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    Asking for books
    By NJ Teacher

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    Here is what a first grade teacher in our school does. She suggests that when children are celebrating their birthday in the class, an option either instead of or along with their birthday treat is to donate a book of their choice to the classroom library. She puts a special label inside the book with the child's name and year. I have also encouraged children in my classroom to donate books (with their parents' permission of course), that they might be done reading and do not wish to read again. I also teach in an affluent district, and it is amazing to me the amount of money these kids can drop at Borders and not use the library in town. (Of course, better there than the aracade:)). Another way is at our annual Book Fair, the librarian hosts a time before school when teachers are invited to browse the Book Fair with a list. We write our "wish list" of titles. Our Fair is generally before Christmas, and many parents opt to buy an item or two off the wish list for our holiday gift. The Book Fair also offers gift certificates. I got one this year, and that was even better because I got to choose how to spend it on the books. I also don't see anything wrong with listing books on your website. I would write something like "Many parents often ask me how they can contribute to our classroom's learning activities. Books are an integral part of our day in my classroom, and I am continually in the process of adding to our classroom library. Here are some titles that we would especially love to add." That way, there's no pressure, but for those who want to help, you are providing a specific way to do so. If you have room mothers, you could also slip them a hint or two throughout the year that you are in need of books. We generally get a gift from the class at the end of the year, so maybe they would then know to gear it to a bookstore.:cool:

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