Here at The School Down the Lane we love books!  I thought I would share some of our favorites.  Not all of these are *educational* in the traditional sense, and I haven’t catorgorized them as *for learning* or *for fun* as I think the two intermingle way too much.   I’ve included magazines we like also. 

This page is going to be an ongoing project as we are constantly finding new books we enjoy!

Book Series we Enjoy


Don’t Know Much About ——-

What Makes a Monet a Monet? (or a Van Gogh a Ven Gogh etc)

Giants of Science

Usborne Encyclopedia of (science, world history, etc)

Children in History

Chemistry for Every Kid (or Earth Science or Ecology or…)

DK Eyewitness Books

Horrible Histories

Murderous Maths

Anything by Allison Weir

Galileo for Kids (or Leonardo Da Vinci, or George Washington or…)

Story of the World (books 1-4)

Story of Science series

Story of the US


Dear America

Septimus Heap series

My America

Anything by Jane Yolen, Ann Rinaldi or Kathryn Lasky (historical fiction)

Royal Diaries

Magic Tree house (both the stories and companion study guides) 

Time Warp Trio

Series of Unfortunate Events

Harry Potter

Spiderwick Chronicles

Faerie Wars

Looking Glass Wars

City of Ember and People of Sparks

Andrew Lost

Inkspell triology (#3 coming soon!)

Pretty much anything by Emily Rhodda-especially Dragons of Deltora and her fairy series)

Almost anything written by Eoin Colfer (*I* love Airman)

Sherlock Holmes

Mary Russell series

Montmorency series

Charlie Bone Series

Books that aren’t series-but are still good!

non fiction

National Geographic Almanac of World History

National Geographic Almanac of American Hisotry


The Story of Mankind

An American Plague-the true and terrifying story of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793

Encounters in the New World-a history in documents

One Thousand Years of Painting-An Atlas of Western Painting from 1000-2000AD (warning-nudity)

Darwin for Beginners



The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Nory Ryan’s Song

Peter Pan

Peter Pan in Scarlet

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


Beware Princess Elizabeth

Mary, Bloody Mary

Patience Princess Catherine

Doomed Queen Anne



Bridge to Terabithia

Robin of Sherwood

Thief Lord

Phantom Tollbooth

House of the Scorpian


The Penderwicks

Matilda Bone


Enter Three Witches

Fiction Books the *I* Love (but probably aren’t for kids)

Face Down series of Elizabethan Mysteries by Kathy Lynn Emerson

______ in Death series by JD Robb (AKA Nora Roberts)

Anything by Neil Gaiman (well, in novel or short story form)

The Thief Taker

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime

Michael Jenks Medieval Mysteries

Brother Odd series

A Spot of Bother

Books for Mom and Dad

Hold on to Your Kids

Family Matters-Why Homeschooling Works

The Hurried Child

Last Child in the Woods

Lies My Teacher Told Me

Moral Minority

How Children Learn

Guns, Germs and Steel

Magazines We Love

Learning Through History 


National Geographic (not the kid one!)

Home Education Magazine

Family Fun

Dance Spirit


Entertainment Weekly (OK, that one’s for me ) )


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