October Homeschool Book Haul

I’m a homeschool mum of many so inevitably we get a lot of books so I thought I’d start to do a monthly book haul series to share with you the new books we have each month.  It’s October so this book haul has a couple of Halloween inspired books too.

Farmer Boy

The first book is Farmer Boy, I bought this book with my eight year old son in mind.  It’s by Laura Ingalls Wilder and it was written almost a hundred years ago and is set in a time when everything seemed so sweet and innocent.  I love the way the author goes into detail about how things were during that time, what people wore and how their clothes were made, what people ate and where their food came from.

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie is perhaps Laura Ingalls Wilder’s most famous book and the one that people say is her best.  We can’t wait to start reading it.

Hansel and Gretel

This is a dark version of Hansel and Gretel retold by Neil Gaiman, an author we really like.  This book I got as one of our Halloween reads and it did not disappoint.  I really liked the dark art in it as well which you can take a sneak peek of in the video below.

Arne and Carlos

I also got this Arne and Carlos book for Halloween.  It’s a knitting and crochet book and has a Halloween section in it to make some really gothic dolls, again you can take a look at what I mean in the video below.  There are so many things I want to make in this book, there’s a great Christmas section, there are socks, jumpers and my favourites are all the dolls and the clothes for them.

Into the Jungle

Into the Jungle is a book that relates to The Jungle Book.  It’s a set of stories told to Mowgli and has some really beautiful artwork in it.  Henry, my six year old, has really been enjoying listening to me read this book.

A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories

A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories is so brilliant, it clearly sets out twelve of Shakespeare’s plays into easily understandable short stories.  It’s a great quality hard back book, has good artwork and is a winner in this house.  If you are teaching Shakespeare to your children then this book will greatly help you, I highly recommend it.

Britain in the Industrial Revolution

This is a very brief book which gives a clear and concise overview of the industrial revolution in Britain.  I got this book for Samantha who happens to be studying this particular area of history this term.  It has some good pictures in which Samantha can copy into her history main lesson book.

The Gruesome Truth About the Victorians

I thought The Gruesome Truth About the Victorians would be another useful book for Samantha, it has some unusual facts about the Victorians and keeps the subject light and comical.

Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy

I mainly use a Waldorf approach to homeschool and so I wanted to learn a bit more about the philosophy.  Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy is a copy of some of Rudolf Steiner’s lectures in the 1920s.  I’m really enjoying reading it.

All Year Round

I’ve actually had this book a while but I wanted to mention it in this haul because it’s a book we love and use all year round!  All Year Round gives lots of great ideas of different diy projects you can do with your children that relate to the time of year.  It’s definitely a book that we get so much use out of.

Woodworking for Kids

I got Woodworking for Kids for Odin, my eight year old son, and I really love the way this books teaches all the basics of woodwork and then goes on to teach you how to make some of the tools you’ll be needing for future projects.  it’s a really excellent book and we can’t wait to get started on some of the projects.

D’Nealian Handwriting Cursive ABC Book

I was extremely disappointed with this D’Nealian book.  I did not like the style of writing in this book at all.  I went to a very old fashioned English grammar school where good handwriting skills were drummed into us continuously and this book just didn’t live up to my high expectations (I go into more detail in the video below).

What’s the best book you’ve bought lately?  Have you had any book disappointments?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Much Love,

Alexandra xx



  1. Haute As Hell
    18/10/2018 / 20:37

    Other than the handwriting one, all the books sounded really lovely, especially the Hansel and Gretel one. A good book I’ve bought recently is ‘A Court of Thorns of Roses’ by Sarah J Maas. ♥️

    • Alexandra Mercer
      18/10/2018 / 21:35

      I got a great pile of books this month, it is a shame about the handwriting book but I guess it's only to be expected that there'll be one not so good book! I've heard that Sarah J Maas is a fantastic author, I shall have to read a book or two of hers myself xx

  2. Tina at Mommynificent.com
    23/10/2018 / 02:49

    So lovely to have you at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week! So many of these titles are either already favorites or look fabulous! I'm definitely going to check out Into the Jungle for my little guys. Regarding handwriting, I have that same book and was also disappointed. I used to be a big ball-and-stick Zaner Bloser fan and still am to some extent, but I have recently come to love the Getty-Dubai Italic series. I love and have come to see the truth of the philosophy that kids do better with more triangular shaped letters and how the program feeds right into beautiful cursive and even calligraphy without massive changes from what they learn while printing.Great to meet you and hope to see you again soon at the Booknificent link-up!Tina

    • Alexandra Mercer
      28/10/2018 / 22:10

      Lovely to meet you too Tina!Thanks for that information on the handwriting, very helpful and I'm glad I wasn't the only one that thought that book wasn't quite right.See you at the link-up again soon.Alexandra x

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