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Ms. C. from Durham NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Needed: Books to Hook the Imagination!

The cost of multiple titles for readers of various levels is $815, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $815 goal

This project expired on August 14, 2007.

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When I first entered my classroom, it had some books on the shelves: a few Agatha Christie mysteries, a biography of Katharine Hepburn, a picture book series on Canadian provinces, and a few other titles which I knew would hold no magic for my students. They repeatedly tell me that they want to read about ?things we relate to?, such as Walter Dean Myers stories or the Bluford series. That said, my 8th grade Language Arts students are only reading at 56% proficiency, and my 7th graders are at 64% proficiency according to our latest benchmark exam. I have tested them as well and found that most of them are reading on a 4th or 5th grade reading level. Our big goal is to make two years' growth in reading by the end of the year. In order for them to make such significant growth, they will need to be reading constantly. One of my major goals this year is to set up a Reader's Workshop. The students would have the opportunity to spend roughly thirty minutes each day reading a book on their appropriate grade levels, recording their observations and thoughts, and sharing their opinions on the books with their classmates. They would be able to choose more difficult books as they increased their reading abilities. By having a wide range of books on every level, they would have a selection varied enough to give them the opportunity to find something they enjoy. While I realize I am asking for a large number of books, I am hoping to have enough that each of my 100 students can take home his or her individual book rather than having to share it with another student. Most of my students cannot afford to have books of their own, and allowing them at least partial ownership would help them to connect more personally to their reading goals.

Ms. C.
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Golden and Grey: The Nightmares That Ghosts Have Louise Arnold • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
The Sloppy Copy Slipup Dyanne DiSalvo, DyAnne DiSalvo (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue Julius Lester • Barnes and Noble $12.79 1 $12.79
The Dark Hills Divide Patrick Carman • Barnes and Noble $9.56 1 $9.56
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre (Illustrator), Mary GrandPr (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $8.09 1 $8.09
Outsiders S. E. Hinton • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Monster Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Literature Unit Michael Shepherd, Keith Vasconcelles (Illustrator), C. S. Lewis • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Tale of Despereaux Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Let the Circle Be Unbroken Mildred D. Taylor • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Road to Memphis Mildred D. Taylor • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Romiette and Julio Sharon Mills Draper, Adam Lowenbein (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 2 $12.58
Mr. Popper's Penguins Richard Atwater, Robert Lawson (Illustrator), Florence Atwater • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Handbook for Boys: A Novel Walter Dean Myers, Matthew Bandsuch (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Journey of the Sparrows Fran Leeper Buss, Daisy Cubias, With Daisy Cubias • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Witches Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Rifles for Watie Harold Keith • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Homecoming Cynthia Voigt • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Matilda Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 2 $12.58
Wringer Jerry Spinelli, Cliff Nielsen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Westing Game Ellen Raskin • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Thief Lord Cornelia Funke, Christian Burmingham (Illustrator), Oliver Latsch (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl, Lane Smith (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Fat Kid Rules the World K. L. Going • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Scorpions Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Holes Louis Sachar • Barnes and Noble $5.85 2 $11.70
Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Number the Stars Lois Lowry • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural Patricia C. McKissack, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
A Single Shard Linda Sue Park • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Slave Dancer Paula Fox • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Witch of Blackbird Pond Elizabeth George Speare • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O'Dell • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Catherine, Called Birdy Karen Cushman • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket Series) George Selden, Garth Williams (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Children of the River Linda Crew • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Stuart Little E. B. White, Garth Williams (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Acceleration Graham McNamee • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Son of the Mob Gordon Korman • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Twits Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Sounder William H. Armstrong, James Barkley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story Mary Downing Hahn • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Warm Place Nancy Farmer • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Absolutely Normal Chaos Sharon Creech • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Best School Year Ever Barbara Robinson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Darkness before Dawn Sharon M. Draper, Michael Benabib • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Slam! Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Heaven Angela Johnson, John Jude Palencar • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The Island Gary Paulsen • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The First Part Last Angela Johnson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
How to Eat Fried Worms Thomas Rockwell, Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
My Teacher Is an Alien Bruce Coville, Mike Wimmer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade Barthe DeClements • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Avi • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Fudge-a-Mania Judy Blume • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Superfudge Judy Blume • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Blubber Judy Blume • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Bronx Masquerade Nikki Grimes • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The View From Saturday E. L. Konigsburg • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Miracle's Boys Jacqueline Woodson • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt, Betsy Hearne • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective Donald J. Sobol, Leonard Shortall (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.95 1 $4.95
Mick Harte Was Here Barbara Park, Sam Llewellyn • Barnes and Noble $4.95 1 $4.95
House of Tailors Patricia Reilly Giff • Barnes and Noble $4.95 1 $4.95
Greatest: Muhammad Ali Walter Dean Myers • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Freckle Juice Judy Blume, Sonia O. Lisker (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.05 1 $4.05
Junie B. Jones Is a Party Animal (Junie B. Jones Series) Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Lost And Found (Bluford Series) Anne Schraff • Barnes and Noble $3.59 2 $7.18
Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren (Junie B. Jones Series) Barbara Park, Fancher, Reisz, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Someone To Love Me (Bluford Series) Anne Schraff • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Secrets In The Shadows (Bluford Series) Anne Schraff • Barnes and Noble $3.59 2 $7.18
Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (Junie B. Jones Series) Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy (Junie B. Jones Series #11) Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Matter Of Trust Anne Schraff • Barnes and Noble $3.59 2 $7.18
Lyddie Katherine Paterson • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Grace Frank Baum, W. W. Denslow (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $2.25 1 $2.25

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