Living Books Book List – Subject by Subject
Living Books are a core feature of a Charlotte Mason Education and teaching with living books means we need to find living books on many subjects. This collection of book lists began with Mary Collis and her magazine A Living Education which is now out of print. She kindly allowed me to add to my site. Over the years I’ve added to the list of books. It can be used to teach subjects using well written books. Some living books are out of print (OOP) and need to be hunted down but many are still in print.
When you begin homeschooling your library often grows and using these living books book lists are a way to make make sure that grows intentionally.
“Never be without a good book on hand.” Charlotte Mason
Finding living books takes time and research. I hope you can find some treasured books here to add to your homeschool library.
General Homeschooling Book Lists
Learn to Read Book List. Some successful books for teaching reading and suggestions for early readers.
Enrichment Book List
Art Appreciation Books
Use these books for group or individual picture study. Some can also be used for art techniques as well.
This Classic Read Aloud Book List was put together so you can enjoy the pleasures of a shared adventure with your children. Many of these books are considered classic books that delight most children.
Science and Nature Books
If you want to teach science without a textbook then you will find a very tempting selection of books here. It can sometimes be hard to know exactly how to teach Charlotte Mason science but we have some tips on the here.
Science Books for High School
Science biographies, stories of inventors and living books that help children put science in its context.
World History Living Book List
Here are some ideas for teaching Charlotte Mason history. Use the primary years to give your children a good overview of history, before they are required to do in-depth studies in the high school years. The books listed here will help you with that.
At Inspire My Homeschool we have gathered together a range of history books and historical living books and made them fit easily into a four term schedule with a few scheduled readings per week . We also encourage notebooking and narrations and give you suggestions of when to use them.
Ancient History - Eden to Egypt
Ancient History: Greece, Rome & The Church
Medieval History & Early Middle Ages Books
Late Middle Ages Books
1100 – 1400 AD
Renaissance Books for Kids
1300 AD to 1500 AD
Stories of the British Empire
Industrial Revolution Book Lists
Revolutions of the 1800s Books for Kids
World War I & Russian Revolution Books
World War Two Books
Modern History Books - The Last 50 Years
World Picture Books For Children
Canada & Artic Books For Kids
America Book List
Includes USA, Mexico and South America