Good Books

  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  • A Running Start by Rae Pica
  • Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
  • Freedom Challenge: African American homeschoolers edited by Grace Llewellyn
  • Calm & Compassionate Children: A Handbook by Susan Usha Dermond
  • The Successful Child by William & Martha Sears
  • Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: The 7 Basic Skills for Turning Conflict into Cooperation by Becky A. Bailey
  • Growing a Girl: Seven Strategies for Raising a Strong, Spirited Daughter by Barbara Mackoff
  • Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children by Sarah Napthali
  • Shelter for the Spirit: Creating Your Own Haven in a Hectic World by Victoria Moran
  • The Natural Year: A Seasonal Guide to Alternative Health & Beauty
  • Lit From Within by Victoria Moran
  • Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compasion and Grace by Denise Roy
  • Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue by Paul Woodruff
  • The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons
  • Raising Revolutionaries by Iyalosa OlaOmi Akalatunde
  • How to Talk so Kids Can Learn at Home and in School by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

Our Favorite Children's Books (so far)

  • The Twelve Gifts of Birth by Charlene Costanzo
  • You're All My Favorites by Sam McBratney
  • My Bible Friends Series by Etta Degering
  • Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
  • Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth
  • Girls Hold Up This World by Jada Pickett Smith
  • Please Puppy Please by Spike & Tonya Lee
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • Masai and I by Virginia Kroll
  • Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  • The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood
  • Grandad's Prayers of the Earth by Douglas Wood
  • Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen
  • Daydreamers by Tome Feelings & Eloise Greenfield
  • City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
  • Lily Brown's Paintings by Angela Johnson
  • The fortune-Tellers by Lloyd Alexander
  • It Takes a Village by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
  • Free to Be...You & Me conceived by Marlo Thomas
  • Thanks and Giving All Year Long by Marlo Thomas
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
Other Good Books by Levels:

     General Homeschooling Recommendations
    • Homeschooling: Take a Deep Breath--You Can Do This! by Terrie Lynn Bittner
    • The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling by Rachel Gathercole
    • School Starts at Home by Cheri Fuller
    • The Homeschool Handbook by Mary Griffith
    • Homeschooling More Than One Child: A Practical Guide for Families by Carren Joye
    • Better Late Than Early by Raymond & Dorothy Moore
    • Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling by John Holt and Pat Farenga
    • Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool through High School by Rebecca Rupp
    • The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's Classroom by Mary Griffith
    • Homeschooling on a Shoestring: A Jam-packed Guide by Melissa Morgan & Judith Allee
    • The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids 3-12 by Linda Dobson
    • What Your [fill in level] Needs to Know [Series] by the Core Knowledge Foundation (to be used as a guide)
     Learning the Basics
    • Early Learning Skill-Builders: Colors, Shapes, Numbers & Letters by Mary Tomczyk
    • Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Pre-School Years by Elizabeth G. Hainstock
    • Games for Reading by Peggy Kaye
    • The Complete Resource Book: An Early Childhood Curriculum by Pam Schiller & Kay Hastings

    Science/Health Resources

    • Earth Child: Earth Science for Young Children; Games, Stories, Activities and Experiments by Kathryn Sheehan & Mary Waidner
    • Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac
    • Fun with Nature: Take-Along Guide
    • Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock
    • The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms by Clare Walker Leslie
    • The Usborne Book of Science Fun
    • Janice VanCleave's Play and Find Out about Science: Easy Experiments for Young Children
    • Kids Garden! The Anytime, Anyplace Guide to Sowing & Growing Fun by Avery Hart and Paul Mantell
    • The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia
    • Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy
    • French Fried and the Food System: A year-round curriculum connecting youth with farming and food by Sara Coblyn
    • How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers by Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel Kathleen Pringle (can be adapted for home use)
    Geography Resources
    • National Geographic Family Refererence Atlas of the World
    • The Book of Where (or How to Be Naturally Geographic) by Neill Bell
    • Pinterest Board: Homeschool Geography
    • The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia

    History Resources:

    World History (general)

    • The Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World
    • First Civilizations by Erica C. D. Hunter, Ph.D
    • Usborne World History: Ancient World
    • The Usborne Book of World History Dates: The key events in history [for the Western World]
    • DK How People Live


    American History:

    • There is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America by Vincent Harding
    • From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African American by John Hope Franklin
    • Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History 1513-2008 by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    • A People's History of the United Stated by Howard Zinn
    • A Young People's History of the United States adapted by Rebecca Stefoff
    • The African American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West
    • Autobiography of a People: Three Centuries of African American History Told by Those Who Lived It edited by Herb Boyd
    • Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney
    • The Black List by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell
    • Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Raymond Arsenault
    • Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge
    • The Civil Rights Movement by John M. Dunn
    • Women of the Civil Rights Movement by Stuart A. Kallen
    • Women of the Civil Rights Movement by Linda Barrett Osborne
    • Epic Lives: 100 Black Women Who Made a Difference by Jessie Carney Smith
    • Fifty Black Women Who Changed America
    • America's Black Founders: Revolutionary Heros and Early Leaders with 21 activities by Nancy I. Sanders
    • A Kid's Guide to African American History: More Than 70 Activities by Nancy I. Sanders

    Religious Study, Spiritual Growth, Character Development, Rituals/Practices/Celebrations

    • Let My People Go: Bible Stories Told by a Freeman of Color by Patricia and Frederick McKissack
    • My Bible Friends Books 1-5 by Etta B. Degering
    • Is That Story True? by Laura Alary
    • I'm In Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor
    • The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth
    • A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood
    • A World of Faith: Introducing Spiritual Traditions to Teens by Carolyn Pogue
    • Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents collected and adapted by Sarah Conover
    • Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents collected and adapted by Sarah Conover & Freda Crane
    • Enlightening Tales As Told by Sri Swami Satchidananda
    • Journey with the Gurus Vol 1 & 2 retold by Inni Kaur
    • White Flour by David LaMotte
    • Old Turtle by Douglas Wood
    • Old Turtle and the Broken Truth by Douglas Wood
    • The Book of Virtues edited by William J. Bennett
    • Free Spirit's 'Learning to Get Along' Series by Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed.
      • Reach Out and Give
      • Try and Stick With It
      • Accept and Value Each Person
      • Talk and Work It Out
      • Know and Follow Rules
      • Listen and Learn
      • Join In and Play
      • Respect and Take Care of Things
      • Understand and Care
      • When I Feel Afraid
      • Share and Take Turns
      • Be Polite and Kind
    • The Ladder of Life Series by Family Matters
      • Faith
      • Virtue
      • Knowledge
      • Temperance
      • Patience
      • Godliness
      • Kindness
      • Love
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