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This is the 900th book in the KCP Library!

favicon Say hello to the 900th book in the Kindle Classroom Project Library!


The book, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh, was requested by Oakland ninth grader Steven earlier this week.

This New York Times bestseller is about being weird and awkward and having emotions. Bill Gates called the book “funny and smart as hell.” Another review likened Hyperbole to a book David Sedaris would write if he happened to know how to draw.

Steven is a fantastic reader and has great taste in books. Many ninth grade boys at Envision Academy in Oakland are “reading leaders” — in other words, avid readers who also help build the KCP Library with their astute requests.

At the center of the KCP is this ability for students to request books that they want to read. Generous KCP supporters donate money so that students can make those requests. As a result, a trust develops: Young people know that we care about their reading interests, because we make books that they want to read available to them 100% of the time.

If you’d like to learn more about the project, here’s a one-pager that describes the program. If you’d like to make a cash gift, here is an easy way to donate. Thank you! favicon

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The KCP Library reaches 600 titles

favicon I am proud to announce that the Kindle Classroom Project’s library now stands at 600 titles, thanks to student requests and donor contributions.

Patternmaster, by Octavia E. Butler, is the KCP Library’s 600th book. It was requested by Jazmine, who got hooked on Ms. Butler after her teacher assigned Kindred. Jazmine is in the middle of reading all of Ms. Butler’s books.


The KCP Library has grown substantially in 2015. As a point of reference, in late-January, the library held 406 titles. Every book since then has been requested by a student.

Students are able to request books because of generous donors from across the country. I want students to be able to read what they want, however much they want, wherever they want, whenever they want. The only way that I can make good on that wish is because of the contributions I receive.

Here are a few other books that students have requested the past couple months:

Life in Prison, by Stanley “Tookie” Williams
+ Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
+ Black Boy, by Richard Wright
+ The Martian, by Andy Weir
+ A Deeper Love Inside, by Sister Souljah

The requests keep rolling in. Sometimes they enter my email inbox in the morning, when students finish up books at school and want to start new ones. Other times, the requests come late at night, because students are reading on their Kindles at all times of day. Whenever the requests come in, I love honoring them.

The KCP is ending 2015 strong because of dedicated teachers, interested students, and generous donors. Thank you! favicon

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Big Kindle donations = More eager readers. Now let’s make sure they have enough books!

favicon You don’t need a master’s degree in Statistics to understand this graph:

Kindle Growth

The growth of the Kindle Classroom Project is startling. It took 18 months for the program to reach 150 Kindles. For the next 150 Kindles, it took less time, just 11 months.

And then things went boom. In the last three weeks, the number of Kindles has skyrocketed from 300 to 512.

Most of the growth came from last week’s gift of 210 Kindles from a generous donor who would like to remain anonymous. Still, Kindles continue to stream in from people across the country — usually one at a time, but sometimes in multiples — and there is no sign there’s anything stopping this glut.

Which is all pretty great. More students are reading, more teachers are feeling supported, and what was once a cute little hobby of mine is entering a new phase in its development.

EA Student Reading

That next phase is going to be exciting. Hundreds of students from several high schools in Oakland and San Francisco are going to be reading books from the Kindle Library, taking their Kindles home, writing reviews, and talking about the books they’ve read. In short, the scale of the project has shifted.

The greatest challenge of this next phase — and greatest opportunity — is making sure the 500+ students have all the books they want to read when they want to read them.

That’s why it’s my goal to raise $5,000 by September 1.

That figure, I predict, will support the 500+ students and their reading lives through the end of the 2015-16 school year. The money will go to build the Kindle Library, to purchase additional copies of popular books, and to honor student requests of new books.

Would you like to help?

You can make a donation via PayPal (using your PayPal account or credit card), via Square (using your debit card), or via an Amazon gift card (to the email kindleclassroomproject at gmail dot com).

Or, if you’re advanced, you can become a sustaining donor by making recurring monthly donations. Choose a level (Book Lover, Bibliophile, Bibliomaniac, Bookworm) that feels comfortable to you.

