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Mrs. Powers from Conway AR is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

My First Favorite Book

My 50 students need their own copies of "Piggy in the Puddle" by Charlotte Pomerantz to put on their own first bookcase from "A Bookcase for Every Child."

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My Students

Listening to a great story can help to develop a love of books and reading, which is half of my job as a reading teacher. I get to read aloud The Piggy in the Puddle to a group of 50 preschool children in my community, and I would love to be able to give them each their own copy of the book.

The 50 students in my audience are preschool children from my community, many of who will eventually be students in my 5th grade class.

My 20 years of teaching experience backs all of the research that shows that children who have books in the home are more successful in school, and that a love of reading starts with loving adults reading aloud to children. Through the "Bookcase for Every Child" project, these preschool children will each get a bookshelf, made and donated by volunteers in our community, to have in their home. I plan to read the book The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz out loud to the audience at the bookshelf ceremony, and I hope to give each child their own copy of the book to put on their new bookshelf at the conclusion of the ceremony.

My Project

The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz is the story of little Piggy, the youngest pig in her family, who stubbornly refuses to come out of the mud puddle for a bath. This funny story is enhanced by adorable illustrations and told through rhythmic, rhyming phrases; "See the piggy, see the puddle, see the muddy little puddle, see the piggy in the middle of the muddy little puddle...mud is squishy, mud is squashy, mud is oh so squishy squashy...I think we need some soap!" I have read this story to many preschool classes in my community, and all children absolutely love the story. I think they probably relate to Piggy's reluctance to take a bath. I try to leave a copy of the book each time, and the teachers tell me that it becomes the class favorite. This time, I want to be able to give each of the 50 children listening in the audience their own copy of the book for their first bookshelf. If I can spark excitement with the gift of a book, I know I can create future readers

Helping to develop an early love of books and reading is such a great gift to give to a child, and one of the best ways to do this is to surround that child with books to read together.

I know from my many years of teaching that having a love of books makes the process of learning to read so much easier. If a child comes to my fifth grade class struggling to read, I know that his or her chance of school success is slim. That love of reading must be sparked before they start school.

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Mrs. Powers
Grades PreK-2
Half of students from low‑income households

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Piggy in the Puddle Charlotte Pomerantz, James Marshall (Ill • AKJ Books $4.37 50 $218.50

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