Helpful Homesteading Books for the First Time Homesteader

First-time homesteaders are usually scared about getting started. They have feelings of uncertainty and doubt. They look for great resources to help them make decisions and to start planning. Well-written homesteading books can take away those feelings of uncertainty and doubt.

I wish when I started on my homesteading journey, that I had known of all the resources that were available. I mean, I did a lot, and I mean a lot, of searching on the internet for any information I could to learn everything possible about homesteading. What I didn’t have is the list of homesteading books that are available now, written by none other than homesteaders themselves.

Nobody understands the aspects of homesteading better than a homesteader, right? All of the homesteading books listed here are well-written, informative and will make excellent additions to your homestead library. All are available on Amazon and all are worth every penny spent and every minute read.

I hope that the information you read in these homesteading books helps you start a successful and enjoyable homestead.



Helpful Homesteading Books


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10 of the best homesteading books written by bloggers and homesteaders that will teach anyone new to homesteading some great new homesteading skills.


Homesteading Books by Homesteaders:

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How To Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle: Our Journey & A Step By Step Look Into The Lifestyle

How to Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle by Tammy Trayer (Homesteading Books)


Tammy Trayer, off-grid homesteader, and blogger wrote this fantastic book to debunk the myths about off-grid homesteading and share her personal journey. A must-read if you want to explore having an off-grid homestead.

Tammy also hosts the Trayer Wilderness Academy where she teaches homesteading, off-grid, traditional and off-grid wilderness and survival skills.

Her blog is filled with great information from posts about self-reliant living, wonderful recipes, survival skills, natural health and so much more. She offers a herbal introductory course and even an awesome podcast.

You can find everything she and her family offers at





Chicken Hot Topics

Chicken Hot Topics by Jessica Lane (Homesteading Books)


Jessica has a fantastic website that is an excellent resource for homesteaders. She also offers a great freebie digital book called Welcome To The World Of Homesteading which is a seasonal goal-setting book for your homestead with printable worksheets as well.

Her website can be found at and while you’re there be sure to check out her “my books” page for her free e-book as well as another great book about making your own beauty products at home.

Jess has recently become a friend of mine as she is the one responsible for my new website design. She is very knowledgeable and her wit and wisdom show throughout her website.





How To Get Started With Chickens (from hatch to outside)

How To Get Started With Chickens by Kristin Duke (Homesteading Books)


This is a great book for any new homesteader that is just getting started with chickens because this book is filled with step by step instructions.

Kristin Duke is one of the owners of Mr Animal Farm where they raise and sell chickens and goats.

They not only offer the sale of animals but they offer courses too.

Their blog on their website offers resources about chickens, goats, gardening, small-scale farming, recipes, and frugal living. I love their site as their information is experienced-based and always interesting.

You can find them at




Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond


This book from Janet Garman is all about raising chickens. From how to choose them, their care, feeding and raising them, all the way through to enjoy the eggs. Her book comes with high recommendations for new homesteaders just getting started with chickens.

Janet runs a website called Timber Creek Farm that is another great place for new homesteaders to find all the information they need on building a self-sufficient homestead, with posts on animal husbandry, beekeeping, recipes and so much more.

She also offers the Timber Creek Farm shop where she offers free-range yarn and many other products for purchase.

You can find her website at and her shop here.





The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens: Simple Steps for Healthy Hens

The Chicken Chicks Guide to Backyard Chickens by Kathy Shea Morano (Homesteading Books)


This lady is like the queen of chickens! Kathy is internationally known and her book is filled with everything a chicken owner could want or need to know and is backed by her years of experience and networking.

She singly runs and operates her website as well as her Facebook page by the same name.

Kathy offers live videos interacting and talking about her chickens, as well as well-written posts about chicken care and essentials, bees, recipes, and DIY projects.

She offers a signed copy of her book at this time also. Kathy’s website can be found at






Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens…Naturally

Fesh Eggs Daily by Lisa Steele (homesteading books)


This book is all about raising chickens naturally and antibiotic-free. Lisa is all about using herbs and natural supplements to keep your chickens healthy. This book contains “recipes” and DIY projects as well. If you are trying to keep using a more natural and healthy way to raise your flock then this is a must-read.

Lisa runs and operates her website, Fresh Eggs Daily where she writes about chickens, ducks, herbs, gardening, and recipes. She also has a TV show as well as a listing of events she will be attending and speaking at. She also runs an Etsy store.

