We are a family of bookworms so today I’m sharing the seasonal homesteading books we’ve been reading for adults, kids, tweens and teens. As we’re gearing up for spring gardening, beekeeping, foraging and chick season there are so many things to read and learn to inspire our homesteading and homeschooling adventures!
We have an extensive home library of books that we are always adding to. We also visit the local library every week. Library day is Big Sister’s favorite day of the week and she always comes homes with stacks of books to read, just like I did at her age!
There are so many books but so little time! I love to learn so the stack of books on my bedside table is always filled with a wide variety of books on various homesteading topics.
There are so many more wonderful homesteading books out there, these are ones that we are currently reading inspired by the Spring season approaching as we emerge from a long, cold winter.
Homesteading Books for Adults
My daughter actually found this book at the library when she was searching for some craft ideas this winter. I love gardening, crafting and a good DIY project so I just had to read it too!
I love this book so much I found a used copy online and bought one for us to keep in our home library since there are so many fun projects that we want to do.
My daughter recently wrote a book review about “How to Speak Chicken” but I actually didn’t get a chance to read the book before then because it was in her room. It’s now in my stack of reading and I’m loving it. It is so fun to try to interpret what our chickens are communicating!
You know you’re a super-nerd gardener when you have this book in your stack of reading! The Montana Master Gardener book is a required resource when taking the Montana Master Gardener certification course, which I finally did in 2021.
Have you ever been in a cooking slump? I occasionally go through these, especially late in winter when we have minimal fresh produce and our stores of preserved foods from the summer are starting to run low.
When I get into a cooking slump, I turn to a cookbook for inspiration. For years my favorite was the Simply in Season Cookbook but after using it for so long I found myself needing some fresh ideas and recipes.
I found this wonderful Serving Up The Harvest cookbook at a yard sale last summer and I’m so thrilled I found it!
I first checked this book out from the library four years ago. I had been experimenting with making a variety of soaps using more uncommon fats I had rendered such as venison and bacon fat.
I recently came across a page in one of my notebooks where I had jotted down notes about tweaking some recipes from this book to make venison soap and bacon fat soap. I’ve been wanting to make more batches of these soaps but couldn’t remember exactly how I made it before. I’m thrilled I found my notes and checked this book out from the library again!
The book has some great recipes in the back as well as tips on how to add coloring, scent and other additives to enhance the soap.
Now that I’ve rediscovered this book, I can’t wait to mix up a batch of bacon fat soap again!
The Essential Hoof Book: The Complete Modern Guide to Horse Feet-Anatomy, Care and Health, Disease Diagnosis and Treatment
This book is a must have for any equine owners out there. A friend recommended this book to me last year so I checked it out from the library. I loved it so much I recently bought a used copy for our home library.
My friend who recommended this book is actually using the knowledge she learned and the help of a mentor to start trimming her own equine’s hooves. Now that’s a goal I have someday and I know that with the knowledge I’m learning in this book it’s not such a daunting goal!
Homesteading Books for Teens Tweens and kids
Big Sister, also known as our newest writer “Chicken Wrangler“, is a total book worm! She is always finding new books to explore through the library’s inter-library loan program which allows her to access books from libraries around the state of Montana and have them available to pick up at our local library.
Big Sister is a “tween” but she reads so much that her reading level is more advanced and she’s often found reading creative how-to books for teens and even adults!
Little Brother is six years old and loves when I read to him. He’s a beginning reader so some of our favorite books are a little too complex for him to read yet. Lucky for me he still loves to snuggle up and have me read to him.
My daughter discovered this fun series of books at the library this winter called the “Little Homesteader” series with a different book dedicated to each season.
We just finished the Winter themed book that had a whole section on tapping maple trees which was so perfect since we are gearing up to do that any day now.
We are now reading the Spring Treasury book in the series. Big Sister was inspired to make a foraged wind chime and is looking forward to trying the recipe for foraged violet syrup once ours start blooming this spring.
Each book in the series focuses on a specific herb, like Dandelion or Chickweed, and has a fun story to help children learn the plant’s remedies and herbal healing abilities.
This book is always a favorite that we read this time of year as we gear up to tap our trees for syrup. The book explains why tree sap flows and how to tap trees and make syrup in your own backyard.
This is a book we’ve actually checked out at the library a couple times. It is a fun book that explains the history of bread around the world and includes recipes for each section.
I found this gem of a book at the library last week. As a family of beekeepers, I’m always looking for books to use in our homeschool for us to learn more about honey bees. This book is such a fun read!
My favorite part of the book is the section with random fascinating facts, like who holds the world record for the longest time spent inside a swarm of honey bees. This feat was accomplished by hanging honey bee queen cages from a man’s body. This encouraged thousands of honey bees to settle on his body. He lasted for 52 minutes and 24 seconds!!
I love reading random, fascinating facts like this but it also makes me wonder how people come up with these wild and crazy ideas!
Big Sister has been reading more about other herbs we can use and what we can make with them. This book is an excellent resource for kids since my herb books can be a bit too dense for a younger reader.
My mom gave this book to my daughter when she was a toddler and it became one of her favorite books when she was little. The book is spiral bound and the pages are made of durable paper so it doesn’t easily tear- perfect for little hands to explore the book!
What homesteading books are you currently reading? Share in the comments below!