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Ms. Baldizon from Bridgeport CT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Read in English? In Spanish? In Both? Let's All Read!

My students need books that captivate their imaginations, foster their (newfound) love of reading and embrace their native languages!

  • $589 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are all English Learners that possess a strong desire to learn and great enthusiasm, too. They often face challenges in acclimating to a new country while maintaining a healthy and secure sense of self. Many times they have literacy skills in their native languages but struggle to find texts of interest to them in English that are also comprehensible.

As a teacher of English, one of my goals is to help them acquire the language so that they are able to read with comprehension and enjoy it, too!

Unfortunately, I learned last year through individual conferences with my students that few could recall book titles of texts they read for fun. Luckily through graphic novels my students have been able to find books they enjoy and now consider themselves readers.

My Project

“Miss, do you have any more books in Spanish?” Interestingly enough this question came from a student that I do not service as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages. He is not classified as an English Learner but comes from a family that outside of school speaks Spanish. A space now considered one with “good” books, my classroom welcomes students to peruse the shelves and check out texts of interest. One of my goals as an ESOL teacher is to foster a love of learning in my students so that they read (and read often) books that they enjoy and can understand. On their English learning journey the availability of these texts, often graphic novels because they have voiced their love of them, for my students is invaluable. Despite not being wholly proficient in the English language, my students can pick up a graphic novel and read it with comprehension using their literacy skills and the visuals provided to help them.

The materials outlined in this project are the result of conversations with students and noticing what texts are being frequently borrowed.

Many of these books written in Spanish are already a part of our classroom library, but in English. Having the same text in both English and Spanish is wonderful because I encourage students to first check out one and then the other depending upon their proficient in the languages. I have also had friends check out the same book one in English and the other in Spanish. I appreciate having these texts in Spanish because it is the most common native language spoken by students at my school.

Please help me encourage my emergent bilingual students to read, demonstrate my support in maintaining their home languages and continue building our community of readers.

Ms. Baldizon
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Big Box of Big Nate: Big Nate Box Set Volume 1-4 • Amazon Business $24.74 1 $24.74
Wings of Fire Boxset, Books 1-5 (Wings of Fire) • Amazon Business $23.77 1 $23.77
Supersorda - El Deafo (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts • Amazon Business $9.59 2 $19.18
Diario de Nikki # 2 Cuando no eres la reina de la fiesta precisamente (Spanish Edition) (Diario De Nikki / Dork Diaries) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Diario de Nikki # 3 (Dork Diaries) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Emmie es invisible / Invisible Emmie (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Diario de Nikki # 1 Crónicas de una vida muy poco glamurosa ( Dork Diaries) (Spanish Edition) (Diario de Nikki / Dork Diaries) • Amazon Business $15.50 1 $15.50
Sonrie! (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.53 1 $14.53
Hermanas (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.22 1 $14.22
Diario de Greg # 3:¡ Esto es el colmo! (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.44 1 $13.44
Diario de Greg (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $13.34 1 $13.34
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 3) • Amazon Business $12.89 1 $12.89
Coraline Novela grafica (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $12.20 1 $12.20
Percy Jackson 02. El mar de los monstruos (Percy Jackson y los dioses del olimpo / Percy Jackson and the Olympians) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories • Amazon Business $10.27 1 $10.27
Wonder • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
Escape From the Lizzarks (Nnewts #1) • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
The Battle for Amphibopolis (Nnewts #3) • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Nate el Grande: ¡Hola! (Big Nate) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.70 1 $9.70
The Rise of Herk, The (Nnewts #2) • Amazon Business $9.68 1 $9.68
Drama: Spanish Edition • Amazon Business $9.38 1 $9.38
Percy Jackson 03. La maldicion del titan (Percy Jackson y los dioses del Olimpo / Percy Jackson and the Olympians) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $9.30 1 $9.30
La Ley de Rodrick (Diario de Greg 2) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.81 1 $8.81
Percy Jackson 01. Ladron del rayo (Percy Jackson y los dioses del olimpo) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $8.14 1 $8.14
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #3: Enter the Dragon Mystery • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Dog Man Unleashed: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #2) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10: Old School • Amazon Business $7.79 1 $7.79
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #2: Secret Sand Sleuths • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #1: Small Volcanoes • Amazon Business $6.97 1 $6.97
Hansel y Gretel: La Novela Grafica (Graphic Spin en Español) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.10 1 $6.10
Cenicienta: La Novela Grafica (Graphic Spin en Español) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.10 1 $6.10
La Bella y La Bestia: La Novela Grafica (Graphic Spin en Español) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.10 1 $6.10
Caperucita Roja: The Graphic Novel (Graphic Spin en Español) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $6.10 1 $6.10
Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #3) • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1) • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
¡La escuela está viva!: A Branches Book (Escuela de Espanto #1) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Ricitos de Moho y los tres barbosos: A Branches Book (Princesa Rosada y el Reino de Mentirita #1) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Eva's Treetop Festival: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #1) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
¡El casillero se comió a Lucía! (Escuela de Espanto #2): A Branches Book (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Eva ve un fantasma: A Branches Book (Diario de una lechuza #2) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Cuaperucita Roja: A Branches Book (Princesa Rosada y el Reino de Mentirita #2) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74
Una boda en el bosque: Un libro de la serie Branches (Diario de una Lechuza #3) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Eva y la nueva lechuza: Un libro de la serie Branches (Diario de una Lechuza #4) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $2.59 1 $2.59

Materials cost

$463.18

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$6.95

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$500.13

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$88.26

Total project goal

$588.39

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$588.39

5 Donors

-$588.39

Donations toward project cost

-$500.13

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$88.26

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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