10.20 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #BigPlans #ThatBookWoman

Guess what today is!


{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week

& the titles we are currently reading.}

This meme is originated by Jen and Kellee at TeachMentorTexts. Thanks!

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[YUP! This was my 7th or 8th time reading it now. It hasn’t gotten old yet.]

[I even read it aloud to my daughters.]

“I’ve got big plans, BIG PLANS I say!” A little boy sits in the corner of a classroom, plotting his future. He’s got plans…and have you heard? They’re BIG. With the help of a mynah bird and lucky stinky hat, he’ll find a quarter…boss around some muckety-mucks…become the mayor–or even the president! And while he’s at it…fly to the moon! This exuberant story is perfect for any child who is ready to dream BIG. Are you in?

[This was recommended by a friend. He took a lot of my suggestions for YA novels, and when he recommended this to me, I hunted it down. Cool historical picture book. I like David Small, too.]

Cal is not the readin’ type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he’d rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain. She comes in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that’s not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. Why, that woman must be plain foolish — or is she braver than he ever thought?

That Book Woman is a rare and moving tale that honors a special part of American history — the Pack Horse Librarians, who helped untold numbers of children see the stories amid the chicken scratch, and thus made them into lifetime readers.

How many books have my students read? What are they reading?

Check out the reading totals and the handy SpinCam!

Click on each picture to see a 360º view of students and their books:

[this will be updated at the end of the day]

Period 1&2

16 Books

Period 5&6

18 Books

Period 9&10

 {See next week’s total….}

Parents are invited to participate in our journey as well. 

For every parent who leaves a comment on TODAY’S POST with what you’re reading, I’ll give your child a BUSTED ticket…

Let’s have a look back to check for parent comments.

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[Will be born on Feb 24, 2015]
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David Etkin

5 thoughts on “10.20 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #BigPlans #ThatBookWoman

  1. Pingback: 10.27 It’s Monday! What are you reading? #lots | {Eat the Book}

  2. Now that I finished the fake Spenser book (“Lullaby” by Ace Atkins in the style of Robert B. Parker), I’m going back to a classic. Two books ago, I read a novel called “Dear Mr. Knightley” where the heroine was obsessed with authors like Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte and kept quoting their work — “Pride and Prejudice” and “Jane Eyre,” respectively. That made me want to re-read one of those masterpieces. Since “Jane Eyre” was already installed on my Kindle, I went with that one. I’m about a quarter of the way through right now and it really is excellent. She hasn’t met Mr. Rochester yet, but he’s been mentioned and pretty soon Jane’s life is going to take a turn for the better, then worse, then better again!

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