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Mr. J. from Snellville GA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

To Read or not to Read? That is the Question.

My students need a cross-section of novels that are high engagement, written for young adults, and have won literary prizes.

  • $543 goal

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My Students

I work at a Title I school. My kids are rich in personality. Our neighborhood feels residential and calm. My kids are full of energy and creativity. Our school reflects the “browning of America.” My kids are “many splendored” beings. Having a love for reading is not the norm for all my kids, but I wish I could wave a magic wand and make it so!

My kids crave learning and are anxious to do well.

They are open to new ideas and are willing to do the hard work of mining those new topics. Be it Shakespeare or the Odyssey, poetry or narrative writing, my kids constantly rise to the challenge of being/doing better. I have no doubt that with the right resources and time, a large population of my kids will foster a love of reading.

My Project

Statistics and research shows that better readers make better writers, and better writers make better better humans, and better humans make Earth a better place to live! Assisting students to read is actually developing better citizens who will give back twofold what they have gained from the learning experience.

Putting books into the hands of children is like giving them a first class ticket onto the express train of their imagination.

The sky's the limit to what adventure, village, mystery, or universe to which their reading will transport them. Giving students opportunities to "get lost" in a good book is one way to nurture not only their literacy, but it is also a direct link to their creativity. This is why I am requesting this list of books.

Mr. J.
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
New Boy: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare) • Amazon Business $12.61 4 $50.44
Outliers: The Story of Success • Amazon Business $10.96 4 $43.84
Dear Martin • Amazon Business $12.55 3 $37.65
We Were Liars • Amazon Business $12.18 3 $36.54
The Hate U Give • Amazon Business $10.25 3 $30.75
Symptoms of Being Human • Amazon Business $8.98 3 $26.94
A Thousand Splendid Suns • Amazon Business $12.11 2 $24.22
Every Day • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
American Street • Amazon Business $7.55 3 $22.65
Side Effects May Vary • Amazon Business $6.98 3 $20.94
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains • Amazon Business $6.50 3 $19.50
Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy #2) • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Goodbye Days • Amazon Business $8.60 2 $17.20
Girl in Pieces • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98

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