Organized by: Ben Jones
“There's no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books.” - James Patterson
Forcing students to read the wrong books isn't going to make them readers, but allowing them to choose the books they read will put them on the path to a love of reading. Students who love to read score better on tests, have higher vocabularies (leading to better opportunities in the future), and have greater empathy toward others. They are filled with a host of rich experiences and become part of a community of readers who share and seek to understand one another.
As a new English teacher at a new high school, I have a vision of creating readers out of my 11th grade students. I'm asking you to help build the reading community in our classroom. Every cent donated will go toward books for our classroom library. How will we know which books to get? Whatever books the students ask to read will be given priority (this is Reading Choices, after all). Book lists from the American Library Association, Goodreads, and NPR, among other associations, will also influence the buying choices. And, of course, any book suggestions from you as the donor are greatly appreciated.
Thank you for supporting our reading community!