5.14 Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

A new week, a new batch of books–both books finished and being read. Today is…

Ring-the-Bell Monday

{Wherein we share what books we have read in the past week.}


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Wherein we share the titles we are currently reading.}

Ring-the-Bell Monday


This week I read:

Kadir Nelson has both illustrated and authored and illustrated a number of non-fiction and historical fiction books now. Earlier this year we read A Nation’s Hope–The Story of Joe Louis and Henry’s Freedom BoxWe Are the Ship has been floating around the classroom all year.

In Heart and Soul, Nelson uses a fictional character to tell the broad arc of black history in the United States.  This unnamed woman starts her tale with African Americans’ involvement in the Revolutionary War, goes through slavery and the Civil War, and moves on to the great migration to the North. She tells how African Americans were involved in the World Wars, and then how brave black individuals and groups tried to break the color barriers in sports, science, schools, and much more. A wonderful, eye-opening, inspiring book.

Here is another video you may find interesting and helpful.


How many books have my classes read?

Class A

| | | | | | | | = 8

Class B

| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | = 20

Class C:

[Check out the home of “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading”: Teach Mentor Texts — and the spin-off: Sharpreads]

This week, I am reading:

[As a read aloud to my daughters. They are loving it.]


Crow by Barbara Wright is an historical fiction book about sixth-grader Moses Thompson and the racial tension in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1898. I can tell something bad is brewing…

What are the REST of you reading?

6 thoughts on “5.14 Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

  1. After many starts and stops, …today I finally finished Wonder. Oh my word! It was amazingly moving. I found myself lauging out loud as well as tearful & weepy. Olivia’s chapter was especially eye-opening for me in regards to my own daughter’s feelings toward her brother. He being the sun and Maddie, her dad, and me being planets that orbit Ryan…
    I spoke to her about it…Maddie aggreed…we hugged for a long time. For me It was a tough but powerful read.

  2. I thought Crow was quite well done. Hope you enjoy it more than the *last* historical fiction novel I recommended 😉 Kadir Nelson is one of my favorite illustrators. It’s amazing how detailed and life like his pictures are. I think We Are the Ship is one of the best non-fiction books ever published for children, and Heart and Soul is wonderful too.

  3. I finished THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. It was a sweet book, yet sad, too. I love Ivan! I just started MOCKINGJAY. I know I am going to like it!

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