Books on the Rationale for Homeschooling

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This New Books on Home-Schooling bibliography page is one of several bibliographies on the Learn in Freedom! site about homeschooling. Books listed here are recent books that describe homeschooling or explain the rationale for homeschooling, arranged by date of publication (most recent first). Other books about homeschooling are listed on the separate Web pages

If you don't want such complete lists but would like an overview of the best books about all aspects of homeschooling, please see this site's Current and Choice Books on Homeschooling bibliography.

Why to Homeschool

Homeschool Open House: Interviews with 55 Homeschooling Families
edited by Nancy Lande (Wynnewood, PA: WindyCreek Press, 1996) (ISBN 0-9651303-1-2). US$19.95, xii and 497 pages. Collection of interviews with fifty-five homeschooling families in which the families describe, in their own words, their experience of homeschooling. An update of Lande's earlier beguiling book Homeschooling: A Patchwork of Days, including follow-up information on many of the thirty families featured in that book. Multiple countries and multiple lifestyles are represented. A well-rounded "patchwork quilt" portrait of homeschooling and a great read. KMBowns

The Big Book of Home Learning Volume 1 Through 3
Mary Pride (Alpha Omega, 2001) (ISBN 0-74030083-0). US$69.00, more than 500 pages per volume.

Homeschooling: The Right Choice
Christopher J. Klicka (forthcoming, 2001) (ISBN 1-929125-07-0). US$14.99; index. Broad survey of policy issues related to homeschooling by an attorney for the Home School Legal Defense Association, with lots of detailed information, an update of earlier editions of this popular book. RECOMMENDED. KMBowns(1st ed.)

Homeschoolers' Success Stories: 15 Adults and 12 Young People Share the Impact That Homeschooling Has Made on Their Lives
Linda Dobson (Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 2000) Latest book by Linda Dobson, who until very recently was a columnist for Home Education Magazine.

The Home Schooling Mother: A Mom Just Like You
Vicki Farris and Jayme Farris (2000) (ISBN 1-929125-10-0 [pbk.]). US$12.99, new book by the wife of Michael P. Farris.

A Sacred Foundation: The Importance of Strength in the Home School
Michael Farris and L. Reed Elam (2000) (ISBN 1-929125-09-7 [pbk.]). US$9.99

The Beginners Guide to Homeschooling
Patrick Farenga (Cambridge, MA: Holt Associates [link to a different Web site], 2000) (ISBN 0-913677-17-5 [pbk.]). US$9.85, updated brief book by publisher of Growing Without Schooling magazine, a homeschooling father himself. KMBowns(earlier edition)

And the Skylark Sings with Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education
David H. Albert (Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 1999) (ISBN 0-86571-401-0) US$16.95, xvi and 222 pages; foreword by Joseph Chilton Pearce, illustrated by black and white photographs. Author's personal description of bringing up his two daughers. KMBowns

More Charlotte Mason Education
Catherine Levison (1999)

A Charlotte Mason Education
Catherine Levison (1999)

Homeschooling for Excellence
David & Micki Colfax (New York, Warner Books, 1988) (ISBN 0-446-38986-2). US$12.99, xv and 152 pages; bibliography and resource guide. Parents' account of why they homeschooled their children, with resource guides and brief account of their first son's journey from a mountain home with no electricity to Harvard. RECOMMENDED. WRITTEN BY A TEACHER. KMBowns

The Next Learning System; And Why Home-Schoolers Are Trailblazers
Roland Meighan (?: Educational Heretics Press, May 1997) (ISBN: 1-90021904-2 [pbk.]).

Should I Home School?: How to Decide What's Right for You & Your Child
Elizabeth Hamilton (Downers Grove, IL?: InterVarsity Press, 1997) (ISBN: 0-83081976-2 [pbk.]). 150 pages.

Field Guide to Homeschooling
Christine M. Field (Ada: Fleming H. Revell, 1998) (ISBN: 0-80075653-3). 272 pages.

The Homeschooling Book of Answers: 88 Important Questions Answered by Homeschooling's Most Respected Voices
Linda Dobson (Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1998) (ISBN 0-7615-1377-9). US$15.95. Collected answers to common questions about homeschooling from thirty persons familiar with homeschooling. KMBowns

Charlotte Mason Study Guide
Penny Gardner (1997) US$9.95

The Future of Home Schooling: A New Direction for Christian Home Education
Michael Farris (Washington, DC: Regnery, 1997) (0-89526-700-4). US$16.95, xxxi and 224 pages; appendixes (resource guide, list of organizations, list of state laws). Thoughts on classical education, political involvement, support groups, churches, school activities, and apprenticeships by the president of Home School Legal Defense Association. KMBowns

I Learn Better by Teaching Myself and Still Teaching Ourselves
Agnes Leistico (Cambridge, MA: Holt Associates [link to a different Web site], 1997). (ISBN 0-913677-12-4). US$19.95, 304 pages; resource guide, index. Combined edition of the author's earlier I Learn Better by Teaching Myself, a mother's account of her children's experiences in self-directed learning, and the follow-up book Still Teaching Ourselves. KMBseen_HCO, KMBowns(earlier edition)

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
Grace Llewellyn (1998) (ISBN 0-96295917-0 [pbk.]). US$19.00, notes, appendix "International Unschooling Resources for Everyone," bibliography, index. As John Taylor Gatto, 1991 New York State teacher of the year, wrote in his back cover blurb for the 1991 edition of this book, "Anyone who follows this clear blueprint is certain to meet the future with courage, enthusiasm, resourcefulness and the abundant love of life that the author has. She demonstrates brilliantly that school and education are two very different things, defining the latter precisely and with such a wonderful zest the reader is left dazzled with his own rich possibilities." Now updated with international information, Internet resources, and much more. WRITTEN BY A TEACHER. KMBowns(earlier edition), seen_HCO

The Homeschooling Handbook: From Preschool to High School, a Parent's Guide
Mary Griffith (Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, revised 2nd edition 1999) (ISBN 0-7615-1727-8). US$16.00. Detailed overview of homeschooling with much how-to information, by an author who is a regular participant in on-line discussion of homeschooling. KMBowns(1st ed.)

[New Books on Home-Schooling bibliography last revised 14 December 2000]

Comments from anyone and everyone about additions to, corrections for, or improvements to this bibliography are most welcome. My goal is to make the several pages of this bibliography the most complete listing of monographs on homeschooling anywhere. Any book about homeschooling, pro or con, new or old, belongs on this list. So if you know of a book-length work about how to homeschool, why to homeschool, why not to homeschool, who homeschools, the legalities of homeschooling, the social policy aspects of homeschooling, or any other aspect of homeschooling, please let me know about it if you don't see it on the bibliography pages of this site.

My special thanks to the publishers who sent me review copies of some of the titles listed in the bibliographies.

[Last revision 9 March 2013]

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A general State education is a mere contrivance for moulding people to be exactly like one another: and as the mould in which it casts them is that which pleases the predominant power in the government, whether this be a monarch, a priesthood, an aristocracy, or the majority of the existing generation in proportion as it is efficient and successful, it establishes a despotism over the mind, leading by a natural tendency to one over the body.
John Stuart Mill On Liberty (1859)
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