It's time for our favorite books of 2017 roundup! From picture books with swagger to hard-hitting investigative journalism, from feminist dystopias (not what you think!) to Victorian mysteries, these are our picks for best homeschool reads of the year.
Jaclyn Moriarty is probably not the Napoleon of Crime, but she is an awesome YA writer whom you may not have discovered yet.
Happy Friday! We're looking forward to getting all dressed up for Purim this weekend—what's on your to-do list?
around the web
Great tips for talking to your librarian about getting more diverse books on the shelves at your local library.
How to write great protest signs
No, but seriously, I think the best compliment I ever got was when someone told me I reminded him of Daria.
Relevant to my interests: Neil Gaiman talks about Norse mythology
on the blog: Voting for Round Two of HOMESCHOOL MADNESS opens this afternoon!
on Facebook: My annual dithering about starting an HSL forum—what’s your opinion?
one year ago: Rebecca reviews the Art of Problem Solving’s Beast Academy. (She was so convincing, we ended up using it in our homeschool!)
two years ago: Shelli rounded up some practical, real-life tips for making a little room for me-time in your homeschool life
I’m finally getting around to reading Susan Wise Bauer’s The History of the Ancient World, and I am happy to report that it has a much more reasonable number of exclamation points than Story of the World. (I know it's not for everyone, but I love Story of the World, used it with both my kids, and recommend it all the time, but it definitely does that thing where when you want to sound casual and chatty, you add more exclamation points. I do this in email all the time, so no judgment!) I think it’s a solid history, anchored around pivotal people and moments, which to me are the most interesting parts of history.
I’ve heard so many good things about Exit West that I picked up a copy even though I cannot justify adding another book to my To Read pile if I ever want to use my nightstand for anything else.
I’m helping one of my old students catch up on American literature this spring, so that means I get to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn again. My daughter is reading a collection of Mark Twain essays, so this is one of those lovely (and rare) moments when I get to feel like I’ve totally got my homeschooling act together.
in the kitchen
Dinner: Changing the Game is my new cookbook obsession. (I could eat the escarole salad with runny egg and crispy, spicy chickpeas for every meal right now.)
These black bean and brown rice cakes are the latest in our hunt for the perfect veggie burger. (I really liked them, but the rest of the family was kind of meh.)
Cookie of the Week: compost cookies
I’m sort of obsessed with the Walden computer game. (You can still get in on the Early Access Alpha phase!)
I get to buy books for Jason’s new school’s library, and it is the BEST JOB EVER.