Top Ten Reproducible Books for Notebooking

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Over the years of homeschooling, I’ve discovered some resources mesh perfectly with a notebooking approach. Here are my top 10 choices for reproducible books (or printable software) that are great for notebooking homeschoolers. I have owned and used everything on this list.

Bible, History, and Geography

1. Remembering God’s Awesome Acts by Susan Mortimer

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Pages From Remembering God’s Awesome Acts

Remembering God’s Awesome Acts is really a muti-disciplinary resource because it incorporates history, bible, art, language arts, and literature.

The subtitle for this book is Create-A-Notebook Bible and History Series, so it’s obvious that the reproducible pages are designed to work well with notebooking.  We used this as a complement to a study of ancient history. (There is also a Vol. 2 in the series called Remembering God’s Chosen Children.)

2. Reproducible Maps, Charts, Timelines and Illustrations

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Reproducible Maps, Charts, Timelines, and Illustrations

This Bible resource is full of printable goodness and can be used year after year. We used this resource both for notebooking and for index card timelines.

3. WonderMaps software

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WonderMaps for Notebooking

In that past, I always used a simple Scholastic reproducible book of outline maps. Then I found WonderMaps. Wow. Just wow. This software allows you so many options for what to print and how to print that you can almost always find the perfect map with it. I only wish I had found this years ago.

4.  History Through the Ages CD-ROM Set Creation to Present

Many years ago I invested in this rather pricey luxury of the Homeschool in the Woods complete timeline figures set. Considering that I’ve used it year after year for both timelines and notebooking, it has been a good investment.

5. Easy Make & Learn Series

Hopi clothing notebooking

Easy Make & Learn Series

This series teaches historical periods — for example Colonial America— through the creation of simple paper models. For children who like cutting, pasting, and coloring, these books are a hit. To put them into a notebook, simply flatten then into 2D.

6. Time Travelers Series by Homeschool In The Woods

Amy Pak of Homeschool in the Woods obviously loves both lapbooking and notebooking becuase her Time Travelers CDs are full of printable templates. Each CD is truly a complete unit study in itself. See The Civil War: Time Travelers on CD-ROM as an example. Other titles in the series cover the American Revolution, Explorers, the Industrial Revolution, and Early 19th Century.

Science and Nature

7. Giant Science Resource Book

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An Ocean Printable from Great Science Resource Book

This book was the very first Evan Moor book I ever owned. It makes me nostalgic just to think about it.

It is full of great printable pages for a wide variety of science disciplines. It works well with either lapbooking or notebooking and is filled with simple outline drawings of the science being covered. Children who like to color will enjoy adding embellishments to the uncluttered pages.

8. Considering God’s Creation by Susan Mortimer

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Rock Detective Page from Considering God’s Creation

This science and nature volume is a great base for an elementary course or a wonderful reference for nature journal pages. We especially loved the classification sheets for leaves and rocks. It is another one of those reproducible books that I used off and on for several years.

9. Human Body, Grades 5-8: 100+ Reproducible Activities

These pages are truly more worksheets than “activities.” But the emphasis on diagrams makes them easy to transform into notebooking pages. Sometimes we have simply hole punched the pages, and other times my daughter has cut out portions to create more original notebooking pages.


10.  Dover art coloring books

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Cassatt Coloring Pages from a Dover Book

If you keep art notebooks, coloring pages are a nice addition. The Dover line has specific artists or artistic movements such as the book of Impressionist Art Masterpieces to Color: 60 Great Paintings from Renoir to Gauguin.

Those are my top ten choices. I’m sure you have used some great reproducible books that I either haven’t ever used or didn’t include. I’d love to hear your additions to my list. Leave me a comment.

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Jimmie Quick

Jimmie is now a veteran homeschool mom. Her daughter Emma is a student of the sciences at a large university in Illinois. Her guide to notebooking—Notebooking Success—guides you through notebooking: what it is; how to use it; how it fits a Charlotte Mason, classical, and textbook curriculum; tips for getting the most educational value from it; and much more. It comes bundled with several bonuses, including a small set of generic notebooking pages that can be used with any topic.

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Kim Sorgius Reply

Jimmie, your blog makes me happy. (Profound thought, I know. But I simply had to share the smiles that you bring to my face!)

Jamie Reply

Jimmie, what a great list of resources! As I’ve mentioned, I’d really like to incorporate more notebooking and lapbooking into our school day and you’ve provided so many great ideas to help me get started. Can’t wait to read your eBook.

Rebecca Reply

I want to come spend a week at your house and just soak up all of your homeschool knowledge and wisdom…or have you come to my home and help me really work out a few kinks…with teaching three…I am at a plateau and know I’m just before pushing through, but you completely amaze me! Love this…sharing it and Pinning it!

Jenny Anne Reply

awesome list. I pinned it!

Amy Blevins Reply

I just discovered early this year that Dover actually sells all of their coloring book fashion collections on two cds that you can print in any size. They have books for every time period with tons of people in period costumes. My children love to print these out for paper dolls! They cut out whomever is in the foreground and add to their paper doll collection. Also would be wonderful for historical notebooking. Just fyi though, some of the ancient greek and ancient egypt and ancient rome ladies have to receive additional pieces of clothing.

Amber @ Classic Housewife Reply

Oh my goodness, these all look so lovely!
If my kids really take to notebooking, I’ll have to start building our notebooking library.

Lisa B Reply

Thanks for the list.

I’d considered the Dover Art books before, but didn’t know that they were reproducible. Does that mean they give you permission to make copies under some circumstances (say, within your own family)? If so, I should reconsider them.

Amy Reply

Lisa B, the Dover books with CDS that I was referencing definitely give you permission to print the figures however you like for family use. I don’t know about the others.

Demetria Reply

Such a wonderful resource, Jimmie! Your blog is fast becoming my go-to handbook as I begin the notebooking path with my kids.

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