Homeschool Books for Grades 1-2

7 Great Homeschool Books for Grades 1-2

Whether you’ve always done homeschooling, are looking to homeschool your kids, or are currently homeschooling until your child’s school reopens after the virus, finding the right books to engage your children can be daunting.

There are a lot of books and resources out there and it can feel overwhelming to find things that are both age appropriate and that will also interest your young ones. But never fear, because we’re here to help! Below are 7 great books perfect for readers in grades 1 and 2!



1. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna’s point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papa’s advertisement for a wife and mother. Before Sarah arrives, Anna and her younger brother Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she sing? Will she stay?

Themes and Interests:

– Historical fiction

– Abandonment, love, and loss

– Family

– Prairie Life

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2.  Donavan’s Word Jar by Monalisa DeGross

Donavan Allen doesn’t collect coins, comics, or trading cards like most kids. He collects words—big words, little words, soft words, and silly words. Whenever Donavan finds a new word, he writes it on a slip of paper and puts it in his word jar.

But one day, Donavan discovers that his word jar is full. He can’t put any new words in without taking some of the old words out—and he wants to keep all his words. Donavan doesn’t know what to do, until a visit to his grandma provides him with the perfect solution.

Themes and Interests:

– Power of words

– Vocabulary

– Problem Solving


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3. A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.

But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

Themes and Interests:

– Character on the autism spectrum

– Responsibility

– Taking care of a pet

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4. The Seven Treasure Hunts by Betsy Byars

One Saturday, Jackson and his best pal, Goat, hide treasures for each other to find with maps and clues—and it’s so much fun that the boys decide to do it all over again. Only this time, the hunts will be trickier, and the prizes will be outstanding.

But somehow, the best treasure of all disappears from its hiding place. Only one person could be responsible: the ogre, also known as Goat’s older sister, Rachel.

Can the two friends find the treasure before the ogre gets the last laugh?

Themes and Interests:

– Mystery

– Sisters/Siblings

– Friendship


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5. Tornado by Betsy Byars

A tornado appears in the distance, and the family quickly gathers into the storm cellar. The storm rages outside, but Pete, the farmhand, knows this is the perfect time to tell his stories about a dog named Tornado.

Blown into their lives by a twister when Pete was a boy, Tornado was no ordinary dog—he played card tricks, saved a turtle’s life, and had a rivalry with the family cat.

Forgetting their fear, the family hangs on every word of Pete’s stories—both happy and sad—of this remarkable dog.

Themes and Interests:

– Dogs/pets

– Dependency

– Family


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6. My Weirder-est School #1: Dr. Snow Has Got to Go! by Dan Gutman

In this first book in the My Weirder-est School series, Ella Mentry School is having a science fair!

Guest scientist Dr. Snow has arrived to help A.J. and his friends conduct their own cool experiments. But what is “the Snowman” really planning? And what does S.T.E.M. even stand for, anyway?

Themes and Interests: 

– Humor

– Back to school

– Intro to STEM


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7. Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue by Paula Harrison

Kitty is special. Her mother is a superhero with catlike powers that Kitty and her little brother Max will someday inherit. But being a superhero involves going on daring adventures at night, and Kitty doesn’t know if she’ll ever be brave enough for that!

One night though, Kitty finds a sleek black cat with white paws waiting at her window. When he introduces himself, Kitty is shocked to realize she can understand him—her powers have arrived! The cat, Figaro, has a problem. There’s a terrible meowing sound coming from the clock tower, and the other cats don’t know what to do. The night outside looks cold and uninviting, and Kitty is afraid of the dark. But she musters up her courage and sets out to find the source of the mysterious sound. Along the way, she makes new friends, uncovers her confidence, and learns what it means to be brave.

Themes and Interests:

– Cats/animal facts

– Superheroes

– Girl power


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