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    Default Living books for littles

    We're kind of a Charlotte Mason-lite homeschool family, and my kids respond really well to the "living books" concept. I've had great luck finding things for my ten year-old daughter, but I'd love any suggestions for the preschool (and younger) set. One of my favorite examples is Little Elephant's Trunk. It's exactly the sort of thing I want to use for several reasons: Beautiful, quality illustrations; a good story peppered with factual information that sticks because it's part of the story, not hard facts on a page; and wonderful writing; etc.

    Does anyone have any book ideas along those same lines that they can share? I can sacrifice beautiful illustrations for quality writing, of course. We do like the "David" books, and I would not call anything about those illustrations "beautiful". lol
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    Are you looking for fiction or non-fiction?

    Have you seen Simply Charlotte Mason's "favorite read-aloud" list?
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    I'm pretty open to fiction or nonfiction. I have kind of looked at that list before, but I think it was one of those "Ooh, this is neat, I'll have to take a good look at it sometime" kind of moments. lol

    But I am open to personal recommendations, fiction or non!
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    For science:
    Let's Read and Find Out books, level two are excellent
    How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World
    Gail Gibbons's books
    Rookie Read About Science/Health books (these are just okay - not great books IMO)

    For math:
    Anno's Math Games
    Anno's Counting House
    Mathstart books
    Measuring Penny

    For history and geography, I'd go with just books about places. For example, My Rows and Piles of Coins and Bintou's Braids for Africa, Monsoon for India, The Empty Pot for China, etc.
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    I also love let's read and find out science and my son loves the magic school bus. Marilyn burns is good for living math stuff.

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    Yes, Marilyn Burns is awesome... But maybe not for a preschooler, unless there's some works of hers I don't know.
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    Some of them are just fun stories, like the one about the triangle (can't remember the title off the top of my head). I also read the 'pigs will be pigs' ones to my son, which he loved, but I'm pretty sure he didn't get were anything about Maths!

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    Whoo-hoo! Thanks, ladies! I'm adding all these to my potential reading list now.
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    This school year I have been using the suggestions from Ambleside Online Year 0 and Simply Charlotte Mason for my kids' (ages 4-6) read aloud time. So far, here are some of their favorites that we have read.

    The Story of Ferdinand
    Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
    Just Plain Fancy
    The Little Engine That Could
    Caps for Sale
    Millions of Cats

    We also read Stuart Little but it wasn't a big hit with my four year olds. But they all seem to be enjoying the Tumtum and Nutmeg series. Not sure if that would be considered a "living book" but I think the vocabulary is sophisticated and the plots are engaging. I actually am enjoying this collection very much.

    Eta : I see that you were looking mainly for books to teach other academic concept areas. My 6 year old loves National Geographic: Little Kids First Big Book of Animals (Science). All my children love 100 Angry Ants (math). One Grain of Rice is beautiful but pretty advanced concept for the little ones (Math). The Amazing Animals books (science) have clear and simple text which is good for preschoolers and beginning readers. My oldest loved those books so much that she bought more with her own money when she was only 4 years old.
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    One Grain of Rice is a favorite of mine for math too. And all the Charlesbridge ones like Sir Cumference too. But yeah, more like kindergarten or first grade at least and up.
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