Growing Book by Book turns 2 today! I’ve had so much fun connecting with all of you, fellow bloggers, authors and publishers. Time to give some updates, shout-outs and announcements. AND, to celebrate turning 2, I have a fun giveaway for you too!
Big Thank You
There have been so many wonderful people who have helped Growing Book by Book grow this year. I’m so grateful to all who have helped me learn and grow.
Kid Blogger Network- KBN has helped me to connect with other kid bloggers. I truly don’t know how I made it through my first year before finding this amazing group of bloggers. I learn something new every week from this Facebook group.
Fellow Bloggers- I had the opportunity to guest post on some great blogs this year. A big thank you to I Can Teach My Child (teaching kids how to treat books), Make and Takes (The Thankful Book and Thanksgiving placemats), Let’s Lasso the Moon (gratitude journals), Living Life Intentionally (A Day in a Life of Another Mom’s Life Series), Emergent Literacy (reading outside), Carrots Are Orange (cooking with kids), The Usual Mayhem (mud literacy activities) and The Family Dinner Project (literacy benefits of dinner conversations) for allowing me to guest post on their fantastic blogs.
My Editor (and biggest cheerleader)- We all know that sleep-deprived moms can often make mistakes and not think clearly! Since I have children who don’t sleep through the night, I fall into this category. My editor, my mom, reads every one of my posts to check for clarity and grammatical errors. She is a life-saver!
Second Year Stats
Growing Book by Book continues to grow! Our Facebook page grew by 1,000 “Likes” this year. Have you clicked the “like” button? Please head here and check! We have some great conversations each day on Facebook about literacy and I also share lots of links to reading, writing and communicating ideas.
I love Pinterest! I spend way too much time on Pinterest, but I get so many good ideas I just can’t stay away. Pinterest is the biggest referrer to my blog and I am so truly grateful. This past year, my page went from 400 followers to over 2,500 followers. Come and follow along with one or all of my 44 boards. Here are a few of my most popular boards related to literacy.
Growing Book by Book– Pins from Growing Book by Book blog
Literacy Activities– Reading, writing, speaking and listening activities are featured on this board.
There’s a Book About That– This is a newer and extremely popular board where you’ll find lots of book lists on different topics and themes.
Email and feed subscribers continue to grow. When Google Reader went away, I ended up switching over to Bloglovin to follow all of my favorite blogs. It’s a super handy way to keep up with all the great things going on. Would you like to follow Growing Book by Book by feed or email? Check out the icon buttons in the top right corner of this page!
I’m hoping to connect with many more people this year! Please share about Growing Book by Book with your family and friends!
Top 2 Posts of the Year
By far, the top post in the history of Growing Book by Book was Muffin Tin Reading Games. Four fun and easy to prepare games were shared for building literacy skills. It’s definitely worth checking out if you missed it.
The second most popular post was a collaborative blogging project I did with over 50 other bloggers. Booking Across the USA showcases 50 books and projects from each of the 50 states.
I can’t wait to see which posts are at the top next year.
Closing Thought and Request
I want to thank all you for reading this blog each week. It’s so rewarding to know that I’m inspiring others to nurture our youngest readers. I look forward to sharing lots of great literacy ideas with you in the future. I always value your input and encourage you to contact me anytime! I want to make sure that I’m meeting your needs. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey. The information gathered will help me plan for the upcoming year.
To celebrate turning 2, I decided to have a giveaway. So, how about a pair of bookends for your bookshelf? Aren’t these super cute owl bookends? They just might be yours! GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES To enter the giveaway you will need to complete the Rafflecopter section below. That’s it! You have from 8/15/13 at 12:00a.m. (EST) until 8/21/13 at 11:59p.m. (EST) to enter. One entrant (must be 18 years or older) will be randomly drawn and sent an email (make sure to check your junk folder) on or about 8/21/13. The winner has 48 hours to respond with a mailing address (US only). If the information is not sent by the deadline, another entrant will be selected. Good luck!
Just found this blog and it’s great. I have the perfect gift for Growing Book by Book blog readers. Check out http://www.littletrainbooks.com. It’s a book of the month gift subscription for children ages birth – 12. A great gift for baby showers, birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions – or just because you want to give the gift of reading.
Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It says
Congratulations for blogging for 2 years! I didn’t realize that we both must have started around the same time! It’s been fun watching you grow and working with you on so many projects. Love the giveaway!
Thanks so much Kim! I’ve enjoyed collaborating with you too. I look forward to many more opportunities to work together!
Laura Jacobson says
Oh those are so cute!
Those bookends are adorable. 🙂
Pamela Spann says
Love any information about quality books and activities for preK. thanks
Hooray for two years! Thanks for the opportunity to win these whimsical bookends!
These owls are sooooooooo adorable, my daughter would love them 🙂
Those bookends are so cute!
Laura I. says
Happy blogiversary! Thanks for offering this adorable item on giveaway!
Giselle - Kids Yoga Stories says
Congratulations on your 2 years! Just discovering your website. Fabulous work. Look forward to connecting on books, education, and toddlers. 🙂
Thank you so much Giselle!
These are super cute! I’d love them for my nursery!
Holly Mitkowski says
So very very cute!!!!!
Misty Battle says
I was looking for a GFC widget or Blogloving so I can follow you. I have a passion for books also!
Kristie D. says
Congrats on your birthday. My niece and nephew love to read. My niece loves owls so she would love these! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.
Love this site-so many good ideas to help nurture a love of reading. Thank you!
I love owls. Those are so cute!
Jen Robinson says
Happy Blog Birthday!
Jennie Sanderson (@jenpsht) says
these owls are so cuuute! Squeee
Happy Birthday! Thanks so much for the chance to win! 🙂
Congratulations on 2 years! Just started following your blog recently and enjoying reading your posts!
Pat Soule says
Two GREAT years!!! Yahoooooooo.
Laura Mueller says
Happy 2nd Birthday! You are amazing juggling two little ones and putting out such a great blog.
Cassandra S says
Your blog is a great resource. Thank you!
These are super cute, and would be great for my 2 year old’s room! Congrats on 2 years of the blog! What an accomplishment 🙂
Deb Esling says
These are adorable! Congrats of your success and longevity!
Yay year 2!! Congrats! That is pretty darn impressive!
Brandy Fisk says
Missy Marie says
Congratulations!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway:)
Lori J. H. says
Congrats! Thanks for the great giveaway 🙂
Lauren Becker says
Congrats on two years! that’s awesome. These owls are too adorable.
Janny A. says
Thanks for the giveaway! My girls would love these!
Congrats on two years! I’m just starting a library for our first child (still in the womb) and those bookends would be a great start to our ‘forest critters’ nursery. Keep up the great work, I enjoy your blog a lot!
Mary Catherine says
Congratulations on your milestone! You have done SO much this year!!! 🙂
I am an educational consultant for Usborne Books and More, and I just love getting reading tips and ideas from this blog! The bookends are super cute and would be perfect for my daughters room!
Congratulations! Love the owls!!
Amy M says
Congratulations on 2 years. The owls are so cute.
Congrats on 2 years for your wonderful blog!
Congrats on 2 years! That is really great!
Those owls would look so cute in my room!
Congrats on 2 years! Those owls would look so cute in my room!
Anna @ The Measured Mom says
Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! What a great milestone!