Here is my big list of homeschool books recommendations. This list was compiled with the recommendation of 30 homeschool moms who participated in our 30 Ways We Homeschool blog party and contains our very favorite homeschool related or motherhood related books that will certainly help you in your homeschooling journey.

While I haven’t read all these books myself, I do plan to read as many of these as I can and that’s is why I also created a checklist with all the books listed here. 😉 You can print it out and check them off as you read them.

You don’t need to buy all of them, most of them can be found in your own local libraries or perhaps you can start a homeschool book swap with your homeschool friends!

I have linked each and every book to Amazon for your convenience in case you do want to purchase some of these books or simply check them out.

–> Don’t forget to download this list in a checklist format at the end of this post! 😉

homeschool book recommendations

Before you read the whole list I want you to know that these are my very own favorites!


We follow an unhurried homeschool pace inspired by Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education. But it wasn’t like this from the beginning. Our homeschool was a chaotic failure of an imitation of the public school system at home. I had no idea what I was doing. I was burned out, physically and emotionally exhausted and my kids were hating homeschooling.

It wasn’t until three years into homeschooling that I began to read some of the homeschool books I’m listing it here for you today. It was a game changer! My eyes were open to so many methods and approaches I didn’t know existed. I was inspired, revived and equipped to homeschool my children in a whole new way.

This is why reading these homeschool books are so important to us as homeschool moms. We need encouragement, fresh ideas, and inspirations.

Here is our complete list of homeschool books recommendations:

  1. 7 P’s in a Pod by Crystal Twibell
  2. A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections On the Gentle Art of Learning By Karen Andreola
  3. A Field Guide to Homeschooling by Christine Field
  4. A Gracious Space (pick any or all) by Julie Bogart
  5. A Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason.
  6. A.A. Milne’s Now We Are Six.
  7. Better Late than Early by Raymond Moore, Ed.D
  8. Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool by Karen DeBues
  9. Cartier Sails the St. Lawrence by Esther Averill
  10. Catholic Education: Homeward Bound A useful Guide To Catholic Homeschooling by Kimberly Hahn and Mary Hasson
  11. Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling
  12. Consider This by Karen Glass
  13. Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum A Guide to Catholic Home Education by Laura M. Berquist
  14. Dumbing Us Down, the Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, by John Taylor Gatto
  15. Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson
  16. Family Math by Jean Kerr Stenmark and Virginia Thompson
  17. For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School
  18. Government Nannies
  19. Handbook of Nature Study
  20. Home Education by Charlotte Mason
  21. Home Grown Kids
  22. Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School
  23. Home School Burnout: What it Is. What Causes It. And How to Cure It. by Raymond S. Moore, Ed.D and Dorothy Moore, M.A.
  24. Homeschooling with a Meek & Quiet Spirit by Terri Maxwell
  25. How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On to Learning
  26. How to Home School (A Practical Approach) by Gayle Graham
  27. IndoctriNation by Colin Gunn
  28. Learning All the Time, by John Holt
  29. Loose Parts 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky
  30. Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky
  31. Managers of Their Homes by Terri Maxwell
  32. Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight Managing Your Days Through the Homeschool Years by Heidi St. John
  33. Project-Based Homeschooling Mentoring Self-Directed Learners – by Lori Pickert
  34. Penny Gardner’s “Secular Charlotte Mason Study Guide
  35. Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons
  36. Teach Your Own, by John Holt
  37. Teaching from Rest by Sarah McKenzie
  38. The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles.
  39. The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter.
  40. The Dangerous Book for Boys
  41. The Fearless and Simple Guide To The Periodic Table by Teresa Bondora
  42. The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live
  43. The Homeschool Experiment by Charity Hawkins
  44. The Hundred Languages of Children by Carolyn Edwards and Lella Gandini
  45. The Life Giving Home by Sally Clarkson
  46. The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book by Teresa Bondora
  47. The Practice of the Presence of God.
  48. The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook.
  49. The Three R’s by Ruth Beechick
  50. The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Merciful Short Book on Homeschooling by Durenda Wilson.
  51. The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
  52. The Writer’s Jungle by Julie Bogart
  53. The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling by Quinn Cummings
  54. Poetry Teatime Companion: A Brave Writer Sampler of British and American Poems
  55. What Your ____ Grader Needs to Know
  56. When Children Love to Learn: A Practical Application of Charlotte Mason’s Philosophy for Today
  57. 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy
  58. When You Rise Up by R.C. Sproul Jr.
  59. The Heart of Homeschooling by Christopher J. Klicka
  60. Hope for the Heart of the Homeschool Mom: Encouragement for the Days When Sanity is Limited by Jamerrill Stewart


Your Turn: Is there a homeschool related book you love that is not here in this list? We would love to add it. Please let us know your homeschool books recommendations below in the comments!

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