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A Collection of Homeschool Reading Lists For PreK through High School

written by: Laura Powell • edited by: Amanda Grove • updated: 9/11/2012

Are you looking for a way to simplify your search for good, quality reading material for your child?. This article features five websites that have comprehensive reading lists that will help your homeschool planning get easier!

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    Where Can You Find Great Reading Lists?

    One of the beauties of homeschooling is that there is often more time in the day to read than there would be in a traditional school. Finding quality books can be difficult if you don't know where to search for the great titles. The reading lists featured are comprehensive, and sorted well, so finding a book for students of different ages is made easy. I have included a few sample titles, in addition to a small summary about each reading list below. If you find you recognize the titles, or your interest is piqued to see more, follow the link to see the complete list at each website.


    This website provides an extensive listing of books for children in grades 1st through 12th grades. This list was compiled by twenty-five homeschool moms over the course of a year's time through discussions on titles to exclude or include. Their screening criteria included if it had good literary value, did it emphasize a Biblical worldview, did it teach or reinforce morality, good works, or love, did it nourish imagination or intellect, or could it be enjoyed across age barriers, along with other screening questions as well.

    Their website breaks down the reading materials into four categories: 1st through 3rd grade, 4th through 6th grade, 7th through 9th grade, and 10th through 12th grade.


    The Monroe County Public Library in Monroe County, Indiana has put together an impressive reading list on their Library's website. The books have been selected by the Librarians and the list was last updated in July of 2010. They have an enormous break down of categories including sports stories, princess stories, folktales, reluctant readers, classic fiction, World War II, early readers, funny fiction, and classic fiction, among many, many others. This website also has links to the Caldecott and Newberry Medal award winning books.


    The Caldecott Medal was named for the Nineteenth century English illustrator Randolph Caledecott. The award is given annually by the Association for Library Service, a division of the American Library Association. The award is given to an artist of a distinguished American picture book.

    The Newberry Medal was named for the Eighteenth century British bookseller John Newberry. It is awarded annually bu the Association for Library Service, a division of the American Library Association. The award is given to the most distinguished contribution to American Literature for children. The website lists, by year, the Caldecott and Newberry award winners.


    Reading is Fundamental and the American Library Association both put together small lists of great reads for children on this joint website. They broke down their lists into categories as follows: preschool-kindergarten, grades 1-3, grades 4-6, and then also by age 5-7, 7-9, and 9-12.


    The FamilyEducation website covers many different parenting topics, but they also cover reading lists by age for summer, for classics, and for general reading. They sort their lists by age: 2-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and Older Teens/Adults. They also sort their books by category: books for girls, books for boys, adventure, series books, folklore, fairy tales and informational books.

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    Some Classic Titles From These Great Book Lists

    From Classical Christian Education Support Loop:

    • Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
    • Beowulf, The Warrior by Ian Serraillier
    • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
    • Emma by Jane Austen
    • Cross Country Cat by Mary Calhoun
    • Call Of The Wild by Jack London
    • Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
    • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

    From RIF/ALA:

    • The Tale Of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
    • Harry The Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
    • Ramona Quiby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
    • Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
    • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
    • The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
    • Little House In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Widler

    From Family Education:

    • Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Jan Brett
    • Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
    • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
    • Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
    • A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
    • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
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    Image Credit

    Wikimedia Commons: Source: US Navy 061026-N-5271J-014