What are living books?

Living books are well-written, interesting books, offering the reader rich stories instead of silly or empty fluff. Through these stories — whether in picture books or advanced chapter books — living books teach about life, character and the human spirit.

The term “living books” was originally coined by Charlotte Mason, an educator in the late 1800s and early 1900s. She may have lived in “the olden days” but her philosophy was brilliant: use great literature to teach, so learning is engaging and fun.