Ultimate List of Living Books for Elementary Grades. Plus-Free Printable!


I’ve made it no secret that we enjoy the Charlotte Mason method of Education.  If you want to learn more about this, I will be uploading a class for the Digital Homeschool Convention!  I also have shared a bit about the Charlotte Mason method HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE to name a few, there are more if you want to glance around.  One of my favorite things about Charlotte Mason was her love for living books.

What is a living book?

If you walked around my house, you would see I have books in every room.  For me to say that I absolutely love books would be an understatement.  LOL!  The books you see behind me are a small taste of what we actually have.  In fact, I have 13 book cases full of books ranging from A to Z!  Okay, so I really love books and truly believe that most books are wonderful, but when you are educating your children you again want to lay down good habits.

Living books are not textbooks.  They are actually quite the opposite.  Living books are quality literature that can be either fiction or non fiction that is written by an author who expresses passion for a topic.  The book draws you into the story, stirs up your imagination and causes you to care about the subjects that you are reading about.  They also make you think.  Living books are inspiring stories that help engage your children’s mind and, honestly, help to engage the minds of adults as well!  Living books provide honorable characters that your children can look up to!

Living books are the opposite of Twaddle books.  What is a Twaddle book?  Twaddle books are books that dumb down your child.  They are poorly written and overly predictable.  Think of Twaddle books as junk food.  Sure, most junk food tastes great and serves an immediate purpose, but there is no sustenance.  Over time, eating junk food for every meal will have a negative effect on your physical and mental health.  What you and your kids consume is part of their environment.  The same holds true for their choice in books.  This is why such an emphasis is added to living books.  

One of the first things I researched when we decided to homeschool was a list of living books that I might need.  I acquire the books in advance so I have them ready for my kids to read.  If I find some really good deals, I might have them for years before I’ll actually need them.  In hopes of removing the guess-work, I have compiled a list of living books for you.  This list is customizable to your family’s needs and I pray it is a blessing!  Keep scrolling down because you will also find a printable for my subscribers! 🙂

