Upcoming Events, Conferences and Talks

[August 2021 ] – “Tea with Emily – episode 16 – More information to be released closer to this event

(Find links to the recordings of previous “Tea with Emily” episodes below)

[ Feb/Apr/Jun/Aug/Oct/Dec 2021 ]“Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Series!

Every other month, I will host an 30-60 minute long Build Your Library homeschooling chat. 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!

If you have any questions you want covered, topics discussed or any other suggestions, you can submit these ahead of time. You can post comments live during the stream, but to ensure they are not lost in the scroll, you can use our contact page beforehand.

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This series will be on Facebook Live. Make sure you like us on Facebook so you don’t miss out.

Upcoming topics: Choosing Great Literature, The Art of Reading Aloud, How to Incorporate Morning Baskets into your Routine.


More events to be scheduled.


Past Events, Conferences and Talks

[ June 4, 2021 ] – “Tea with Emily – episode 15 – In this episode we discussed an exciting new project,  History Book By Book!” HBBB is a database collection of engaging, entertaining, and educational books about various historical topics. 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!  (watch Episode 15 video recording here)

[ June 1, 2021 ] – “BYL June 2021 Video Newsletter – Welcome to our June 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 June 2021 Video Newsletter on Facebook here.

[ May 21-22, 2021 ] – CHN Virtual Mini-Con – I’m excited to share that I’ll be a keynote speaker at the California Homeschool Network Mini-Con next weekend! I’ll be speaking on Friday about how to teach your children using living books.

[ May 12, 2021 ] – Curriculum Connections Presentation

[ May 3, 2021 ] – “BYL May 2021 Video Newsletter – Welcome to our May 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 of our newsletter here(watch BYL May 2021 Video Newsletter on Facebook here)

[ April 16, 2021 ] – “Tea with Emily – episode 14 – In this episode, we hosted a collab Interview with Lindsey Sodano, Author of History Quest!” 

Since we have been changing our Levels 1 and  Level 2 curriculum to use the first two History Quest books, I hope were able to tune in and chat with Lindsey and me! (watch Episode 14 video recording here)

[ April 1, 2021 ] – “BYL April 2021 Video Newsletter – Welcome to our first Video Newsletter! I thought it would be fun to try something new. 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 of our newsletter here(watch BYL April 2021 Video Newsletter here)

[ February 12, 2021 ] – “Tea with Emily – episode 13 – We’ve talked about homeschool burnout in the past, but let’s be honest… we’re dealing with a new level of burnout after 2020. This episode, we talked about how to work your way through it and find the joy in homeschooling again. (watch Episode 13 video recording here)

[ December 4, 2020 ] – “Tea with Emily – episode 12 – We had an in depth discussion on the popular and somewhat scary topic of “Homeschooling High School,” hopefully leaving you less frightened. (watch Episode 12 video recording here)

[ October 19, 2020 ] – Recording for the “Homeschool Together Podcast episode 40,” posted November 6th, 2020.  (listen to recording here)

[ October 9, 2020 ] – “Tea with Emily – episode 11 – We had a chatty informal Q & A session, discussing questions about homeschooling in general, book recommendations, and homeschooling with Build Your Library. We also discussed a bit about the updates I’m currently working on. (watch Episode 11 video recording here)

[ August 7, 2020 ] – “Tea with Emily – episode 10 – Welcome to Homeschooling! Since we have had a HUGE number of new homeschooling families join Build Your Library in recent weeks, we decided to feature a “welcome to homeschooling” livestream. We talked about some topics for new homeschooling families, refresher topics for the veterans and how experienced homeschoolers can help new homeschooling parents when asked. (watch Episode 10 video recording here)

[ June 5, 2020 ] – “Tea with Emily – episode 9 – Summer Schooling is Fun-Schooling.” Let’s chat about ideas and tips for continuing learning into the summer months. (watch Episode 9 video recording here)

[ April 10, 2020 ] – “Tea with Emily – episode 8 – “Build Your Library Virtual Homeschool Convention Booth.” Adhering to the current social distancing climate, we hosted a virtual homeschool convention booth. We ran through our Build Your Library spiel as if you were to walk up to our booth at any in-person event. Touring our booth, we discussed an overview of each of our full year curriculum and unit studies, and flipped through the printed copies on display. Thank you for joining us in the comfort of your own living room, as we “vendor boothed” from ours. (watch Episode 8 video recording here)

