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Mrs. Kempthorne from Middletown OH is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Spaced Out Solar System Books

My students need books about our solar system and planets! Many of our books still listed Pluto as a planet, and I want to provide them with current information!

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My Students

My kids LOVE to read books! Even the kids, who at the beginning of the school year claim to hate reading, have learned how to find books that interest them. Anytime I bring in something new, I can never keep it on the shelf and have a long waiting list of students eager to read it!

My students are in grades K-5, with about 525 students in our school (although, in a school year, I reach many more students than that has we have a highly fluid population).

The books my students are able to borrow from our school library are vitally important to growing their minds and helping to build life-long readers, as many of them do not have access to books at home. As the librarian at an urban, high-poverty elementary school, I've learned that these kids are all kind, loving, and highly adaptable - they are able to make do with what they have. But I want to be able to provide them with more than they currently have. And I wholeheartedly thank you in helping me to make this come true for them!

My Project

We need current books about the solar system. Most of the solar system books in our library collection still included Pluto as a planet (rather than the re-classification of a dwarf planet).

I have removed those books from our collection, but now I need to replace them with more current books.

I have carefully chosen books that will work across the majority of our students ages and reading levels, and am excited to be able to provide them with updated Space books!

I want to provide our students with current information from which to build their knowledge, and we need these books to help make that happen! Space, Planets, and Astronomy are topics that many students are eager to learn about, and I hope that you will help me provide them the books they need to do that!

Mrs. Kempthorne
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The Solar System (library bound) (TIME FOR KIDS Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $22.73 1 $22.73
Solar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun • Amazon Business $22.31 1 $22.31
The Planets • Amazon Business $17.74 1 $17.74
Space! (Knowledge Encyclopedias) • Amazon Business $17.49 1 $17.49
DK findout! Universe • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Space: A Visual Encyclopedia • Amazon Business $16.03 1 $16.03
Did You Know? Space: Amazing Answers to More than 200 Awesome Questions! • Amazon Business $15.39 1 $15.39
Explore My World Planets • Amazon Business $14.90 1 $14.90
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
What is The Solar System? Astronomy Book for Kids | Children's Astronomy Books • Amazon Business $12.22 1 $12.22
Engineering: Feats and Failures (TIME FOR KIDS Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
DK findout! Solar System • Amazon Business $9.80 1 $9.80
Our Solar System: Revised Edition • Amazon Business $4.39 1 $4.39

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