A Homeschool’s Autumn Book Recommendations

Welcome to Fall! I asked the kids what some of their favorite books from this summer were that we could suggest to our friends to enjoy this Autumn. This is what they said. It’s fun to see the variety.

The whole family loves these retellings of old stories like Saint George and the Dragon & The Kitchen Knight by Margaret Hodges, beautifully illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. All things illustrated by her so far have been fab. I have loved being able to share such great art through storybooks with my young ones.

Five years old to adulthood:

Eight years old and up:

Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga reprints with new art! More coming soon as well.

We loooove these books, and we have for years now. Each of our kids have now grown up with them as part of their childhoods. They make for an immediate laugh-out-loud fun read aloud and give us lots of enjoyment in our shared family culture.

Here’s the online description:

Janner Igiby, his brother, Tink, and their disabled sister, Leeli, are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that they love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang, who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice. The Igibys hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.

Full of characters rich in heart, smarts, and courage, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is a tale children of all ages will cherish, families can read aloud, and readers’ groups are sure to enjoy discussing for its many layers of meaning. Extra features include new interior illustrations from Joe Sutphin, (our dear friend!) funny footnotes, a map of the fantastical world, inventive appendices, and fanciful line art in the tradition of the original Frank L. Baum Wizard of Oz storybooks.

Teen gal:

The Audible version of Christy by Catherine Marshall.

In the year 1912, 19-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains – and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion. And don’t miss another heart-soaring best seller from Catherine Marshall: Julie.

For our high school level young Hebrew scholars:

The Book of Psalms (Tehillim) with an Interlinear Translation (Hebrew Edition) from Artscrolls has been golden.

Thanks to an expert team of experts a revolutionary new way to add meaning and understanding to the Scriptures and prayer is here. Innovative Interlinear translation where use of arrows directs your eye in the right direction so that you can keep following along. A great trainer.

For the Fall Biblical Holidays (Holy Days):

This book, 60 Days by Simon Jacobson has been a companion this past month and I will be able to have it’s thoughtful commentary throughout this next month as well as we walk through and learn about the continuing biblical holidays. I am a christian, but I find learning from Jewish sources incredible enriching and instructive in the foundations of our faith. I am really enjoying the questions presented for reflection and journaling as well as the history, language learning, and inspirational writing as well. It has nourished my heart.


Last but not least, a fun poem for reading under a tree while doing some nature journaling under the jewel toned leaves this fall? One of my favorite things…


I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Happy Reading!