The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s October 2019 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 10/01/19 9:30 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 items and more.
Happy October! I don’t know about you, but this is when the Fall season really seems to get into full swing around here. Between the holiday season beginning and getting our school rhythm down, it’s both the busiest and best time of year! Is that pumpkin spice I smell?
The month of October is huge for bookish holidays, with “Children’s Magazine Month”, “National Book Month”, “National Cookbook Month”, “National and “Reading Group Month”. Also of note, the first full week of October is “Mystery Series Week”, the second week is “National Newspaper Week”, and the third Week of October is “Teen Read Week” and “Friends of Libraries Week”. If that wasn’t enough, October 16th has been declared “Dictionary Day” and the last Friday of the month is “National Frankenstein Day”!
As far as literary birthdays go, R. L. Stine of Goosebumps fame was born this month (October 8), as well as Oscar Wilde (October 16). We also have a couple of Harry Potter character birthdays with Minerva McGonagall (October 4), Filius Flitwick (October 17) and one of my favorites, Molly Weasley just before Halloween (October 30).
Are you looking for a spooky surprise to kick off the Halloween season? We still have a bunch of the October Books that Go Bump in the Night Family Reading Crates. There’s something spooky to read for the whole family and an included guide to help you turn it into a fun family unit study!
These are the previously released Family Reading Crates from last year, so if you haven’t yet purchased one, we have about 30 left. It comes with a Halloween Sticker Book, a spooky picture book for younger children, a family read aloud, a book for older readers, and a thriller for you, the parent!
There are a few other crates available too, if you are looking for something less scary!
We currently do not have any appearances lined up in the very near future, but we will keep everyone updated when more events are scheduled. Next year’s convention season is just around the corner!
Our next one is scheduled for Friday, October 11th at 1 pm EST, where we will talk about Morning Baskets! Do you use morning baskets in your homeschool? This is where we fit in those fun extras that slip off the to-do list when things get hectic. Let’s talk all about it!
At the beginning of the livestream, I will give a brief overview of the topic and then open the floor to any questions you may have. If you have any questions you want to make sure we cover, you can submit them via our Contact Us page prior to the event, so we don’t miss it in the scroll. This is a Facebook Live event, so you will just need to click through on Facebook to watch it live.
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!
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!
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 what I’m reading, join my Arrrgh Booked Book Club, 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. Or you can stay subscribed to our email list and browse our monthly newsletters.
I hope you’re school year is off to a great start! If you are looking for inspiration this month, 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