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BookMentors and Books for Project-Based Learning

Jen Soalt Executive Director of BookMentors

I am a former urban teacher and literacy coach who is writing to the group for two reasons: to let them know about a new nonprofit I founded, and to get their advice about what bilingual books and books in language other than English you would like our organization to make available to teachers.

In June me and a group of colleagues are launching BookMentors, a nonprofit that connects teachers and students in need of books with donors who want to give books. BookMentors' web platform centers around a continuously updated collection of children's and YA literature. On the web platform teachers can request books or suggest books for the collection. Donors can fulfill teachers' request, suggest books for the collection, or offer to give particular books. Everybody gets to comment on their favorite children's and YA literature. For more information about BookMentors and to leave contact info for our launch please see our informational webpage:

I also would love to hear about what titles, particularly nonfiction titles, have been part of people's project-based endeavors? What books have you used most for what project-based undertakings in what subject areas? Obviously, different project-based endeavors entail different books, but I would like the BookMentors collection to initially contain at least some titles that people have found helpful for particular projects.

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