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Mrs. Aho from Springfield MO is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Must-Reads by the Time You're 13

My students needbook buddy bags and 49 book titles that will motivate, excite, and inspire them! These are books that will impact their lives forever.

  • $520 goal

This project expired on May 3, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Do you remember what it was like the first time you read a book that you couldn't put down? My students need some books that are practically guaranteed winners!

My students live in Missouri, "The Show-Me State." They are bright, curious inquirers, and they are constantly asking me for great books.

I want them to grow as readers and thinkers, and I want them to leave fourth grade with a passion for reading! I want to "show them" that they have some amazing literature at their fingertips!

My Project

These books are listed as "Must-Reads by the Time You're 13" in Esme Raji Codell's book, How to Get Your Child to Love Reading. I have read many of them myself, but some of the lesser-known books are new to me, too. I want to help my students experience the magic that comes from discovering a really great book, and share in the joy that will most definitely ensue.

In the life of a child, there is simply nothing more important than interacting with quality literature.

It is crucial that kids read early, and often. The books in this project are hand-picked gems, sure to delight kids and "hook" them into reading for years to come. This is a chance to have a lasting impact how our kids feel about themselves as readers; and, it's a chance to pave a road of reading success.

Mrs. Aho
Grades 3-5

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wolves of Willoughby Chase Joan Aiken, Pat Marriott (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.55 1 $5.55
Tim All Alone Edward Ardizzone • AKJ BOOKS $12.94 1 $12.94
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks, Brock Cole (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.59 1 $11.59
The House with The Clock in Its Walls John Bellairs, Edward Gorey (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Flat Stanley Jeff Brown, Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Quiltmaker's Gift Jeff Brumbeau, Gail De Marcken (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.30 1 $12.30
Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain Robert Burch, D. Brodie (Editor) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Stories Julian Tells Ann Cameron, Ann Strugnell (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Beezus and Ramona Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling (Illustrator), Tracy Dockray (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Frindle Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Love That Dog Sharon Creech • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Christopher Paul Curtis • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Twits Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths Edgar Parin d'Aulaire • AKJ BOOKS $13.64 1 $13.64
The House of Sixty Fathers Meindert Dejong, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.08 1 $5.08
Wheel on the School Meindert Dejong, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.93 1 $5.93
The Empty Pot Demi, Demi (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.79 1 $6.79
Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles Julie Andrews Edwards, Laszlo Kubinyi (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
The Birchbark House Louise Erdrich, Louise Erdich, Louise Erdrich (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Hundred Dresses Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator), Helena Estes (Introduction) • AKJ BOOKS $5.98 1 $5.98
The Little Bookroom Eleanor Farjeon, Edward Ardizzone (Illustrator), Rumer Godden (Afterword) • AKJ BOOKS $16.19 1 $16.19
Understood Betsy Dorothy Canfield Fisher • AKJ BOOKS $6.96 1 $6.96
The Great Brain John D. Fitzgerald, Mercer Mayer (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Half-a-Moon Inn Paul Fleischman, Kathy Jacobi (Illustrator), Kathryn Jacobi (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
The Iron Giant Ted Hughes, Andrew Davidson (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $4.70 1 $4.70
Bat-Poet Randall Jarrell, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.79 1 $6.79
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler E. L. Konigsburg • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
King Matt the First Janusz Korczak, Richard Lourie (Translator), Esme Raji Codell (Introduction) • AKJ BOOKS $11.32 1 $11.32
Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine, Gail Carson Levine (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia Series #2) C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren, Louis S. Glanzman (Illustrator), Florence Lamborn (Translator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Number the Stars Lois Lowry • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
One Thousand and One Arabian Nights Geraldine McCaughrean, Rosamund Fowler (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.22 1 $10.22
Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Barry Moser (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam Quang Nhuong Huynh, Vo-Dinh Mai, Vo-dinh Mai (Illustrator), Dinh Mai Vo (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Hatchet (Brian's Saga Series #1) Gary Paulsen • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
A Long Way from Chicago Richard Peck • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Twenty-One Balloons William Pene du Bois, William Pene Du Bois (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
The Big Orange Splot Daniel Pinkwater, D. Manus Pinkwater • AKJ BOOKS $4.26 1 $4.26
Pink and Say Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $11.61 1 $11.61
Best Christmas Pageant Ever Barbara Robinson, Judith Gwyn Brown (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
Sideways Stories from Wayside School Louis Sachar, Adam McCauley (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.12 1 $5.12
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Illustrator), Richard Howard (Translator) • AKJ BOOKS $6.84 1 $6.84
The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm Brothers Grimm, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator), Randall Jarrell (Translator), Lore Segal (Translator) • AKJ BOOKS $23.94 1 $23.94
The Sneetches & Other Stories Dr. Seuss, Dr. Seuss (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $10.22 1 $10.22
The Wretched Stone Chris Van Allsburg, Chris Van Allsburg (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $12.95 1 $12.95
Little House in the Big Woods: (Little House Series: Classic Stories) Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lefaivre, Garth Williams (Illustrator), Morrell (Illustrator) • AKJ BOOKS $5.97 1 $5.97
BOOK BUDDY BAGS 6/PK 10 X 12----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $7.99 3 $23.97
BOOK BUDDY BAGS 6/PK 10 X 12----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $7.99 1 $7.99

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