Homeschool reading lists

Homeschool reading lists

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I was asked what some of the books were that we read in our homeschool, in addition to the literature books we purchased with our curriculum, and so today, I will share some reading lists with you. This isn’t a comprehensive list because some of the lesson plans were recycled over the years. I borrowed many from the library. Sometimes our books were history or science related, and other times they were based on the interests of the children.

Elementary reading lists


I read these to my kindergartners:

Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie Kolman

Mail and How It Moves by Gail Gibbons

I Can Be a Police Officer by Catherine Matthias

Neighborhood Helpers by Jennifer Gillis

For some great picture books and other recommendations, check out this blog.

Second grade


The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron

More Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron

Julian, Secret Agent by Ann Cameron

Julian, Dream Doctor by Ann Cameron

Third Grade


The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

One of the Third Grade Thonkers by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Teddy’s Button by Amy Le Feuvre (Revolutionary War era)

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Stuart Little by E. B. White

The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White


A Frontier Fort on the Oregon Trail by Scott Steedman

Young Observer Vampire Bats and Other Creatures of the Night by Philip Steele

The Life Cycle of a Frog by Angela Royston

Living Near a River by Allan Fowler

Living on the Plains by Allan Fowler

Living in the Mountains by Allan Fowler

Living in the Rain Forest by Allan Fowler

Living in a Desert by Allan Fowler

Polite Moments by Gary and Cathy Maldaner

Blizzards by Lorraine Jean Hopping

Now I Know All About Seeds by Susan Kuchalla

I Can Read About Weather by Robyn Supraner

John Smith and the Settlement of James Town by Robin S. Pook

Pocahontas by Lisa Sita

We got books from the library about Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Noah Webster, about how animals talk, Engineers Everywhere, music composers, bicycle safety, and stranger safety also.

Fourth Grade


The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Blitz by Hetty Burlingame Beatty

The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh

Henry Higgins by Beverly Cleary

The Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling (We also watched the movie following the book.)

The Christmas Pony

Life with Lily by Mary Ann Kissinger and Suzanne Fischer

Leaving Gee’s Bend by Irene Latham

The Cricket in Times Square by George Seldon

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry


Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered by Barry Denneberg

Paper Clip Science Simple and Fun Experiments by Steven W. Moje

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing Habitats Jim Arnosky

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Walking in Wild Places by Jim Arnosky

Amazing Space Facts

Daniel Boone by Katharine E. Wilkie

If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine

If You Lived with the Sioux Indians by Ann McGovern

The First Thanksgiving by J. I. Anderson

The Story of Marquette and Jolliet by R. Conrad Stein

Up, Up, and Away: The Story of Amelia Earhart by Susan Canizares and Pamela Chanko

The Weather Tracker’s Handbook Explore the Changing Forces of Nature by Gregory C. Aaron

Plants Bite Back by Richard Platt

The Story of Ben Franklin by Eve Merriam

If I Grew Up with Abraham Lincoln by Ann McGovern

Abe Lincoln—Log Cabin to White House by Sterling North

If You Travelled on the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine

Storm Chasers: Tracking Twisters by Gail Herman

The Life of a Butterfly by Robin Bernard

If You Sailed on the Mayflower by Ann McGovern

Let’s Play It Safe

Lewis and Clark: The Story Behind the Scenery by Dan Murphy

The Wright Brothers by Charles Ludwig

We also read about fire safety, life in the great ice ages, Sacajawea, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, George Washington Carver, Clara Barton, Jackie Robinson, Salk & Salem, Mother Theresa, Alexander Calder, Neil Armstrong, Samuel F. B. Morse, Tut’s Mummy, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Robert E. Lee, Louis Pasteur, and P. T. Barnum. Check out your children’s and teen sections at the library.

Fifth Grade


A Place for Peter by Elizabeth Yates

Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge (A Watermill Classic)

Brave the Wild Trail by Milly Howard

Anna is Still Here by Ida Vos (after World War II)

Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop (WW II)

The Wilderness Family by Martin Quinn

Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary


How You Are Changing by Jane Graver

The Wonderful Ways Babies are Made by Larry Christenson

Noah Webster: A Man Who Loved Words by Elaine Cunningham

Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen L. Taylor

Middle School reading lists

Sixth Grade


The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Seventh Grade


The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis

Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis

The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis

The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis

Seven Alone (Originally called On to Oregon) by Honore Morrow, Revised by Phyllis Braun

On His Own by Horatio Alger, Jr.

Joshua’s Song by Joan Hiatt Harlow

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day by Scott O’Dell

Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Eighth Grade


The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Hard Times by Charles Dickens

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck

Both Sides of the Border by G. A. Henty


Sex, Love and Romance, Sex Education from the Bible by Hugh F. Pyle

It Couldn’t Just Happen, Fascinating Facts About God’s World by Lawrence O. Richards

Money Matters for Teens Workbook (15 years +) by Larry Burkett

I shared a blog on the Storyteller Squad about biographies, you might like to read.

Other Books

Here is a list of books I read with them aloud as a group at some time during their homeschool years.

Rascal by Sterling North

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes

My Friend Flicka by Mary O Hara

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

From Dark to Dawn: A Tale of Martin Luther and the Reformation by Elizabeth Charles, edited and revised by James and Stacy McDonald

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Reflection of God’s Holy Land by Eva Marie Everson

The Mountain that Burns Within by Tad Hardy

Dry Bones and Other Fossils by Gary E. Parker

The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible by Paul S. Taylor

Books I read with my girls

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of Windy Poplars by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of House of Dreams by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery

Rainbow Valley by L. M. Montgomery

Little House in the Highlands by Melissa Wiley

Little House by Boston Bay by Melissa Wiley

Little House in Brookfield by Maria D. Wilkes

Little Town at the Crossroads by Maria D. Wilkes

Little Clearing in the Woods by Maria D. Wilkes

On Top of Concord Hill by Maria D. Wilkes

Little House on Rocky Ridge by Roger Lea MacBride

Little Farm in the Ozarks by Roger Lea MacBride

In the Land of the Big Red Apple by Roger Lea MacBride

On the Other Side of the Hill by Roger Lea MacBride

Little Town in the Ozarks by Roger Lea MacBride

On the Ban of the Bayou by Roger Lea MacBride

Bachelor Girl by Roger Lea MacBride

The Ingalls Family of De Smet

Other books we read

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace

The Women of Easter by Lee Curtis Higgs

In His Steps by Charles Monroe Sheldon

Aesop’s Fables

Summer Reading–Middle Grade

The Zucchini Warriors by Gordon Korman

The Barn Burner by Patricia Willis

Sparrow Hawk Red by Ben Mikaelsen

For more great books about science, see the blog that covers Apologia.

These are many of the books we read, but not all. You, too, can discover great books to read with your children and for them to read to you. I hope my lists have brought some books of your own to mind. Dig up some of your childhood favorites to share with your children. Above all, enjoy a variety of wholesome books. For more ideas for books for middle grade and young adult readers, check out the suggestions at the Storyteller Squad blog too. You’ll find them under the book reviews tab.

Happy reading with your children!

What are some books you have read with your children that you think should be added to the lists?

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