Great Book Lists

Most of these are book lists I have used and enjoyed for our family while homeschooling through the years! When you have one or more voracious readers, you’ve got to stay ahead of them! There was no way I could preview all books before my daughter read them. These are the lists I trusted (or would trust if I’d known about them at the time) to give me high quality selections that promote the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. (That doesn’t mean there is nothing ugly or evil in these books. Far from it! But sometimes you need to see how dark evil is in order to see the true strength and light of the Good.)

A little plug: Our family owns and operates where we sell vintage children’s books! After looking through the lists below, you can find many of the books for sale on our website so please check it out and support our small business!  🙂

1000 Good Books

Read Aloud Revival

Charlotte Mason Plenary

Well Educated Heart

Reshelving Alexandria (now free to the public!)

Sonlight (Christian)

Bookshark (secular)

Sabbath Mood Living Science Books

Living Math Books

Ursa Minor (7th-12th grade)

Ambleside Online (check especially the literature and read aloud sections)

Wildwood Curriculum

Homeschool Routines and Schedules

With younger kids, a routine is better than a schedule because there will inevitably be interruptions! Decide whether your kids need their own checklist to mark things off or whether having one for you is enough. If you have several young kids to juggle, try something like this schedule I made for a friend (click image to enlarge):



Loop schedules help you to not feel anxious when you don’t get through everything you intended to on a particular week. They allow you to keep moving forward and not feel “behind.”

Videos about loop scheduling:


MORE SCHEDULING HELP (specific to Charlotte Mason homeschooling)

2 Ways to Schedule Your Homeschool Day

How to Finish Lessons by Lunch

Homeschool Co-Ops

Consider starting a small co-op with 1-2 of your friends if your kids are of similar ages. Get together one day per week to do some subjects with all the kids. One parent can watch the littles while the other does school with the big kids.


Some ideas of things that can be done during co-op

Read Aloud and Narration (podcast explanation here)

Science Experiments

Nature Walk/Nature Study/Nature Journaling

Learning with math manipulatives

Poetry (or upgrade to Poetry Tea Time)

Memory work

Composer Study

Art study

Geography (or these books)


Semi-independent seatwork (copywork, math, etc.)

Shakespeare (Start with abridged versions for younger kids or beginners.)

Foreign Language

Book Discussion


Soap Carving

Physical Education