Named Fluffy Helen Lester, Lynn M. Munsinger, Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Stand Back, Said the Elephant, I'm Going to Sneeze! Patricia Thomas, Pattye Echo Thomas, Wallace Tripp (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree Jan Berenstain, Stan Berenstain • Barnes and Noble $7.68 1 $7.68
Animalia Graeme Base • Barnes and Noble $13.64 1 $13.64
Go, Dog, Go! P.D. Eastman • Barnes and Noble $4.26 1 $4.26
Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day ? Richard Scarry, Richard Scarry (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.57 1 $9.57
Tikki Tikki Tembo Arlene Mosel, Blair Lent (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
The Dot Peter H. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.57 1 $9.57
Someday Alison McGhee, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.25 1 $10.25
The Rainbow Fish Marcus Pfister Herbert, J. Alison James (Translator), J Alison James (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $12.95 1 $12.95
Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig Eugene Trivizas, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Wolf Who Cried Boy Bob Hartman, Tim Raglin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Boy Who Cried Wolf Tony Ross • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids Carol McCloud, David Messing (Illustrator), Foreword by Merrill Lundgren • Barnes and Noble $8.50 1 $8.50
Little Pea Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jen Corace (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $10.25 1 $10.25

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