Nate loves it now, but he didn't always want to be homeschooled. The biggest reason was that he read at a very early age, and the vast majority of books he checked out from the library boasted about the glories and splendor of elementary school.
I'm not into bashing the public school system. I'm not saying that every family should homeschool. But it was frustrating for me when Nate wanted to go to school just because all the books he read talked about the big yellow bus like it was a one-way ticket to little-kid heaven.
I mean, where were all the chapter books about homeschooling?
I searched for them. I really did. And eventually -- after hours of unsuccessful internet browsing -- I discovered Do Life Right, a company that publishes books about contemporary, every-day homeschoolers. Fast-forward about two years, and guess what? I'm now a Do Life Right author!
I was inspired by Do Life Right's passion to normalize homeschooling, which is why I sent them my first manuscript about a week after I first found them online. My boys love reading about homeschooling families and the adventures they have. And I love that my boys are learning that homeschool is real school.
Special Offer: What, No Sushi? is now available in discount bundles for families and teachers who want to order multiple copies for a book club. The book includes book club discussion questions, and the website has other ideas for hands-on learning.
Random Fact #12: It took 23 months from the time I wrote What, No Sushi? until it was published.
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