Living List-An Ever Evolving List of Living Books

Charlotte Mason refused to make a list of living books. I humbly hesitate to take on a task that she would not complete. She believed that there were far too many books worthy to be read to compile them, and limit them, to a list. I wholeheartedly agree. She also knew that each educator herself had to be capable of, willing, and joyfully undertaking the task of choosing and reading living books for her individual born persons. I believe this to be absolutely true. 

So, what follows is not a comprehensive list of living books that you should limit your readers, or yourself, to. What follows is not a complete list of every living book that is worthy to be read. What follows is not a list of every book that I love or find worthy of reading. What follows is, instead, my personal list of "must read" books for a lifetime. These are the books that I believe meet most people right where they are, and that form their thoughts and experiences. 

 This is a developing, evolving, ever progressing list...as any list of living books should be. The list will be as living as the books themselves, and I hope that they serve simply and solely as a guide for you in becoming familiar with, and building a library of, living books. 

**Note- Authors that I believe are worthy of reading every word penned by are listed with their name first, and a favorite book or two second. Books that I believe stand above and beyond other works by an author and are worthy to be read even if other works by the author are not, are listed with their title first and author second.  

History/Geography/Culture-
G.A. Henty- With Lee in Virginia
Richard Halliburton- The Complete Book of Marvels
Holling C. Holling- Paddle to the Sea, Minn of the Mississippi
Virgil M. Hillyer- A Child's History of the World, A Child's Geography of the World
Cornerstones of Freedom Series
Edward Eggleston- Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans
Watch the Stars Come Out- Riki Levinson
Ten Mile Day- Mary Ann Fraser (Picture Book)
Daulaire Biographies
Diane Stanley
Genevieve Foster-George Washington's World, The World of Abraham Lincoln
Children of the World-Anthony Asael and Stephanie Rabemiafara
Children of Many Lands- Karen Brooks
Missionary Stories With the Millers- Mildred A. Martin
The Little Duke-Charlotte Yonge
Red Scarf Girl- Ji-li Jiang 
Helen Keller- The Story of My Life
The Hiding Place- Corrie Ten Boom
14 Cows for America- Carmen Agra Deedy (Picture Book)
David Macaulay- Cathedral, Castle, City, Pyramid
An American Plague- Jim Murphy
We Were There, Too: People in U.S History- Phillip M. Hoose
I Am Series of Picture Books- Brad Meltzer
Childhood of Famous Americans Series- Various Authors
Betsy and Guilio Maestro- The Discovery of the Americas, Exploration and Conquest 


Science/Nature-
James Herriot- All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful
Jean Henri Fabre-The Storybook of Science, etc
Madam How and Lady Why- Charles Kingley
Ernest Thompson Seton- Wild Animals I Have Known
Laura Purdie Salas- Water Can Be, A Leaf Can Be, A Rock Can Be
A Drop of Water- Walter Wick
Thorton W. Burgess- ALL
Let's Read and Find Out Series
David Macaulay- The Way Things Work, The Way We Work
For the Love of Physics- Walter Levin
Christian Liberty Nature Readers
One Small Square Series
Carol Lerner- Backyard Birds of Summer, Backyard Birds of Winter
100 Scientists Who Shaped World History- John Tiner
The Mystery of the Periodic Table- Benjamin Wilker
The Double Helix- James D. Watson
Men, Microscopes and Living Things- Katherine Shipper
Herbert Zim- What's Inside of Me, Bones, Blood
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made- Philip Yancey
Alvin Silverstein- Body Systems Books 

Poetry/Tales-
Shakespeare- ALL/ Shakespeare Tales- Edith Nesbit
Edward Lear-The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear
A.A.Milne- When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six
The Aesop for Children- Milo Winter
Uncle Wiggly's Storybook- Howard R. Garis
Tales of St. Patrick- Eileen Dunlop
A Cloak for the Dreamer- Aileen Friedman
Anno's Twice Told Tales- Grimm and Anno
The Squire and the Scroll- Jenni Bishop 
Rudyard Kipling-Just So Stories
Hans Christian Anderson-The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New Clothes
The Brother's Grimm- ALL
Parables From Nature- Margaret Gatty
Andrew Lang-The Fairy Books
St. George and the Dragon- version retold by Margaret Hodges
Shel Silverstein- Where the Sidewalk Ends
The Complete Nonsense- Edward Lear
A Child's Garden of Verses- Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Browning- The Pied Piper of Hamlin
Arnold Lobel - Giant John
The Twentieth Century Children's Poetry Treasury- Jack Prelutsky
 Nathaniel Hawthorne- Tanglewood Tales
And the Green Grass Grew All Around- Alvin Schwartz
Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young- Jack Prelutsky
From Sea to Shining Sea- Amy Cohn
Jack Prelutsky- A Pizza the Size of the Sun
Rainforest Tales- Horace Banner


