Ms. Davis's Classroom Library

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Ms. Davis's Classroom Library

From Kellee Davis Bah

Helping my fourth grade class love reading by building an awesome classroom library!

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Update #9

about 2 years ago

Last day of the campaign - and only $95 to go! Please help if you can!

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As a teacher, I am responsible for providing a classroom library for my students to use that includes both age appropriate fiction and nonfiction resources in all the primary subjects: reading, math, social studies and science. I want to encourage my fourth grade students to read independently in a variety of genres so that each student will have access to books that spark their interest both in reading and in exploring the world.  

Teachers generally build their classroom libraries around the interests and abilities of the students in the grades teach, purchasing the books themselves, and grow them over time. However, as a recent graduate and a new teacher, I have neither a previous year’s library nor the funds to purchase many new books before students arrive in the fall. I have been acquiring books on my own through yard sales and thrift shopping, but the selection at such venues is limited. I want to ensure that I have (at least) a small but varied library to use with my students when we start school at the end of August.

The most comprehensive and economical resource I found to accomplish this was First Book, part of the National Book Bank. They sell brand-new hardback and paperback books for children and teens for 50% or less than retail price - some books are less than $1. The books are available only to educators and programs working with students in need, and there are thousands of books (many of which are best-sellers or by highly-regarded authors) on diverse topics available.

A donation of as little as $5 could buy 1-3 books; my goal is to raise $500 and purchase 200 books for the classroom. My class and I appreciate your help and we thank you for your generosity!

If you’d like more information on First Book, please visit www.fbmarketplace.org

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Kellee Davis Bah posted a new update:
about 2 years ago

Update #9

Last day of the campaign - and only $95 to go! Please help if you can!

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Kellee Davis Bah posted a new update:
about 2 years ago

Update #8

Only one week left to fully fund my classroom library campaign, and only $95 to go! Thank you to everyone who has donated and wished us well - the kids are super excited for more books!

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Kellee Davis Bah posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #7

This is my classroom library.

I just spent my first (short) week with my fourth graders, and the most amazing thing about them is that they love to read. They don't all read the same thing. They don't all read at the same level. But even the most self-conscious students lit up when we talked about books.

I want these guys to hold on to that for as long as possible. I want to encourage them to continue reading, even as it gets increasingly more difficult . The last thing I want is for them to get bored with the limited selection of books I have available.

With your help, I can purchase more than 200 new books through First Book, books my students have told me they want to read. I only need $135 to complete my funding goal. Any little bit helps. Please contribute if you can!

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Kellee Davis Bah posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #6

I love kids, I love books, and I want kids to love books. Help me get good books into the hands of my fourth graders by the time school starts - please consider sharing or donating to my classroom library fund. $135 will finish funding the whole project. Thanks again!

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Kellee Davis Bah posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #5

My first order arrived today and I'm so excited to add some non-fiction books to our classroom library! $135 to go to fund the project and purchase 200 books for my students!

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Kellee Davis Bah posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #4

Just put in my first First Book order! Twenty-one brand-new non-fiction books about animals, world geography, and US history will be in our classroom library by Monday - all for less than $50. Only $185 dollars to go to fully fund my goal of 200 new books in all genres to keep my fourth graders interested in reading - every little bit helps. Thanks again!

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Kellee Davis Bah posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #3

Less than 3 weeks until school starts and less than $200 to go to meet our goal. Any little bit helps - thank you in advance!

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Kellee Davis Bah posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #2

Thanks to family and friends, my classroom library is more than halfway funded! I can't wait to share my love of reading with my fourth graders ...three more weeks until the first day of school!

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Kellee Davis Bah posted a new update:
over 2 years ago

Update #1

One-fifth of the way there! Any amount helps - even $5 can buy 1-3 new, high-interest books for my fourth graders. Thanks again!

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