A friend of mine is complaining that her 4 year old says she wants to go to school next year because of all the school propaganda in the kids' magazine she reads. I mentioned to her that there are at least two "homeschool propaganda" books (by that I just mean: books where the main characters are homeschooled):
oh yeah, not a book recommendation, but how about the movie RV, that promoted homeschooling and was fun!!
I am sure there are lots of books that would capture the unschooling life, that may not specifically say homeschool, or would be homeschool propaganda per se, within the story, but that show learning in life as a child is inevitable and natural apart from school. Would that help your friend to look at books that way??
The book The Happy Hedgehog by Marcus Pfister is a great picture book for unschoolers. It doesn't come out and say it's about unschooling, but it illustrates the idea beautifully. It does have a small part where the hedgehog observes school, but chooses not to go.
We love this book!
I compiled a Listmania list at Amazon of books/movies that have homeschooled characters. Might not all be the kind of book you're looking for, but here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/4spozu . I'd love to add more!
Ok, I added the books/movies that were listed above. :) Nim's Island did come from a book, and there are at least two other books in the series, that I found.
I know of a few....Homeschool Huskies for Boys series and also there's a series for girls by Brenda Krames.
And there's Allison's Story: A Book About Homeschooling by Jon Lurie.
for younger kids...
Kandoo Kangaroo Hops Into Homeschooling by Susan Ratner.
I Am A Homeschooler by Julie Voetberg.