Tag Archives: Books

Very Newbery Memories

“I don’t read Newbery books,” a friend said. “They’re all sad.” The Newbery Medal, first awarded in 1922, is bestowed upon “the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year.” These are books that tackle difficult subjects that most children’s books pretend don’t exist: loss, hope, poverty, courage, death, perseverance, and maturity. Obviously they’re […]

The Book Is Better

You know you’re a bit of a nerd when one of the first moments that attracted you to your husband involved him humorously quoting a line from Shakespeare. Of course, I later learned that Shakespeare was not his favorite, but that didn’t matter so much. . . . The important thing was that he knew […]

Paper Google

“It’s like Google on paper!” That’s a 21st-century kid’s reaction upon discovering a set of encyclopedias. One morning I was going through Ranger’s lessons with him, and his reader featured one of Donald J. Sobol’s Encyclopedia Brown stories. I consider Encyclopedia Brown mysteries to be one of the shining jewels of children’s literature. How can […]

Love in a Time of Homeschooling

Love in a Time of Homeschooling is a sweet little homeschooling memoir, written by Laura Brodie. From the beginning, Brodie is honest about her desire to homeschool for one year only, to give her fifth grade daughter Julia a much-needed break from the monotony of the public school schedule and the ridiculous homework load. “Many […]