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  • $677 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. Juarez
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 18 donors
  • $0 still needed

Reading Because We Have To or Reading Because We Want To?

My students need a library of 72 books about everything from WWE wrestling to the Magic Tree House to nonfiction ancient Egypt.

I teach 5th grade in Connecticut in a school where 95% of our students receive free lunch. I teach in a wonderful dual-language program. As a result, my students spend part of their day learning in English and part learning in Spanish. Even more exciting is the representation of countries within my room. I have students that have recently immigrated from the Congo, Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Kosovo.

This is my first year teaching and imagine my surprise upon receiving my schedule and seeing, hmmm...no library time? Of course this must be an error! How can my students not go to the library? Unfortunately, an error it was not. There is not enough time in the week nor library staff/space to accommodate all 1200 students in our school. As a result some classes just don't get to go. As a first year teacher, my library collection is pitiful. Though I have been scavenging Goodwill, tag sales, and my own basement, I have not been able to come up with either the scope of interests nor levels that my students need. Additionally, our school has set a goal of reading 50,000 books by May. If we do, our principal will shave his head. My children are DYING to be a part of that!

I administered a book survey to my students and found out all sorts of wonderful interests they have and books they like to read. As a result, I have selected many books that I either know they will enjoy or that they have specifically asked me to find for them. This will allow them to have new and interesting material during independent reading, read with a partner, and generally develop a love of literature. Not only will these books serve my students this year, but will continue to serve students in years to come!

