Get Ready: 2022-2023 Book Reveal!

Brave Writer Book Reveal

Book Reveal Dates & New Product (ages 5-8) Alert!

It’s almost that time of year when our families get a little nutty enthusiastic.

They’re excited for good reason! 

Each June, I announce the newly selected book titles for the coming academic year for our mechanics and literature programs Dart, Arrow, Boomerang, and Slingshot.

We’ll also introduce Quill for ages 5-8!

These programs are designed to teach your kids the mechanics of writing through living literature!

The big reveal is exciting because these are:

  • books your family will read aloud together and treasure all year 
  • books that naturally teach writing mechanics and introduce literary elements

Here at Brave Writer, we take the selection of these book titles Very Seriously!

All year, we read, discuss, and delight in the year’s latest fiction as well as relishing the classics.

  • We aim for diversity of authorship and protagonists.
  • We incorporate a variety of genres: fantasy to the classics.
  • We carefully orchestrate the sequence of the books.
  • We balance book length against the holiday demands of a given month.
  • We alternate moving, poignant books with silly, lighthearted books.
  • We launch the year with a sure-fire winner and end with a warmhearted one.

By the time we’ve settled on a book list, we’re chomping at the bit to share it with you!
You can expect a lively, inspired reading journey.

Stay tuned for info about the live 2022–2023 reveal! It’s always a blast!

In the meantime…

Save the Dates

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Or watch live on Facebook.

Get ready for an incredible journey through literature in 2022-2023!

The Book Reveals are free to attend and we highly recommend watching with your children! Special snacks, yes! Confetti, of course!

See you then!

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Customer Choice Awards: The Winners!

Brave Writer Customer Choice Awards 2021-2022

Whoa! Your votes poured in!

We asked you: what are your family’s favorite read alouds from our 2021-2022 programs: 

  • Dart (8-10)
  • Arrow (11-12)
  • Boomerang (13-14)
  • Slingshot (15-18)?

Every title received votes. All 35 of them!

That means that every single title was at least one family’s favorite! We love that!

The books we select to study are delightful, endearing, and sometimes heartbreaking. In those books, we find the nuggets to inspire Big Juicy Conversations about:

  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • spelling
  • literary devices
  • literary analysis
  • and more—hello connections to history, science, culture . . .

While we adore all of the handbooks we produce for you and your kids, we know there are fan favorites. 

This year, we wanted to hear from you! And you were ready to tell us!

You’ve cast your votes! We’ve tallied the results!

The winners are . . .

Honorable mentions:

Did your choice win?

If you’re new to Brave Writer, now you’ve got a great shopping list of literature programs to try! Go to our Literature Singles page and select one of our Customer Choice Award Winners. Grab the book that goes with it from the library and you’ll be set for at least a month!

Thank you for another fantastic year of language epiphanies and Big Juicy Conversations!

2022-2023 Book Reveal!

Join us June 1 and 2 for the Big Bonanza Book Reveal! We’ll share the 2022–2023 line up of read aloud titles—and so much more!

Also: Psst! We’re adding a level called Quill (5-7 year olds).

Click the links to register for the Zoom webinars.

Or watch live on Facebook.

Get ready for an incredible journey through literature in 2022-2023!

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Book Reveal Q&A

Brave Writer Book Reveal

It’s our biggest event of the year: The Brave Writer Book Reveal!

What is it? Glad you asked!

Let’s do a little Q&A!

What is the Brave Writer Book Reveal?

It’s a little confetti and a lot of books! Over 30 new titles for 2022-2023!

Each year the Brave Writer team selects new book titles for our Mechanics and Literature programs.

Be the first to ooh and ahh over them by joining us live!

Click the links to register for the Zoom webinars.

Or watch live on Facebook.

What do the Mechanics and Literature programs teach?

The Brave Writer Mechanics and Literature programs teach:

  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • spelling
  • literary devices
  • literary analysis (high school levels)
  • Book Club Party ideas

We use copywork, three types of dictation, and Big Juicy Conversations to help your children have epiphanies about language as they learn to write.

The programs cover the following age groups:

  • NEW! Quill (ages 5-7)
  • Dart (ages 8-10)
  • Arrow (ages 11-12)
  • Boomerang (ages 13-14)
  • Slingshot (age 15-18)

Is training available?

