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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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Our new favorite Halloween readaloud, the costs of social media, children’s books by famous authors, and more stuff we like.
Children’s book protagonists grow up (with bonus Matilda!), lots of knitting, great Halloween readaloud ideas, and more stuff we like.
New words for your favorite dictionary, an award for books that should have been recognized sooner (and a worthy winner!), ideas for your high school reading list, and more stuff we like.
Why is college so expensive, feminist myth retellings, considering the future of biography, and more stuff we like.
Philosophy at the movies, the privilege of evacuation, read a book and save the world, and more stuff we like.
Librarians are always going to be the coolest people in a room, another reason to brave the Ikea parking lot, John Quincy Adams’s forgotten epic, calling out sexism in reading lists, and more stuff we like.
Privilege can be a good thing if you use it the right way, how do you find new music, how to take a real vacation, and more stuff we like.
The radical power of the bake sale, celebrating the legacy of Little Women, back-to-homeschool season, recent reads, and more stuff we like.
Martha Gellhorn is so much cooler than Hemingway, changing representations of women’s roles in pop culture, the handwriting of famous people, the last week of our curriculum sale, and more in this week’s edition of Stuff We Like.
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.