What Should Your Homeschooler Be Reading?
published on 1/10/2023 by Angela Backer

If your student is using Moving Beyond the Page, he is probably already reading between 30 and 50 books each year. In addition to this, we recommend that each student read a minimum of one book each month -- just for fun.

  • No school.
  • No quizzes.
  • No essays.
  • Just reading.

Most children (and adults) tend to gravitate toward fiction, but nonfiction books should definitely be a part of the mix. Reading non-fiction can help students:

  • Learn new things,
  • Understand the past,
  • Think analytically, and
  • Improve comprehension skills.

The Texas Library Association just released their 2023 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List which features new books published in the previous three years “to provide children, teens, and adults with recommended nonfiction titles that stimulate reading for pleasure and personal learning.”


You will find a list of unanimous recommendations by the committee including the works:

  • I Am Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges, illustrated by Nikkolas Smith; recommended for Grades K-2
  • Packing for Mars for Kids by Mary Roach; recommended for Grades 3-5
  • Button Pusher by Tyler Page; recommended for Grades 6-8
  • Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice by Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, and Dawud Anyabwile

Many of these titles are award-winning, and you are sure to find something to pique the interest of your student. Find a complete list of recommended reading for K-12 and adults at the Texas Library Association's Website.

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