Promote reading: Become a sustaining donor of the Kindle Classroom Project!

So far, even before announcing any campaign, the Kindle Classroom Project has already raised $320 over the past three days. Thank you, donors!

Maybe I should make an online fundraising thermometer. You know what I’m talking about, right — the thermometer that tells us how we’re doing on our goal?

You know, like this one?

Visit Easy Fundraising Ideas


And there it is! I’ll be updating the thermometer as donations come in, and with your support, I know that we’ll obliterate that $5,000 goal.

After all, almost every day, I receive an email from someone I’ve never met who wants to donate a Kindle and promote the joy of reading. Generous people are everywhere. Together, we are building a community of young readers, and it is heartwarming, and I am grateful. favicon

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Donate books via an Amazon gift card!

favicon 2015 is the year to build the Kindle Library. Students are reading and reading, which means they’re requesting new books every day. This is wonderful.

What’s also wonderful is that more generous donors are asking me if I accept Amazon gift cards. The answer is, Of course! Here’s how:

1. You can send via email a gift card of any amount.
The recipient email is kindleclassroomproject(at)gmail(dot)com. In the message field, please leave your name and email address so I can thank you!

2. You can send a $10, $40, or $100 gift card (or a gift card of any amount) through the mail.
Click on the card of your choice below. Once on the Amazon page, add the card to your cart and proceed to checkout. You’ll see my mailing address automatically show up on the “select a shipping address” page. Please include your name and email address in the greeting so I can thank you!

$10 Amazon Gift Card   $40 Amazon Gift Card   $100 Amazon Gift Card

If you don’t like $10, $40, or $100: You can easily change the denomination after clicking on one of the cards above. It’ll still go to my shipping address.

With your help, I can continue to honor my pledge to students: If you want to read a book, and it’s not in the Kindle Library, I will get that book for you.

As the KCP grows, and as students reclaim their love of reading, the demand for books will increase. I welcome you to support the students on their reading journey. favicon

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A flurry of book requests

favicon The Kindle Classroom Project is flourishing. Here’s how I know:

– Kindles are streaming in (~1 a day, on average),
– Students are requesting tons of books.

It’s heartwarming. Students are reading, and they’re reading a lot, and as a result, they’re requesting books at a pace of around five a day.

The KCP Library is up to 406 titles. Here are a few books that students requested today:

Retribution of Mara Dyer   I Am Legend   After

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (requested by Elizabeth), I Am Legend (requested by Leo), and After (requested by Nandini) are all excellent choices. When students have choice, they choose well.

The best part about my promise — that if a student requests a book, I’ll honor that request — is that students spend more time reading. They churn through books, talk about them, and build a robust reading life.

As the KCP grows (~90 Kindles the past three months), the demand for books grows. It’s time to build the Kindle Library to 500 titles and to continue honoring students’ reading interests by providing them with high-quality titles.

Will you help? I’m piloting a cute new donation button. It’s quick and easy and fast and safe (using PayPal competitor Stripe). If you have a credit card, $10, and less than two minutes (it really is fast), please consider buying a book for a student. Here is the button!

[stripe name=”Kindle Classroom Project” description=”Help students love reading again.” amount=”1000″ payment_button_label=”I want to donate $10 to buy a book.” image_url=”http://www.iserotope.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/13-Stack-of-Kindles-e1421308500362.jpg” checkout_button_label=”Donate” enable_remember=”false”]
If you donated (or have already donated — there are many of you), thank you very much! I can’t wait to thank you more formally. If right now is not the right time, I too appreciate your interest in young people and enthusiasm for the KCP.

Update: Mary (Parkersburg, IA), a sustaining donor to the KCP, has contributed again! Thanks for getting this little book campaign started! And thanks, Kate (Oakland, CA) and Michele (San Francisco, CA), too! favicon

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Today’s book request. Thanks, Brandon!

favicon I’m thinking it’s a good idea to let you all know, from time to time, what books students are requesting.

