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A Year with Mia: Highlights from Our Blog

January 24, 2019

Get to Know Us Better – What’s on the Blog?

Over the past year, we’ve covered a good deal of territory via our blog, some of which you may have missed. From the silly to the serious, from new books to very old ones, here are some of the highlights from 2018, organized by topic.

On Mia and Mia Learning

We spent a lot of time this year on demystifying Mia and putting her into context. We discussed the origins, mechanismstechnology, and philosophy behind Mia, the literacy experts who inform her coaching and general approach, how she can help teachers, parents, and librarians rather than presenting competition, and even her social justice potential.

Reading Aloud Series

This series of three related posts were among our most well-received, covering why, what, and how  parents should read out loud to their independently reading children. We also had a diverting way for parents to assess their greatest strength in reading aloud.

Just for Fun

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has spent a significant amount of time online that quizzes were some of our most popular blog fodder. Among our followers’ favorites? Finding out which fictional dragon matched their reading style and receiving a book recommendation based on which literary cat best suited their purr-sonalities. We also had a great time interviewing illustrator Alex Rodgers and exploring how books shape identity in a poignant conversation with Rowan Walker, an eloquent bibliophile who happens to be gender non-binary.

Lists for Days

In 2018, our blog also had some mighty engaging lists of books organized on themes, like chocolatey reads, colorful picture books, books about fabric, clothing, and cloth, and more thoughtful compilations, such as our collection of biographies about women artists and our list of graphic memoirs written by women. We’re always gratified when these lists circulate widely and prompt more library check-outs and store purchases of heretofore underappreciated books.

Can’t Get Enough of Mia? 

If you’ve read every bit of our blog and you’re still hungry for more, great! Sign up on our pre-launch page at Indiegogo to learn more about Secret Agent Mia’s Book Club and to make sure you don’t miss a thing when it comes to our upcoming crowdfunding campaign.

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Quiz: Which Wacky, Weird Nonfiction Book Will Spark Your Newest Interest?

August 24, 2018

Quiz: Which Wacky, Weird Nonfiction Book Will Spark Your Newest Interest?

Find Your New Weird Interest Quiz


Ah, summer - it came and went so fast! Where has the time gone?


Going back to school can be stressful and you might look back longingly at your bygone vacation, but it’s also an opportunity to expand your horizons with newfound friendships and interests. Some subjects aren’t covered in school, but that doesn’t make them any less fascinating or worthy of your time! Mia is all about you reading what you want for your own purposes. So many great books have been released just in the last year. Take our quiz to find out which off-the-beaten-path nonfiction book will make you feel like you’re back on vacation!


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The Fabric of Our Lives: Books About Cloth, Clothing, and More

August 3, 2018

The Fabric of Our Lives: Books About Cloth, Clothing, and More

Books function as the fabric of our lives: warming us, making connections, and helping to define who we are. Here are some of Mia’s favorite books on fabrics, mittens, hats, coats, jeans, and more!