Canadian Books about Home Based Learning

Books on Homeschooling and Life Learning

Adventure by Chicken Bus: An Unschooling Odyssey through Central America
by Janet LoSole (2019)
ISBN-13: 978-1532684869
Resource Publications
“Helping children learn without school is always an adventure. Doing it while backpacking and adjusting to and respecting foreign cultures makes it an epic adventure. This family’s story will keep you spellbound. It will make you laugh, cry, and hold your breath in fear, and help you appreciate both the value and joy of learning from life.” — Wendy Priesnitz, editor of Life Learning Magazine

Unschooling to University
by Judy Arnall (2018)
ISBN-13: 978-0978050993
Professional Parenting
“Concise parenting advice that presents alternative ways to help children grow, learn, and get into college or work. Arnall’s stage-by-stage descriptions, supporting documentation, and personal stories create a useful handbook for families interested in self-directed education.” — Patrick Farenga, John Holt/Growing Without Schooling

The Lifetime Learning Companion: The Best of the Home School Source Book
by Jean & Donn Reed
The Home School Source Book was a catalogue of homeschooling resources, product reviews, and articles, including a personal account of Donn and Jean’s experiences while homeschooling their 4 children in the 1970s and 80s. As more and more resources became available and each new edition got bigger and bigger, it became necessary to manage the volume and keep it all up to date by housing it on a website (now defunct) and print what would have been the 4th edition as a “best of” collection instead. Donn died in 1995, but his reviews and articles are still included in this 2009 publication.

And The Children Played
by Patricia Joudry
Though Patricia Joudry is Canadian, And The Children Played is the story of her family growing without schooling in England.

Learning At Home: A Mother’s Guide To Homeschooling
by Marty Layne (rev. ed. 2007)
ISBN-13: 978-0968293843
Sea Change Publications
–“Do yourself a favor and buy this book. … I think it may well be the best book on parenting I have ever read. … Every homeschool family’s bookshelf should contain a copy for frequent reference and inspiration.”
Diane Flyn-Keith Homefires – The Journal of Homeschooling
— “…one of the most interesting, encouraging and thought-provoking books on homeschooling we’ve seen in many years.” Helen Hegener Home Education Magazine
— “There’s a great compassion in these pages, … And huge chunks of that indefinable quality called wisdom.” Michael Pastore Midwest Book Review

Thriving in the Home School—A Parent’s Guide
by Donna Fawcett

Donna enrolled her three daughters in a private school first, then a public school and then finally decided to home teach, taking them through to complete their high school. All three girls received academic scholarships and have entered the world with excellent social and academic skills. The book is geared to parents at all stages of home teaching. It covers social skills, preparation for college, dating and more. The book was released in 2006 and can be found through Chapters stores, or by contacting the author at

Home: The True School
and Beyond the Painted Windows
by Betty Baldry
A school teacher from British Columbia writes about how children might be better educated more naturally and with greater respect outside of the school system.

Unschooling books by Pam Laricchia

What is Unschooling?: Living and Learning without School (Kindle)
by Pam Laricchia (2016)
“In this short book, we’ll explore some of the most common questions people have when they first hear about unschooling: What is unschooling? How will my child learn? Without a curriculum, what will they learn? How do I know they’re learning? Will unschooling work for my child? But what if my child already has trouble at school? What is deschooling? How do I get started?”

The Unschooling Journey: A Field Guide Paperback
by Pam Laricchia (2018), illustrated by Hema Bharadwaj
“Inspired by Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey framework, The Unschooling Journey is a weave of myths, contemporary stories, and tales from Pam’s journey. It’s not a “how to” book—no two paths through the world unschooling have the same twists and turns—yet having a general sense of where you are on your journey can bring valuable insight as you navigate the challenges that will inevitably appear.”

Life through the Lens of Unschooling: A Living Joyfully Companion Paperback
by Pam Laricchia (2014)
“What to do instead of school; How children learn to read without lessons; What unschooling days look like, at home and out in the world; How to build strong relationships with your children; What’s behind a typical unschooling day; Why choice is key for learning… Drawn from her popular blog at, Pam’s book will be a dependable companion on your unschooling journey.”

Books by Matt Hern

Deschooling Our Lives
edited by Matt Hern
A collection of essays edited by Vancouverite Matt Hern with an introduction by Ivan Illich with Aaron Falbel. There are chapters by John Taylor Gatto, Grace Llewellyn, Heidi Priesnitz, and others. The book deals with various approaches to learning without government schooling, and includes a couple of alternative learning communities as well as homeschooling. There is also a chapter on homeschooling as a single parent.

Unschooling books by Wendy Priesnitz

Available from Natural Life Books:

Challenging Assumptions in Education: From Institutionalized Education to a Learning Society
by Wendy Priesnitz
Why our assumptions about children and education aren’t preparing them for life in the 21st Century. How our assumptions about many aspects of life are crippling both our individuality and our collective well-being. And what parents and policy makers can do to change the situation.

School Free – The Home Schooling Handbook
by Wendy Priesnitz
The hows and whys of homeschooling. Here you will find all you need to know to teach your children at home.

Beyond School: Living As If School Doesn’t Exist
by Wendy Priesnitz
This book about life learning (also known as unschooling, radical unschooling, whole life unschooling, or self-education) is a collection of seventeen essays about how families and individuals can live and learn without coercion or struggles, and with trust, respect, dignity…as if school doesn’t exist. Together, they create an impassioned but well reasoned case for a different way of helping children and young people learn about today’s world while becoming equipped to live in tomorrow’s world. PDF digital format only.