1.14 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 & It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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{Sharing what books we’ve read in the past week & the titles we are currently reading.}


From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing “I Have a Dream” speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us—those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone.”

On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation’s history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson’s magnificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation’s past. Included with the book is an audio CD of the speech.

Jimi Hendrix was many things: a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an innovator. But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and paint and listen to records. A boy who played air guitar with a broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own. A boy who asked himself a question: Could someone paint pictures with sound?
This a story of a talented child who learns to see, hear, and interpret the world around him in his own unique way. It is also a story of a determined kid with a vision, who worked hard to become a devoted and masterful artist. Jimi Hendrix–a groundbreaking performer whose music shook the very foundations of rock ‘n’ roll.


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[An amazing end to the trilogy. It reminded me a bit of Ness’ Monsters of Men. Looking forward to discussing further.]

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[Check back throughout the day for updates of my students’ reading.]
Since last Monday, my A Class has read:
13 books
My B Class has read:
17 books
My C Class has read:
11 books
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Before you see what the students are reading… what are you reading? Please leave a comment and let us know—and show the students that reading isn’t just a “school” thing.

(For every parent who leaves a comment with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…)

[Check back at the end of the day to see the cool spinning pictures of what my students are reading.]

Click the picture below for A Class SpinCam
Click the picture below for B Class SpinCam
Click the picture below for C Class SpinCam


David Etkin

35 thoughts on “1.14 Ring-the-Bell Monday & It’s Monday! What are you reading?

  1. Pingback: 4.8 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #Bruised #HideAndSeekBruised #Sold #BunchaPicBooks | {Eat the Book}

  2. I’m reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia because I’m a big fan of reading the book before seeing the movie (the books are ALWAYS better!). My fourth grade class is currently reading Play Louis, Play: The True Story of a Boy and his Horn by Muriel Harris Weinstein and Frank Morrison. It’s a Bluebonnet nominee and we have to vote on our favorite next week. On Deck we have a Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. (I’ve read it to my class last two years in a row and it’s always been a BIG hit!)

  3. I have 2 books that I am embarking on. The first is “your Best Life Now’ by Joel Osteen. Which is a very good uplighting book with much to offer. The second books is “Heaven is for real”. I Just received that as a birthday day present so needless to say I will be busy with those books.

  4. I started the fantasy novel Eragon by Christopher Paolini last night. It seems to be a fast read as I’ve read over 200 pages since last night.

  5. Well Im not reading a book persay but Im reading several books and guidelines on the new governmental changes to the mortgage industry as it will help me better understand and improve my ability to help my clients obtain mortgages

  6. I just read the I Have the Dream book by Nelson to my class yesterday. The new Mandela book by him is also beautiful. I’m listening to Crossed and look forward to starting Reached. NExt up is The Paper Tragedy.

    • Did I know there was a NELSON book by Nelson? I don’t think so. I’m on it.

      Hmmmm,,,, a biographPicBook unit could be interesting.

      The 3 books in MATCHED trilo were all SO different!

  7. I started Heaven’s Keep by William Kent Krueger yesterday. This is my first book that i am reading by him. I may need to go back to the beginning of this series to catch up on some missing pieces.

  8. Rana and reena are helping me read the book Dork Diaries and it’s a really good book and I’m really enjoying it. They are really helpful.

  9. I am currently reading “Bonnie” by Iris Johansen. This is yet another installment in her series revolving around forensic sculptor Eve Duncan.

  10. I am currently reading the Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory. Awesome book. I enjoy her take on historical fiction mashed with nonfiction.

  11. I’m reading REVELATIONS, by Elaine Pagels, a professor at Princeton. There was a lot of tension within the early church about “how Jewish” Christians should be.
    I got called to sub today, but I have a touch of the flu.
    Happy reading…BTW I showed YOUTUBE of MLK giving his speech in ELA.
    Uncle Al

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