[ April 2, 2020 ] – Facebook Live Interview with Kevin Noviello of Granite State American Karate – “Home school struggles and tips on how to get through.”  (watch video recording here)

[ February 14, 2020 ] – Tea with Emily – episode 7 – “Avoiding Burnout” Facebook Live – I feel like February is the time of year when homeschooling gets hard. Let’s talk about how we can make learning fun and give ourselves a little self-care during those long winter months when we feel like throwing in the towel.  (watch Episode 7 video recording here)

[ December 6, 2019 ] – Tea with Emily – episode 6 – “Reading Goals and Favorite Books of 2019” Facebook Live – It’s the end of the year and that means making plans and goals for the new year and reflecting on 2019. I always make lists of favorite books and reading challenges and goals for myself and my children. Let’s talk all about it!  (watch Episode 6 video recording here)

[ October 11, 2019 ] – Tea with Emily – episode 5 – “Morning Baskets” Facebook Live – 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!  (watch Episode 5 video recording here)

[ August 23, 2019 ] – Tea with Emily – episode 4 – “Back to (Home) School” Facebook Live – In this episode we chatted about getting organized and prepping for a great school year!  (watch Episode 4 video recording here)

[ June 2019 ] Simple Families Podcast – SFP 162: Reading Aloud + Our Book Overhaul [with Emily Cook of Build Your Library] – In this episode, Denaye and I talk about reading aloud and choosing great books for our children. (listen to recording here)

[ June 7, 2019 ] – Tea with Emily – episode 3 – “The Art of Reading Aloud” Facebook Live –  This episode we chatted about tips and tricks to make the act of reading aloud the best part of your day, read aloud recommendations, and answered any questions you had!  (watch Episode 3 video recording here)

[ May 18, 2019 ] – 23rd Annual Used Curriculum Sale & Expo – Homeschoolers of Maine (HOME), Augusta Armory, Augusta, Maine. Build Your Library will have a vendor booth on Saturday from 1-4pm.

[ April 16, 2019 ] – Learning Resources Fair at the Voyagers’ Modern Homeschooling Conference in N. Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Build Your Library will have a vendor booth from 3-6pm.

[ April 5, 2019 ] – Tea with Emily – episode 2 – “Reading Through History” Facebook Live – Today, we chat about historical fiction and well written history books. History never has to be boring!  (watch Episode 2 video recording here)

[ March 2019 ]2019 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair on Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

[ February 15, 2019 ]Tea with Emily  – episode 1 – “Getting Started with Build Your Library” Facebook Live – Whether you are brand new to BYL, or you have been a customer for years, let’s chat about using the curriculum, how it’s designed and how to make it work for you.  (watch Episode 1 video recording here)

[ December 2018 ]The Homeschool Snapshots podcast on A Structured Approach to Interest-Led Learning  (listen to recording here)

[ November 2, 2018 ] – Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, on November 2, 2018 from 4 PM to 7:30 PM. – talk on The Literary Lifestyle – Charlotte Mason in the 21st Century

[ July 12, 2018 ] – SEA Homeschoolers Conference 2018 on Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Marriott Marquis, in Atlanta, Georgia.

[ March 2018 ]2018 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, 2018 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Virginia

[ October 2017 ]SEA Homeschoolers Fall Online Conference October 9-15, 2017 – podcast/talk on The Read Aloud Lifestyle: How to Get the Most out of Living Books

[ June 2017 ]SEA Homeschoolers Conference 2017 on Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. – talk on Living Books and Adapting Charlotte Mason for Modern Secular Homeschooling on Saturday, June 3rd at 4PM

[ March 2017 ]2017 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, 2017 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Virginia

[ January 2017 ] – S.E.A.’s National School Choice Week podcast, Literature-Based Charlotte Mason Homeschooling with Emily Cook (listen to recording here)

[ September 2014 ] N.A.S.H. (National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers) convention in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Emily Cook, Author of secular homeschool curriculumEmily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-12 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 18 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also makes incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also check out her author page on Amazon.

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