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Promote reading. Become a monthly donor.

10th grader at Envision Academy, Oakland, CA.
11th grader at Envision Academy, Oakland, CA.

favicon The past four years, more than 450 generous people from across the country have donated Kindles to promote the joy of reading among urban high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Thank you!

The Kindles keep coming (34 so far this month), and the program continues to expand (3 new classrooms so far this month). The growth is uplifting and heartwarming!

By the end of January, the KCP will serve 650 students and 14 teachers in 5 schools. Students get 24-hour-a-day access to a Kindle and 640+ books (and counting).

Update 12/2016: The KCP now serves more than 900 students and 29 teachers. There have been 1,376 Kindles donated in all!

All of the books in the KCP Library come from student requests. This means these are books that students want to read. Here are some examples of recent requests:

  • All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • Wild Crush, by Simone Elkeles
  • Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
  • The Food Lab, by J. Kenji López-Alt
  • The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson
  • Patternmaster, by Octavia E. Butler

When they get choice, students choose well. That’s why I tell students that I will honor their book requests. By doing so, I’m telling them that their interests are important, their reading lives are important — their hearts and minds are important.

I would like to encourage you to promote reading by making a monthly donation to the Kindle Classroom Project. Your contribution will directly fund students’ book requests.

Each book you fund goes on the student’s Kindle as well as in the KCP Library. Up to six students can read a book at the same time. Kindle ebooks never get lost or worn. Your investment will last for many years to come.

If you’re interested in becoming a monthly donor, choose one of the following levels:

  • Book Lover: $5 a month (a book every two months) ($60 a year)
  • Bibliophile: $10 a month (a book a month) ($120 a year)
  • Bibliomaniac: $20 a month (two books a month) ($240 a year)
  • Bookworm: $40 a month (four books a month) ($480 a year)

Choose your level below and then click “Donate Now,” which will take you to PayPal to complete your donation. Afterward, I’ll send you an email to thank you! Remember that you may stop your monthly donations at any time.


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


I can’t wait to see how many of you take the plunge and make a monthly contribution. KCP students and teachers will be very grateful, as will I! If you have any questions, please let me know — whether by leaving a comment or by sending an email. Thank you.

Update: You can also make a recurring donation through Amazon Allowance. The benefit is that 100% of your donation goes to the KCP! The Amazon account to donate to is kindleclassroomproject AT gmail DOT com. favicon

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I am thankful for sustaining donors like Alisa

favicon It’s Thanksgiving week, and I have a lot of people to thank.

Of course, there are my friends and family, who have supported me during this slightly-crazy year. But then there are also the people I don’t know who care about my students and their reading lives. Some of these strangers become friends.

Dr. Alisa Cooper is one of them.

A few years ago, I contacted Alisa (Phoenix, AZ) for help with podcasting. It was clear early on that Alisa was knowledgeable in all things tech and all things English. I was impressed with the way she taught her introductory college courses in Arizona. So we kept in touch.

Then one day earlier this year, I received a Kindle from Alisa. And not long after, her friends donated several more. People say that it’s “the power of the Internet,” but for the Internet to have any power, there have to be kind and generous people like Alisa who get out the word.

Alisa wasn’t finished. In May, she posted this video on YouTube.

Really generous and kind, don’t you think? I think so.

Alisa is a great example of a sustaining donor to the Kindle Classroom Project, whose dedication and generosity extend past a one-time donation. Some sustaining donors contribute multiple times, while others get the word out (by word-of-mouth and word-of-tech) and encourage their friends to donate.

I am very thankful for Alisa and the following sustaining donors:

Lesley (Menlo Park, CA), Iris (San Diego, CA), LeAnne (Fremont, CA), Wil (New York, NY), Brian (San Diego, CA), Donna (Las Vegas, NV), Laura (San Francisco, CA), DSW (anonymous), Angela (Concord, CA), Nicole (Quincy, MA), Michele (San Francisco, CA), Jessica (San Francisco, CA), Denise (Alpharetta, GA), Imene (San Francisco, CA), Sarah (Logan, UT), Mary (Parkersburg, IA), Jenni (Berkeley, CA), Stuart (New York, NY), Anonymous (international), Saugut (Jersey City, NJ), Dave (Oakland, CA), Cindy (San Francisco, CA), Lynna (Mtn. View, CA), Lisa (San Francisco, CA).

