For many parents, the thought of homeschooling their child can be daunting. But with the right resources, homeschooling can be a great way to give your child a personalized education. One of the most important resources for homeschooling is a good kindergarten booklist. Here are some of the best homeschool kindergarten books to help you get started.
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This list includes living books used in many Charlotte Mason curricula and books commonly found in classical education curricula. It also has a few books from the Sonlight book list.
If you’re after a curriculum, make sure you check out these, which are some of the best kindergarten homeschool curriculum programs around. But, don’t forget young children love to play so these books can cover you for ‘kindergarten textbooks’.
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Easy Homeschool Kindergarten Books
The books below are often found on a lot of preschool and kindergarten homeschool book lists. If you child is at a simple comprehension level, these books will be perfect for them.
The Berenstain Bears: The Big Honey Hunt by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Scuffy the Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Little Red Hen by J.P. Miller
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
No, David! by David Shannon
Curious George by H. A. Rey
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
A Fish out of Water by Helen Palmer
The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina
Hairy Mclairy series
Grug SERIES by Ted Prior
Thomas the Tank Engine SERIES by by Reverend W Awdry
Mr. Men Book SERIES by Roger Hargreaves
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brownand Clement Hurd
Anatole by Eve Titus
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer
Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Intermediate Homeschool Kindergarten Books
The books below are found on many homeschool kindergarten book lists.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (OUR FAVORITE!)
Winnie the Pooh series by AA Milne and Ernest H. Shepard.
Beatrix Potter series (23 Books)
The Little House by Virginia Burton
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall, illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Stone Soup and other folk tale retellings by Marcia Brown
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman
Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit by Joel Chandler Harris
Various animal stories by Thornton Burgess (WE LOVE THESE!!!)
Poems and Prayers for the Very Young by Martha Alexander
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Aesop’s Fables, illustrated by Milo Winter
The Real Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright ($amzn)
Poems for Young Children compiled by Caroline Royds
A Child’s Book of Poems by Gyo Fujikawa
The World Treasury of Children’s Literature selected by Clifton Fadiman.
Hard Homeschool Kindergarten Books
The books below are found on many Grade 1 homeschool book lists and are a good stretch if you’re finding your children have advanced reading skills.
How to Behave and Why by Leaf, Munro
How to Speak Politely and Why? By Leaf, Munro.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Lloyd-Jones, Sally.
Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Taylor, Helen. (RECOMENDED)
Wise Words – Family Stories that Bring the Proverbs to Life by Leithart, Peter.
Flat Stanley by Brown, Jeff.
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Dalgliesh, Alice.
A Light in the Attic by Silverstein, Shel.
Daniel’s Duck by Bulla, Clyde.
Cowboy Sam by Changler, Edna.
The House that Jack Built by Frasconi, Antonio.
Benjy’s Dog House by Graham, Margaret.
Sammy the Seal by Hoff, Syd.
Danny and the Dinosaur by Hoff, Syd.
The Carrot Seed by Krauss, Ruth.
Inch by Inch by Lionni, Leo.
The Magic Fish by Littledale, Freya.
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Lobel, Arnold. (We love this one!)
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Tabak, Simms.
Quick as a Cricket by Wood, Audrey.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Carle, Eric.
The Potluck Supper by Davoll, Barbara.
Andy and the Lion by Daugherty, James.
Petunia by Duvoisin, Roger.
Angus and the Ducks by Flack, Marjorie.
Corduroy by Freeman, Don.
The Little Red Hen by Galdone, Paul.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Galdone, Paul.
Bedtime for Frances by Hoban, Russell.
A Gift for Grandpa by Hunt, Angela.
Peter’s Chair by Keats, Ezra.
George and Martha by Marshall, James.
Stone Soup by McGovern, Ann.
Little Bear by Minarik, Else
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Numeroff, Laura (SERIES)
Amelia Bedelia by Parish, Peggy. (SERIES)
Curious George by Rey, Margaret & H.A. (SERIES)
A Day at the Fair by Richardson, Arleta. (SERIES)
Nate the Great by Sharmat, Marjorie. (SERIES)
Harry the Dirty Dog by Zion, Gene.
Grandmother and I by Buckley, Helen.
Maybelle the Cable Car by Burton, Virginia.
The Josefina Story Quilt by Coerr, Eleanor.
May I Bring a Friend? By De Regniers, Beatrice.
Just Me by Ets, Marie
Little Toot by Gramatky, Hardie.
The Big Snow by Hader, Berta.
Whistle for Willie by Keats, Ezra.
Floss by Lewis, Kim.
The Poky Little Puppy by Lowry, Jannette.
Make Way for Ducklings by McCloskey, Robert.
The Little Engine that Could by Piper, Watty.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Potter, Beatrix. (SERIES)
Where the Wild Things Are by Sendak, Maurice
Thy Friend, Obadiah by Turkle, Brinton.
The Biggest Bear by Ward, Lynd.
A Chair for My Mother by Williams, Vera.
If you have older children, you can find a complete homeschool booklist here…
Conclusion: Homeschool Kindergarten Books
I love listening to homeschool kindergarten books as audiobooks. Audiobooks open up a world of adventure to younger children. Listening to audiobooks on Youtube also means you can listen to many audiobooks for free! I would try to find a book title you like and type in the name followed by ‘audiobook’. For example, ‘Little Pilgrims Progress audiobook’. Alternatively, you can listen on Audible which has a better range and better readers. Don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel called ‘How to Homeschool’ here.