Homeschooling Books: A Wish List for Libraries

December 5, 2013 @ 5:16 pm | Filed under:

This is a quick-and-dirty list of homeschooling how-to and reference books I’d love to see in libraries. I’ll prettify it later. Throwing it up hastily now during #ReadAdv (the Reader’s Advisory Twitter Chat) and will probably add to it during the discussion.

Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series

Sandra Dodd’s Big Book of Unschooling

Year of Learning Dangerously by Quinn Cummings.

Free Range Learning by Laura Grace Weldon

Project-Based Homeschooling by Lori Pickert

The Unschooling Handbook by Mary Griffith

As much John Holt as possible (How Children Learn, How Children Fail, Learning All the Time, Teach Your Own)

Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto

Also his Underground History of American Education

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  1. sarah says:

    Great list, and great conversation going on. I’d love to see what you add to this. My own library had almost nothing about homeschooling when I first started (that’s different now) but I did read something – I wish I could remember what – about unit studies which helped me shape my educational philosophy and politics. Later on I gained much inspiration from Karen Andreola’s Charlotte Mason Companion, although that may have been more to do with her style than anything else. And there was A Haystack Full of Needles by Alice Gunther, a book which gave so much encouragement and was the inspiration for many social activities in our IRL homeschooling community.

    To be honest though, although I love libraries, the best resources I’ve found for how-to-homeschool have been online. Ambleside Online for example. Waldorf Homeschooling websites. And especially other homeschoolers’ weblogs (for instance, I will always be grateful to have read your own homeschooling posts, particularly regarding tidal homeschooling.)

  2. Mama Squirrel says:

    Melissa, did you happen to notice my blog review of Laurie Bestvater’s new book about Charlotte Mason and the keeping of notebooks, The Living Page? Not meant to be a commercial here, but I think you would like it.

  3. Lori says:

    hi melissa, so honored to see my book on your short list! made my day! 🙂

  4. Melanie B says:

    Don’t forget A Little Way of homeschooling by Susie Andres.

  5. Mama Squirrel says:

    Hi Melissa, I am hosting this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling, and I’m thinking of a book theme. Could I include this post, or another one if you’d rather?

  6. Melissa Wiley says:

    MamaSquirrel, that would be fine (though I haven’t had a chance to flesh this one out yet). It’ll be more substantive later on! 🙂

  7. Mama Squirrel says:

    The carnival is up now (linked in my signature). Thanks!