We all know the end of the year can be hard. Holidays are getting close, things have to get done, and homeschooling can become a chore. During this last month, we all just need a break! One way I can get homeschooling and relaxation accomplished is to grab a good book and read. Have a reading day with the kids. Get comfortable in pajamas and binge a new read or pick a new book and read aloud together under a cozy blanket!
I’ve rounded up some of our favorite books this year. This book list by grades will help get you started. I have included a few extra bonus activities for some of the books if you feel the urge to continue the fun and learning after the read.
Pre-K-2nd Grade Books
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
Do you have a biter? This is the book for them! We don’t eat our classmates will get laughs while teaching a great message.
The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
My kids have always collected rocks, sticks, and marbles. This collector collects words, all kinds of words. Learn about all the different words around you with this fun read. As an extra bonus, check out these free resources to go along with The Word Collector.
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
This is book one of the Narwhal and Jelly series. I highly recommend all of them. They are really great for beginning readers and reluctant readers. Plus, they are funny even for adults! Keep the fun going with this Narwhal and Jelly art activity.
3rd-5th Grade Books
The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris and Lissy Marlin
Escape reality with this read about magic, adventure, and most of all friendship. Heads-up, this is book one of the series. Your child will be begging for the next one when they finish.
The Unforgettable Guinevere St. Clair by Amy Makechnie
If you are looking for a strong character and a wonderful world built around a fun adventure then this is the book for you. I picked this one up for the kids, but I couldn’t put it down.
Trapped in a Video Game: Book One by Dustin Brady
This one was a surprising hit for my reluctant reader. Great for early gamers and kids that want to get lost in an adventure. Find the rest of the Trapped in a Video Game Series for more fun.
6th-8th Grade Books
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
If your homeschooler is into creepy ghost stories then this book is the one for them. This one was gripping and pulled me in from the first few pages. It is easily a one sit read!
Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor by Temple Grandin
Inspire your budding inventor with this! The great Temple Grandin shares facts, personal stories, and inventions to help ignite your child’s imagination. Keep the inspiration going with more inventor and inventions activities.
Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein: Based on a True Story by Jennifer Roy
This book is for those kids that can handle more real-life based stories. This book covers one ordinary kid’s view of life during war. Author Jennifer Roy offers a great Teacher’s Guide to help with this book and the topics it covers.
9th-12th Grade Books
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
If you have a history lover this might the book they need. Historical America meets zombies in this first book to what should be a great series that will keep them reading! Have a discussion about the book afterward with some book discussion question ideas.
Warcross by Mari Lu
This book is great for gamers. Venture into the game Warcross that isn’t just a game but a way of life. Keep reading with rest of the series.
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
Get enthralled with the competition in this book. Teens compete for a chance to be one of the final six to journey to Jupiter’s moon Europa. Perfect for space lovers!
Books for Mom and Dad
We don’t want fun for just the kids. Find something to add to your reading list too!
Ghostbuster’s Daughter: Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis by Violet Ramis Stiel
If you are a fan of the movie or just want a look into the life behind the curtain, try this one. I am a Ramis fan so that is what originally caught my eye, but I stayed for the stories and facts I didn’t know about his family and life with his daughter.
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
Do you need a reminder of the good in the world? Maybe you just want to reminisce about the days of watching Mister Rogers on PBS. Either way, this book will do both and might help inspire you to do some good as well!
I hope you found something to spark your interest above, but if you still need more reading inspiration you can try these other grade level homeschool books lists.