Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Unschooled Book Deal!

I am so excited to announce my recent book deal with Chicago Review Press! Tentatively titled, Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Kids Without Conventional Schooling, this book will be a nice boost for unschooling families and self-directed education organizations everywhere.

A special thank you to my amazing literary agent, Jill Marsal, for seeing the potential of this book and finding an ideal home for it with Chicago Review Press, a well-respected publisher with a long legacy of books that "give voice to new ideas that reach beyond the trends."

Over the next few months, I will be writing, writing, writing! (A lot of it happening here at a local co-working spot!) Fortunately, Brian works part-time which is the only way this endeavor is possible. It's tricky to write a book about unschooling while unschooling! And we are so fortunate to have amazing family members and friends eager to jump in and help.

I plan to provide the philosophical and historical context for unschooling and self-directed education, as well as the latest educational research on how and why it works; but this book is really a platform to spotlight the families and organizations that are committed to supporting natural learning and facilitating self-directed education. 

If you would like to share your story on why unschooling and self-directed education are important to you, please email me at kmcdonald@post.harvard.edu. 

It is a defining moment in the unschooling movement when a major publisher takes these ideas seriously enough to give them a national platform. I am grateful for and humbled by this immense opportunity.

Please help me to make this book as powerful as it can truly be.


  1. Kerry, this is so great. Let me know if you want to connect with my mom who homeschooled seven kids (illegally) in Michigan in the 80s. They went on to Harvard, Brown, not to mention self-starting several successful companies. There's something about the written word...it just seems to find it's way to families who need it. I love that you gave a shout out to all who will be helping you along the way. Best wishes with this!

  2. I'm delighted to hear about your upcoming book on unschooling. I am an unschooling mom of 5 - pregnant with my 6th. The kids are 18, 10, 5, 3, and 17 months. Over the years, as we have transitioned from public school to traditional homeschooling to relaxed homeschooling and finally to unschooling, I have found that the more completely we embrace unschooling, the more the children thrive. It is a truly wonderful way to facilitate organic learning and self-confidence.

    1. Amanda,
      I’m curious on how this works with multiple children. I have 5 (12, 8, 6, 3 & 10 month) and live in a remote community in Alaska. How do you find time and resources to follow all your kids’ interests?

  3. Looking forward to reading the book! Would you be interested in doing a podcast interview with me to discuss your progress?


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