This is only one of 5 books written by Lisa. Her most recent is a children’s book called Let’s Hatch Chicks that is due to come out in the fall of this year. (2018)





Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead: Radical Inspiration and Practical Advice

Creating Your Off Grid Homestead by Terri Page (homesteading books)

Terri Page is the author of this off-grid informational homesteading book. In it, she shares her journey to off-grid homesteading with details about how they started and built an off-grid homestead on a limited budget. She includes details about her water catch system, her solar power set up, and details about cooking in an outdoor kitchen. Very personal but detailed information all the way to the costs incurred.

Terri runs a great website called Homestead Honey where she writes about homesteading, building a tiny house, gardening, homeschooling, off-grid living and recipes and more. This is another of the great sites for new homesteaders because of the massive amounts of information she has available there.

Terri has other books, courses, an Etsy shop, and an offer to give coaching as well.

This is one of the first sites I found when I started and is worth every minute you spend at her site.





Never Buy Bread Again: 20+ Homemade Bread Recipes

Never Buy Bread Again by Laurie Neverman (homesteading books)


This homesteading book is the homesteader’s dream book of bread making. It includes recipes for practically every type of bread from quick bread and Gluten-free bread to holiday and specialty bread with every other type of bread in between. 

Laurie Neverman is a self-reliant homesteader that runs a website entitled Common Sense Home where she writes about homesteading, home remedies, gardening, preparedness, and more.

She has a number of other books available also dealing with natural home remedies that you can check out while your there.

The website is all about being self-reliant and offers a lot of great information for the new homesteader.





Hand Made: The Modern Woman’s Guide to Made-From-Scratch Living

Hand Made by Melissa K Norris (homesteading books)


Melissa’s goal in this book is to show you a simple way to go back to the basics in the home and the kitchen. From making meals from scratch to preserving herbs for both cooking and the natural medicine cabinet as well. If you are looking for a more natural and less traditional way to do things but in a modern world then this book is for you.

This is the second of Melissa’s homesteading books and is definitely worth the read.

Melissa runs the website where she shares recipes and more. She also has a regular podcast as well as the Pioneer Today Academy where she offers courses on growing fruits and vegetables, raising livestock, seed-saving, canning, and homesteading.

 Be sure to check out her site after reading her book.





Living a Simple Life on the Farm


This is the best-read on living a simple life while homesteading and homemaking from a woman with the experience. Julies’ story will inspire and motivate you in a way no other book can.

Get ready to laugh with her at the joys she found as well as cry alongside her for the losses and pain she has endured during her journey. This is an excellent memoir that every homesteader should read. But be warned, once you start reading this one, you better be comfortable because you won’t be able to put the book down.

Be sure to check out her website after reading her book because she offers many informative and instructional posts as well as stories of how her journey progresses. You can find Julie at The Farm Wife.





Be The Boss of Your Time and Your Life


For every homesteader one of the biggest challenges seems to be making a plan and setting goals. I wrote this book so that you can not only get your homestead in order but the other areas of your life as well.

This is a step by step method of taking each area of your life and creating balance and routine in order for you to have the stress-free and productive life you always wished you could achieve.

There is an accompanying workbook available on my other site as well that gives you the opportunity to put your plans on paper as you walk through the steps in the book as well. It can be found here.





There are so many informative homesteading books available to new homesteaders today. But trying to sort through them all can be overwhelming. The homesteading books above are all written by experienced homesteaders and bloggers. Each one offers great how to’s and some even share their personal experiences as well. These homesteading books would be an awesome starting collection for you to build a great homestead library.


First-time homesteaders need plenty of resources and information to get their homestead started. There is no better way to learn about homesteading then from homesteaders themselves. These helpful homesteading books written by homesteaders are the perfect way to learn what you need to know

Do you have some homesteading books that you would recommend to a new homesteader? Please list them in the comment section below and please share this post so it may help other new homesteaders as well.







  1. Posted on incredible, that was a very good read. In clicousnon, someone who actually thinks and understands what they are blogging about. Quite difficult to find of late, especially on the web . I bookmarked your web blog and will make sure to keep coming back here if this is how you always write. thank you, keep it up! .

  2. Annie THANK YOU greatly for the shout-out! Really appreciate you sharing my book and my family on your blog! May God bless you and yours!

    1. Author

      No Problem! I felt your book deserved to be included here! God bless!

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