Why? (1) It’s gives us a sense of what’s popular, plus it helps us understand what students care about, (2) It confirms that one of the best ways to build the Kindle Library is to have students request books.

American Sniper

Today, Brandon, a student in Kathleen Large‘s class in San Francisco, requested American Sniper, by Chris Kyle. On the book request form, Brandon wrote, “My advisory teacher was talking about this book and how he’s read it, and I felt really intrigued by the summary he gave on it.”

I got Brandon’s request, and within five minutes, I was able to purchase the book, thanks to generous donors, and deliver it directly to his Kindle! (The book also appears in the cloud for other students to access, too, plus it’s available on the online Kindle Library, too.)

I like Brandon’s choice for several reasons: (1) He heard about the book via a teacher’s recommendation, (2) It’s nonfiction, a growth area for the Kindle Library, (3) The movie version of the book is coming out in full release on Jan. 16, directed by Clint Eastwood. (My experience is that students like reading books that have been or will be movies. It helps them with their reading process, plus it helps them talk about the book after they’ve finished it.) It’s pretty clear that Brandon’s choice will be popular with many other students, too.

Today, Kathleen launched the Kindle Classroom Project in one of her classes, and the response was extremely positive. I spent about $150 on titles — both for new books (like Brandon’s) and for additional copies of existing titles (for books where more than six students are reading it simultaneously). It’s a great feeling.

It makes me especially happy that Brandon and his peers got the message loud and clear that the KCP is totally and completely about choice, independent reading. This is a testament to the quality of Kathleen’s teaching. Together, we’re promoting reading, and we’re promoting readers. There’s a bit of a small movement happening here in SF!

Donate Now

(I really like the huge Donate Now button.) Let me know your thoughts or if you’d like to help out! favicon

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How students request books they want

Kindle Libraryfavicon The 237 students in the Kindle Classroom Project have access to 380 books in the Kindle Library. They’re great books, donated by great donors.

But what happens when a student wants to read a book that’s not currently in the Kindle Library? Is the student doomed?

Never fear! The KCP Book Request Form is here! (Here it is.)

Because the KCP has generous donors, I am able to honor students’ requests. Students first read a sample of the book by requesting one at the Amazon store. If they’re hooked, students fill out this form, I get an email, and I purchase the title and deliver it automagically to their Kindle in just a few minutes.

Yes, it’s automagic.

Even better, the title appears simultaneously in the archives of the other students’ Kindles, too, just in case they want to read the book. Per Amazon’s terms and conditions, six students can read the book at the same time. (If more than six students want to read the same book at the same time, I purchase another copy of the book. No problem!)

And unlike a physical book, there’s no way this student-requested e-book can get lost or worn. It’s always safe in the Kindle Library cloud.

Honoring students’ requests is not just best practice to get students to love reading, but it’s also best practice to build the Kindle Library. My goal for 2015 is to build the library to 500 titles, and I’m happy that two donors have already gotten excited about the project.

I mean, it is exciting, right?

If you’re excited, and if you’re interested in donating, please do. A $10 donation means that one more book is accessible to 237 students. You can make a quick and safe donation here, or you can donate via PayPal.

Should I break out the enormous donate button again, just to get you in the mood? Sure, I will do that. I think you’ll like it.

Donate Now

My dream is that generous people will consider becoming monthly donors. That way, I can be even more certain that I can fulfill students’ requests as they come in.

Thank you! And please let me know your thoughts and ideas! favicon

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Next up for the Kindle Classroom Project: Building the Kindle Library to 500 titles

favicon It’s been a whirlwind of a Winter Break for the Kindle Classroom Project. Some highlights:

– I counted Kindles (226 on Christmas, now 233),
– I tracked where the Kindles have come from (including 29 states),
– Teacher Kathleen Large and I prepped 60 Kindles for her students in SF,
– The KCP has a new online business card,
– There’s a new book request form and a new books completed form for students,
– The KCP received a $2,000 donation from DSW (Saratoga, CA),
– There’s a new, super super easy and safe way to donate to the KCP,
– The Kindle Library is now updated and on Goodreads,
– The KCP was featured in an Edutopia interview,
– There’s a new application for prospective KCP teachers.

