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Finding Funds for a Classroom Library

We know that students who grow up in environments flooded with books, they tend to become better readers, writers, and thinkers. However, because many home are not “print-rich” environments, it behooves teachers to create classrooms in which there is a flood of high-interest texts. Yet, as Kelly Gallagher puts it, “building a classroom library is a career-long pursuit” (Readicide, p. 54), because it ain’t cheap.

Lately I’ve been gleaning much from Kelly Gallagher’s Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do about It. On the same page as the quotation above, Gallagher has a list of avenues for finding funds for classroom libraries. To it (in bold), I’ve added a few more that have worked for me:

  • Principal’s discretionary funds
  • Title I money
  • Title II money
  • School improvement funds
  • One-time money
  • Grant money
  • Curriculum cycle money
  • Organizing book drives
  • Ordering books from Scholastic.com
  • Soliciting donations at Back-to-School night
  • Amazon.com’s used books ($.01 + $3.99 shipping = $4 titles)
  • donorschoose.org
  • praying
  • Random House exam copies (generally $3 / book, with a limit of 10 orders per year per teacher)
  • Book reviews! The following publishers have review copy programs set up for bloggers. Usually, this means you get a free book in return for writing an honest review of it.
    • Waterbrook Multnomah (Blogging for Books)
    • Thomas Nelson (“Book Sneeze”)
    • Inter-Varsity Press
    • And for those publishers who don’t, here’s a great post on how to get access to their books, too.

May our students become more literate through the books that we make accessible to them!

 

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About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at TeachingtheCore.com. He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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