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!