January 23, 2019

For the fifth year in a row, Build Your Library has been nominated for the Practical Homeschooling Magazine Reader’s Choice awards! Although we cover K-12, we have been nominated in the “Elementary Curriculum” category. While I am not particularly one for receiving accolades, I really do appreciate being able to describe Build Your Library as … Continue reading "2019 Practical Homeschooling Magazine Reader’s Choice award"


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January 22, 2019

If you are a customer of Build Your Library, you will no doubt have noticed several graphic novels or comic books scheduled into our secular, literature-based homeschool curriculum. You may have also noticed many additional recommendations on our companion YouTube channel or other BYL blog articles. I had a bunch of working titles for this post, such … Continue reading "Why I Love Teaching with Graphic Novels and Comics"


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January 21, 2019

Today we celebrate a great man – Martin Luther King Jr. It has been more than 50 years since his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, but his inspiring words live on today. It’s easy to think that the world has always been as it is now, but only a short time ago, there were still people … Continue reading "Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day"


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January 18, 2019

While the benefits of reading aloud to your children can not be denied, your children reading aloud to you is extremely important too. I have discussed the importance of reading aloud at great lengths, covering many different topics from why you should read aloud, to how to make it happen during your daily routine, how … Continue reading "No, You Read to Me"


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January 13, 2019

The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s January 2019 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 01/14/18 6:00 AM EST] Hey everybody, it’s Emily from Build Your Library! If you are just going to skim the beginning, … Continue reading "January 2019 Monthly Newsletter"


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January 9, 2019

Back in October 2018 I recorded a podcast with Homeschool Snapshots and it was released in mid-December. It was a lot of fun and I hope you will check it out! HSP 074 Emily Cook: A Structured Approach to Interest-Led Learning The Homeschool Snapshots podcast is all about getting a glimpse into the lives of … Continue reading "A Structured Approach to Interest-Led Learning Podcast"


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January 7, 2019

Its that time of year again when we can start to announce our 2019 travel plans so you can try to attend a secular homeschool convention and catch Build Your Library in person. So far, we only have one conference appearance scheduled. We will update this page if any new dates or events come up. [MARCH 2019 – Williamsburg, VA] … Continue reading "Build Your Library on Tour 2019"


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December 28, 2018

Welcome to the 14th installment of the Build Your Library Family Reading Crate! The February 2019 theme is “Science Fiction Isn’t Just Outer Space!” I’m including at four books in our non-space related science fiction themed box – a picture book for younger children, a middle grade family read aloud, a book for older readers, and a … Continue reading "Purchase: Family Reading Crates"


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December 9, 2018

The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s December 2018 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 12/10/18 6:00 AM EST] Hey everybody, it’s Emily from Build Your Library! If you are just going to skim the beginning, … Continue reading "December 2018 Monthly Newsletter"


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December 7, 2018

Every year I set various reading goals for myself. One of those goals is to try to complete a categorical reading challenge list. Read a book that has been adapted into a movie Read a story based in mythology Read a book released this year etc. I’ve done several of the popular ones over the … Continue reading "2019 Build Your Library Reading Challenge"


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Have you been looking for a literature based homeschool curriculum that is secular? How about a way to incorporate narration, copywork, dictation and memory work into your child’s education? Or art study that ties into history?

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