Faith and Character- 
Bob Schultz- Boyhood and Beyond, Created for Work
Lee Strobel- Case for Christ, Case for Grace
C.S. Lewis- Miracles, The Screwtape Letters  
William Bennet- The Book of Virtues, The Children's Book of Heroes
Hero Tales- Dave and Neta Jackson
Missionary Stories With the Millers- Mildred A. Martin
Pilgrim's Progress- John Bunyan
Little Pilgrim's Progress- Helen Taylor
Gary D. Schmidt- The Blessing of the Lord
 

Picture Books-
Robert Kraus-Herman the Helper, Leo the Late Bloomer
C.W. Anderson- Billy and Blaze Series
Arnold Lobel- Frog and Toad Are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, Giant John
Robert McCloskey-Burt Down Deep Water Man, Blueberries for Sal
A.A. Milne- Collections: The House at Pooh Corner, Winnie the Pooh
Leo Lionni- Frederick, A Color of His Own
Eric Carle- A House for Hermit Crab, The Grouchy Ladybug
Corduroy- Don Freeman
Beatrix Potter-The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Shel Silverstein- The Giving Tree
Dr. Seuss- The Lorax, Oh The Places You'll Go
Ezra Jack Keats- The Snowy Day
Jane Yolen- Letting Swift River Go
Paul Galdone- Hans in Luck, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, etc
Harold and the Purple Crayon- Crockett Johnson
Margaret Wise Brown- Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny
Is Your Mama a Llama- Deborah Guarino
Marcus Pfister- The Rainbow Fish
Ludwig Bemelman- Madeline
Jean Marzollo- Snow Angels
Caps for Sale- Ephyr Slobodkina
The Story of Ferdinand- Munro Leaf
Guess How Much I Love You- Sam McBratney
The Velveteen Rabbit-Margery Williams
Eric A. Kimmel- Anasi and the Magic Stick, Anasi and the Talking Melon 
Margret and H.A. Rey- Curious George
Lassie Come Home- Rosemary Wells
John Burningham- Mr. Grumpy's Outing, Mr. Grumpy's Motor Car
Ten, Nine, Eight- Molly Bang
We're Going on a Bear Hunt- Michael Rosen
Locomotive- Brian Floca 
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb- Al Perkins
Chris Van Dusen- The Circus Ship, King Hugo's Huge Ego, Down to the Sea With Mr. Magee
Jan Brett- Daisy Comes Home, The Mitten, The Hat
Sarah Stewart- The Gardener, The Library
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World- Marjorie Priceman
Last Stop on Market Street- Matt De Le Pena
A Chair for My Mother- Vera B. Williams
Boxes for Katje- Candace Fleming
The Seven Silly Eaters- Mary Ann Hoberman
The Relatives Came- Cynthia Rylant
Tomie dePaola- Strega Nona
Patricia Polacco-Thundercake, The Keeping Quilt
Owl Moon- Jane Yolen
Ugly Pie- Lisa Wheeler
David Kirk- Miss Spider's Tea Party
Tacky the Penguin- Helen Lester
Russell Hoban- Bread and Jam for Frances
Patricia Polacco- Chicken Sunday
 

