LivingAs we near the start of our school year, I’m thinking of what I’d like to do that’s new.  This year I’ve decided to focus more on ‘living’ books than I have in the past few years.  These are books that tell stories about our world with a lively, conversational story-telling style, in a way that makes subjects “come alive.” Here are some of the books that have caught my eye. You can click on the titles below to see more about each book on amazon.


Do you homeschool with ‘living’ books?  What books have your children enjoyed?


More Booklists

Charlotte Mason Booklist (by grade)

1000 Good Books


  1. Great suggestions! Thank you. We have enjoyed the “Christian Heroes: Then & Now” series, as well as classics like Anne of Green Gables and the Little House Series. We’ve also loved My Side of the Mountain, Sarah Plain and Tall, and the Miller Family Series. 🙂

    • Thanks for the additions. I also love Sarah, Plain and Tall. An understated story that says so much.


  2. We adored Carry On, Mr. Bowditch! Though I should also add that the Galileo book on the list was a bit of a disappointment for us. Some of our more recent books that everyone has loved include, Pollyanna (which is fantastic and doesn’t deserve its saccharine reputation), Call it Courage, and The Wheel on the School.

    • I forgot about The Wheel on the School. We own it but I don’t think the younger girls have read it yet. Thanks for the other ideas too.

  3. We are currently reading Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. We have had lots of great conversations along the lines of, “But this was after the Civil War…right?” Lots to glean about family and friend dynamics as well.

  4. We don’t homeschool but still love reading aloud to our kids. We recently discovered “Small Steps” by Peg Kehret and all of us found it fascinating. It is the author’s story of her battle with polio. Another really good read was “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper–a novel from the perspective of a girl with a disability.

  5. Living Books Curriculum has a wonderful list of “living” books that you might enjoy. We used them for many years and had to switch as the books became a bit too advanced to “blend down” for my younger children. I like the curriculum we bought (MFW), but really do miss LBC. Definitely worth checking out!

  6. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Sign of the Beaver, A Single Shard, Number the Stars….loved all of these plus several that others have mentioned……so many good books, so little time 🙂