Most Recommended

Homeschooling Curriculum Plans Most Recommended Reading List

The CRC Library compiled Recommended Reading lists from several of the best known Homeschool Curriculum plans. This list is of resources that were  recommended 5 through 12 times by all plans surveyed thus far.

The number before the title is how many different plans recommend that specific resource.

12 – Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
12 – The Hobbit & Maps of Middle Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien
12 – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
12 – Away Goes Sally by Elizabeth Coatsworth
12 – Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain
11 – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
11 – Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
11 – Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes (1944 Newbery)
11 – The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (1950 Newbery – Plague)
11 – The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (1962 Newbery – Jesus & Rome)
11 – Augustus Caesar’s World by Genevieve Foster
11 – Adventures in the Middle Ages by Linda Bailey
10 – Uncle Tom`s Cabin by Harriet Stowe
10 – To Have and to Hold: A Story of Virginia in Colonial Days by Mary Johnston
10 – The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese (Pre-Revolution China)
10 – Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
10 – The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (WWII)
10 – The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (American frontier)
10 – Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of The Iliad by Rosemary Sutcliff
10 – Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
10 – All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
10 – Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1880s town life)
9 – Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
9 – Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
9 – Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott (The Jacobites)
9 – Peter Pan by James M. Barrie
9 – Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall and Barbara Cooney (1980 Caldecott)
9 – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
9 – Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1990 Newbery – WWII Danish efforts to save the Jews)
9 – Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
9 – Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds (1942 Newbery – French & Indian war)
9 – Mary Poppins by Pamela L. Travers
9 – A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Victorian England & India)
9 – The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty – Landmark Book
9 – Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
9 – Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
9 – Chanticleer and the Fox by Barbara Cooney (1959 Caldecott)
9 – Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (1956 Newbery)
9 – Billy and Blaze by C. W. Anderson
9 – Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley
9 – Across Five Aprils by Iene Hunt (Civil War)
8 – Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1959 Newbery – Puritans)
8 – The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
8 – The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
8 – Twenty & Ten by William Pene Du Bois (WW II)
8 – The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War by Emily Little
8 – Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
8 – The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
8 – Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War by Stephen Crane
8 – The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
8 – Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
8 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Victorian, Classic)
8 – Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling, C. Holling
8 – Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle (Middle Ages)
8 – Moby Dick by Herman Melville
8 – Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
8 – Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920s)
8 – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
8 – George Washington’s World by Genevieve Foster
8 – Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
8 – Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
8 – D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
8 – The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
8 – The Chosen by Chaim Potok
8 – Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
8 – Cathedral by David Macaulay
8 – The Call of the Wild by Jack London (Alaska Klondike Gold Rush)
8 – Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
8 – Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
7 – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
7 – Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum
7 – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
7 – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
7 – Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
7 – The Tale of the Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt
7 – Swiss Family Robinson by Johan Wyes
7 – Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
7 – Song of Roland translated by Dorothy L. Sayers
7 – The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (Native Americans & frontier life)
7 – Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution, by Jean Fritz
7 – The Scarlet Pimpernell by Baroness Emmuska Orczy (French Revolution, Classic)
7 – The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
7 – Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (racism in 1930’s with a post Civil War Black family)
7 – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
7 – Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
7 – Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
7 – Paradise Lost / Paradise Regained by John Milton
7 – New Coat for Anna by Harriet Zeifert
7 – Mara, Daugter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
7 – Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
7 – The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
7 – Little Bear by Elise Minarik
7 – Librarian Who Measured Earth by Cathryn Lasky
7 – Leif the Lucky, by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’ Aulaire
7 – Lad: A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune
7 – Kingfisher History Encyclopedia 3rd Ed.
