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Ms. Guidera from Baltimore MD is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Tournament of Books 2019-2020

Help me give my students high quality picture books and graphic novels that are nominated for the Black-Eyed Susan award so that we can participate in our own Tournament of Books.

  • $444 goal

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My Students

My school is located in a high poverty area in Baltimore City. It is a Title I school with over 470 students in grades pre-k to five. My students love to read and they get excited about new books I introduce. They come into the library eager to discover what we will be reading that day.Many of my students do not have books at home.

Checking out books from our school library each week provides students with greater access to books.

My students are able to check out a book from my library every week. It is one of their favorite things to do. Many of my students stop by the library before school to check out a new book. They are so excited to get a new book that they do not want to wait until their next class period. They are truly developing a love for reading.

My Project

Every year the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) nominates books for the Black-Eyed Susan book award. Picture books, novels, and graphic novels are nominated. This award is unique because it is voted on by students.

In order to build excitement for reading, I would love to do a tournament oF books.This will be my third year conducting our school-wide Tournament of Books making this an annual event.

Books will be placed into a bracket, similar to March Madness basketball brackets. After reading the books, students will vote which books will move on to the next round. By the end of the tournament, one book will be chosen as the school favorite. After our tournament of books is complete, each student can place their individual vote for their favorite book online on the MASL website. I did this last year and my students couldn't wait for the announcement of the winner to see if their favorite won. Last year, our school winner (The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors) ended up being the state winner as well! The previous year, our school winner was not the state winner. We were able to have a nice discussion about why we thought the winning book was the favorite of the students in the state of Maryland even though it wasn't our school's top choice.

In order to complete this project I need the nominated books. I am requesting each of this year's picture book nominees. There is a range of fiction and nonfiction titles. Examples of these books include: The Day You Begin, A Place for Pluto, and The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs. I am also requesting this year's nominated graphic novels for 4th-6th graders. These books will allow me to grab the attention of even our most reluctant readers!

Ms. Guidera
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder • Amazon Business $30.62 1 $30.62
Sparks! (Sparks! #1) (1) • Amazon Business $18.09 1 $18.09
Geraldine • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
A Place for Pluto • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Short & Skinny • Amazon Business $14.35 1 $14.35
The Rabbit Listened • Amazon Business $13.98 1 $13.98
Carmela Full of Wishes • Amazon Business $13.66 1 $13.66
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation • Amazon Business $12.91 1 $12.91
Star Wars Are You Scared, Darth Vader? • Amazon Business $12.82 1 $12.82
Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race (1) • Amazon Business $12.10 1 $12.10
Girl Running • Amazon Business $11.78 1 $11.78
I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America: A TOON Graphic (TOON Graphics) • Amazon Business $11.67 1 $11.67
The King of the Birds: Gamayun Tales Vol. 1 (The Gamayun Tales) • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
A House That Once Was • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Do Not Lick This Book • Amazon Business $10.98 1 $10.98
Drawn Together • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79
The Day You Begin • Amazon Business $10.63 1 $10.63
We Don't Eat Our Classmates • Amazon Business $10.57 1 $10.57
The City on the Other Side • Amazon Business $10.13 1 $10.13
Inky's Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Sanity & Tallulah (Sanity & Tallulah, Book 1) • Amazon Business $9.62 1 $9.62
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.10 1 $9.10
Sci-Fu • Amazon Business $9.09 1 $9.09

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