What is a “living book?”
A living book is defined as “books written by authors who have a particular fondness for their subject.”
How do I select “living books” for my child?
Look for books which “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 or real knowledge.
Look for books which “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.
Look for books which are “well written”.
Well written books are books which are written with “literary power, a word fitly spoken, worthy thoughts, well put, inspiring tales, and well told.”
“A Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning” by Karen Andreola
Simply Charlotte Mason.com “Choosing Books Like A Connoisseur.”