7 – King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (18th century, Africa, France and England)
7 – Kim – by Rudyard Kipling
7 – Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
7 – James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot (pre WWII England)
7 – Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
7 – Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (Native American California)
7 – The Hundred Dress by Eleanor Estes
7 – Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
7 – Heidi by Johanna Spyri
7 – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (West Africa)
7 – Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
7 – Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of English by Diane Stanley
7 – Good Master by Kate Seredy (1900s Hungary)
7 – Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
7 – D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
7 – Columbus by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
7 – Chronicles of Narnia (set of 7) by C.S. Lewis
7 – Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (Victorian, Classic)
7 – Castle by David Macauley
7 – Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare (French & Indian War Canada)
7 – Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
7 – Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
7 – Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell
7 – Ben and Me by Robert Lawson
6 – Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne and Ernest H. Shepard
6 – Viking Tales by Jennie Hall
6 – Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
6 – Twenty-One Balloons by Pene Dubois
6 – This Country of Ours by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall (Collection of many of the classic works)
6 – Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
6 – Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
6 – The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow by Allen French
6 – The Story of Mankind by Hendrick Willem Van Loon
6 – The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
6 – The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
6 – The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
6 – Seabird by Holling C. Holling (America at sea)
6 – Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Pioneer life)
6 – Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith (Civil War)
6 – Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
6 – The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
6 – Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning
6 – Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne – Landmark Book
6 – Penrod by Booth Tarkington
6 – Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
6 – One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn
6 – Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (Texas frontier)
6 – Of Courage Undaunted: Across the Continent with Lewis and Clark by James Daugherty
6 – Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
6 – My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
6 – Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
6 – Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney
6 – Michelangelo by Diane Stanley
6 – Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
6 – Macbeth by William Shakespeare
6 – Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
6 – Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
6 – Little Britches: Father & I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody (Early 1900s ranching)
6 – Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight
6 – King of the Golden River by John Ruskin
6 – King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
6 – Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
6 – Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln by Jean Fritz – Beginning Reader
6 – Iliad of Homer by Richard Lattimore
6 – If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
6 – The Ides of April by Mary Ray
6 – Huguenot Garden by Douglas M. Jones III
6 – House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert Dejong
6 – The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald, (Turn of the century – particularly interesting to boys)
6 – Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
6 – George Washington by Ingri D’Aulaire
6 – Gathering of Days by Joan Blos
6 – Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
6 – Fine Print: A Story about Johann Gutenberg by Joann Johansen Burch
6 – David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (Victorian, Classic)
6 – City by David Macaulay
6 – A Child’s History of the World by V. M. Hillyer (Ancients to WW1) SL1
6 – Children’s Homer by Padraic Colum
6 – Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
6 – Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Pacific Islands)
6 – The Borrowers by Mary Norton
6 – Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey – Picture Book
6 – Blue Willow by Doris Gates (Dust bowl story)
6 – And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz
6 – Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
6 – Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
6 – Aesop for Children illustrated by Milo Winter (126 fables)
5 – Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
5 – Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz
5 – The White Stag by Kate Seredy
5 – Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz
5 – When We Were Very Young by AA Milne and Ernest H. Shepard
5 – The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
5 – Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
5 – Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey by Rosemary Sutcliff
5 – Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
5 – Twice Freed by Patricia St. John
5 – Tut’s Mummy Lost…and Found by Judy Donnelly – Begging Reader
5 – Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling
5 – Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5 – Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis (Retelling of Cupid and Psyche)
5 – Theras and His Town by Caroline Dale Snedeker
5 – Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright
