If you asked me to name a few things that have made THE most impact in our homeschool over the years, one of the answers I would give without hesitation is living literature.
Many precious hours have been spent together around books. Those moments have built strong bonds between us, created warm memories, and sparked lively discussions.
We’ve been gently prodded to build our character and define our values as we’ve learned from great victories and tragic mistakes of the characters in our books.We’ve been planted knee-deep in historical time periods and come to know and love each era because of it. We’ve turned around on the other side of science books and seen just how much new information was quietly placed in our brains.
Yes, living books have made quite the impression and quite the difference in our little homeschool.
Over the years, I’ve spent hours choosing the right books for our specific purposes. I’ve scoured the library, taken advice from well-respected home educators who’ve gone before me, and researched a bunch to make sure what we spent our time reading was worthy. And…I kept lists of the really good books we used for those specific purposes.
I’ve gathered many of those living literature booklists for you in this post! I sure hope it saves you some time as you strive to choose the best of the best books for your homeschool.
Our Favorite Books
Living Literature Booklists
Not too long ago, I pulled together a 10-day series (that turned into an 11-day series) of our favorite living books for several subjects. Each of the posts below give you a “Top 10” booklist. It sure was hard to narrow some of these categories to only 10 books, but I know you’re going to enjoy them as much as our family!
Christian Character Training Booklists
From the very beginning, we’ve used literature as part of “the plan” to demonstrate Christian character and even shared Biblical truths. These mega booklists are two of my very favorite. (You might like to see how I use just about any book to teach a values lesson, too.)
Themed Book Lists
Often, when I write about our studies, I also include lists of great living literature we used during our learning. These posts each contain substantial book lists to go-along with various themes.
Booklists for Geography
These two studies were so much fun! They relied heavily on the use of living literature to drive the whole learning experience.
Booklists for Writing with Older Students
These particular posts have been wildly popular on my blog. I think it’s because so many homeschool moms feel inadequate to teach writing. Or, maybe because so many students either balk at writing or lack the skills to write well. We’ve had so much success in our homeschool by using master writers (picture book authors) as examples for mini-lessons!
Using Picture Books To Teach Narrative WritingUsing Picture Books To Teach Persuasive WritingUsing Picture Books To Teach Biography WritingUsing Picture Books To Teach Expository WritingUsing Picture Books To Teach Voice in WritingUsing Picture Books To Teach Literary TechniquesUsing Picture Books To Teach Text Structure
Unit Study Booklists
Unit studies, or even themed reading months, have been an integral part of our learning. It’s so much fun to dive into a subject and read all you can about it. Most of these posts include large living literature booklists AND lesson ideas.
Our Favorite Authors
Which picture book authors have we been able to trust time and time again to deliver excellent literature? Here are our top 12.
Living Literature Grammar Packs
We love literature so much that I even wrote a curriculum appropriate for grades 3-5 that uses great living books to teach grammar, reading comprehension, spelling and writing. If your kiddo needs a fun nudge to understand a particular grammar concept more, the grammar booklist should help.
I’m always busy pinning to my Pinterest Boards. I love organizing all the wonderfully brilliant ideas I find. You might like to check out my living literature board to find even more creative ideas.
It’s your turn! Tell me your very favorite book (or books) of all time. Pretty please.
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