Great Big List of Living Books Links {Charlotte Mason Monday}

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hello and Happy Monday!  I actually really, really like Mondays - they feel so fresh and new and well, my planner isn't all crossed out yet!  Hooray!  *wink*

Over the past while, I've been putting together a list of Living Book Links for you.  I've shared my heart concerning how I feel about curriculum and getting 'stuck' on certain timelines and book lists in a previous post, so I won't repeat myself here.  

What I long to do is whisper some encouragement - living and whole book lists are only suggestions.  Think of them as springboards, idea starters, possibilities, and potential inspirations.  They are a great way to, in one place, find tons of wonderful living book suggestions for various topics, subjects, grade levels, you name it.  These lists are not, however, set in stone, required, perfect in any way, complete in any way, or going to fit every child, family or philosophy.  

My hope is that these lists work as a resource for Moms like me who are attempting to embrace a Living Books focused education with their children.

If you have a list that I have not included here, feel free to add it in the comments with a link and I'll try to include it below!

Great Big List of Living Books Links:

A Book in Time  (Living Books Site by topic, it's great!)

Absolutely Enormous List of Christian History Books

100 Best Boy Books

Living Books for Girls

Living Books for age 4-7

Living Books for Boys

Read-alouds for Boys and Girls

Canadian History through Living Books

30+ Books for Christian Tween and Teen Narnia Fans

Simply Charlotte Mason's Preschool reading list

Free Classics List by Grade Level from Heart of Wisdom

Twaddle Free Literature by Grade

1000 Good Books for Classical Christian Education

Teachers of Good Things' list for the Revolutionary War

12 Living Books for Ancient History

Living Math Book list

40+ Picture Books to Teach Grammar

Around the USA with Living Literature

Around the World 1 Living Book at a Time

Living Books to Encourage Bible Study

Character Building Books for High School

65 Favorite Read-Alouds for Boys

Favorite 2nd Grade Read-alouds

Favorite 3rd Grade Read-alouds

Elementary Reading List by grade level

Living Literature Top 10 Index

Early American Literature

Living Books for Nature Study

Living Books for Science

Middle Ages Book List

Ancient Civilizations Book List

Living Books for Studying Wild Flowers

Searchable Living Book List

Best Artists Living Books

Best Ancient and Middle Ages Historical Reads

Living Books History Series

Living Books Library

Simply Charlotte Mason forum - Canadian History 

Curriculum and Publishers with book lists/packages worth checking out for living book ideas:


Heart of Dakota

Tapestry of Grace's Book Shelf Central

My Father's World

Higher Up and Further In List

Greenleaf Press

Five in a Row

Ambleside Online

Simply Charlotte Mason

For more Living Book Links and Suggestions, visit my Living Books Pinterest Board:

Follow Cassandra's board Learning with Living Books on Pinterest.


  1. Thank you for putting this together :) I love your wagon darling!!!

  2. You are simply a blessing to so many of us. I discovered your blog maybe a year ago or so when you were on a hiatus...only to my marvelous surprise days after my returned!!! I can't thank you enough for all the time and effort you put into this blog, into your family, into your children and into our dear heavenly father up above!!! The generosity you have in sharing is so very much appreciated! I loved all the lists and organization you put into HOD as I was going down that path. We are using My Father's World but the more I read your blog as well as others, the more tempted I am to stray away from a boxed curriculum and bring freedom into our lives. Do you think it's possible for you to maybe in the future share how you spend your days teaching your precious children? What exactly you use as staples (I know Nature Study is one of them ;o) and all the extras you teach your children? I'm really nervous to make that switch of eliminating our boxed curriculum, so I'm curious to see exactly how you put it all together for your children.

    Thank you for the bottom of my heart and my childrens hearts!! Blessings to you and yours!!

    1. Thank you. It's in Christ alone that I draw my strength and anything positive you see in our family is by His grace alone! Thanks for your kind words, I'm so happy the blog has blessed you. :) Yes, I would love to share more about our day-to-day but it honestly changes constantly - that's part of the reason I've been so reluctant to talk about what we 'use' and 'love' because as soon as I do that it all switches and I feel silly/weird when people ask me 3 months later if we are still using (insert any type of curriculum) and I say no. ha. The things we use consistently without fail are the Word of God (Bible), and other great living books. Everything else comes and goes and we aren't always covering everything all the time. I can certainly share some of our language arts stuff and what we are using for poetry, art, picture study, etc. :) I'll work on that! xo

  3. This is great. I am bookmarking this for future reference! {No pun intended. Okay. It was.}

  4. Thank you!!! Have bookmarked this list and can see myself coming back often. Really appreciate the work that went into it. Thanks!

  5. We are always looking for new books. Thanks for compiling this list!

  6. Thank you for this information! So very helpful!

  7. Have you found any really good living books about Canadian history? There seems to be a lack of lists about that. Unless I just don't know where to look ;)

    1. I have not had the best luck for this. I can recommend a few resources... one is to check out this link (I added it above)

      And the other would be to maybe take a peek at some of the Canadian History from Donna Ward at She has book lists/bundles for Canadian History there. :)

    2. Thank you Cassandra for your reply! Since writing this comment I have done some more looking - thought I'd share what I had found. :) At the bottom of the following page there is a link to an annotated bibliography of picture books about Canadian history: Also, there are quite a number listed in this thread from simplycharlottemason: Hope this helps someone. :)

  8. Thank you for this wonderful resource! I also have a blog about living books for homeschool.

  9. Wow! What a great resource! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together. I feel like I found someone who is doing exactly what I am striving to do!


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