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Book Guides

Below you will find free book guides and novel studies. While the guides are free, you will need to purchase or borrow the required books. If you’re looking for other subjects, click here.

C = Christian based curriculum

Garden of Praise  (1st to 4th)  C

Garden of Praise’s book guides provide comprehension questions for several children’s books. Some of the guides also include word study or vocabulary exercises.

Glencoe Literature Library  (6th to 12th)

Downloadable study guides are available for approximately 70 novels and plays.

Homeschool Share  (Pre-K to 8th)  Some C, varies by unit. 

Homeschool Share offers downloadable literature-based unit studies.

Marcie Colleen’s Guides  (Pre-K to 12th)

Ms. Colleen’s website offers book guides for a large number of board books and picture books, as well as a smaller assortment for early readers, chapter books, middle grades, and young adult books. The guides’ content varies by the book, but you’ll find things like comprehension questions, writing assignments, crafts, activities, and extensions to cover related math, science, and social studies.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read  (8th to 12th)

NEA created these materials for book clubs and community programs, but the program also works well for home learning. Each book has discussion questions, reader resources, and a teacher’s guide. Click on “archive” at the bottom of NEA’s website for more book options. Some of the books may be more suited to adult readers.

Nancy Polette’s Literature Guides  (K to 8th)

Ms. Polette has created numerous literature guides for picture books and novels. The downloadable guides offer information about the book, discussion questions, activities, and more.

Penguin Publishing  (6th to 12th)

Penguin offers downloadable teacher’s guides to go with many of the books they publish. The guides include discussion questions, vocabulary, and more.

Plain and not so Plain  (3rd to 6th)  C

This website offers reading comprehension questions for several books or novels at each grade level.

The Prindle Institute  (K to 5th)

The Prindle Institute offers over 200 discussion guides designed to help introduce philosophy and ethics using popular children’s picture books.

Random House  (K to 12th)

Random House’s downloadable literature guides include lesson ideas, discussion questions, worksheets, and more. What’s included in the guides varies by book.

Reading to Kids  (K to 5th)

This website’s guides provide discussion questions, vocabulary words, and craft and activity ideas for a large collection of children’s books.

Reading is Fundamental  (Pre-K to 12th)

This website provides educational materials for an extensive collection of books. There are teacher guides, online puzzles, printable worksheets. What is offered varies from book to book.

Roald Dahl Guides  (3rd to 7th)

This website provides lesson plans for over 20 books written by Roald Dahl. The lesson plans include activities, worksheets, and more.

Response Guides for Teaching Children’s Books  (1st to 6th)

This downloadable book includes discussion questions and activities for 27 classic children’s books. The guides are arranged in order of increasing difficulty and cover ten picture books, four “transitional” novels, and thirteen longer novels.

Rise to Reading  (K to 12th)

Rise to reading provides comprehension questions for a large selection of books. Most of the books they cover are elementary or middle school level, but they do offer questions for a handful of high school level books.

Scholastic  (K to 8th)

Scholastic provides an extensive collection of downloadable lesson plans, discussion guides, and worksheets to accompany the books they publish.

Teach a Child to Read with Children’s Books  (K to 2nd)

This downloadable guide shows parents how to combine story reading, phonics, and writing to help their children become skilled readers.

Free Ebooks  (Pre-K to 12th)  Some C, varies by book

This blog post lists numerous sources of free Ebooks, which can be used as part of your literature or reading curriculum.

Free Audiobooks  (Pre-K to 12th)  Some C, varies by book.

This blog post lists numerous sources of free audiobooks, which can supplement your literature curriculum.


More Reading Curriculum

Free Reading and Literature Curriculum  (Pre-K to 12th)

This page lists free general reading and literature curriculum for all ages.

Free Phonics Curriculum  (Pre-K to 12th)

On this page, you’ll find phonics curriculum for young students who are just beginning to read, as well as older ones who are struggling with reading.


More Language Arts Curriculum

If you are looking for additional resources to complete your language arts program, visit this page. There are free curriculum options for grammar, composition, handwriting, spelling, vocabulary, and poetry.

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