It’s 100% possible that I’ve missed a few names, so once you tell me or I find out, I’ll update the list! Until then, please accept my deepest thanks. You are the folks who make this project go! favicon

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Kindle Classroom Project update, May 2013

favicon I have good news (and charts and graphs) to share with you, so let’s get started!

1. The number of Kindles continues to grow.
Last month, we stood at 42 Kindles. Now we are at 46 Kindles. Not bad, considering that there were two Kindle casualties in April. At this pace, it’s possible to reach my goal of 60 Kindles, or three classrooms, by September 1. But it will be a push.

That’s why I’m thankful for Christine (Louisville, KY), Lynna (Mtn. View, CA), Lesley (Menlo Park, CA), Preeti (San Jose, CA), Brian (San Diego, CA), and Walter (San Francisco, CA), all of whom donated Kindles in April. (It was a California-heavy month.)

(Pretty fancy chart, don’t you think? 🙂 Don’t worry, there’s another one.)

2. The number of ebooks continues to grow.
I’ve said many times that books drive this project. Sure, I need Kindles, but without good books, the students are left with a pretty boring device.

The Kindle e-book library grew by 15 titles in April, from 232 to 247. As usual, all new books were student requests. The Pretty Little Liars series has staged a comeback after declining in popularity last year. Other popular titles include Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, and Feed, by M.T. Anderson, which predicts a future world where we have Google search implanted in our brains (um, yes, sort of like Google Glass).

I’d like to thank LeAnne (Fremont, CA), Michele (San Francisco, CA), Angela (Concord, CA), Denise (Alpharetta, GA), Tony (San Francisco, CA), and Nicole (Quincy, MA) for donating books. My appreciation also goes to Sarah from Logan, UT, who donated money to purchase books.

3. More people are following Iserotope.
There are nearly 80 people following Iserotope on Facebook, 120+ on Twitter, and nearly 150 on Google+. Even the Iserotope Instagram account (pictures of books and reading!) is getting some love. The bigger the network grows, the deeper and more widespread the impact!

4. There are more sustaining donors.
I’m still trying to find a term for people who donate more than once. Do you have ideas? Right now, I’m calling them “Sustaining Donors,” but there must be something more catchy.

I define these donors as people who have made more than one donation and/or have encouraged their friends (who might be strangers to me) to contribute.

So far I count 13 sustaining donors: Margie (Peachtree City, GA), Lesley (Menlo Park), Brian (San Diego, CA), Donna (Las Vegas), LeAnne (Fremont, CA), Angela (Concord, CA), Denise (Alpharetta, GA), Nicole (Quincy, MA), Iris (San Diego, CA), Laura (San Francisco, CA), and Michele (San Francisco, CA), Jenni (Berkeley, CA), and DSW (Saratoga, CA).

I have to say, this “sustaining donor” classification might need some work. After all, there are also people who donated more than one Kindle all at once. Shouldn’t they be considered sustaining, too? If so, then add Preeti (San Jose, CA) and Toni (Cary, NC) to the list!

5. It’s easy to find the Project on Google.
Want to get the word out about the Kindle Classroom Project? Sure, you can direct them to iserotope.com, or to the Project page (or the Contribute page). But if you’d like to impress your friends, tell them to search for “donate Kindle.” On the first page they’ll find two (or maybe three, depending) links to the Project. See how famous we are?

(On a side note, it’s interesting that potential Kindle donors essentially have three choices if they search in this way. They can donate their Kindle to American troops overseas, to schoolchildren in Africa, or to ninth graders in Oakland and San Francisco. I like being one of the choices!)

6. You can now donate new Kindles.
Thanks to my friend Preeti, who came up with the idea, and Lesley, who affirmed it, you can now donate new Kindles. Check out this post or the Contribute page for more details. It’s pretty easy, and for $69, you give one student access to 247 high-interest books.

OK, loyal Iserotope readers, I hope you have a great May, and I’m hopeful that this is a month of strong growth for the Kindle Classroom Project. As always, let me know your thoughts and ideas to make this project a stronger one. favicon