You can buy it for a tiny fee if you already own the book, or you can buy the eBook for $14.95. We’re excited that Create Space and Amazon so valued our book, they turned it into a Kindle eBook for us!
Poetry Teatime pairs tea and treats with poetry reading—anywhere from the kitchen table to a picnic table, by the seaside or on top of a mountain. Families around the world are indulging in this pleasurable, meaningful shared experience.
The Poetry Teatime Companion is an anthology of classic poems that will help your family bring the practice to life.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Rick Riordan taught in various schools for fifteen years before he began writing full time. His book, The Sea of Monsters, is a fantasy-adventure novel based on Greek mythology and is the second volume in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. The story follows Percy and his friends as they rescue the satyr, Grover, from the Cyclops Polyphemus.
Rick Riordan’s advice to young writers:
“It’s helpful if a young writer can find a mentor who believes in his or her talent. So don’t be afraid to ask for help! Find a teacher you respect. Correspond with authors. See if you can join a creative writing group in your community … Read everything you can get your hands on. You will learn the craft of writing by immersing yourself in the voices, styles, and structures of writers who have gone before you. Don’t be afraid that you’ll start sounding like a particular writer you admire. That just means you need to read MORE, not less.” –Rick Riordan
Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: The Sea of Monsters (affiliate link).
The Boomerang is a monthly digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It is geared toward 7th to 10th graders (ages 12—advanced, 13-15) and is the indispensable tool for Brave Writer parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.
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Presenting the 2016-2017 book lists for our literature program!
Full Year On Sale in June Arrow:$69.00 (regularly $79.00) Boomerang: $89.00 (regularly $99.00)
The Arrow (3rd-6th) and The Boomerang (7th-10th) are our language arts tools (digital magazines) 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.
The practices of copywork and dictation powerfully teach the mechanics of writing to your kids, without the emotional toll of critiquing your children’s original writing! They allow for the brain to encode proper usage, spelling, and syntax by marrying transcription skills to sentences loaded with meaning.
Try it this year, and see the difference!
August: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis) September: The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate) October: Homer Price (Robert McCloskey) November:Carry on Mr. Bowditch (Jean Lee Latham) December: The Birchbark House (Louise Erdrich) January: The Green Ember (S. D. Smith) February: Bud, Not Buddy (Christopher Paul Curtis) March: Out of My Mind (Sharon M. Draper) April: A Long Walk to Water (Linda Sue Park) May: The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
August: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs) September: Julie of the Wolves (Jean Craighead George) October: The Prince and the Pauper (Mark Twain) November: Moon Over Manifest (Clare Vanderpool) December: American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang) January: Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder) February: The Crossover (Kwame Alexander) March: Divergent (Veronica Roth) April: The Chosen (Chaim Potok) May: Echo (Pam Munoz Ryan)
Each issue publishes on the 1st of the month and will be available for download from a private folder on our Brave Writer Website. (Books, teacup, and frog not included.)
To purchase the books (all in one place for ease of ordering), use our Amazon Store (affiliate links)!
Want to know more? Watch the scope below to learn how the Arrow and Boomerang programs work and a little about each of the book selections!
One last caveat: We are offering Arrow and Boomerangbook clubs for ALL 20 titles next year. 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.
We’re excited to read with your family during the coming year!
May 14th was author George Selden’s birthday and to celebrate, we’re making a special offer! The Quiver Arrow for his novel, The Cricket in Times Square, is:
HALF PRICE through Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Midnight EST! ($4.95)
OFFER HAS EXPIRED
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden is an enchanting description of the powers of friendship and music. Chester, a cricket from Connecticut, accidentally manages to travel to New York City. In the hustle and bustle of Times Square, he makes his way to a struggling newspaper stand owned by the Bellini family. Through music, Chester is able to overcome the busyness of the city and remind people of the beauty of nature.
An excerpt from the book:
Chester’s playing filled the station. Like ripples around a stone dropped into still water, the circles of silence spread out from the news-stand. And as the people listened, a change came over their faces. Eyes that looked worried grew soft and peaceful; tongues left off chattering; and ears full of the city’s rustling were rested by the cricket’s melody… You wouldn’t think a cricket’s tiny chirp could carry so far, but when all is silence, the piercing notes can be heard for miles.
The Cricket in Times Square provides a great starting place for discussing classical music. A number of works, some lesser known and some more known, are discussed in the book including ‘A Little Night Music’ by Mozart and the sextet from ‘Lucia di Lammermoor.’ Encouraging your children to listen to the music and reflect on it as they read the book is an excellent writing exercise.
So, celebrate George Selden’s birthday and take advantage of our special offer!
The Arrow is a monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. 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. Quiver Arrows are especially designed for 1st and 2nd grades and include French-style dictation pages.
Today, March 25, is author Kate DiCamillo’s birthday! In celebration, there is a special deal on The Arrow for her popular novel about an unlikely but lovable hero, The Tale of Despereaux:
HALF PRICE through Sunday, Mar. 27, 2016 at Midnight EDT! ($4.95)
SALE HAS EXPIRED
The Tale of Despereaux was inspired by a friend’s son who asked that DiCamillo write a story with an unlikely hero who had “exceptionally large ears.” Thus Despereaux, the misfit mouse with floppy and, indeed, large ears, was born.
Despeareaux is a small mouse, always the one left behind in his family, who resides in a medieval castle. He falls in love with the princess and his adventures begin from there.
By describing a unique and unlikely love and an even unlikelier friendship, DiCamillo creates an entertaining hero that, though unlikely at first, has everyone rallying around him by the end of the novel. How can they not, when he seeks to win the honor of the princess and holds himself to the same standards as the knights of his kingdom? Despereaux’s heart is truly comparable to his big, floppy ears in terms of size.
Fall in love with Despereaux and his story for yourself, and take advantage of The Arrow’s limited-time offer.