I’m often asked why the kid characters, Aidan and Nadia, in the Wright on Time books are homeschooled. The biggest reason for this is that my own children are homeschooled and so are most of their friends. Many of them have told me many many times how they’ve always wished that there were books about kids like them in the fiction sections of their libraries and bookstores. This is a hugely lacking area for the 2.2 million homeschooling families in the United States of America!
The following books are books that are “Do Life Right Approved“. This means that homeschooled children who I know have read these books and have declared the homeschooled characters to be a realistic interpretation of homeschoolers by today’s homeschooling standards.
If you know of another book that is not on this list, please let us know! We’d love to read it. The book needs to (1) have been written within the past 10-15 (ideally a lot less) years (anything older than that does not accurately portray how homeschoolers today actually live); (2) contain at least one main character who is an actual full-time homeschooler (not a neglected child left on their own or a child who attends an “alternative” school on or off stage); (3) the main homeschooled character needs to be a homeschooler at the beginning, middle and end of the book; and (4) school in any form cannot be a primary focus of the book, nor the background environment of the story. If you are the author of such a book that isn’t listed, we accept copies for our review (we guarantee at least four homeschoolers will review it and collectively write a review). Contact us here for mailing address, etc. We review within a month or less of receiving.
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Children’s Picture Books and Early Readers:
- I Am Learning All the Time by Rain Fordyce
Children’s Chapter Books and “Middle Grade”:
- Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1 by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
- Wright on Time: Utah, Book 2 by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
- Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr (the movie has Nim as a homeschooled character, but the book has her as an abandoned orphan)
Young Adult (YA)/Teen-Friendly Books:
- Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan (we all love this book!)
- Skellig by David Almond (not one we actually liked, but there is a realistic homeschooler in it)
- Stargirl and Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (these aren’t very realistic according to the homeschoolers I know, as they are full of “school girl angst” that just doesn’t exist in homeschooolers, but we were desperate to list something more here…)
- The Seer by Krisula Gosdis Moyer (we haven’t read this one yet; review to come soon)
Why didn’t we list older books? We didn’t list books older than 15 years because they do not accurately portray homeschoolers of today. If you are wanting an historical novel, there are many to choose from with kid characters who didn’t go to school (those lists can be found on many other sites and show a completely different way of life than what homeschooling is today). Lack of school does not equal homeschooled! As far as we know, this is the only list of fictional books today where homeschoolers can read and identify themselves in them. How fun for them!