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Books featuring homeschoolers

Books about homeschoolers

“Please excuse my child from school. I’m a vampire, and she might be one, too.”

Like other kids, homeschoolers can be inspired by seeing themselves in fiction. The problem is that many of the depictions of homeschoolers in mainstream fiction depend on misinformation and depict homeschoolers as two-dimensional. The books on this list all show more well-rounded depictions of homeschool life.

Some of them are older books from before the time when homeschoolers were considered unusual. Many are more recent, positive depictions of kids living modern homeschooling lives. Please leave other suggestions in the comments below. (I haven’t read all of these, so let me know if any don’t belong on this list.)


My book, Hanna, Homeschooler, follows seven-year-old Hanna as she moves to a new town and makes new friends.

Young Readers (picture and chapter books):


Middle Grade (8-13 years):

Like many gentlemen of his era, young Victor Frankenstein was homeschooled.


Young Adult (13+):

  • Carter, Ally: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You
  • Hubbard, Susan: The Society of S
    I enjoyed this book, which is quite well-written. The main character is the daughter of a vampire and a human who is kept in 19th-century style seclusion due to her “condition”—she may be a vampire like her father. Her father is distant but loving and she gets a fine classical homeschool education. Although the theme of this book is lovely—finding family and love—it does contain some grisly murders and wouldn’t be appropriate for younger kids.
  • Johnson, J.J.: This Girl Is Different
  • Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird
    I reread this recently and I was surprised to see that Atticus and his brother “never went to school.” Atticus is a lawyer, his brother is a doctor. When Scout first goes to school, the teacher tells her that “your daddy taught you wrong” because she could already read. Scout is mighty confused at this, as she could read for as long as she could remember. Not a book about homeschooling, but the message about the damage that school and bad teachers can do is loud and clear.
  • Mull, Brandon: Beyonders: A World Without Heroes
  • Oppel, Kenneth: This Dark Endeavor and sequels
    I have only read the first of this series. It portrays young Victor’s education as rather more lacking than the original Frankenstein (see Shelley below). It’s not anti-homeschooling, but it does point out the problem that can arise when a parent simply isn’t interested in an entire field of study and doesn’t guide his son’s studies in that area.
  • Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein
    Similar to The Secret Garden, this book hearkens back to a time and place when schooling was not the only way to learn. Young Victor Frankenstein and his cohorts do OK, though Victor does have a bit of a problem with the question of whether it’s moral to create a new life and then abandon it. Apparently, Daddy forgot to teach that high school class on ethics.
  • Sloan, Holly Goldberg: I’ll Be There
  • Spinelli, Jerry: Stargirl

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  1. Amy says

    “My Home, My School” by Jonathan Bean
    A new book, but very cute… we love all of his books!

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