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Mrs. Fulton from Des Moines IA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Tomie dePaola Books

My students need to be exposed to quality children's literature and Tomie dePaola's work is excellent.

  • $513 goal

This project expired on February 20, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Since my students are very limited in their resources for quality literature at home, I want to enrich their experiences here at school and get them excited about reading! dePaola writes books about growing up and books about various cultures which our diverse class can relate to easily.

Our school is in an urban area of IA.

Over 85% of our families live in poverty and over 50% of the families do not speak English at home. We are challenged to provide many experiences to build students' background knowledge and give them opportunities to build their vocabulary and comprehension as well as give them glimpses into worlds they don't know much about. I have taught for 20 years, 10 years in the classroom and the past 10 years as a special education teacher and am now back in the classroom again teaching 2nd grade. Our district is proactive and have reduced class sizes so that no class from kindergarten-2nd grade has more than 20 students in a class. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to really get to know our students and better assess their strengths and their areas of need. For many children, we are teaching them much more than academics, we teach social skills as well as values. I feel very fortunate to work with these enthusiastic children.

My Project

Since my students are from disadvantaged backgrounds, I want to be able to educate the whole child and have the opportunity to do this with the assistance of wonderful children's literature like the books that Tomie dePaola writes. He speaks to children, their strengths and their insecurities and how to change those into opportunities. I had the privilege to meet Mr. dePaola and sensed that his mission is to speak to the whole child in approaching subjects that foster discussion and reflection. His autobiographical stories are ones that children can easily relate to and the cultural stories give our diverse population something familiar to hold onto and share with the rest of us. Having this classroom library will enrich the lives of countless children for many years to come, thank you so much.

Think about what your life would be like without the magic of books, a chance for you to be excited about learning something new or having a totally unique experience transport you to another place.

Think of the books you loved as a child and read over and over again. For many of my students this has not happened for them yet, be a part of developing these young minds and get them to fall in love with reading!Thank you!

Mrs. Fulton
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Oliver Button Is a Sissy Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
The Popcorn Book Tomie dePaola • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
26 Fairmount Avenue Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Art Lesson Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Pancakes for Breakfast Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.13 1 $5.13
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
My Mother Is So Smart Tomie dePaola • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
The Cloud Book Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Brava, Strega Nona!: A Heartwarming Pop-Up Book Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Robert Sabuda (Illustrator), Matthew Reinhart (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $20.51 1 $20.51
Now One Foot, Now the Other Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $1.89 1 $1.89
Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Strega Nona Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.98 1 $12.98
Big Anthony: His Story Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
The Legend of the Bluebonnet: An Old Tale of Texas Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator), Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Strega Nona's Harvest Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $11.61 1 $11.61
Strega Nona's Magic Lessons Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Strega Nona: Her Story Tomie dePaola • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Legend of the Indian Paintbrush Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Strega Nona Meets Her Match Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Strega Nona Takes a Vacation Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Charlie Needs a Cloak Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Big Anthony and the Magic Ring Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator), Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Here We All Are (26 Fairmount Avenue Series) Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
The Quilt Story Tony Johnston, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
The Legend of the Bluebonnet: An Old Tale of Texas Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.30 1 $12.30
Tom Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
What a Year (26 Fairmount Avenue Series) Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
On My Way (26 Fairmount Avenue Series) Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Bill and Pete Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator), Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Things Will Never Be the Same (26 Fairmount Avenue Series) Tomie dePaola • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
I'm Still Scared (26 Fairmount Avenue Series) Tomie dePaola • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Trouble in the Barkers' Class (Barkers Series) Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Why? (26 Fairmount Avenue Series) Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
The Baby Sister Tomie dePaola • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Tony's Bread Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Merry Christmas, Strega Nona Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.98 1 $5.98
Kit and Kat Tomie dePaola, Tomie de Paola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Erandi's Braids Tomie dePaola, Antonio Hernandez Madrigal, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
For the Duration: The War Years (26 Fairmount Avenue Series) Tomie dePaola • Barnes and Noble $12.98 1 $12.98
Morgan and Moffat Go to School (Barkers Series) Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Boss for a Day (Barkers Series) Tomie dePaola • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Fin M'Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.93 1 $5.93
Little Grunt and the Big Egg: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Stagestruck Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
A New Barker in the House (Barkers Series) Tomie dePaola, Tomie DePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
The Eagle and the Rainbow: Timeless Tales from Mexico Antonio Hernandez Madrigal, Tomie dePaola • Barnes and Noble $7.64 1 $7.64
Bill and Pete to the Rescue Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.83 1 $6.83
Days of the Blackbird: A Tale of Northern Italy Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.97 1 $5.97
Hide-and-Seek All Week (Barkers Series) Tomie dePaola • Barnes and Noble $3.41 1 $3.41
Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale Tomie dePaola • Barnes and Noble $5.12 1 $5.12
Tomie dePaola's Big Book of Favorite Legends Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $12.16 1 $12.16
Tomie dePaola's Front Porch Tales and North Country Whoppers Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.61 1 $14.61

Materials cost

$369.87

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$25.34

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.55

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$435.76

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$76.90

Total project goal

$512.66

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$512.66

1 Donor

-$2.00

Donations toward project cost

-$1.70

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.30

match offer

-$510.66

Match offer toward project cost

-$434.06

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$76.60

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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