159: Our 10 Favorite Books of the Year (for all ages!)

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By Maren Goerss and Angela Sizer, Maren Goerss, and Angela Sizer. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

We’re sharing our 10 favorite books we’ve read this year--from picture books we read aloud to graphic novels our kids loved to the stories we couldn’t put down. These are the books that stood out from all the rest in our homeschool year. Shop this booklist (and all the other books we’ve loved) at bookshop.org/shop/homeschoolunrefined.

Plus, you can join us on Patreon to hear our conversation about homeschooling through puberty.

Aha Moment

"Our kids still need 1-on-1 time with us. Even when we’re already together all day--and even when they’re older." -Angela

Listener Question

Join us on Patreon where we're answering this question: "Any advice or resources for kids going through puberty? My son is 12 and he hates doing anything right now even though he will fully acknowledge that he sees the benefit, feels good after he completes schoolwork, etc. He fights everything beforehand and I know so much of it is just changing hormones, but I would love suggestions for ways to navigate this season of schooling and make it as enjoyable as possible for him."

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Loving This Week (LTW)

Maren: Mixing bowls

Angela: Angela's everyday smoothie recipe

1/2 banana

1/2 c frozen mango

Big handful cilantro

Big handful arugala

1/2 c orange juice

Water, as much as needed

Green powder, if you want (Thrive Greens & More)

1 cube frozen Trader Joe's ginger

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More About Homeschool Unrefined

We are an inclusive and nonsectarian podcast. We believe Black Lives Matter, and we are LGBTQ+ affirming (for more, read our piece on Romper). We are listener supported and are donating 10% of all Patreon income and product sales to The Conscious Kid, a Black and Brown-led organization that has been instrumental in our own evolution and in leading the way in both ideological and tangible change with their work in “parenting and education through a critical race lens." Read our full ABAR Statement here and on Instagram.

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