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Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15th to October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.

“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.” –From the Hispanic Heritage Month about page

Here at Brave Writer we would like to direct you to some products and resources for Hispanic Heritage Month.


[This post contains Amazon affiliate links. When you click on those links to make purchases,
Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]


Esperanza Rising Arrow

Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico–she’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances–Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.—Amazon (purchase the book here)

The Arrow is the monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (you purchase or obtain the novels yourself). It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

Movie Night Suggestion: Coco

Miguel comes from a family of shoemakers and in the Rivera household there is absolutely no music allowed. Miguel’s great-great-grandmother’s husband abandoned the family many years before to pursue music and ever since then the family has forbade music on principle. But Miguel dreams of one day becoming a renowned musician. His idol is the famous Ernesto de la Cruz, who was a popular singer before his untimely death. And now it seems like it’s Miguel’s lucky break. During the Day of the Dead holiday there will be a music contest and Miguel hopes to enter. But magic is in the air, and when Miguel’s plan goes wrong, he finds himself in the Land of the Dead! Now Miguel must find his musician great-great-grandfather to receive his blessing and transport Miguel back to the living before sunrise or he will remain among his deceased ancestors forever!

Learn more about the film (includes discussion questions) here.

Poetry Teatime!

Here is a list of bilingual English-Spanish poetry books perfect for Poetry Teatime!

For more Poetry Teatime ideas for Hispanic Heritage Month, check out our post on the official Poetry Teatime website.


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The Redesigned Quiver!

Quiver Redesign

Our Arrow Program has a younger sister: Quiver of Arrows. The Quiver was designed for kids in first and second grades—new readers, new handwriters. It includes the same content structure as the Arrow, but the passages are shorter and the grammar is woven into the discussion of each week’s passage.

The Quiver features what we call French-Style Dictation pages as well (the regular Arrow does not). We explain this unique dictation process in the Guidelines that come with every purchase of a Quiver Arrow.

We’re excited to share with you that we’ve redesigned our popular Quiver of Arrows product! It now matches the Arrow design and while we were at it, we decided to toss in the Book Club Party School ideas for each guide, too!

Here are the titles we feature in the Quiver program* (books not included):

*If you already purchased the Quiver from us, you will receive the updates as a courtesy from us at no extra expense.


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Big Book Giveaway: The Winners

Winners 2018-19 Arrow Boomerang books

We wanted you to have the books to go with your Arrow or Boomerang purchase so we held a BIG BOOK GIVEAWAY for the 2017-18 book collections!

Here are the 5 lucky winners:

  • Jasmine Brazill
  • Melissa Carey
  • Melissa Earl
  • Christine Gold
  • Erica Vermiglio

Congratulations! You’ll be contacted soon and your set of Arrow or Boomerang titles (your pick!) will be on its way to your home (international winners will receive a $100 Amazon gift card to buy the books).


The Arrow (3rd-6th) and the Boomerang (7th-10th) are Brave Writer’s language arts tools (digital magazines) that teach

  • grammar,
  • spelling,
  • punctuation,
  • and literary elements using living literature (a la Charlotte Mason)

They include

  • four passages for copywork and dictation,
  • parent-friendly notes to help you teach the mechanics of writing,
  • nine discussion questions,
  • and a sheet of themed-party suggestions.

Each issue publishes on the 1st of the month and will be available for download from a private folder on our Brave Writer Website.

One caveat: We are offering Arrow and Boomerang book clubs for ALL 20 titles (registration opens in July). If you decide you want your kids to be in our book discussion clubs, know that the issues of the Arrow and Boomerang are included for the price of the club.

The Big Reveal: Here are the 2018-19 Arrows and Boomerangs!

2018-19 Arrows and Boomerangs

2018-19 Arrows and Boomerangs

Plus, our Big Book Giveaway (scroll down)!

Big Book Giveaway

[UPDATED]

We wanted you to have the books to go with your Arrow or Boomerang purchase so we held a BIG BOOK GIVEAWAY for the 2018-19 book collections!

Here are the 5 lucky winners:

  • Jasmine Brazill
  • Melissa Carey
  • Melissa Earl
  • Christine Gold
  • Erica Vermiglio

Congratulations! You’ll be contacted soon and your set of Arrow or Boomerang titles (your pick!) will be on its way to your home (international winners will receive a $100 Amazon gift card to buy the books).


The Arrow and Boomerang year long programs are on sale for the month of June! Buy them now for the lowest price of the year!

The Arrow (3rd-6th) and The Boomerang (7th-10th) are our language arts tools (digital guides) that teach

  • grammar,
  • spelling,
  • punctuation,
  • and literary elements using living literature (a la Charlotte Mason).

We pick books for you to read that represent a diversity of perspectives and writing genres to expand the horizons of your young charges. From those books, we select four passages for copywork and dictation, paired with easy to understand notes written in a conversational and engaging style.

Each issue publishes on the 1st of the month and will be available for download from a private folder on our Brave Writer Website. Try it this year, and see the difference!

Both Arrow and Boomerang subscriptions are ON SALE until June 30, 2018!

$89.00 for all ten guides

ONE CAVEAT: We are offering Arrow and Boomerang book clubs for ALL 20 titles (registration opens July 30, 2018). If you decide you want your kids to be in our 2018-19 book discussion clubs, know that the Arrow and Boomerang guides are included for the price of the club.


[This post contains Amazon affiliate links. When you click on those links to make purchases,
Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]


The Arrows

2018-19 Arrow Titles

Aug: Penderwicks at Last
Sep: Redwall
Oct: Mary Poppins
Nov: Journey to Jo’burg
Dec: Because of Winn Dixie
Jan: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Feb: Freedom Train
Mar: Harriet the Spy
Apr: By the Great Horn Spoon
May: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

PSST: Our single issue Penderwicks’ Arrow (A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy) is now ON SALE for half price until June 30, 2018. Just $4.95! Grab yours here.

Purchase Your Arrow Guides


The Boomerangs

2018-19 Boomerang Titles

Aug: Twisted Endings Short Stories*
Sep: Cry, the Beloved Country
Oct: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Nov: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Dec: A Christmas Carol
Jan: Sense and Sensibility
Feb: March: Book One
Mar: Wolf Hollow
Apr: Fahrenheit 451
May: The House on Mango Street

* the August Boomerang title is a collection of short stories sourced for free online.

We encourage you to review the books yourself to be certain that you are comfortable with the content before giving them to your children.

Purchase Your Boomerang Guides


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Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder!

Happy Birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder The Long Winter Sale

Beloved author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born February 7, 1867, and to celebrate we’re offering the Arrow based on her book, The Long Winter:

HALF PRICE through Friday at midnight ET!

Just $4.95


[This post contains Amazon affiliate links. When you click on those links to make purchases,
Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]


“Then the sun peeped over the edge of the prairie and the whole world glittered. Every tiniest thing glittered rosy toward the sun and pale blue toward the sky, and all along every blade of grass ran rainbow sparkles.” ―from The Long Winter

Encouraged by her daughter, Rose (an author in her own right), Laura Ingalls Wilder chronicled the pioneer stories of her childhood which were filled with both hardship and love. The Long Winter is the sixth book in her Little House series. She would publish eight Little House books and a ninth was published posthumously.

Take advantage of this special Arrow offer! Ends February 9, 2018 at midnight ET.

Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: The Long Winter

The ArrowLearn language arts with the Long Winter Arrow!

The Arrow is the monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel (you purchase or obtain the novels yourself). It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.