My daughter loves books! I am stoked about that because when I was her age, I had no interest in books whatsoever. My daughter is a bookworm and proud of it. We can’t get books easily where I live (somewhere far, far away in the Pacific Ocean) – so, thank goodness for the internet. Check out 20 of the best-suggested book lists on the internet for your family.
When I first started homeschooling, I was excited to encourage my kids to read more books. What I quickly found out was that it took a long time to find books that were good for my kids to read. In “good”, I meant wholesome, yet relevant, — books that enriched her mind, yet were fun.
I say thank goodness for the internet because, without it, I honestly don’t know how we would have discovered some of the gems read in our homeschool. Don’t get me wrong. We love the library as well. They just don’t have everything, and there aren’t recommendations to help us. You search and hope that the book is semi-good, at least.
In came the amazing internet to save the day – with the recommended book lists. I love the idea of people going through books, then recommending them to the world. I do not like it when I can’t get into a book.
I can cope and stick it out in hopes that something great would happen at the end. My kids on the other hand, if they are reading a book and it doesn’t grab their attention or interest, that book will be left right where they found it. I can assign them books to read for school, but when it comes to leisure reading, I want them to truly enjoy it.
Reading is such a wonderful outlet for kids. It is an escape from reality for just a moment. Reading gains are knowledge and understanding that no one can take from them.
During my school years, no one ever made me read a book. Not even my teachers knew I didn’t read the books for reports and assignments. I was just able to get by. I faced difficulty trying to catch up with people in college. I don’t want to do that to my kids, so we use book lists to help us pick the best books for us.
In an attempt to help you not have to sort through a gazillion books through the internet, here are few reading lists that have helped us in our homeschool journey.
Before we get started on 20 recommended sites with booklists, I wanted to tell you about one of the best resources I have found for quality book lists.
Erica from whatwedoallday.com has a page that links to over 200 books by theme and grade that her children love. I recently found her book lists on Pinterest and have started following her. You will find books lists broken down by age, book lists by theme, topic, “if your kids like…,” classics, and more. I highly recommend you checking out her master book list page of over 200 posts.
This is a great source for downloadable library lists of pre-screened books.
The best-suggested book lists for teens and tweens:
40 Clean Reads for Teens | Delicious Reads
Eight Christian Books for Teenage Girls | The Caffeinated Bibliophile
40+ MUST READ Books for Christian Teen Girls | The Unlikely Homeschool
The best-suggested book lists for girls and boys:
30 First Chapter Books for Kids: Series About Boys | What Do We Do All Day?
A Book List for Christian Boys | The Joy-filled Mom
Character Building Chapter Books for Boys | Our Journey Westward
The 5 Best Christian Adventure Series for Boys | Everyday Graces
The Best Books for Your Beginning Reader | Too Much Character
Glad to Be a Girl: Awesome Chapter Books for Girls Ages 6-8 | Batch of Books
Wholesome Easy Chapter Books for Girls Ages 6 – 9 (No Sassiness) | Imagination Soup
The best book lists for specific homeschool subjects:
STEAM Biographies for Kids | All Done Monkey
40 Problem Solving Books for Kids | Teach Beside Me
Thirteen FUN Geography Books for Kids | Homeschool Solutions
The best book lists for moms who could use some reading time yourself:
19 Must-Read Christian Non-Fiction Books | The Purposeful Mom
The Best Books Every Christian Woman Should Read | Ambitions for Christ
10 Must-Read Books for Christian Moms | Just a Simple Home
Great Books to Inspire Great Moms | More Like Grace
10 Must-Read Christian Memoirs | Encouraging Moms at Home
Apologetics Books for Kids | Lextin Eclectic
More Beautiful Nature Books for Kids | Run Wild My Child
As you can see, I started my homeschool book list search by focusing on character and my faith. When choosing your own book lists, find an area that you want to focus on and roll with it. If you wanted to weave character-building into your homeschool year, then you can start the search there.
If you want your kids to be intentional about their reading, then check out the subject book lists above. They can read a book alongside their subjects to get them thinking more critically about what they are learning.
Get the kids excited about reading this school year. Start with these 20 of the best-suggested book lists on the internet.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!