If I do say so myself, that’s not bad! So, what’s next up?

It’s pretty clear: 2015 will be the year of the Kindle Library.

The KCP is as good as its books. The Kindles are wonderful, and they’re obviously necessary, but unless the Kindles have good books, there’s no reading. There’s no magic. (Magic is good.)

I am very proud of the current Kindle Library. Thanks to generous donors, it includes 380 high-quality titles that are accessible to all 233 students. The library has books that students want to read. Like these:

My Bloody Life   Divergent   Buck

But I’m confident that the Kindle Library can get bigger and better. In 2015, I want to build the library to 500 titles. There will be two ways:

Continue honoring my promise to students: If they want to read a book that is currently not in the Kindle Library, I’ll buy it for them.

Introduce new high-quality books that students may not know about yet.

I would like to invite you to help build the Kindle Library in 2015. A $10 donation means a student gets a new book he or she wants to read.

Even better: The book never gets lost or worn, and it automatically becomes available to all 233 students in the KCP.

Donating takes less than a minute. (You can even be advanced and become a monthly supporter.) There’s an enormous button right here for you to click. Do you see it? It’s right here, ready for clicking.

Donate Now

(If you’d like other ways to donate, please visit the Contribute page.)

With your help, raising the $1,200 in 2015 to push the Kindle Library up to 500 titles will not be an insurmountable challenge.

As always, I want to thank all the generous donors to the Kindle Classroom Project. It’s simply unfathomable to think how much growth there has been the past two years. Thank you again, and Happy New Year! favicon

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At long last: The online Kindle Library is correct and updated

George-peabody-libraryfavicon This Winter Break has been a busy time for the Kindle Classroom Project.

I’m happy to announce that the Kindle Library is now entirely updated and accurate. The books you see in the library are exactly the same books students find on their Kindles. (You can get a sneak preview below or on Iserotope’s Kindle Library page.)

I’m finding out a lot about what librarians call “book discovery.” How do students choose their next book? While most students listen to recommendations from their teachers and students, others like looking at physical book covers and reading the backs of books.

On e-Ink Kindles, this isn’t ideal. The archives list titles of books in alphabetical order. This isn’t enough information for a student to make a decision.

The online Kindle Library over at Goodreads is much more pleasing. There are books and book covers. If you hover over a book, you get a synopsis and even a chance to read a sample.

My hope is that the online Kindle Library will help students branch out and try new genres, support teachers in encouraging students to read widely, and offer donors a sense of what students are reading.

It’s also becoming clear — now that the online Kindle Library is accurate and updated — that 2015 is going to be the year to expand the catalog. I did some aggressive “weeding” (curating) of the library, and it’s time to make the collection more robust. As students make book requests, I’ll purchase those titles, thanks to generous donors.

Take a look below for a randomized sample of the books in the library, and please leave comments and questions below!

One last thing: I’d like to thank Telvin (Fremont, CA), a student at Irvington High School in Fremont, where I worked for three years, for doing the bulk of this project. It took a lot of attention to detail. Now I have to make sure to keep things updated and organized!

And one last thing: Now that you know exactly which books are in the Kindle Library, you may be inspired to donate $10 to add a title to the collection. The quickest way to donate is herefavicon

Click here to browse the entire Kindle Library.

Fallen in Love: A Fallen Novel in Stories
Looking for Alaska
Into Thin Air
The Cocaine Kids: The Inside Story of a Teenage Drug Ring
Autobiography of My Dead Brother
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible
Along for the Ride
Thirteen Reasons Why
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive
Shadow of the Hegemon
Summer Ball
The Outsiders
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
In the Huddle with... John Elway
Madame Bovary

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