Books to Read | A List for the Homeschool Mom

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Books to ReadLooking for books to read as you snuggle down this Fall? I’ve got you. Let’s add to your TBR pile with some fun homeschool books to read for the homeschool mom.

I’m mostly recommending books you can easily find on Amazon, so best to know these are affiliate links.

When choosing any book to read, we aren’t left without a guide on how to choose a quality book. Philippians 4:8. And if you really want to deep-dive on choosing reading material (especially related to education), this guide, scroll about 1/2 way down the page is a solid checklist.  And of course, this podcast on choosing good books is helpful

Let’s continue.

Books to Read as a Homeschool Mom

Homeschooling can be fun, for sure. It’s also challenging at the same time. There are days (and sometimes weeks!) when you need a little inspiration, direction, or support. And a book is a great companion for those situations. And Fall is the perfect time of year to cozy up to a book and work on your “homeschool mom education.”

Let’s start with a homeschool refresh.

You don’t have to jump in and put everything you read into place, but when January rolls around, you’ll have done a good amount of due diligence and be ready for that fresh start.

    • Homeschool Planning Guide for the Unorganized Mom: An easy-to-follow plan for successful homeschooling when you don’t even know where to start This one is such a stress-reliever between two covers. You might think you’re organized, and then you’re home full time with a gaggle of kids, and you’ll soon discover you need ninja organizational skills *or* easy-to-implement and follow-up on strategies to get things done. (Secret: go for easy-to-implement.)

Habits: The Mother’s Secret to Success (Charlotte Mason Topics) The concept of habits as rails on which individuals steer through life — homeschool gold. Seriously. Even if you’re not the queen of habits, learning to establish them might take a couple of months, but will serve you for a lifetime. Get your kids on board, and your life just becomes a whole lot more manageable.

The Four-Hour School Day: How You and Your Kids Can Thrive in the Homeschool Life I loved this book for one simple reason: it gives moms permission. There’s a lot packed in this book, including lots of grace for the homeschool mom who is doing more than teaching her kids at home… she’s building a launching pad for life. And that takes more than textbooks and curriculum.

Taking Care of the Homeschool Mom through Books to Read

  • Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace Find homeschooling daunting? Does it fill you with anxiety and sometimes dread? This book will help you learn to let go and trust God with the results by placing your faith in what He can do vs. what you *should* do.
  • Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with Confidence If you want to homeschool bravely, viewing it as a mission or calling can keep your perspective straight when you’re in the thick of things. It’s not an accident that you are the mother of your children, and Homeschool Bravely can help reorient your homeschool and personal relationship with your kids.
  • Secret Code Time by Felice Gerwitz This mother-daughter book is a wonderful tool to create a bond with your daughter and improve communication, covertly. It’s a story-guide to relationship building!

My Favorite Books to Read, Just Because 

A moment of transparency here, and maybe you can relate. Motherhood and keeping a home has its own unique set of challenges.

If we come from any sort of dysfunction, ordering our own homes can run less than smoothly. Being a mother doesn’t make us immune from emotions such as anger, jealousy, and impatience. In fact, motherhood, contrary to the idyllic images from the Victorian era, can feel like a battlefield.

Kids throw tantrums. Teens talk back. Moms have meltdowns. In truth, we need as much grace as anyone else in the family. And some days, carrying the mental load moms often carry, we need more.

Here’s the good news about grace. God has an endless supply of it. <3  #Amen

The beautiful thing here is that he uses human instruments (authors/writers) to extend it to us just when we need it.

So, I wholeheartedly recommend the following books:

Theology of the Home I can’t say enough about how much I adore this book (and its volumes 2 and on) when it comes to framing the work we do in our homes. The photography is gorgeous, but it’s not a coffee table book. It’s a manual of motherhood and the life-giving nature of the home.

A Mother’s Rule of Life is one of the first books I turned to when trying to understand how to order my home and get out of a place of being overwhelmed. I credit this book for giving me insight to what a rhythm would look like in our house, and how to make it a place of peace, respect, and understanding. A perfect companion to the Theology of the Home series.

What About You? What’s In Your TBR Pile? 

Did you add any of the books I listed here? Maybe you already had several (or all!). What are your favorites? How has God given grace through resources like these? Tell me your story.


About Gina (Glenn) Steffy

Meet Gina Steffy, a veteran homeschool mom of four flown-and-grown wonderful adult children, with the happy addition of one bonus daughter to her new family. She is the author of Principle Approach Primer and writes for Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.