5 – Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
5 – Streams of Civilization (Vol 1) by Mary Stanton
5 – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
5 – The Stout-Hearted Seven by Neta Lohnes Frazier
5 – Story of the Greeks by H. A. Guerber
5 – The Story of Inventions by Michael J. McHugh and Frank P. Bachman
5 – Story of Dr. Doolittle by Hugh Lofting
5 – St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
5 – Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla
5 – The Spartan by Caroline Dale Snedeker (Ancient Sparta)
5 – Son of Charlemagne by Barbara Willard
5 – Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan (Norwegian children slip past Nazi guards with nine million dollars in gold hidden on their sleds)
5 – Silas Marner by George Eliot
5 – Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs by James Rumford
5 – Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone
5 – Sarah Mortons Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters
5 – Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley – Begging Reader
5 – Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda
5 – Saint George and the Dragon retold by Margaret Hodges
5 – Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
5 – Rembrandt: The Christmas Story by Rembrandt Van Rijn
5 – The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
5 – Rascal by Sterling North
5 – Quo Vadis: A Tale of the Time of Nero by Henryk Sienkiewicz (Roman opulence vs Christian poverty/power)
5 – Pyramid by David Macaulay
5 – Pompeii…Buried Alive! by Edith Kunhardt Begging Reader
5 – Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
5 – Poems & Prayers for the Very Young by Martha G. Alexander
5 – Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
5 – Pilgrim`s Progress by John Bunyan
5 – Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
5 – Peter the Great by Stanley, Diane
5 – Pensees by Blaise Pascal (Glassic 1600’s thoughts about human experience and behavior)
5 – Owl Moon by Jane Yolan
5 – Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy) by C. S. Lewis
5 – Our Mother Tongue: A Guide to English Grammar by Nancy Wilson
5 – Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier
5 – My Antonia by Willa Cather Bohemian (Immigrants in the prairies of 1800’s Nebraska)
5 – Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki
5 – Mr. Midshipman Easy by Frederick Marryat
5 – Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates
5 – The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
5 – Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
5 – Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen (1957 Newbery – depression era)
5 – Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling
5 – Milly Molly Mandy Storybook by Joyce Brisley
5 – Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
5 – The Metamorphosis, The by Franz Kafka
5 – The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
5 – Men of Iron by Howard Pyle
5 – The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
5 – Lord of the Flies by William Golding
5 – The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
5 – A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
5 – Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
5 – Leonardo da Vinci by Emily Hahn – Landmark Book
5 – Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott
5 – Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie by Peter Roop (1856 Maine)
5 – Joan of Arc, by Diane Stanley
5 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Victorian, Classic)
5 – The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
5 – In Freedom’s Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce by G. A. Henty
5 – Idylls of the King by Lord Alfred Tennyson
5 – I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (late Renaissance)
5 – The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
5 – Hittite Warrior by Joanne Williamson (Hittites)
5 – Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
5 – Hannah by Gloria Whelen
5 – Greek Way to Western Civilization by Edith Hamilton
5 – God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah by Joanne Williamson
5 – Geography Songs by Larry & Kathy Troxel
5 – Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
5 – From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
5 – Freckles by Gene Statton Porter
5 – Empty Pot by Demi
5 – The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson
5 – Emma by Jane Austen (Classic, Victorian)
5 – Emily by Michael Bedard
5 – Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Victorian, Classic)
5 – Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes,
5 – Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
5 – Desiring God by John Piper
5 – Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe
5 – Curious George by Hans A. Rey
5 – The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
5 – Corduroy by Don Freeman
5 – A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
5 – Christy by Catherine Marshall
5 – Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojchiechowski
5 – Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
5 – Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Teddy Roosevelt by George Grant
5 – Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
5 – Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt! by Jean Fritz
5 – Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
5 – Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry
5 – Box-Car Children by Gertrude Warner
5 – Beyond the Desert Gate by Mary Ray
5 – Beowulf by Seamus Heaney (Anglo-Saxon earliest extant poem in a modern European language)
5 – Benjamin Franklin by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
5 – Ben Hur by Lew Wallace
5 – Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh
5 – A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
5 – At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
5 – Arabian Nights
5 – The Apple and the Arrow by Mary Marsh Buff (Wiliam Tell)
5 – Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty
5 – Abraham Lincoln’s World by Genevieve Foster
5 – Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire