What To Do When You Can’t Find Great Books – Correlation Charts, Videos, & Booklists to Supplement Layers of Learning

Layers of Learning is a complete, stand-alone curriculum, but it is also very dependent on access to library books.  We utilize our library to provide the meat of our unit readings and are really fortunate to have an excellent library system in our region.  Michelle even has an amazing librarian who brings her books nearly to her house in a Bookmobile!

Sadly, not everyone has the same awesome library access.  For those who have trouble finding many of the topics in your library, there are some resources that can help.

Amazon Store

First, we have an excellent Amazon Store with lots of fun recommended books, games, and resources if you have the budget to purchase items.

Book Packages

We have also created a list of book packages for each Layers of Learning year.  These are a set of some of our favorite resources from the year for you to peruse.  The pdf also links to Amazon, so you can easily find and purchase the ones you can utilize.

Click on the picture to get the printables.


Third, we have excellent YouTube playlists set up for each unit.  Follow us on YouTube and take advantage of those playlists.


Choosing Spine Books

Finally, we highly recommend getting a few books that can act as a spine for those times you don’t have time to go to the library or when you have trouble finding books.  They are excellent and will be a great resource for your kids of all ages.  You can find our favorite spines here, and then use these handy dandy correlation charts to help you quickly match the units to the spine resources.  Click on the picture below to get correlation charts to go with our favorite history, geography, science, and art spines.  Choose one history, one geography, one science, and one art spine that looks most interesting to your family.  All of these are excellent choices, but you don’t need to purchase them all.

Correlation Charts to dovetail with the recommended spines


Armed with these resources, you’re ready to tackle your hands-on homeschool even if library resources are hard to come by.  We also share more of our favorite homeschool resources here.  Take a peek!

Check out our favorite homeschool resources

Use A Combination

We use a combination of these ideas.  Besides utilizing our library, each year we choose a few learning goodies to make our year exciting.  We did a cool pyramid dig and also painted Greek vases this year.  We always choose a few books to purchase to add to our ever-growing homeschool library.  We definitely utilize the YouTube playlists, and we keep a spine for each subject on hand so we have something for those busy weeks when we don’t get to the library.  Buying everything at once gets expensive, but if you can budget a bit each year, it’s sure wonderful to have a rich homeschool library for your whole family to enjoy and explore.

More From Layers of Learning

If you haven’t gotten started with Layers of Learning yet, we invite you to try our first unit for free.  We feel confident it will change the way you homeschool forever.



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