the dire king

Some of Our Favorite Books of 2017

Some of Our Favorite Books of 2017

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.

21 New Books for Your Fall Reading List

21 New Books for Your Fall Reading List

A teenager starts a feminist revolution, Humpty Dumpty adjusts to life post-Great Fall, the Bronte kids create a dangerous imaginary world, a RenFaire girl finds middle school challenging, and more great books to read this fall.

Stuff We Like :: 8.18.17

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

There has been a lot NOT to like this week. Can we please just all agree, for the sake of sanity, that Nazis are doubleplusungood?


around the web

As your doctor, I am protesting the removal of your tumor because I don't want to erase your medical history

Short but helpful: What do you do when you realize your favorite childhood book is actually racist? (Spoiler: You read it, and you talk about it.)

In difficult times, we turn to the real purpose of the internet: cute animal pictures

More reasons James Baldwin will always be cooler than I am (and I am totally OK with that)

If you’re loving the excitement the eclipse has generated in your homeschool, keep up with other big astronomy events all year with this handy calendar.

I love this: reading aloud with others is more important than you think


at home/school/life

on the blog: Someone asked for an eclipse reading list, which made me realize there are a lot of great books about eclipses.

on instagram: It’s planning season!

one year ago: We should all know more about Nellie Bly

two years ago: Rebecca reviews Thames and Kosmos science kits


reading list

It’s another not-so-stellar week of Library Chicken over here as I obsess over planning and re-planning my outside classes, but I always manage to squeeze in a little reading time: No Time Like the Past (+1, actually managed to get this in, read it, and return it on time, which I think deserves a cake and/or parade); The Dire King (+0, advance copy, but it’s the new Jackaby book so I can’t wait to write about it!); The Jumbies (+1, thanks to Suzanne’s fall column for the recommendation); It’s Perfectly Normal (+0, off the shelf, just rereading before I read through it with my almost-10-year-old); Salad Samurai (+0, off my shelf, because I am looking for some lunchbox inspiration); Thorn (+1, I loved this fairy tale reimagining)


at home

I finished my baby knitting projects and cast on for my first pair of socks. Because apparently I don’t have enough to do. Which is also apparently why I’m applying to graduate history programs. What is wrong with me? :)

I have been too busy, but as soon as I have a minute, I have the second season of Mr. Robot all queued up. I’m not sure if I really like this show or just find it interestingly weird, but I can’t wait to see what happens next.