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Mrs. Zundel from Saratoga Spgs UT is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Reading, for the Love of Reading

My students need an assortment of graphic novels and accessible "picture books" that will turn my reluctant readers into voracious readers.

  • $709 goal

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My Students

My students are some of the best! They come from an area with a booming population. We have an average class size of 40 kids, and they are still outstanding even when they have to sit in chairs instead of desks, fight their way through crowded hallways, and wait in a 20 minute line to get their lunch.

Though they struggle through large class sizes and limited materials, they still say, "Thank you," after every class, and show up thoughtful, eager, and ready to learn!

My Project

A few months ago, I was doing a book "spotlight" for one my ELA classes. As my excitement built around the book I was showcasing, I began talking in general about how magical reading is. And of course, a student right in front of me whispered to his friends, "Reading sucks." I pulled him aside and asked him why he felt that way. There were a few reasons that not only he felt, but many of his peers echoed as well: our school library is too limited, they needed better options, they resoundingly wanted more graphic novels and picture books. With these reasons haunting me for the last several weeks, I decided I needed to make a change.

Because if I had to pick one thing that makes the biggest difference in the quality of any person’s education, the quality of their life, really, it would be reading.

And I’m not really talking about the basic ability to read—I’m talking about reading for pleasure, to satisfy curiosities, to understand how people work and find solace in knowing we are not the only ones who think and feel the way we do. This is the kind of reading that helps students become kind, compassionate, empathetic, informed, and literate people--the kind of people that our future world desperately needs.

Our school is new, and our library is just too limited. My goal for this project is to simply get more engaging books for my personal library to put in student's hands. My dream is that once there, those books will help transform them into the voracious readers I know they can be.

Mrs. Zundel
Grades 9-12

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This project will reach 600 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child • Amazon Business $23.23 1 $23.23
Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume • Amazon Business $21.71 1 $21.71
Fight Club 2 (Graphic Novel) • Amazon Business $20.39 1 $20.39
Watchmen • Amazon Business $19.97 1 $19.97
Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It • Amazon Business $17.50 1 $17.50
The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
How to Be an Elephant • Amazon Business $15.50 1 $15.50
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child • Amazon Business $15.38 1 $15.38
Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $15.25 1 $15.25
War Brothers: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $14.84 1 $14.84
Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad • Amazon Business $14.77 1 $14.77
The Whale • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
Life on Mars • Amazon Business $14.28 1 $14.28
Where Will I Live? • Amazon Business $14.25 1 $14.25
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $13.05 1 $13.05
Through My Eyes • Amazon Business $12.85 1 $12.85
The Invisible Boy • Amazon Business $12.66 1 $12.66
Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery • Amazon Business $12.63 1 $12.63
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel) • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
Giant Squid (Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor (Awards)) • Amazon Business $12.48 1 $12.48
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla • Amazon Business $12.25 1 $12.25
Hole in the Wall • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad • Amazon Business $11.96 1 $11.96
Pink Is For Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals (The World of Weird Animals) • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World • Amazon Business $11.55 1 $11.55
The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade • Amazon Business $11.36 1 $11.36
This Is Not My Hat • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great • Amazon Business $10.78 1 $10.78
Zero • Amazon Business $10.75 1 $10.75
The City of Ember • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) • Amazon Business $8.92 1 $8.92
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
The Call of the Wild: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
This One Summer • Amazon Business $8.47 1 $8.47
The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 1) • Amazon Business $8.18 1 $8.18
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore • Amazon Business $8.07 1 $8.07
A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
Gotham Academy Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy (The New 52) • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art • Amazon Business $7.10 1 $7.10
The Wolves in the Walls • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Monster: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Gorillas • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
From Slave Ship to Freedom Road • Amazon Business $6.35 1 $6.35
Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War • Amazon Business $6.26 1 $6.26
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Book 1: A Scare of A Dare (Volume 1) • Amazon Business $4.92 1 $4.92
Growing Up Pedro: Candlewick Biographies: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues • Amazon Business $2.74 1 $2.74

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