Each level comes with Guidelines that explain and supply:

  • how to teach copywork
  • how to teach various forms of dictation to grow your child’s writing and editing skills 
  • how to engage your children in natural conversations about literature
  • sample routines (aka schedules)
  • a skills tracker
  • a weekly planning tool
  • tips for implementation

In addition, the Brave Learner Home community provides training and support for all Brave Writer products, classes and parenting/education questions.

  • Membership is free for a lifetime when you purchase a Brave Writer bundle or a year-long Mechanics and Literature program in June—find details on the Special Offers page in the Brave Writer store.)

Can I use one level for more than one child?

Yes. Each product is a non-consumable PDF. Print as many copies as you need for your family. The various levels are easy to adapt for family-style learning, too. One program—many children.

Adaptations are offered in the Guidelines that come with your program.

One bundle purchase covers your language arts, English, and writing needs for many children!

Is Brave Writer a complete writing and language arts program?

Yes. When you buy a bundle, you will have the three essential components of a complete writing and language arts program. Learn more. Select the bundle that’s right for your family.

Does Brave Writer teach academic writing?

Yes. Our program begins with writing voice and developmentally appropriate writing assignments. Children grow their academic writing skills through these carefully tailored writing projects, which cover all common academic forms and formats, in preparation for college.

Does my child need to take Brave Writer Online classes in addition to using the curricula? 

While Brave Writer classes offer a valuable experience for both parents and students, they are not required to have a complete language arts experience with Brave Writer.

Classes offer extra support and accountability that help many parents get over the hurdle of teaching writing.

If you find that you want to make time to teach writing, but never get around to it, a class will ensure that you keep that commitment to yourself and your kids. It’s the “hand-holding” approach to becoming your child’s best writing coach.

We recommend students take occasional classes for the sheer pleasure of it, or to gain experience meeting deadlines, or to enjoy receiving support and feedback from a trained writing coach.

Have more questions?

Want to know more about Brave Writer or the Book Reveals? Contact us at

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Friday Freewrite: Most likely to…

Friday Freewrite

Which friends and family members would best fit these superlatives (which means “of the highest quality or degree”) and why:

Most likely to…

  • be the life of the party
  • win a bake-off
  • make a speech
  • sing and dance on Broadway
  • become a superhero
  • write an award-winning novel
  • play a professional sport
  • start a band
  • visit Mars
  • _______________ (feel free to make up more)

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.

Podcast: Finding Deeper Value Without (and Within) Motherhood with Erin Lane

Brave Writer Podcast

On today’s Brave Writer podcast, we talk about motherhood like you’ve never heard it before!

I have five grown children and two grandchildren (with another on the way), and have been deeply invested in the wellbeing of mothers and motherhood for decades. It feels as if there’s little left to learn in that space for me.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered Erin Lane’s book, Someone Other Than a Mother: Flipping the Scripts on a Woman’s Purpose and Making Meaning Beyond Motherhood, and felt the full richness of myself as a woman, a mother, and a human.

Erin shares from her personal experience as a foster parent and then adoptive mother. She subverts the expectations associated with motherhood and offers women an opportunity to consider the fulness of what it means to be an adult. She explores the “act of mothering” as opposed to the role of “mother” and its power in our social and even political context.

This conversation is going to deepen and enrich your sense of womanhood in ways you could not have imagined.

Show Notes


Connect with Julie

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Customer Choice Awards!

Brave Writer Customer Choice Awards

We know! It’s hard to pick just ONE favorite Dart, Arrow, Boomerang, or Slingshot from the 2021–2022 year!

They each have so much to offer—sparking dynamic Big Juicy Conversations about writing mechanics, literature, and more.

But we know you can do it!

Spend some time reminiscing with your kids about the year, then cast your vote!  


Vote on all four lists or just one—it’s up to you.

Voting is open May 16–22.

We’ll announce the winners and honorable mentions on May 24th. Will your favorite win—or will you discover a new favorite just waiting to be read by you and your kids?

Thanks for helping us select our Customer Choice Award winners!

Tune into the Brave Writer Book Revels on June 1 and 2 to hear the 2022–2023 book selections!

We look forward to another engaging year of learning!

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