It is up to you! Your help will make it possible for my students to develop a love of reading that will empower them for many years. Developing fluency and comprehension will be made simple with these materials. I loved to read as a child and if you did too, I'm sure you can empathize with the excitement of sitting down with a brand new book on something that interests you. If you didn't love reading, please remember why. Then give my children the opportunity to bypass that 'why' and begin loving to read.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Diamond of Darkhold (Books of Ember Series #4) Jeanne DuPrau • Barnes and Noble $11.89 1 $11.89
Works for Children and Young Adults: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Writings (The Collected Works of Langston Hughes), Vol. 11 Langston Hughes, Diane Johnson (Editor), Dianne Johnson (Editor), Dianne Johnson (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $40.45 1 $40.45
Prophet of Yonwood (Books of Ember Series #3) Jeanne DuPrau • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
People of Sparks (Books of Ember Series #2) Jeanne DuPrau • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Oliver (I Can Read Book Series) Syd Hoff, Syd Hoff (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Horse in Harry's Room (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) Syd Hoff, Syd Hoff (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Morris Goes to School: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) B. Wiseman, B. Wiseman (Illustrator), Bernard Wiseman (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Sammy the Seal: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) Syd Hoff, Syd Hoff (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Danny and the Dinosaur: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) Syd Hoff, Syd Hoff (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
No More Monsters for Me!: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 1) Peggy Parish, Marc Simont, Marc Simont (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Mouse Tales: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Mouse Soup: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Owl at Home: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches (I Can Read Series) Alice Low, Jane Manning (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.38 1 $5.38
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Alvin Schwartz, Dirk Zimmer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Peggy Parish, Wallace Tripp (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Arthur's Funny Money: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) Lillian Hoban, Lillian Hoban (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Eleanor Coerr, Don Bolognese (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
A Long Way to a New Land: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Joan Sandin, Joan Sandin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Greg's Microscope: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Millicent Ellis Selsam, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Dolphin: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Robert A. Morris • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Chang's Paper Pony: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Eleanor Coerr, Deborah Kogan Ray (Illustrator), Deborah K. Ray (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Outside Dog: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Charlotte Pomerantz, Jennifer Plecas (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Small Wolf: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Nathaniel Benchley, N. Benchley, Joan Sandin (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Detective Dinosaur: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) James Skofield, R. W. Alley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) F. N. Monjo, Fred Brenner (Illustrator), Fred Brenner (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $15.20 1 $15.20
Surprises: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Lee Bennett Hopkins, Megan Lloyd (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Weather: Poems for All Seasons: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Lee Bennett Hopkins, Melanie W. Hall (Illustrator), Melanie Hall (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Magic Secrets: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Rose Wyler, Arthur Dorros (Illustrator), With Gerald Ames • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Rafi y Rosi (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Lulu Delacre, Lulu Delacre (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Bear for Miguel: (I Can Read Book Series: Level 3) Elaine Marie Alphin, Joan Sandin (Illustrator), Joan Sandin (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Magic Tree House Boxed Set: Books 1 - 4 (Magic Tree House Series) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.36 1 $14.36
Magic Tree House Boxed Set #4 Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.36 1 $14.36
Hostage Willo Davis Roberts • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O'Dell • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Witch of Blackbird Pond Elizabeth George Speare • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis • Barnes and Noble $5.85 1 $5.85
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Miss Nelson Is Missing! Harry G. Allard, James Marshall • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35
Pickles To Pittsburgh Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Magic Tree House The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles Boxed Set #3: Book 9 - 12 (Magic Treehouse Series) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator), Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.76 1 $12.76
Magic Tree House Collection: Books 5-8 (Magic Tree House Series) Mary Pope Osborne • Barnes and Noble $14.36 1 $14.36
Blizzard of the Blue Moon (Magic Tree House Series #36) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator), Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $9.56 1 $9.56
High Tide in Hawaii (Magic Tree House Series #28) Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator), Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator), Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Tonight on the Titanic (Magic Tree House Series #17) Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Wrestling in Action John Crossingham, Bonna Rouse (Illustrator), Marc Crabtree (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Pro Wrestling's Greatest Matches Matt Hunter • Barnes and Noble $10.75 1 $10.75
How Angel Peterson Got His Name: And Other Outrageous Tales about Extreme Sports Gary Paulsen • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
On the Halfpipe with... Tony Hawk Matt Christopher, Glenn Stout • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Superstars of Men's Pro Wrestling Matthew Hunter, Matt Hunter • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Storm The Lightning Fairy (Rainbow Magic Weather Fairies Series #6) Meadows, Georgie Ripper (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Goldie the Sunshine Fairy (Weather Fairies Series #4) Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $2.69 1 $2.69
Abigail the Breeze Fairy (Weather Fairies Series) Meadows, Georgie Ripper (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Hayley The Rain Fairy (Weather Fairies Series) Meadows, Georgie Ripper (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Crystal the Snow Fairy (Weather Fairies #1) Meadows, Georgie Ripper (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Pearl the Cloud Fairy (Rainbow Magic Weather Fairies Series #3) Meadows, Georgie Ripper (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Harriet the Hamster Fairy (Pet Fairies Series #5) Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Evie the Mist Fairy Meadows, Georgie Ripper (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
Rainbow Magic Collection Volume 1: Books 1-4 (Rainbow Magic Series) Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $13.49 1 $13.49
We the Kids: A Preamble to The Constitution of The United States David Catrow, David Catrow (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Landry News Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick (Illustrator), Salvatore Murdocca (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
The U.S. Constitution and You Syl Sobel • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Abduction! Peg Kehret • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Case of the Left-Handed Lady (Enola Holmes Series #2) Nancy Springer • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Spiderwick Chronicles: Box Set Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black • Barnes and Noble $34.99 1 $34.99
Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries Series #1) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Runaway Racehorse (A to Z Mysteries Series) Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
Haunted Hotel Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59
White House White-out: A to Z Mysteries Super Edition 3 Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $4.49 1 $4.49
School Skeleton Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.59 1 $3.59

Materials cost

$478.51

Vendor shipping charges

$47.85

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.96

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$555.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$121.83

Total project goal

$676.83

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$676.83

18 Donors

-$652.94

Donations toward project cost

-$555.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$97.94

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$23.89

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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This project will reach 20 students.

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