Homeschool Recommended Reading List For All Grade Levels

Grades K-2

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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoesir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0061906220
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Dragons Love Tacosir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0803736800
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Llama Llama Time to Shareir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0670012335
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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Chicka Chicka Book, A)ir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=1442450703
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David Gets In Troubleir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0439050227
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Kindergarten, Here I Come!ir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0448456249
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Giraffes Can’t Danceir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0545392551
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Typeir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=1442433701
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Bear Snores Onir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0689831870
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Madelineir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=014056439X
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Arthur’s Back to School Dayir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0064442454
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Frog and Toad Are Friendsir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0064440206
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First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwells classroom adventures)ir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=158089061X
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Mercy Watson Boxed Set: Adventures of a Porcine Wonderir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0763657093
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Curious George’s First Day of Schoolir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0618605649
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Tar Beach (Caldecott Honor Book)ir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0517580306
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The Grouchy Ladybugir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=069401320X
Very Hungry Caterpillarir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0399226230
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The Judy Moody Uber-Awesome Collection: Books 1-9ir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0763654116
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The Giving Treeir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0060256656
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Goodnight Moonir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0060775858
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Henry and Mudge: The First Book (Henry & Mudge)ir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0689810040
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The Keeping Quilt: 25th Anniversary Editionir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=1442482370
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Planting a Rainbowir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0152626093
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The Josefina Story Quilt ir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0064441296
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The Ultimate Berenstain Bears Collection: Learn About Strangers;bad Dream; Berenstain Bears and the Truth; Don’t Pollute Anymore; Hug & Make Up; Messy Room; the Truth; Think of Those in Need; Lose a Friend; Golden Ruleir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=1494453630
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A Bad Case Of Stripesir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0590929976
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Uncle Jed’s Barbershopir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0671769693
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballsir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0689306474
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Dayir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=1416985956
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Tuesdayir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0395870828
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Miss Nelson Is Missing!ir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0395252962
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Sister Anne’s Hands ir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0140565345
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Stink: The Super-Incredible Collection: Books 1-3ir?t=tidbitofexp 20&l=as2&o=1&a=0763668311
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 There is a LONG list of other books that could have been included on this homeschool recommended reading lists, but I don’t think you want a library post made for you.

What book would you have expected to see on this list for Grades K-2? 

To get Grades 3-5, go to the next page by hitting the number 3 below the author box. 




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I'm Crystal. I'm married to Dale, and mother to Johnny. Some might say that my life is perfect because I get to do all the cliché wife things like cooking, cleaning, and decorating - but there's more! I also have many hobbies including needlework (crochet), sewing, and reading. My son's education is important, so we homeschool him together.

33 comments on “Homeschool Recommended Reading List For All Grade Levels”

    • They are fun to read for sure. Thank you for checking out this list. I’m glad you commented on which one was your favorite. I hope to see you again soon.

    • I’m glad to hear that you still love it even after 25+ years of doing it. I have my days when I love it and days when I’m really asking why I started it to begin with. However, I think all homeschooling parents go through that. 😉 Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

  1. Crystal thanks for sharing this very helpful resource on Fridays Blog Booster Party #20. I am wondering if you took the photo of the dog, it is very well done.

    • I wish I had taken the picture of the dog, but I can’t take credit for it. It’s one of the finds from Dollar Photo Club. 😉 I’m glad that you found this post helpful.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

  2. I cannot imagine how hard and yet incredible it must be to homeschool.
    In Brazil, it is not done and in Belgium, it is not allowed.
    I think that this extra contact with a child is so important in the formation of their character.
    Great sharing.

    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting Debbie. I love homeschooling, but I never dreamed I would be doing it when I had kids. I’m glad it’s an option for us because our local schools scare the tar out of me!!

  3. These are good reading lists- I am a reading specialist so this is my profession and I know books. Well done!

  4. Uh, I don’t see any classics in here. Like To Kill a Mockingbird or Romeo and Juliet or King Lear or Lord of the Flies or 1984 or Tess of the d’Urbervilles or Of Mice and Men

    These are the books my kids are reading in school. The books you list here are books for entertainment – easy reads (that my kids read on their own anyway), there are no in-depth concepts or writing styles in your list. I suggest mixing the two.

    • Joanne,

      You bring up a good point! Honestly, of the ones you listed the ONLY book I enjoyed and could get through was To Kill a Mockingbird. All the rest of them was pure torture for me to even try to read.
      My goal with this list was to give parents an idea of books that will get their kids excited about reading first and foremost. I feel that if we can get them to appreciate reading first and then have them read books like the ones you’ve mentioned. Then they stand a greater chance of wanting to stick with it. MANY kids haven’t touched a book until they go to school and when they are forced to read these kinds of books they lose all interest in reading for pleasure. At least that’s my opinion on it. Again, I’m glad you voiced your opinion on the topic and listed off several classics for our readers to add to the list too!

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I do hope to see you again soon.

    • There are a ton of lists out there with the must read classics–the ones that we probably know anyway, because we all read them in school ourselves. What I need and really appreciate are the lists of suggested books that are more recent. It is hard to tell at the bookstore which ones are really good and which ones are just mindless series. Thanks for this list. (I have to add though, that having read The Book Thief, I would probably not let my child read it until after 9th grade–the language was a bit much for me.)

    • I’m glad you gave feedback on the book. 😉 I appreciate lists like these too. I was getting frustrated with having so many lists everywhere and figured if I was then others were too.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

  5. I love a good reading list! I have a 4th grader who loves to read & we are always looking for new books. The list you gave was perfect…it was so comforting to see books from my childhood (Secret Garden, Little House on the Prairie, C.S. Lewis). I would love for my daughter to read these books along with the others from your selection. Great post! So helpful! 🙂

    • Thank you for the words of encouragement. I liked the Secret Garden book too as a kid. Little House on the Prairie was my mom’s favorite show.
      I’m so glad your child loves to read. I love sharing the passion for reading with my kids.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

  6. What great lists! My oldest loved Roald Dahl in 3rd and 4th grade! He also loved (and still loves) almost anything by Rick Riordan. We have quite an extensive library because his love for so many different book series. 😛

    • That is so great to hear. I love reading book series best because I get to feel like I am making a connection with the characters.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

    • I can see why that may upset you, but I created this list as a way of getting kids interested in reading first and foremost. I feel like the classics are something they are forced to read. Granted they have their place, but many parents struggling to get their kids to read period. As a person who suffers from dyslexia, it was far easier to get me excited about reading to read things I was interested in first.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

    • I’m glad that you found it so useful that you’ve pinned it. I always love seeing your company. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  7. I’m always looking for great reads for the kids! Nice to have so many suggestions all in one place. Thanks for linking up to From the Archives Friday!!

    • You’re welcome. I am glad you found it beneficial.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

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