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Ms. Kestner from Camp Point IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Picture Book a Day Helps Vocabulary and Writing

My students need picture books to increase vocabulary development and provide mentor texts for their writing.

  • $481 goal

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My Students

"Finding such rich language in a picture book is not unusual, and reading those stories aloud will introduce children to an extensive vocabulary, according to new research conducted by Dominic Massaro, a professor emeritus in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz." (source:

Each year my 7/8 grade special education students lack in vocabulary development and writing skills.

By reading picture books rich in descriptive writing and vocabulary, my students' education can benefit. It will also help hook my reluctant readers.

My Project

"I Am Enough," "Be Kind," "Give Thank You a Try," "Pout Pout Fish and the Bully Bully Shark," and "But It's Not My Fault" will aid in supporting our PBIS program by showing responsibility, respect, and being powerful. These books will lend to great classroom discussion.

By participating in the #classroombookaday challenge, my 7th and 8th-grade special education students will be exposed to rich vocabulary and descriptive writing daily.

My 7th-grade inclusion students will also benefit from the mentor texts to complete their spring picture book project. They become pen pals with 1st graders and write a picture book using their pen pal as the main character.

Ms. Kestner
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Food Truck Fest! • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Izzy Gizmo • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
I Am Enough • Amazon Business $15.41 1 $15.41
Don't Eat That • Amazon Business $14.88 1 $14.88
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) • Amazon Business $14.42 1 $14.42
Mixed: A Colorful Story • Amazon Business $14.13 1 $14.13
Grumpy Monkey • Amazon Business $13.75 1 $13.75
The Wonder • Amazon Business $13.67 1 $13.67
Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Imagine • Amazon Business $13.34 1 $13.34
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich • Amazon Business $13.24 1 $13.24
The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark (A Pout-Pout Fish Adventure) • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn’t Blend In • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Unplugged • Amazon Business $12.56 1 $12.56
Give Thank You a Try (Give Please a Chance) • Amazon Business $12.35 1 $12.35
How to Get Your Teacher Ready • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Willy and the Cloud • Amazon Business $12.14 1 $12.14
Sarabella's Thinking Cap • Amazon Business $12.12 1 $12.12
Be Kind • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Idea Jar • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Drawn Together • Amazon Business $10.91 1 $10.91
I Wish You More • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast • Amazon Business $10.46 1 $10.46
Everywhere, Wonder • Amazon Business $10.07 1 $10.07
This Is a Good Story • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Remembering Vera • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!) • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) • Amazon Business $8.32 1 $8.32
Imagine • Amazon Business $7.87 1 $7.87
Ruby's Wish • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Those Darn Squirrels! • Amazon Business $6.77 1 $6.77

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