The Living Books List is simply that—a gigantic list of living books (over 650) for all ages and reading levels, organized and searchable. (Never heard of “living books”? Keep reading…)
Why is it here? One way we make our out-of-the-box life efficient is to integrate learning wherever we can. Good books are key. Plus, I wanted a list of great living books all in one place. Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, an aunt, an uncle or anyone who loves or gives books, you might consider these.
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What are my favorites?
The LBL is big and can be overwhelming. I haven’t read all of them, but I have read hundreds of kids’ books over the years. I highlight my most favorite books on this page on Amazon (look in the middle-ish).
Bonus tip: Hover over the little comment icon in the top right corner of any of the items on that page to see my comments.
They are great for gifts!
How to Use the Living Books List
Use the controls at the top of the list to search, scroll through the pages, filter out only the entries you want to see (like reading level, subject, etc.) and control how many books show up in the list at once. Remember, there are over 650 of them! I’ve also begun linking to related online resources in the Notes section as I find them. Enjoy!
Here’s a quick video walk-through:
Can’t see the video? Watch it here.
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The Living Books List
Can’t see the list? Find a larger version here.
What is a living book?
In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept, living books are well-written and offer more to the reader than fluff. Living books teach about life, character and the human spirit. Many times they teach an academic concept in a fun and engaging way. They are the polar opposite of a dry, boring text book.
Where does the list come from?
Many of the titles included in the list are ones we have read and enjoyed in our family. However, we have not read them all (yet) so I also include recommendations from other trusted sources like:
- Hand That Rocks the Cradle by Nathaniel Bluedorn
- Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys M. Hunt
- 1000 Good Books List
- Ambleside Online
- Here and there, where I can find them…
Ready to browse some good books?
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