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October 26, 2023

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – I love the fall colors, the cooler temperatures, and of course, all that delicious food! We’ve all heard the story – the Pilgrims sailed to America on the Mayflower and landed on Plymouth Rock. After a rough start, they were saved by the Indians who then celebrated … Continue reading "Unit Study: The History of Thanksgiving"

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April 2, 2023

I have always dreamed of opening an independent book. A cute, cozy Hobbit hole of a bookstore with new books, used books, maybe tea… If any of you remember a few years back, I started to talk about how I was actually collecting books I was willing to part with, and researching and planning out … Continue reading "BYL Online Used Book Super Store"

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November 25, 2022

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. There is a bookish gift for everyone in your life. Let me give you some ideas to make your holiday shopping easy peasy! For your scientist in training: How Machines Work: Zoo Break! by David Macaulay How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World … Continue reading "A Very Bookish Holiday Gift Guide 2022"

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October 31, 2022

This past month for our October 2022 contest (won by Maggie P. from MN), we posed two questions: What is your favorite creepy, scary or Halloween themed movie? What is your favorite creepy, scary or Halloween themed book? If you are looking for any last minute Halloween movie or book recommendations for tonight, here are … Continue reading "What is your favorite creepy, scary or Halloween themed movie and book?"

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August 29, 2022

  Last week, I posed the question “What is your favorite book?” as one of the entries for the Week 4 Anniversary Contest. Of course, it can be difficult to narrow down one specific favorite. But this was just for fun and I wanted to share the answers with you for your reading pleasure. Some … Continue reading "What is Your Favorite Book?"

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June 10, 2022

Maurice Sendak is widely considered to be one of the most important children’s book authors and illustrators of the 20th century. And though he died in 2012 at the age of 83, today would be his 94th birthday! Maurice Sendak was born on June 10, 1928 to Polish-Jewish immigrants and grew up in Brooklyn. He … Continue reading "Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak!"

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March 1, 2022

(Currently no new RABCs are being added at this time, but some of the previous month’s are still available below!) Welcome to the 24th installment of the Build Your Library Read Aloud Book Club! The March 2022 theme is “Everything’s Mathematical”. This month’s selection is about a young girl dealing with a family crisis and using … Continue reading "Purchase: Read Aloud Book Club Pack"

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December 15, 2021

With the holidays upon us, everyone is busy shopping for the perfect gifts for their children. If you are anything like me, you want to build a love of reading in your children. So what do you do when their wish lists are full of video games and action figures? You find them a different … Continue reading "Literary Gifts for Children"

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November 30, 2021

December is one of my favorite months, not just for the holiday season (although that is a big part of it).  I love making goals and planning out the new year. I love setting reading challenge goals for myself and I try to encourage my children to do the same. For the past several years, … Continue reading "2022 Build Your Library Reading Challenge"

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November 8, 2021

Not to downplay November 8’s importance as the birthday of “Bram” Stoker (1847), but I wanted to dedicate this week as “Neil / Neal Birthday Week!” Two of my favorite authors, both named Neil / Neal, celebrate birthdays this week: Neil Gaiman (November 10, 1960) and Neal Shusterman (November 12, 1962). Neil Gaiman I’m sure … Continue reading "Happy “Neil / Neal Birthday Week”!"

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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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