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Mrs. Tecktiel from Woodridge IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Stock the Shelves: Help Me Build My Classroom Library!

Help me give my students access to literature that allows them to explore and learn about themselves and the world around them.

  • $396 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are curious, they are learners; they are questioners. They are wonderfully diverse, in ways both visible and invisible. Many - nearly half - of my students speak a language other than English at home. They bring an amazing mix of life experiences to our classroom each day, and they are eager to share their stories and lives with each other and with me.

When my students fall in love with books, they fall hard.

They want to see themselves and each other in the works they read. They want to love characters; they want to laugh and cry with them; they want to root for (and sometimes against) them. They want to learn about themselves and the world around them through the pages of engaging, diverse, authentic YA literature.

My Project

As an ELA teacher, I find nothing more rewarding than when a student rushes up to me and says, "I finished this book! I LOVED it! Can you recommend another one?" When students connect with literature, incredible things happen. Yes, students who are readers often experience higher test scores and greater academic successes. Equally important, though, is the fact that reading instills in students a sense of wonder and an ability to empathize with others. Through reading, students learn to question the world around them; they learn to consider other perspectives. These skills and abilities are invaluable... and books make them possible.

I want nothing more than to provide my students with books that will allow them to learn about themselves and others.

The vast number of quality young adult titles is overwhelming, and figuring out how to get these books in my kids' hands is even more daunting. I have added about fifty books to my library this year alone, using my own funds. While I know that this is only my third year of teaching and that my library will grow with time, I have amazing students who are hungry to read great literature now. They can't wait for my library to grow as the years go by. Please help me place the right books in students' hands. Help me open their eyes to literature that reflects the diverse, complicated world in which we live. I assure you it will make an incredible difference.

Mrs. Tecktiel
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Internment • Amazon Business $13.79 1 $13.79
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks • Amazon Business $13.19 1 $13.19
Allies • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Rebound (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $12.10 1 $12.10
Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
What If It's Us • Amazon Business $11.60 1 $11.60
Sadie • Amazon Business $11.38 1 $11.38
The Poet X • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Watch Us Rise • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
We Set the Dark on Fire • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
On The Come Up • Amazon Business $9.45 1 $9.45
The Astonishing Color of After • Amazon Business $9.27 1 $9.27
You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
With the Fire on High • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
We'll Fly Away • Amazon Business $8.71 1 $8.71
Darius the Great Is Not Okay • Amazon Business $8.65 1 $8.65
All Summer Long (Eagle Rock Series) • Amazon Business $8.29 1 $8.29
What We Buried • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Ball Don't Lie • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Leah on the Offbeat • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Sunny (3) (Track) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
Anger Is a Gift • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49
Mexican WhiteBoy • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Beauty That Remains • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Lu (4) (Track) • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Long Way Down • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79
Booked (The Crossover Series) • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
Calling My Name • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
A Very Large Expanse of Sea • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $5.48 1 $5.48
Patina (Track) • Amazon Business $4.63 1 $4.63

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