Best Homeschool Books:
My Top Ten Recommendations

Teaching your child at home is a BIG step. Here are my picks of the best homeschool books, children's textbooks and recommended reading to add to your book list.

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Even though I was taught at home myself, it is very comforting to learn and listen to others! 

These books will help you whether you are:

  • starting out
  • need some fresh ideas
  • want help with homeschooling teens or teaching children with special needs
  • feel in need of reminding yourself why you decided to homeschool in the first place!

N.B. Please note these are affiliate links.  You will pay exactly the same as you would normally but Amazon will give me enough to buy a cookie (I earned 5 cents in November!). 

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John Holt

John Holt quote

You'll find many John Holt quotes in here -  because he is my homeschooling icon!

When you look at his words of wisdom on my John Holt page you'll get a good idea of where he is coming from and a link to where you can download free articles written by him.

John Holt speaks to all homeschoolers, whatever teaching method you follow. 

He is the best person around to help re-enforce your reasons for homeschooling, especially when it comes to the public school addiction to testing children from such a young age.


Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson is the most inspiring person I know if you want convincing that school is NOT the best place to send your child.

Here is one of the most wonderful talks I've ever seen:

Finding My Element is about discovering your own true passion, but he also writes about the best way to uncover your child's.


Ross Mountney

Ross Mountney

Ross Mountney is deservedly well-known in UK home education circles.

She writes in a way which is relaxed and inspiring and will definitely make you feel that homeschooling is extremely well worth doing.

I borrowed the picture from Steph in my Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group - thank you!




John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto's insights into the faults of the education system carry great weight, especially as he was a winner of the New York Teacher of the Year Award himself.

You can see more about him here in the history of homeschooling.

Dumbing Us Down easily makes it onto the list of  my best homeschool books.  A great read to convince you that there is something seriously wrong with the way kids are taught in the public education system.


L R Knost

L R Knost quote

I love LR Knost quotes so much I have turned this into a poster which you can download on my home page.

She is comes recommended by my friend Lisa.  She is more of a parenting guide, but since homeschooling is really all about being a good parent that fits!


 The Education Revolution

Will Stanton comes recommended by my Facebook fan Laura.

She explains why this is one of her best homeschool books:

"Hi all really wanted to share my latest read, hope its ok, anyone who has children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, should definitely read this book!

Amazingly brilliant well written and so on point with what children really need, but are currently lacking!

We have both read it now and it has has taught me so much and and has helped us to push forward and know how to teach and lead our children into a more positive future!" ~ Laura


Rebecca Rupp

There are as many different ways to homeschool as there are homeschoolers!

You will work out the best way to home school for your family.

This book helps you if you want to make sure you have a structure in place so you cover what your child is meant to know grade by grade.

It is based on the traditional pre-K through 12th-grade system and recommends relevant textbooks.


Linda Dobson

A book for those starting homeschooling together with a book giving 500+ fun and creative learning ideas.

"This book was so amazing I am lending it out to people who aren't even thinking of homeschooling... it was just so wonderful to read!

I was about to start homeschooling my oldest and didn't have any idea where to start. Lisa Dobson addressed each of my fears and questions... and I don't even know her!" ~ Amazon review


Lise Pyles and Trish Kuffner

Two for the price of one enter my list of the best homeschool books at number nine!

One is to help you homeschool a teenager.

The other talks about homeschooling a child with Asperger Syndrome.


Sonya Chappell (me!!!)

Homeschool Secrets of Success
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Okay this is a bit naughty as it is my book! 

But as one of the few families taught at home myself and with my homeschool son going to Oxford University, I can show you how to avoid battles with the kids so that you create a happy and enthusiastic home where learning stays fun.

And that's the biggest secret you need to a successful homeschool.

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Do let me know if you have a favorite I can add to the best homeschool books!


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