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Elephant and Piggie in Hamilton. Yes, please.
Being a regular reader may help you live up to two years longer. (So you’ve got plenty of time to binge-watch more television. :))
If you have ever gotten a letter from a Nigerian prince looking to make you a millionaire, you will appreciate this piece on letter-writing scams of the Victorian era.
It is really hard to see a crossword puzzle and NOT try to solve it, right?
Oh my gosh, I loved this group of children’s authors musings on whether fictional children should ever actually grow up. (I think I’m in the “no” camp, but I do like little flash-peeks into the future.)
at home | school | life
on the blog: How do you keep records for your homeschool? Shelli shares her method.
in the classroom: It’s a flash sale! You can save 10% if you register for your class today.
on instagram: A peek inside our weekly done list.
from the archives: What to read after you finish all of Harry Potter?
on my night table:
I’m reading All the Birds in the Sky for the podcast, and I really, really like it, but I’m afraid to finish it because so many good books fall apart at the end.
I recently discovered Isabel Colegate, and I regret all the years of my reading life when I didn’t know she existed. I adored The Blackmailer (which has an Iris Murdoch-ish vibe and which is kind of darkly funny comedy of manners) and have moved on to The Shooting Party.
on my 14-year-old’s night table:
The Golden Compass (I have been leaving this series ostentatiously out for her for years, so I am thrilled she picked it up!)
on my 8-year-old’s night table:
Sideways Stories from Wayside School (He liked the math problems in Sideways Arithmetic so much he wanted to read this book.)
My daughter and I are reading The Letters of John and Abigail Adams together — the first of her official high school lit projects.
Magic or Not?, a lesser-known but still delightful Edward Eager book, is our current morning readaloud.
My lovely sister-in-law is visiting from California this week, and we’ve had so much fun hanging out with Auntie Rach.
eating: I keep talking about tomato toast, but I can’t help it—I’m obsessed.
knitting: I’m still in the middle of my baby knitting frenzy. On the needles: This freakishly cute little bear sweater.
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More problems for middle children, it’s time for a new world mythology, the polite protest myth, bringing back forgotten books, and more stuff we like.
Poolside reading, the future of work should make more sense, music that makes you nostalgic, an immigrant story that actually made me smile, and more stuff we like.
Soothing the battered soul, Roman mysteries, weird classics, and more stuff we like.
Summer reading, Victorian murders, why we should keep asking big questions, Angela Chase for Congress, and more stuff we like.
Why quitting isn’t so bad after all, Facebook as a shortcut for emotional labor, what happened to all our internet time-wasters, and more stuff we like.
The problem with reading levels, literary cartoons, the power of travel, art in the age of postcolonialism, books, and more stuff we like.
Considering motherhood as a genre and not just a subject, why we love annotating books (at least some of us!), the secret charm of internet ghost towns, British television, and more stuff we like.
A remarkable charm bracelet, perceptions of “whiteness” in ancient Greece, possibly my new favorite headline ever, and more stuff we like.
Why food tastes better in bowls, a new Nancy Drew series, an India unit study, consider checking your cellar for dead poets, and more stuff we liked this week.
Reading to children to save ourselves, craft theory in the wild, revisiting the ERA in the era of #metoo, and more stuff we like.
How stories can change systems, misogyny on the internet comes from misogyny in real life, classics on Twitter, and more stuff we like.
Judging other people by their bookshelves, the culinary pleasures of Jewish cuisine, your patriarchy paycheck due, and more stuff we like.
What intersectional Confederate history can look like, the philosophical punch of Black Panther, science books for kids, and more stuff we like.
Lots of spring break movies, a new citizen science project, better-late-than-never obituaries for women, and more stuff we like.
Why our best friends are so much more than friends, what would W.E.B. DuBois think about the Black Panther, and more stuff we liked.
Harry Potter in Scots, more reasons to love Adam Rippon, enjoying art when you can't like the artist, obsessing a little too much over the correct reading order of Madeleine L'Engle's books, and more stuff we like.
Killer fashion (literally), how to do a better job navigating the situation if you find yourself in a Broadway musical, a little love for the world's rule followers, and more stuff we like.
Our current homeschool obsession, understanding the whole "dimensions" thing, the joys of loving RuPaul, a really lovely tribute to the Challenger's lost teacher in space, and more stuff we like.
All the links, books, and other stuff that are inspiring our homeschool life this week.
Snow days, why all those books you haven't read yet deserve a spot on your shelf, why are there so many terrible history books for your Kindle, recent reading, and more stuff we like.
What it's like to think like a bee, erasing women in the workplace, the messy magic of the home office, fantastic books, and more stuff we like.
Life before the Internet, the importance of real journalism, transitioning back to homeschool after a break, some recent readalouds, and more stuff we like.
Literary resolutions, how to stop wanting everyone you meet to like you, the end of the period, and more stuff we like.
The true identity (?) of Sherlock Holmes, an amazing woman who survived an Arctic expedition in the 1920s, the depressingly long history of fighting back against harassment, and more stuff we like. Happy Holidays!
Snow! Plus the homeschoolers of Harvard, weird interstellar space objects, the top kid/YA books of 2017, and more Stuff We Like.
The SEA conference is coming this summer, the nine circles of hell for linguistic sins, the history of the packaged sandwich in Britain, and more Stuff We Like.
A new classics list that's actually diverse, why we should be worried about net neutrality, the psychological impact of silent reading, and more stuff we like.
Thanksgiving baking, the Russian Bronte sisters, investigating the zombie diseases of climate change, and more stuff we like.