The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s February 2019 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 02/18/19 6:00 AM EST]
Hey everybody, it’s Emily from Build Your Library! If you are just going to skim the beginning, here are the main topics in this month’s newsletter:
Now that I have your attention, here are the details on those and a couple other bits of information.
I hope your year is off to a good start! This month’s newsletter is a bit shorter than last month, but we have some new information to share as well as some reoccurring monthly reminders. As we stated before, our newsletter has about a 30% open rate, which is pretty good for email, but we don’t know how often it is different readers see some of the information for the first time. So we apologize if part of this is a rehash. 🙂
This month’s subscription-style box offering is titled “Axis & Allies: WWII in Literature,” which includes a 1940s era themed picture book for younger children, a middle-grade family read aloud, a book for older readers, and a book for you, the parent! I am very excited about this particular crate, as World War II is a favorite time period of mine to read about. I have a huge WWII book collection and it was a lot of fun choosing books for this crate.
As always, every crate will include a booklet with discussion questions and rabbit trail ideas, as well as a link to a page on our site with additional links, booklists, movies and documentaries, and printable activities to go along with the books. We sold out of the December 2018 and January 2019 crates and we only have a handful of the February 2019 ones left, so don’t wait too long if you want this one. We’ll be packing and shipping the March 2019 boxes very soon, so order yours today!
All remaining 2018 crates are now on sale for $25.00.
So far, we only have one conference appearance scheduled in 2019. Coming up next month, we’ll be at the VAHomeschoolers Conference on March 22 – 23. If you are anywhere near or within travel distance to Williamsburg, VA, we will be there in March! We will keep everyone updated if any more events are scheduled.
We are actively looking into a couple other potential appearances. At the moment we are trying to make a MA conference and an online expo work with our schedule.
We hope you all enjoyed our new BYL “Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Stream last week. If you missed the February Live Stream discussion on “Getting Started with Build Your Library,” you can find a recording on our Facebook page.
Every other month, I host a 30-60 minute Build Your Library homeschooling chat. You can ask questions about homeschooling, using Build Your Library curriculum, book recommendations, etc. We will announce the date ahead of time, and you will be able to submit some questions you would like to cover. You can also ask questions during the interactive live stream. Grab a mug of tea (or coffee) and cozy up with our virtual hangout! Our next one will be during the first week of April.
For the last two years, I’ve been sharing Black History Month book recommendations each week of February. There are so many fantastic own voices books to read to our children this month! At the end of the month, I compile all those recommendations into a blog post for easy reference. What are your favorite books to read during Black History Month?
Previous year book selections:
Black History Month Book Recommendations 2018
Black History Month Book Recommendations 2017
We always have our Social Media “chicklets” at the bottom of our newsletters and webpage, but we wanted to make sure you are following us on our other platforms. The Build Your Library Facebook is our go-to social media site, and we post there frequently with cool Amazon products and book recommendations we think you would like, as well as all of our Family Reading Crate announcements, blog posts, full year and unit study product releases and updates, and more.
Our Build Your Library Instagram page regularly posts pictures and insider info about what I’m currently working on or what I’m doing with my kids.
Although not 100% exclusively Build Your Library related, our Arrrgh Schooling YouTube channel has videos about books and homeschooling – but let’s be honest – it’s mostly books. If you want to see unboxing videos for the Family Reading Crates or just want ideas for books to read (either for you for your children) you are sure to find something useful! We also have a BYL Twitter feed where I share links and information about BYL and homeschooling.
I hope your school year is rolling along! If you are looking for inspiration this month, here are some articles you might find helpful:
I think that is about all for this month. Again, please follow us on whatever social media you frequent, there will be periodic updates posted there as well, but we will try to keep everyone in the know where ever you are surfing!
Thanks and Happy Reading! Emily