July 2021 Monthly Newsletter

July 1, 2021

The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s July 2021 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 7/1/21 8:30 AM EST]

July 2021 Newsletter[ July 1, 2021 ] – “BYL July 2021 Video Newsletter – Welcome to our July Video Newsletter! You should have gotten our regular monthly e-mail newsletter in your inbox if you are subscribed. But you can now watch the video highlights and read the full details below or watch BYL July 2021 Video Newsletter on Facebook here.

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 items and more.

Monthly Newsletter

Summer is now in full swing and I hope you are enjoying a well-earned break from the school year routine. I am trying to soak up some sunshine and bask in the beautiful weather every chance I can get!

We have some new information to share as well as some reoccurring monthly reminders.

Summer / Back-to-School Sale!

It’s time for our Summer / Back-to-School SALE! We kicked off the savings a bit early this year to give you plenty of time to get ready for the next school year!

From June 28 –  July 11, take 20% off your entire purchase using the code SUMMER2021 at checkout. This code is only good for digital products listed on our BuildYourLibrary.com website.

Build Your Library Update Schedule

In an attempt to answer when the next level update will be ready, we have compiled our projected schedule into a post for easy reference. We will periodically update the chart when we make progress or have any changes to our tentative schedule.

I’m currently working on updating Level 3 to replace out-of-print titles and add some new exciting books.  You can expect the  Level 3 update to be available early to mid-July.

History Book by Book!

We were excited to finally announce our newest project last month, History Book By Book! If you missed the grand opening, HBBB is a database collection of engaging, entertaining, and educational books about various historical topics. We discussed it in depth during our Tea With Emily livestream on Facebook last month, you can view the recording here.

You can find books here on just about every time period or historical topic and for any age level. I’ve done my best to research and vet each title to ensure that this list is filled with living books. I’ve noted content warnings when necessary and my daughters and I have reviewed many of the titles recommended. This has been and will continue to be a labor of love, as we continue to build this website and update these book suggestions. I hope you find the website and this walkthrough helpful!

History Book By Book Main page

July Bookish Holidays

July is designated Read an Almanac Month, and July 30th is Paperback Book Day!

As far as birthdays go, Dean Koontz (July 9, 1945), E. B. White (July 11, 1899), Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899), and Helen Beatrix Potter (July 28, 1866) all celebrate this month.

We also have a couple of Harry Potter character birthdays with Neville Longbottom (July 30) and  Harry Potter (July 31) (perfect day to start a Harry Potter Unit Study).

While most of you do not need any extra encouragement to pick up some additional reading material – we have plenty of excuses for you here! Or an excuse for cake.

10 Books to Read For a Summer Escape!

Got any big summer plans this year? Why not include a trip of the imagination! Sarah compiled a great list of books that are filled with summertime magic. Crack open one of these great reads for a summer escape!

“Read Aloud Book Club” Pack

Our 19th monthly “Read Aloud Book Club” subscription pack is now available! The July 2021 theme is “Science with a  Dash of Magic.” This month’s selection is a beautiful story about a girl recovering from the loss of her twin by delving into the research project he left behind.  It’s the perfect read-aloud for the whole family!

“Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Streams

We hope you all enjoyed our last “Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Stream. If you missed our “History Book By Book unveiling last month in June, you can find a recording by scrolling our Facebook or direct links on our past events page.

Our next Facebook Live will be August 6, 2021. 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 questions you would like to cover. Additionally, you can also ask questions during the interactive live stream. Grab a mug of tea (or coffee) and cozy up with our virtual hangout!

Build Your Library Support

Are you looking for help or advice on your homeschooling journey? We have compiled all of our helpful resources into one blog post for you. From the many BYL-related Facebook groups to my book A Literary Education, there is a treasure trove of information and helpful parents out there to help guide you along your homeschooling adventure. If you have any questions, just ask!

For a comprehensive, everything you ever wanted to know about homeschooling with Build Your Library, check out our “Build Your Library University (for Parents).” We have collected the definitive list of articles, videos, and books pertaining to Build Your Library, Charlotte Mason, and general homeschooling. All categorized in a logical order for you to peruse.

BYL Social Media Shout Out

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 Read Aloud Book Club 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 projects 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 what I’m reading, join my Arrrgh Booked Book Club (we are reading The Witches Heart by Genevieve Gornichec in July), or just want ideas for books to read (either for you or 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. Or you can stay subscribed to our email list and browse our monthly newsletters.

Wrap Up

I hope your school year is going well! If you are looking for some springtime  inspiration, here are some articles you might find helpful:

We have well over 100 blog posts on various homeschooling and book-related topics if you want to browse for more.

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

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