Living Books We love


living books we love
living books we love

Since we have started homeschooling our ways of going about teaching our children have been slowly changing and evolving into something that more so fits our children’s way of learning. We started out with a very strict schedule which I believe helped bridge the gap between public schools to homeschooling for our oldest son, Little A, who was just starting 4th grade at the time.

“It just seemed like the perfect way for children to learn”

As I started to do more and more research into the different style of homeschooling I became more and more enthralled with the idea of Charlotte Mason style schooling. It just seemed like the perfect way for children to learn, but I just wasn’t sure how our sons would take to it.  Our oldest thrives on structure so I wanted to make sure he still had the structure he needed while still having more freedom in his learning.

“They make it engaging and captivating to read”

Now one of the big things I started noticing from the beginning of my research into the Charlotte Mason method was a big part of it was something called living books. These are basically books that are rich in language and information but do not read as a text book would. They make it engaging and captivating to read so that while your child may not fully realize it they are gaining so much more knowledge from said books.

“the idea of using Living books to teach our children seemed to be the perfect idea for them as lovers of the written word”

We come from a long line of readers on my side of the family. It probably helps having a Librarian as a Grandmother. As a child, and still I have more books than I know what to do with. This trait seems to have rubbed off on our Oldest, whose room consists of mostly bookcases. Our youngest is only 2 and does not yet actually read but still loves books and reading all the same. I am hoping this means he will be as avid a reader as the rest of us. So as you can tell the idea of using Living books to teach our children seemed to be the perfect idea for them as lovers of the written word.

“I sincerely hope you and your family enjoy learning from these living books as much as we did.”

This is how we made our start, and I am hoping this can help anyone else just dipping their toes into the rich teaching method that is Charlotte Mason, by providing you with a sample list of what we have been reading.  I have already done two smaller list previously of books we have read or hope to have read, and you can find them listed at the end of this article. I sincerely hope you and your family enjoy learning from these living books as much as we did.

So without further ado I give to you our most recent list of living books that we love.

Eight Dolphins of Katrina

My oldest son, Little A, absolutely loved this book. We were learning about natural disasters that were happening currently and read this to learn about some form the past as well. He loves dolphins and so this drew him in even more because of his love for the creatures featured in this book.

Drowned City

Little A also really enjoyed this book as well. It was still on the topic of natural disasters, and the same natural disaster from the previous book. This one focused more on the impact this natural disaster had on the people of New Orleans.

Aesop’s Fables

Both our boys love these. We have been reading them together before our youngest’s nap-times and at night right before bedtime. It is wonderful to find books that both our children enjoy reading or being read to them as they are 8 years apart in age. So this is definitely a living book we love.

Where The Wild Things Are

This has always been a favorite of ours. When talking about Living Books We Love this is almost always one we mention. Our oldest loved this book when he was younger and really still does. M, our youngest is really enjoying this book now as well. It is such a great story. We have read this a few times this past week and will likely read it a few more this week.

Jane Eyre

This one is one of my favorites. I absolutely loved reading it in school and read it many time after as well. My boys have not read this one yet but I wanted to add it in because it is just one of my living books I love, and I can’t wait until I can share it with my children.

Treasure Island 

Our oldest son has read this multiple times since he was in 2nd grade and every time he has enjoyed it. This is definitely a living book we love. He hopes he can read it to his little brother soon.

A Christmas Carol

Our oldest has also read this one over and over since around 2nd grade and seems to enjoy it more each time he does. I think we will read this together closer to Christmas.  This is another Living book we love.

If any of these books have peaked your interest and you would like to see more from us on living books Check out our Elementary Living Book list, and our Preschool Living Book list as well as Our approach to Minimalist Home schooling.

Thank you for reading,

The Momnipresent Mother

The Momnipresent Mother
The Momnipresent Mother

13 thoughts on “Living Books We love”

  1. Thank you for sharing these 🙂 I find the idea of using a paper book to teach your child very genuine especially that digital technology is overwhelming our daily lives. It must be very cool to have a grandmother a librarian. Are these books suitable for all ages?

    1. It is wonderful to be able to teach my children myself and experience their learning first hand. I also love that we can do it without much technology being involved. It is great having a Librarian as a Grandmother. The books listed are all on different reading levels, but my oldest loves reading almost anything so I guess it depends on the person. 🙂

  2. I love reading! As a child my mother used to read to us and as we got older, she asked us to read to her in return. Between my sister and I, we would take turns reading a daily devotional with our parents, which I loved. As a result, I think I benefited greatly as the habit of reading continues long after my initial introduction.

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