Reviews and Testimonials of Build Your Library…

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Other Customer Comments, Reviews and Testimonials

Kimberly S. – (5 star review on BYL Facebook page)

June 2, 2017

I can’t say enough good things about this curriculum. Emily has changed our lives! The curriculum is thorough, advanced, and always leaves us feeling so interested in the material that we want to learn more. I learn right along with my children! The curriculum is extremely affordable, and since this is a living book based approach we’re able to get many of the books from the library. My gifted child was always bored by other approaches but has blossomed with BYL, and one of my children with special needs who struggled tremendously with every other approach is now doing college level work through BYL, and loving it! The kids beg to do unit studies in the summer! Thank you for making homeschool what it ought to be.

Trish B. – (5 star review on BYL Facebook page)

Sept 22, 2017

I now own K-3rd grades. I can’t say enough good things!! All my kiddos thrive and are learning from each other. I love all the snuggle up reading time we get together. Memory has improved for all three kids, vocabulary is through the roof in our house now and they know so many interesting things. We love this program!

Lacy M. – (5 star review on BYL Facebook page)

Sept 17, 2017

I cannot recommend Build Your Library highly enough!! It needs more stars!! Emily picks amazing books for her curriculums. Even if you don’t have a student to homeschool, you will love her picks for books to read!! Don’t hesitate, you will be so pleased with Build Your Library!!

Shannon (posted at the BYL Facebook page)

That is one of my favorite things about this curriculum is that I know I can move things around a little and/or adapt for different ages if need be. My daughter is going to public school for K next year but will likely HS 1st grade and up. My son will be in 3rd grade by then and I am betting I will have no problem adapting that curriculum to her needs as a first grader as well. Like you said, great literature is still great literature! She has been following along in the 1st grade curriculum now. She doesn’t retain a ton of it but she LOVES the stories we read every day at lunch.

Jennifer O. (Comment left at the Build Your Library website)

My kids are loving the copywork from Build Your Library. If they peek ahead in my planner, they listen to hear that phrase in the reading. I have been typing out the copywork for them and just putting it in a binder for them along with lined paper.

Jennifer (posted at the BYL Facebook page)

We’ve used a popular christian literature-based program in the past (and we are evangelical Christians), but we are really liking BYL! The books have been great, the lessons flow easily, the memory work is fun. My kids are really enjoying it, and I am, too! I do find that there is less hopping around with books; the whole curriculum just is easier to implement and allows us plenty of time to add in other supplements!

Meredith (Comment left at the Build Your Library website)

We are on week 2 of this [Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone] unit study and LOVE it, I’ve recommended it to all my friends. You did a great job making this and I absolutely adore the books you used. The worksheets are really fun and nicely designed. Thanks so much for doing this.

Jessica (posted at the BYL Facebook page)

We have taken a bit of a break from school lately (we are doing BYL Around the World) and yesterday my son asked me when he gets to start doing learning about all the kids and their countries again. Yes, he was actually anxious to start school again. I call that a win! Thanks BYL, for having such a super program that my kid loves learning and doing their school work!

Ellen (posted at the BYL Facebook page)

We are loving the BYL 5th grade curric! It is exactly what I imagined and hoped homeschool to be when we started 5 years ago.

Christina (posted at the Build Your Library Forums)

I just wanted to say, Emily, that your book suggestions are phenomenal. I just received my last shipment from Better World Books and Amazon today and I can’t wait to get started! I am so excited to get reading with my kids and can’t wait to see their excitement and growth as they learn from such beautiful living books! Thank you for setting this program up!!!!!!

Sarah (posted at the BYL Facebook page)

Just wanted to say THANK YOU! I just purchased the kindergarten units and it is so refreshing to have such a literature rich curriculum that includes sciences and is not based around the bible. It has taken me over a year to find you but I am so happy to say that we have finally made our choice <3 now just to save up for the other years I will need ? Thank you so much for such an amazing curriculum.


I discovered Charlotte Mason in 2008, when my eldest was in 1st Grade. I struggled and I struggled with it . . . I LOVED Charlotte Mason and her principles but I knew I needed secular. ALL these books in your booklists I’ve either looked at and considered, already read, or own.

We are THRIVING in our homeschool now . . . I have one regret: why couldn’t I find you ten years ago, right when I wanted to start off with Charlotte Mason? You know how long I looked?!? I must have searched at least 1000 times . . . I can’t even remember now how I came across you finally, but I’m sooooo very glad I did!

THANK YOU. Thank you for doing this! SO MUCH WEIGHT of my shoulders–and the kids’ co-parent is on board! He’s volunteered to purchase all the books this year!

Keep up the awesome work!

Monica S. (submitted as a BYL review)

August 24, 2018

We found BYL right in the middle of our homeschool journey. January 2016 we started Level 8 and in 2017 my two middle schoolers started Level 7 and my high schooler started Level 10. This fall my youngest is starting Level 5, my middle schoolers are starting Level 9, and my oldest is starting Level 11. I’ve spent a lot of time worrying about what we had missed, what I wasn’t teaching them, etc. I’ve since realized that by the time they reach Level 9 the cycles will start over and they’ll learn all the science and history we may have missed in earlier levels. As I sit here tonight going over the writing assigned to these classes and the History of English assignments, I understand how the writing technique is evolving. Between Level 10 and Level 11 I have learned that I can relax and trust that they will learn all they need to and then some. I no longer feel like I have to pack in so many extras (although my oldest is going to catch up on the books in Levels 7-9 because they’re just so good)!

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