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Ms. Baldizon from Bridgeport CT is requesting books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Turning Non-Readers into Readers, One Graphic Novel at a Time

My students need opportunities to read books they enjoy and understand!

  • $598 goal

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My Students

My students are all English Learners that possess a strong desire to learn and great enthusiasm, too. They often face challenges in acclimating to a new country while maintaining a healthy and secure sense of self. Many times they have literacy skills in their native languages but struggle to find texts of interest to them in English that are also comprehensible.

As a teacher of English, one of my goals is to help them acquire the language so that they are able to read with comprehension and enjoy it, too!

I have recently had individual conferences with my students that highlighted a common theme when I asked them, “Do you like to read?” Some of them were unsure of how to respond, “eh not really,” and/or struggled to identify a genre of interest “I like funny books.” Those that did however, cited Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries - two series books by two different authors but both sharing in common that they are graphic novels.

My Project

I believe that every student should have access to an abundance of high interest books to check out, take home, read, love and return. A challenge in our school is that it's situated in a high poverty area, where funding and supplies are very limited. Our school is so large that our students cycle through “library time” and these high interest books are not always available to them. Fortunately, our school is also a place where innovation and creativity abound. The resourcefulness of teachers in my school helps our students see the positive and relish in any opportunities afforded them.

These books are a way to turn students who do not view themselves as readers into just that.

I have referenced different graphic novel book lists and asked my students what topics are of interest to them when selecting the texts below. Some, like the Fable Comics and Fairy Tale Comics, I have chosen for I believe they are an age appropriate way to introduce classics to my English Learners who may not have completed pre-K or early elementary grades here in the U.S. Please help me on my mission to help my students find texts that they enjoy and love to read! Thank you for your supporting my students!

Ms. Baldizon
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White • Amazon Business $20.68 1 $20.68
Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists • Amazon Business $17.34 1 $17.34
Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists • Amazon Business $14.77 1 $14.77
Perdidos en NYC: una aventura en el metro: A TOON Graphic (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $14.52 1 $14.52
Fable Comics • Amazon Business $14.48 1 $14.48
Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure: A TOON Graphic (Toon Graphics) • Amazon Business $13.41 1 $13.41
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans (Ala Notable Children's Books. Older Readers) • Amazon Business $12.58 1 $12.58
Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
Ultraman, Vol. 1 • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
March: Book Two • Amazon Business $11.88 1 $11.88
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel) • Amazon Business $11.76 1 $11.76
Human Body Theater • Amazon Business $11.53 1 $11.53
Beautiful: A Girl's Trip Through the Looking Glass • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Ultraman, Vol. 2 • Amazon Business $10.88 1 $10.88
March: Book Three (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner) • Amazon Business $10.87 1 $10.87
The Lost Boy • Amazon Business $10.81 1 $10.81
The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life • Amazon Business $10.72 1 $10.72
The Crossover • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
Booked • Amazon Business $10.36 1 $10.36
Poseidon: Earth Shaker (Olympians) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The City of Ember • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.75 1 $9.75
Ultraman, Vol. 3 • Amazon Business $9.56 1 $9.56
March: Book One • Amazon Business $9.52 1 $9.52
The Girl Who Owned a City: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Olympians) • Amazon Business $9.27 1 $9.27
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 3) • Amazon Business $9.14 1 $9.14
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood • Amazon Business $8.63 1 $8.63
Sisters • Amazon Business $8.54 1 $8.54
The Call of the Wild: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Coraline: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom • Amazon Business $7.92 1 $7.92
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) • Amazon Business $7.92 1 $7.92
The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 1) • Amazon Business $7.92 1 $7.92
Cardboard • Amazon Business $7.92 1 $7.92
Roller Girl • Amazon Business $7.92 1 $7.92
Bad Island • Amazon Business $7.58 1 $7.58
Kristy's Great Idea: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1) • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
Explorer (The Lost Islands #2) • Amazon Business $7.06 1 $7.06
Explorer (The Mystery Boxes #1) • Amazon Business $6.81 1 $6.81
Smile • Amazon Business $6.70 1 $6.70
Drama • Amazon Business $6.70 1 $6.70
The Hidden Doors (Explorer) • Amazon Business $6.67 1 $6.67
Awkward • Amazon Business $6.43 1 $6.43
El Deafo • Amazon Business $5.35 1 $5.35
American Born Chinese • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Zeus: King of the Gods (Olympians) • Amazon Business $4.03 1 $4.03

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