  1.  Among the Farmyard People
  2. Among the Pond People
  3. Among the Night People
  4. Among the Forest People
  5. Among the Meadow People
  6. All of Thorton Burgess books
  7. Elementary Geography
  8. Around the World in a Hundred Years
  9. Egermeier’s Bible Story Book
  10. Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible
  11. I heard the Good News Today
  12. Aesop’s Fables
  13. Uncle Wiggly’s Storybook
  14. Handbook of Nature Study
  15. A Child’s Garden of Verses
  16. All of Lang’s Fairy Books.
  17. Parables From Nature
  18. Pilgrim’s Progress
  19. Christian Liberty Nature Readers
  20. Great Inventors and their Inventions
  21. Richard Halliburton’s Book of Marvels
  22. Physics Lab in a Housewares Store
  23. Charlotte’s Web
  24. Pippi Longstocking
  25. Black Beauty
  26. The Wizard of Oz
  27. Harry Potter Series
  28. Little House on the Prairie series—all of these are wonderful!
  29. The Phantom Tollbooth
  30. The Hiding Place
  31. Matilda
  32. The Thanksgiving Story
  33. King of the Wind: The story of the Godolphin Arabian
  34. America Begins: The Story of the Finding of the New World (Out of Print)
  35. Abraham Lincoln and any books by D’ Aulaire
  36. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and other stories
  37. The Courage of Sarah Noble
  38. Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  39. A Boy Named FDR
  40. The Fourth of July Story
  41. Butterfly House
  42. Anne of Green Gables
  43. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
  44. Hans Brinkler or the Silver Skates
  45. Michael Faraday, Father of Electronics
  46. Rifles for Watie
  47. Cilla of Ingleside
  48. All of the Avonlea Series
  49. Falcons of France
  50. Goodbye Mr. Chips
  51. The Story of My Life
  52. Where the Sidewalk Ends
  53. The Complete Grimms Fairy Tales
  54. The Giving Tree
  55. Because of Winn-Dixie
  56. Buffalo Bill
  57. Boy of the Pyramids: A Mystery of Ancient Egypt
  58. Benjamin Franklin
  59. Great Astronomers 
  60. Always Inventing
  61. George Washington Carver
  62. King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
  63. Oliver Twist
  64. Little Women
  65. A Christmas Carol
  66. Captains Courageous
  67. Puck of Pooks Hill
  68. Bard of Avon
  69. Paddle to the Sea
  70. The Thief
  71. The Wednesday Wars
  72. The BFG Click HERE for printables
  73. Adam and the Golden Cock
  74. Bumblebee at Appletree Lane
  75. School! Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble Elementary School
  76. The Bee Tree
  77. The Columbus Story
  78. Dave Dash Away the Young Aviator
  79. Math and Magic in Wonderland
  80. Justin Had a Horse
  81. The Good Master
  82. The White Stag
  83. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  84. The Great Brain
  85. Of Courage Undaunted
  86. Passion for the Impossible
  87. Carry A Big Stick
  88. Wild Animals I have Known
  89. Holes
  90. Momo
  91. The Neverending Story
  92. The Brooklynn Bridge: The story of the Worlds Most Famous Bridge and the Remarkable Family Who Built It
  93. Are You a Dragonfly
  94. The Apple and The Arrow
  95. The Age of Fable
  96. The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  97. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  98. Paul Revere’s Ride
  99. Rip Van Wrinkle
  100. The Secret Garden
  101. A Book of Golden Deeds
  102. The Borrowers
  103. Lassie Come Home
  104. The Railway Children
  105. Gentle Ben
  106. Thimble Summer
  107. Return to Gone Away
  108. The Peterkin Papers
  109. Calico Captive
  110. Johnny Tremain
  111. Tree of Freedom
  112. Amos Fortune, Free Man
  113. The Story About Ping
  114. The Wind in the Willows
  115. Ben and Me
  116. Bambi 
  117. Bambi’s Children
  118. The Hundred and One Dalmatians
  119. The Lorax (We actually love ALL Dr. Seuss books!)
  120. The Velveteen Rabbit
  121. Hill of Fire
  122. Pompeii: Buried Alive
  123. Just So Stories
  124. Misty of Chincoteague
  125. Doctor Dolittle
  126. Favorite Poems Old and New
  127. Tree in the Trail
  128. Pagoo
  129. Alias Jungle Doctor
  130. A Wrinkle in Time
  131. Adam of the Road
  132. The Gate in the Wall
  133. Around the World in 80 Days
  134. The Four Story Mistake
  135. Bridge to Terabithia
  136. The Chronicles of Narnia Series
  137. Pollyanna
  138. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  139. Caddie Woodlawn
  140. Pinocchio 
  141. Detectives in Togas
  142. Gulliver’s Travels
  143. Tales From Shakespeare
  144. Henry Reed, INC
  145. Crystal Mountain
  146. The Good Master
  147. The Singing Tree
  148. Kidnapped
  149. Tom Sawyer
  150. Big Red
  151. The Winged Watchman
  152. The Incredible Journey
  153. Where the Red Fern Grows
  154. One and Only Ivan
  155. Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears
  156. Number the Stars
  157. Otto of the Silverhand
  158. Fifty Famous Stories Retold
  159. Viking Tales
  160. Trial and Triumph
  161. A Child’s Garden of Verses
  162. Now we are Six
  163. When We Were Very Young
  164. St George and the Dragon
  165. The Boxcar Children-The Whole set is wonderful!
  166. A Lion to Guard Us
  167. An Island Story
  168. This Country of Ours
  169. The Little Duke
  170. Joan of Arc
  171. Stories from the Bible
  172. Understood Betsy
  173. Robin Hood
  174. Heidi
  175. Paddington
  176. Wonderful Tales For Children
  177. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
  178. Pied Piper of Hamelin
  179. Five Children & It
  180. Brighty of the Grand Canyon
  181. Chanticleer and the Fox
  182. Along Came a dog
  183. The Bears of Hemlock Mountain
  184. The Hundred Dresses
  185. Billy and Blaze Books
  186. The Enormous Egg
  187. Michelangelo
  188. Landing of the Pilgrims
  189. The Adventures of Marco Polo
  190. Secrets of the Woods
  191. The Heroes
  192. The Princess and the Goblin
  193. Children of the New Forest
  194. The Wheel on the School
  195. The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen
  196. The Twenty-One Balloons
  197. My Side of the Mountain
  198. George Washington’s World
  199. Poor Richard by Daugherty
  200. Abigail Adams
  201. Minn of the Mississippi
  202. Madam How and Lady Why
  203. The Storybook of Science
  204. Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas
  205. Physics Lab in the Home
  206. A Little Princess
  207. The Water Babies
  208. At the Back of the North Wind
  209. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  210. The Bears of Blue River
  211. Swallows and Amazons
  212. Unknown to History: Captivity of Mary of Scotland
  213. The Saturdays
  214. Men of Iron
  215. English Fairy Tales


I have many other homeschool posts you might be interested in HERE.  Some of my favorite resources are also Usborne books.

I have a wonderful Charlotte Mason Printable on Attainable Attributes for a six-year-old’s in my store for FREE. Just go —>>>HERE.

Laura Awe Filled Homemaker



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