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.

At My Homeschool we have incorporated many of these books into our homeschool curriculum.

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


Learning To Read Book List

Learn to Read Book List. Some successful books for teaching reading and suggestions for early readers.

Christian Story Book List

Look here for Christian Stories for Children including: devotionals, biographies, true stories and historical fiction during Bible times and early church history.

Enrichment Book List

picture study book list

Art Appreciation Books

Use these books for group or individual picture study. Some can also be used for art techniques as well.

Poetry Books

Homeschool poetry book lists are subject to personal taste. However, the suggestions here are popular with most children.

Classic Read Aloud Books

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.  


Australian Nature Stories

Here is a list of Australian nature study and nature story books for children.

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

1850 AD-1900AD

Industrial Revolution Book Lists

Revolutions of the 1800s Books for Kids

Slavery &Convict Books

1619 AD to 1861AD

World War I & Russian Revolution Books

World War Two Books

Modern History Books - The Last 50 Years

Geography Living Books For Kids

Here are some ideas for teaching Charlotte Mason geography.

Here are some ideas for teaching geography in the Australian Curriculum.

World Picture Books For Children

Canada & Artic Books For Kids

America Book List

Includes USA, Mexico and South America

Books on Asia

Australian Picture Books

Stories About Antarctica

There are seven sovereign states who have territorial claims in Antarctica. One of those is Australia.

Living Books on Africa

Australian History & Stories Books

European Living Books