anne of green gables

Summer Reading: If You Liked Anne of Green Gables

Home in these books takes many forms, but it’s always the place where you just belong.

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

When 16-year-old Hattie inherits her uncle’s Minnesota homestead claim, she sets off to build a home for herself in pioneer country. (Middle grades)

When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad

When orphaned Inge Marie comes to live with her grandmother in a little island village, she’s not sure what to expect—but what she finds is just what she needed. (Elementary)

Bright Island by Mabel Louise Robinson

Island-reared Thankful wants to be a sea captain like her grandfather, but her parents send her to boarding school on the mainland. (High School)

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Sam runs away from his crowded New York City apartment to live—alone—in the Catskill Mountains. (Middle grades)

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm 

Sent to live with relatives in Key West during the Great Depression, 11-year-old Turtle finally starts to come out of her shell. (Middle grades)

The House at World's End by Monica Dickens

Four siblings create a home of their own in a rundown old inn when they’re sent to live with their wealthy-but-unpleasant relatives while their mother is recovering in the hospital. (Middle Grades)

Stuff We Like :: 6.2.17

home|school|life’s Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources. 

So bummed to be missing the fun at the SEA conference this week, but I am getting to binge Phineas and Ferb with cuddles, so I am making out okay.

around the web

I’m such a deviant: The dangers of reading in bed

I’m avoiding the new Anne of Green Gables (a.k.a. That Series Which Must Not Be Named) by reading all the reasons we should love the 1980s classic version: “I think of Anne every time a strange man on the street tells me to smile. Young women are so often taught to make boys feel comfortable, even when they’re being total assholes, and Anne just . . . doesn’t do that.” Anne Shirley, feminist icon.

And speaking of Netflix television series, it looks like The Dark Crystal is getting the series treatment.


at home/school/life

on the blog: We’re kicking off our 2017 summer reading blog series with what to read next if you loved Swallows and Amazons

one year ago: How we plan to homeschool high school (hey, this actually turned out to be a pretty good plan!)

two years ago: Jackaby is a supernatural Sherlock Holmes—kinda sorta


reading list

Someone who knows me well sent me a copy of Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, which I devoured this week. If you are a nerdy book person who digs literary name dropping and behind-the-covers scoop on publishing, I can highly recommend this.

I’ve had A Most Magical Girl on my list, but now that it’s won the Readings Children's Book Prize, it’s also on my night table. Hoping this one will be a good readaloud.

With all the talk about “fake news,” I’m looking at putting together a history of journalism class (maybe for Jason’s school, maybe for my rising 10th grader, maybe just for me!). First on my reading list: Mightier Than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History.


at home

At our house, the real start of summer is when the pool opens! This is also the time of year when my children start to get really annoyed with having to answer “We don’t take summer breaks” when people ask them if they are excited about their summer breaks.

I bought new flip flops, and I kind of love them. 

Cookie of the week: almond blueberry cookies

Stuff We Like :: 8.26.16

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

It’s a big weekend at Casa Sharony! We’re celebrating my son’s 9th birthday with the Pigeon pool games, a lot of Super Mario Maker, his favorite chocolate cake, and (I’m hoping!) lots of cuddles.

around the web

A Breaking Bad writer is not the first writer I’d think of for a new Anne of Green Gables miniseries, but I’ll obviously be watching this when it comes to Netflix.

This cracked me up. (Get it together, Joan of Arc’s parents!)

Secret libraries!


at home | school | life

on the blog: I am so inspired by Carrie’s round-up of resources for talking about race with our kids.

on the podcast: While you’re reading this, Suzanne and I will be discussing how to handle it when your homeschooler just plain resists doing the work.

in the classroom: The first day of classes is coming soon! Register now.

on instagram: We might need a bigger art room.


reading list

on my night table: Five Children on the Western Front, From the Beast to the Blonde: Fairy Tales and Their Tellers, Zero K

on my 14-year-old’s night table: FukuFuku: Kitten Tales, Princess Jellyfish, Marilee

on my 8-year-old’s night table: Knight’s Castle, B Is for Betsy

together: Johnny Tremain, Henry and Ribsy, The View from Saturday


at home

homeschooling: Our homeschool group picked back up this week, and I’m kind of bummed that it doesn’t seem like a good fit for my daughter anymore. Finding a group is so hard, and going back to the drawing board for high school is really stressing me out.

watching: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine because people keep telling me it’s the most philosophically interesting Star Trek

knitting: My Elijah is adorable, but I somehow picked up the stitches for the left leg in the wrong place and had to rip that whole leg out and start over. If you pay attention to where you’re picking up stitches instead of getting distracted by Hathaway’s backstory on Inspector Lewis, this patten is surprisingly simple.

Things We Read: June Edition

Things We Read: June Edition

Lockwood and Co. battle ghosts in an alternate London, an orphan finds a home at Green Gables, a girl discovers a magical boy in a curious museum, and more books we're reading this month together and separately.