Specific Book Recommendations for You! – Part 3

October 29, 2021

This is part 3 of our three-part Specific Book Recommendations posts! I asked you for your specific book requests and now I’m sharing recommendations tailored just to you and your children’s needs! Remember to add your own recommendations to these requests below in the comments!

Middle-Grade Celtic Folklore:

The Book of Three

A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Middle-Grade Adventure with Renaissance secrets and mysteries (Da Vinci Code for kids)

The Van Gogh Deception

Chasing Vermeer


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler

Under the Egg

Black Forest, Roma, Bohemian – Folklore, Magic, Historical Fiction (all ages)


Yokki and the Parno Gry

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro



Young Adult:

The Girl with the Red Balloon

The Hollow Girl

Scandinavian/Viking Culture:


You Wouldn’t Want to be a Viking Explorer

A Child’s Introduction to Norse Mythology


Arthur and the Golden Rope

Guts and Glory: The Vikings

Young Adult:

The Saga of Erik the Viking

Riddle of the Runes

Books to compliment a high school chemistry course:

The Joy of Chemistry

It’s Elemental: The Hidden Chemistry in Everything

Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc

Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe

Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking

Interesting, Well-Written Non-Fiction for Kids:

The Light of Days Young Readers’ Edition: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos

Fever Year: The Killer Flue of 1918 (graphic novel)

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science

Amazing Evolution: The Journey of Life 

Strange Trees and the Stories Behind Them

My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope

Neil Armstrong/First Moon Landing/Space:



The Moon Book


I Love You, Michael Collins

How We Got to the Moon

Young Adult:

Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight (graphic novel)

Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition

Books about Homeschooled Kids:

Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World

Surviving the Applewhites

Hanna Homeschooler

A Corner of White

Books about Friendship:



The Cardboard Kingdom (graphic novel)

Liar and Spy

Lions and Liars


Similar to the Poppy series:

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM 


Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Capture

Graphic Novels about Video Games (similar to Press Start):

Escape from a Video Game series

Level Up (upper middle grade/YA)

Books About Kids Befriending Animals with a Female Protagonist:

The One and Only Ivan

Otto P. Nudd

Elvis and the World as it Stands


Flora and Ulysses

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Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-12 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full-year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 21 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also make incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books, and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can also check out her author page on Amazon.

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