Literature-
Frances Hodgson Burnett-The Secret Garden, A Little Princess
Anna Sewell- Black Beauty
Sid Fleischman- Humbug Mountain
Holes- Louis Sachar
Gary Paulsen- Hatchet, The Voyage of the Frog, The Rifle
Jerry Spinelli- Maniac Magee
The Twenty One Balloons- William Pene Du Bois 
Roald Dahl- Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Danny Champion of the World 
Fran Baum- Wizard of Oz
Paddington- Michael Bond
E.B. White-Charlotte's Web, The Trumpet of the Swan
Lewis Carroll- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass
C.S. Lewis- Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters
Roald Dahl- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Laura Ingalls Wilder- Little House in the Big Woods, Farmer Boy, Etc
Amos Fortune, Free Man- Elizabeth Yates
Carry on Mr. Bowditch- Jean Lee Latham
Patricia St. John- Rainbow Garden, Treasures of the Snow
Raggedy Ann-Johnny Gruelle
Pippi Longstocking- Astrid Lindgrom
Jack London- Call of the Wild
Mark Twain- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Pinocchio- Carlo Collodi
Peter Pan- James M. Barrie
Richard Atwater- Mr. Popper's Penguins
George MacDonald- The Princess and the Goblin
Mary Norton- The Borrowers
Eleanor Porter- Pollyanna
Tumtum and Nutmet- Emily Bearn 
Margery Sharp- The Rescuers Series
Anna Hibiscus Series- Lauren Tobia
Daniel Defoe- The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Lois Lenski- Strawberry Girl 
Washington Irving- Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Robert Louis Stevenson- Kidnapped, Treasure Island
Jonathan Rogers- The Wilderking Series 
Erin and Philip Ulrich- Begin, Widewater, Morning
Louisa May Alcott- Little Women, Little Men
Charles Dickens- How Could I Pick a Favorite or Two? Seriously, Read.Them.All.
Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates- Mary Mapes Dodge
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm- Kate Douglas Wiggin
Lois Lowry- Number the Stars, The Giver
Snow Treasures-Marie McSwigan
Where the Read Fern Grows-Wilson Rawls
Jane Austen- Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility
Lloyd Alexander- The Iron Ring
God's Smuggler- Brother Andrew
Avi- True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Poppy
Linda Sue Park- A Single Shard, A Long Walk to Water
Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
Clare Vanderpool- Moon Over Manifest, Navigating Early 
G.K. Chesterton-Father Brown Mysteries
Don Quixote- Cervantes
Andrew Peterson- The Wingfeather Saga
Sir Winston Churchill- ALL
The Hunt for Red October-Tom Clancy
The Summer of the Swans- Betsy Byars
M.C. Higgins, The Great- Virginia Hamilton 
Gary D. Schmidt- Okay for Now, The Wednesday Wars 
Kate DiCamillo- Because of Winn Dixie, The Tale of Desperaux
Silas Marner-George Eliot
Elizabeth Enright- The Saturdays/Gone Away Lake
The Great Gatsby- Scott F. Fitzgerald
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-Ian Fleming
Homer's Illiad
Esther Forbes- Johnny Tremain, America's Paul Revere
Old Yeller- Fred Gipson
C.S. Forester- Horatio Hornblower Series
Lord of the Flies-William Golding
The Outsiders- S. E. Hinton
Les Miserables- Victor Huge
The Phantom Tollbooth- Norton Juster
Dick King Smith- Babe, the Gallant Pig, The School Mouse
E.L. Konigsburg- From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Charles Kingsley- Water Babies
and Now Miguel- Joseph Krumgold
To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
John Peterson- The Littles Series
The Indian in the Cupboard- Lynne Read Banks
Pippi Longstocking- Astrid Lindgren
The Boxcar Children (First 20)- Gertrude Chandler Warner
Henry W. Longfellow- Paul Revere's Ride
Ralph Moody- Little Britches Series
Shiloh- Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Gloria Whelan- Homeless Bird, Listening for Lions 
Scott O' Dell- Island of the Blue Dolphins
Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After- Kirby Larson
Katherine Paterson- Master Puppeteer, Bridge to Terabithia
The Little Pirnce- Antoine de Saint Exlepery
Sir Walter Scott- Ivanhoe
Elizabeth Winthrop- The Castle in the Attic Series
Kathryn Worth- They Loved to Laugh, New Worlds for Josie
Five Little Peppers- Margaret Sidney
Elizabeth George Speare- The Bronze Bow, The Sign of the Beaver
Gulliver's Travels- Jonathan Swift
War and Peace- Leo Tolstory
The Swiss Family Robinson- Johann Wyss
Beorn the Proud- Madeleine Polland
Seabiscuit- Laura Hillenbrand
John Steinbeck- The Red Pony
Water Buffalo Days- Huynh Quang Nhuong
The Good Master- Kate Seredy
The Vanderbeerkers of 141st Street- Karina Yan Glaser
Little Pear- Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Julie Andrews Edwards- Mandy
The Penderwicks- Jeanne Birdsall 
Richard Peck- A Year Down Yonder, On the Wings of Heroes
The Door in the Wall- Marguerite De Angeli
Mary Poppins-P.L.Travers
Elizabeth Enright- Gone-Away Lake, Return to Gone-Away
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes- Jonathan Auxier 
Understood Betsy-Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Elizabeth Enright- The Saturdays Series 
Howard Pyle- Robin Hood, Men of Iron
The Color of My Words- Lynn Joseph
Whalesong Trilogy- Robert Siegel
Elizabeth George Speare- The Bronze Bow, The Sign of the Beaver
Eleanor Estes- The Moffats Series
Christopher Paul Curtis- Bud Not Buddy,  The Watsons go to Birmingham
Jasper and the Riddle of Riley's Mine- Caroline Starr Rose
Kenneth Grahame- The Wind in the Willows
Natalie Babbitt- Tuck Everlasting, The Search for Delicious
Stella by Starlight- Sharon Draper 
Caddie Woodlawn- Carol Ryrie Brink
Patricia Maclachlan- Sarah Plain and Tall
Surviving the Applewhites- Stephanie S. Tolan
Lucy Maud Montgomery- Anne of Green Gables
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain- Alice Dalgliesh 
Marguerite Henry- King of the Wind, Sea Star
Maryrose Wood- The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Series 
By the Great Horn Spoon- Sid Fleischman 
Ruth Stiles Gannett- My Father's Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, The Dragons of Blueland 
Jean Craighead George- My Side of the Mountain
Understood Betsy- Dorothy Canfield
Rebecca Caudill- The Fairchild Family Series 
Edith Nesbit- Five Children and It, The Railway Children
Alice Dalgliesh- The Courage of Sarah Noble
Jennifer Trafton- Henry and the Chalk Dragon, The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic
Geoffrey Chaucer- The Canterbury Tales 
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat- Lynne Jonell
Pam Munoz Ryan- Esperanza Rising, The Dreamer, Echo
The Family Under the Bridge- Natalie Savage Carlson
Frindle- Andrew Clements
S.D. Smith- The Green Ember
Jules Verne- Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth

May All Your Days Be Spent...Delightfully Feasting
Crystin <3





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