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Ms. LaFreniere from Jay ME is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Great American Read: The First 50

Help me give my students the gift of engaging and acclaimed literature at their fingertips. I've asked for the first 50 books/series on PBS's list of America's favorite books as seen on The Great American Read.

  • $637 goal

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My Students

My students are hard-working individuals who mostly come from working class backgrounds. Many of them could be the first individuals in their family to go to college. My students often struggle with the confidence that they need to succeed in an academic setting. They are quite often more than capable, but they're not always used to embracing intellectualism. I strive to show my students that their brains are their biggest assets and that people from all walks of life need to embrace learning and literacy.

My Project

This year I will be encouraging my students to read as many of the books on PBS's list of America's 100 favorite books as promoted by The Great American Read. There will be incentives for the students who read the most and there will be voting to decide which book my students recognize as their favorite overall.

The books on this list were compiled through online voting conducted by PBS.

This has resulted in a varied selection of genres and titles that will appeal to a wide variety of students. This collection of books will serve as my classroom library for years to come! I've decided to include just the first 50 books (or series) on this project. Hopefully I'll be able to add the rest of the books from the list with future projects.

I've decided to ask for new copies of these titles for my students rather than attempt to piece together the collection because I want my students to be able to savor the feeling of being the first person to crack open a new book.

Please peruse my list of requested books to see if your favorite has made the cut this time. Consider commenting with a blurb of what your favorite book is-whether it made the list or not! I would love to share your feedback and recommendations with my beloved students.

Thank you so much for your consideration and continued support of literacy!

Ms. LaFreniere
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Harry Potter Books 1-7 Special Edition Boxed Set • Amazon Business $60.00 1 $60.00
Chronicles of Narnia Box Set • Amazon Business $24.60 1 $24.60
Americanah • Amazon Business $14.40 1 $14.40
Another Country • Amazon Business $13.11 1 $13.11
Doña Barbara: A Novel • Amazon Business $13.08 1 $13.08
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Modern Classics) • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
The Godfather • Amazon Business $12.53 1 $12.53
The Book Thief • Amazon Business $12.45 1 $12.45
The Grapes of Wrath • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Beloved • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
A Confederacy of Dunces • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
The Great Gatsby • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
The Alchemist • Amazon Business $10.19 1 $10.19
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
The Color Purple • Amazon Business $9.84 1 $9.84
The Handmaid's Tale • Amazon Business $9.57 1 $9.57
The Giver (Giver Quartet) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Gone with the Wind • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
A Separate Peace • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Don Quixote (Barnes & Noble Classics) • Amazon Business $8.93 1 $8.93
Dune • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time • Amazon Business $8.52 1 $8.52
Atlas Shrugged • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One • Amazon Business $8.09 1 $8.09
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Coldest Winter Ever • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Gone Girl: A Novel • Amazon Business $7.48 1 $7.48
Bless Me, Ultima • Amazon Business $7.20 1 $7.20
Along Came A Spider • Amazon Business $7.20 1 $7.20
Foundation • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
A Prayer for Owen Meany • Amazon Business $7.19 1 $7.19
The Count of Monte Cristo (Bantam Classics) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Gilead: A Novel • Amazon Business $6.75 1 $6.75
Charlotte's Web • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Crime and Punishment (Bantam Classics) • Amazon Business $6.29 1 $6.29
Ghost (Track) • Amazon Business $6.08 1 $6.08
Gulliver's Travels (Dover Thrift Editions) • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
1984 (Signet Classics) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
The Catcher in the Rye • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass • Amazon Business $5.59 1 $5.59
Hatchet • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
Flowers in the Attic • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
And Then There Were None • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Great Expectations (Bantam Classics) • Amazon Business $4.76 1 $4.76
Anne of Green Gables (Signet Classics) • Amazon Business $4.47 1 $4.47
Frankenstein (Barnes & Noble Classics) • Amazon Business $3.95 1 $3.95
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Dover Thrift Editions) • Amazon Business $3.87 1 $3.87
The Call of the Wild • Amazon Business $1.50 1 $1.50

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