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Mrs. S. from Alameda CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STUDENT VOICES, STUDENT CHOICES: Reading is an Important Goal!

The cost of 34 different books, including the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Chinese Cinderella, is $743, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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This project expired on June 11, 2006.

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I am the librarian for a high school in Alameda, California, that has a diverse student body. Out of our student body, 60% qualify for free or reduced lunch. At least 50% of the students do not have access to a computer or the internet at home. Request: Funding to buy both fiction and nonfiction books recommended by students. Initially, book purchases will be made based on recommendations made by students in response to a survey. These books will be displayed, ready for check-out, in a newly identified section of our library. Student library assistants will choose a catchy name for the section and design a sign that will attract attention to the area. They will also produce a monthly newsletter containing book reviews contributed by students. Copies of these will reside on a shelf near the special student section. A clearly-labeled binder will hold a copy of each installment and thus create a growing volume containing all of the students' recommendations. The plan is also to have student volunteers promote reading by giving “book talks” – short, engaging introductions to books they have read and recommend without giving away the ending! Rationale: Students need to read. All the recent research shows that amount counts and that contrary to most beliefs, the content doesn't matter as much as we think when it comes to increasing students' ability and desire to become avid, capable, and independent readers. Having stated that, we always want students to put valuable, inspiring, and helpful information into their brains. Good books have the power to do this, but only if they are actually read by students! We hope that students will be motivated to read titles that fellow students have enjoyed. In addition, students need to think. They need to contemplate important issues that affect their lives and the world around them. They need to form opinions based upon thoughtful consideration. One of the ways to foster this behavior is to demonstrate that we are interested in what students think and are willing to listen to their ideas, whether or not we agree with them. For this to happen, we need to ask their opinions! Creating a student recommended book collection will reinforce this important educational goal. NOTE: The library/media center teacher will be responsible for the final approval of all titles recommended for purchasing.

Mrs. S.
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ender's Game (Ender Series #1) Orson Scott Card, Orson Scott Card (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $22.45 1 $22.45
Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Tim Junkin • Barnes and Noble $22.45 1 $22.45
Orson Scott Card: Beyond Ender's Game Orson Scott Card • Barnes and Noble $21.57 1 $21.57
Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood Ann Brashares • Barnes and Noble $17.09 1 $17.09
Stargirl Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $16.19 1 $16.19
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes Chris Crutcher • Barnes and Noble $16.19 1 $16.19
Girls Got Game: Sports Stories and Poems Sue Macy (Editor), Jacqueline Woodson, Virginia Euwer Wolff • Barnes and Noble $16.15 1 $16.15
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials Series #2) Philip Pullman • Barnes and Noble $16.00 1 $16.00
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials Series #1) Philip Pullman • Barnes and Noble $16.00 1 $16.00
The Amber Spyglass Philip Pullman, Joan Slattery (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $15.96 1 $15.96
True Believer (Make Lemonade Trilogy Series) Virginia Euwer Wolff • Barnes and Noble $15.30 1 $15.30
Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida Victor Martinez, Steve Scott (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Heaven Angela Johnson, Johnson • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Touching Spirit Bear Ben Mikaelsen, Educational Pub Avon ey • Barnes and Noble $15.20 1 $15.20
Breathing Underwater Alex Flinn, Alexandra Flinn • Barnes and Noble $15.20 1 $15.20
Loser Jerry Spinelli • Barnes and Noble $15.20 1 $15.20
Esperanza Rising Pam Munoz Ryan, Joe Cepeda (Illustrator), Designed by Marijka Kostiw • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Luna Julie Anne Peters • Barnes and Noble $13.56 1 $13.56
The First Part Last Angela Johnson • Barnes and Noble $12.76 1 $12.76
Hoot Carl Hiaasen • Barnes and Noble $12.76 1 $12.76
Tangerine Edward Bloor • Barnes and Noble $12.73 1 $12.73
Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Christopher Paul Curtis • Barnes and Noble $12.73 1 $12.73
Make Lemonade Virginia Euwer Wolff • Barnes and Noble $12.73 1 $12.73
No More Dead Dogs Gordon Korman • Barnes and Noble $12.73 1 $12.73
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter Adeline Yen Mah • Barnes and Noble $12.73 1 $12.73
Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast Robin McKinley, Robin McKinley (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.73 1 $12.73
So Hard to Say Alex Sanchez • Barnes and Noble $11.96 1 $11.96
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers Loung Ung • Barnes and Noble $11.70 1 $11.70
When I Was Puerto Rican Esmeralda Santiago • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood Ann Brashares • Barnes and Noble $11.16 1 $11.16
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares, Tucker Shaw • Barnes and Noble $11.16 1 $11.16
Out of the Dust Karen Hesse • Barnes and Noble $11.02 1 $11.02
The Swallows of Kabul Yasmina Khadra, John Cullen (Translator) • Barnes and Noble $10.80 1 $10.80
You Hear Me?: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys Betsy Franco-Feeney (Editor), Nina Nickles (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29

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