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Help with living books
May 9, 2013 at 9:27 PM
So if I understand right a living book is a book written by one author who appriciates the subject and makes its interesting to read. Do I have that right?
Can a living book be a fiction book with true facts?
Can any subject be found in a living book? Bugs? Birds? Volcanos?
How do I find a good living book?
I have tried to Google exp. Living book on bees and no luck.
I appreciate the help
Thank you !


  • pmcrittersmom
    May 9, 2013 at 11:32 PM


    I am not an expert, but i think of living books as being just about the opposite of a text book.  Any book that can engage you on the subject matter and let you learn more than the few dry facts offered in traditional text books.  There are beginning reader books that cover the subjects you are talking .  Check out this website for some

    good luckluck

  • celticdragon77
    May 10, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    I think some people have different standards - but at its most basic form, it is NOT a textbook, has one author, was written because the topic was of interest to the writer, and is about the topic at hand (not covering a myriad of topics). 

    I have a link somewhere here of someone explaining it better than what I probably can...

  • Leissaintexas
    May 10, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Usborne books are good examples, as are the DK books. Like celticdragon said, NOT a textbook.

  • mem82
    by mem82
    May 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    i have always been unclear on this, too.

  • mommytobooger
    May 10, 2013 at 8:28 PM
    Thank you for info ladies!
    I really appricate it, I started looking on the website listed too!
  • oredeb
    by oredeb
    May 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

     this might help with how living books work

    what a living book has: when i look for books i follow these steps.

    1. Make the subject come alive.

      To make a real connection, a relation, with an idea, it must touch our emotions. Mere dry facts don’t usually accomplish that vital aspect of real knowledge. Look for living books.

    2. Get in touch with great ideas from great men.

      As much as we, parents, would like to think that we know a lot, there is so much we don’t know. So let’s allow our children to form relations with great minds of the past and present. The best way to get in touch with those great minds is by reading their thoughts. Look for worthy ideas in books.

    3. Well-written.

      Charlotte described well-written books with these terms: “written with literary power,” “a word fitly spoken,” “worthy thoughts, well put,” “inspiring tales, well told.” Look for books written in good and simple English (or Spanish or French or whatever your primary language is) with a certain charm of style.

    4. Not childish twaddle.

      Avoid books that present “little pills of knowledge mixed into weak diluent.” Twaddle talks down to the child and assumes she can’t understand more than tidbits of information. Look for books that you, the adult, will enjoy too.

    5. Give the children the idea that knowledge is supremely attractive and that reading is delightful.

      In other words, check both the content and the style in which it is presented. Look for books that will give your child a love for learning through books.

    6. The best you can find.

      Charlotte admitted that sometimes it’s very hard to find just the right book for just the right occasion. In those cases, choose the best you can find and remind yourself that those are the exceptions, not the rule. Look for the best of what’s available at the time.

    7. heres a list of curr. that uses living books, some free online

    have you seen these books they might be in your library

    also there might be some here

    lots of good books here list of bee books online to read, just type what you want in and it finds what it has, usually these are good living books

    there might be some here

  • Boobah
    by Boobah
    May 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM
    There are living books on just about any topic. No useless fact kinds of books, but interesting stories with real facts told in an engaging way. So instead of a fact textbook style book on volcanoes, you'd read a book written by an author who has a true interest in volcanoes and actually makes it interesting to read. That explanation sounds horrible. Lol

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