How to Build a Prepper Library – Best Preparedness Books

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Here are some of the best preparedness books to help you build your prepper library. You may see some familiar ones here, but what I really wanted to do with this list is to get people familiar with different books outside of just ‘SAS Survival Guide’.

When it comes to building your prepper library, look for books that you don’t just want now, but that you’ll want in the future. Can’t be a beekeeper now? Maybe you can in the future. Acquiring the books now will help you be as prepared as possible for whatever may come our way.

You can acquire these books in physical form or eBook form and protect it via a thumb drive in a faraday cage.

Build your library over time. Head to used book stores and get a one or two at a time, depending on your budget. Make sure to skim through it at the very least to see if it even fits your needs. Sometimes a book sounds amazing and then I get my hands on it and it’s quite disappointing. Don’t keep books in your library that are not what you expected.

In addition to books, print out recipes and articles that you find online, as well.

Of course, nobody expects you to have all of these books. There may be some that inspire you to look for other types of books. There are even some types of books that I haven’t listed here, such as home repair, car repair, etc. Head to used book stores or check out used books at a website like to find good deals or books you may never have heard of before.

Look at your everyday goals as well as future goals, and even goals you don’t know if you’ll ever meet, and gain knowledge on a wide variety of topics. You may not get around to that book until years down the line, but at least you have it.

Books and knowledge are extremely valuable.

Here are the top prepper books to add to your preparedness library:

Survival –

Foxfire Series

98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why

Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes

The Gift of Fear

Resistance to Tyranny

Deadly Outbreaks

The Bushcraft Boxed Set: Bushcraft 101; Advanced Bushcraft; The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, & Cooking in the Wild; Bushcraft First Aid

Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) Operations

The Official US Army Survival Guide: Updated, Complete, and Unabridged

Without Rule of Law: Advanced Skills to Help You Survive

In Time of Emergency: A Citizen’s Handbook on Nuclear Attack, Natural Disasters

Foraging: Over 30 Tasty Recipes to Turn Your Foraged Finds into Feasts

Native American Survival Skills

Fire Making


Put ’em Up!

Jerky Everything

Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

Preserving Everything


Homemade Pasta Made Simple

The Beginner’s Guide to Cheese Making

Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World’s Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein, with 125 Recipes

Bean By Bean: A Cookbook: More than 175 Recipes for Fresh Beans, Dried Beans, Cool Beans, Hot Beans, Savory Beans, Even Sweet Beans!

The Big Bean Cookbook

The Joy of Home Distilling

How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time

Home Distilling Handbook

The Home Distiller’s Workbook

Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression

Quality Cooking at a Fraction of the Cost

Faith, Family & the Feast: Recipes to Feed Your Crew from the Grill, Garden, and Iron Skillet

The Camp Dutch Oven Cookbook

Bread Baking for Beginners

Flour Water Salt Yeast

Complete Wild Game Cookbook: 190+ Recipes for Hunters and Anglers

Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering

The Tao of preparedness cooking

Camping & Cooking With The Bare Essentials


Grow or Die: The Good Guide to Survival Gardening

High Altitude Vegetable Gardening

Worm Bins: The Experts’ Guide To Upcycling Your Food Scraps & Revitalising Your Garden – Worm Composting & Vermiculture Made Easy

Straw Bale Gardens Complete

Desert Gardening: Fruits & Vegetables: The Complete Guide

Growing Vegetables in Drought, Desert & Dry Times

Month-By-Month Gardening in the Deserts of Arizona

Carrots Love Tomatoes

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills

Homesteading: A Backyard Guide

The Backyard Homestead

Beekeeping for Beginners

Prepping and Homesteading

The Weekend Homesteader

The Grow Your Own Food Handbook

Goat Husbandry

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners

Self/Home Defense

Home Security: The Secure Dad’s Guide: Easy Home Defense Techniques to Keep Your Family Safe

On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

Gorilla Mindset

Sheep No More Workbook #1: Threat Assessment

Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life

Training for Sudden Violence

Meditations on Violence

Facing Violence

Shoot: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition


Deadly Force – Understanding Your Right To Self Defense

DryFire Reloaded

Appear to Vanish

Going Gray

Spotting Danger Before It Spots You

Left of Bang

What Every BODY is Saying

General Preparedness

The American Frugal Housewife

Baofeng – UV5R: Quick Reference Guide

1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects 

The Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies

Wear, Repair, Repurpose: A Maker’s Guide to Mending and Upcycling Clothes

The Prepper’s Medical Handbook

The Survival Medicine Handbook

Natural Skin Care at Home: How to Make Organic Moisturizers, Masks, Balms, Buffs, Scrubs, and Much More

The Portable Essential Oils

What Knot?

The Natural First Aid Handbook

Prepare & Survive Economic Crisis

Family Preparedness 101

Preparedness For Busy People

Desert Survival

Desert Survival Tips, Tricks, & Skills

Desert Survival Handbook : How to Prevent and Handle Emergency Situations

Desert Survival Skills

Wild Edible Plants of Arizona

Sonoran Desert Food Plants

Kids Preparedness/Survival

Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure: A Prepper’s Book for Kids

52 Prepper’s Projects for Parents and Kids: A Project a Week to Help Prepare Your Child for the Unpredictable

Survivor Kid: A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival

Playful Preparedness

Ultimate Survival Guide for Kids

Ultimate Explorer Guide for Kids

Kids’ Survival Guide: Practical Skills for Intense Situations

Exploring Nature Activity Book for Kids: 50 Creative Projects to Spark Curiosity in the Outdoors

Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up

Pint Sized Prepper Projects

This is NOT a complete list, these are just some suggestions. List your favorite books down below in the comment section!

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Morgan is the founder of Rogue Preparedness. She has been a prepper for over a decade. She's a wife, mother of two daughters and is homesteading off grid. She teaches people how to be prepared for emergencies and disasters.

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