September 2021 Monthly Newsletter

September 1, 2021

The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s September 2021 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 9/1/21 8:15 AM EST]

Sept 2021 News[September 1, 2021 ] – “BYL September 2021 Video Newsletter – Welcome to our September 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 the BYL September 2021 Video Newsletter on Facebook.

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

September is one of my favorite months – it’s the traditional back-to-school extravaganza, the end of the long summer, and the beginning of golden autumn. I hope your school year is off to a great start!

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

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 putting the final touches on the Level 7 update, to replace out-of-print titles and add some new exciting books.  You can expect the  Level 7 update to be available in mid-to-late September. I have a video about the Level 7 update along with some update news on my YouTube channel that you might find helpful: Build Your Library Update News and Peek at Level 7

History Book by Book!

We were excited to finally announce our newest project in June, History Book By Book! HBBB is a database collection of engaging, entertaining, and educational books about various historical topics if you missed the grand opening. 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

September Bookish Holidays

September has a bunch of fun book-related holidays. We have National Library Card Signup Month, Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month, National Read A Book Day (Sept. 6 – shouldn’t this be every day?), International Literacy Day (Sept. 8),  National Punctuation Day (Sept. 24), National Comic Book Day (Sept 25) and the last week of September is Banned Books Week.

For author birthdays, we have Tomie dePaola (Sept. 15), George R. R. Martin (Sept. 20), Stephen King (Sept. 21), and Shel Silverstein (Sept. 25). There are also a handful of characters from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings with birthdays, Hermione Granger  (Sept. 19), Hobbit Day (Sep. 22 – Bilbo and Frodo Baggins Birthday) (perfect timing for The Hobbit Unit Study), Garrick Ollivander (Sept 25) and Quirinus Quirrell (Sept 26).

Back to “Home” School Series (B2HS)

We shared our Back to “Home” School series last week on Facebook, but wanted to share the links one last time in case you missed them. Here’s hoping for a great new homeschool year!

“Read Aloud Book Club” Pack

Our Read Aloud Book Club is on hiatus until October. We still have some previous months available, so be sure to catch up on past books while we are on break!

“Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Streams

We hope you all enjoyed our last “Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Stream. If you missed our “Mother Culture – Self-Education for Parents discussion in August, you can find a recording by scrolling our Facebook or direct links on our past events page. We also had a corresponding blog post on “Mother Culture, or How to Homeschool Yourself,” if you want to check that out also.

Our next Facebook Live will probably be on October 8, 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 about 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 Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix in September ), 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

If you are looking for some homeschool  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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