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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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