Homeschool Books that Will Inspire You

One of the best things I ever did when we first started our homeschooling journey was reading everything I could get my hands on about homeschooling. Of course, I didn’t agree with everything I read in those homeschool books but all the different methods and topics helped me refine my own beliefs about homeschooling and the best ways of approaching the job with my own family.

Need some homeschool inspiration? Take a look at my favorite encouraging homeschool books for moms. You'll find inspiration and encouragement to help you on your homeschooling journey.

To help you on your own homeschooling journey, here's a look at some of my favorite homeschooling books. You'll also find more lists of favorites from other homeschool moms and a few quotes about their best-loved books. {Doesn't every homeschool mom have a favorite homeschool book or two?}

Related: Homeschool Planning

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The Well-Trained Mind

Don’t let this big book overwhelm you!

The Well-Trained Mind covers a lot of information and spans all grade levels. This is one of the books I refer to every year.

Here's a tip: when you read it for the first time, skim the book to get an overview and then go back and focus on the grades that are relevant to you right now.

Also consider: Home Learning Year-by-Year

The Latin-Centered Curriculum

If Classical education is really your jam, you'll want to add this slim read to your pile. Where The Well-Trained Mind is based in part on Dorothy Sayers' 'The Lost Tools of Learning', it isn't the only approach to Classical education.

The Latin-Centered Curriculum focuses on practical ways to bring the roots of Classical education to life, with plenty of curriculum recommendations and scheduling ideas.

Also consider: Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning

102 Top Picks for Homeschooling

After The Well-Trained Mind, this is one of the first homeschool books I remember reading. I had no idea there were so many curriculum choices!

102 Top Picks for Homeschooling is a great introduction to the many resources available. It has some great curriculum recommendations and a personality assessment section that I found very useful when I first started.

Also consider: The Complete Home Learning Source Book

Need some homeschool inspiration? Take a look at my favorite encouraging homeschool books for moms. You'll find inspiration and encouragement to help you on your homeschooling journey.

The Core

If you’ve heard of Classical Conversations you may want to pick up The Core by Leigh Bortins. While it isn’t a manual for the program, it does provide some great advice about memory work (and the mapping exercises are very cool).

Also consider: The Question by Leigh Bortins

Educating the Whole-Hearted Child

Sally Clarkson's Educating the Whole-Hearted Child resides on the bookshelves of many Christian homeschooling moms. Her encouragement and insight, as well as practical information, makes this book a yearly re-read for many. If you want to look at education as part of your life instead of something to be checked off your daily to-do list, add this book to your reading pile.

Also consider: For the Children's Sake

Educating the Whole-Hearted Child is one of the very first homeschool books I ever read. It has become my homeschool gold standard. It distills everything I believe and want to achieve with homeschooling my children into one book that I return to again and again.
— Sara at

Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series

I read this series early in my homeschooling career and it had a great impact on my choices (and helped me slow down just a little bit). It can feel a bit daunting reading her original works but I recommend you at least skim Towards a Philosophy of Education and Home Education.

Also consider: A Charlotte Mason Education or A Charlotte Mason Companion

Teaching from Rest

This refreshing book is one I re-read every year - especially when I’m getting bogged down in the day-to-day expectations. As a homeschool mom, Sarah understands the daily struggles we face and shares reflections and guidance in her book, Teaching from Rest. It always reminds me to put my worries and cares in the hands of the One who can handle them.

Also consider: Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breate

Sarah Mackenzie nailed it with this book. If I could sum this up in one sentence, it would be, ‘Let go and let God’. After I finished this book, I felt like I had a huge weight lifted off my chest. If you’re feeling stress in your homeschool- and I think we all do at times- I’m telling you, read this. Seriously.
— Shelly at There's No Place Like Home

Honey for a Child's Heart

While not necessarily a homeschool book, Honey for a Child's Heart really inspired my love for reading aloud. It's filled with inspiration and plenty of great books to read aloud with your children.

Also consider: Books Children Love

More Homeschool Books from Homeschool Moms

Now, if I haven't given you enough material for your reading pile, here are some more suggestions for you - all from other homeschool moms:

Bonnie at The Koala Mom - In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms: "This isn't about homeschooling, but it's a great book for homeschool moms because it helps reinforce the importance of what we're doing. I know some moms work and homeschool, but I find this book really encouraging when I start to question why I'm staying home with my kids instead of sending them to school."

Now it's your turn...

What homeschool books are in your reading pile? Do you have a favorite that you return to every year?

Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite homeschool books. I’d love to hear about them!

Tonia L

Hey! I'm the owner of Happy Homeschool Nest - a website devoted to helping homeschool moms balance the needs of homeschooling with managing a healthy and happy home.