• Twenty Texans by Betsy Warren

    Twenty Texans by Betsy Warren

    Twenty Texans: Historic Lives for Young Readers by Betsy Warren was another book we greatly enjoyed about the Lone Star state! It was recommended to me by a “born and raised” Texas mama, and it appealed to our whole crew as we learned about 20 mostly famous and a few…

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  • Journey to America by Sonia Levitin

    Journey to America by Sonia Levitin

    Journey To America by Sonia Levitin was a much enjoyed read aloud from the Word War 2 Era. If you are concerned about the worst of history repeating itself in our children’s lifetime, this is an eye-opening book to read. Much of what happened in 2020 was happening in Germany,…

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  • The Secret of the Village Fool by Rebecca Upjohn

    The Secret of the Village Fool by Rebecca Upjohn

    I was happy to find a copy of The Secret of the Village Fool by Rebecca Upjohn at the thrift store! We had borrowed it from the library a few times, and our youngest son particularly enjoys this true story of a Polish man who risks his life to hide…

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  • Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski

    Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski

    This book has seen better days, but its worn cover, loose binding, and dog-eared pages speak volumes (no pun intended); Indian Captive, The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski is a well-loved living book that I’ve enjoyed since I was as young as our children are now! The story…

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  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

    Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

    Turning the last page of Johnny Tremain evoked audible sighs all around the room. What an experience to live in Boston during the latter half of the 1700s over the past few weeks! Author Esther Forbes introduced us to a plethora of interesting characters a few years before the Revolutionary…

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  • For Christ’s Crown by Richard Hannula

    For Christ’s Crown by Richard Hannula

    We listened to the audio version of For Christ’s Crown: Sketches of Puritans and Covenanters by Richard Hannula on our trips to and from church, and I wanted to recommend it heartily. Much like Hannula’s other well-loved collection of biographies, Trial and Triumph, the historical sketches in this book exalt…

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  • The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day by Scott O’Dell

    The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day by Scott O’Dell

    Through the experience of a fictional young sailor-smuggler named Tom Barton, O’Dell depicts the spiritual darkness of England in the early 1500s before the Reformation, and his encounter with an unassuming man bent on translating the Bible into the English language. The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day endears…

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  • Remember the Alamo! by Robert Penn Warren

    Remember the Alamo! by Robert Penn Warren

    Remember the Alamo! by Robert Penn Warren was the first history book we read about Texas after arriving here. We all enjoyed it, but none so much as our 12 year old son, whose favorite topic is military history, whose favorite games are strategy games, and whose love for the…

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  • Boy of the Pyramids by Ruth Fosdick Jones

    Boy of the Pyramids by Ruth Fosdick Jones

    Ancient Egypt and the early Old Testament is the overarching theme of our school year. I missed laying this foundation in the early years before learning of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education, so we’re back tracking a bit to build upon it going forward, Lord willing, as we travel through…

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  • Bud & Me by Alta Abernathy

    Bud & Me by Alta Abernathy

    Since we moved to Texas, we’ve been trying to learn as much as we can about its history and culture. So, like typical homeschoolers, we switched gears in the middle of the school year and jumped from Ancient Egypt to the history of the South because that’s where the science…

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  • Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

    Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

    Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates is an excellent living book on the horror of the slave trade, the sanctity of human life, and the privilege of freedom. Beginning in Africa, the story gives us a glimpse into what life was like for the fifteen year old prince in…

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  • Caleb’s Lamb by Helen Santos

    Caleb’s Lamb by Helen Santos

    Caleb’s Lamb by Helen Santos is one of the greatest gems in our collection of children’s stories. Scripture is full of sheep and shepherd imagery: we, the sheep, and Jesus, our Great Shepherd who leads us.Through the mountains and fields with Asher The Shepherd and his flock; and Caleb, Asher’s…

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Fill your Morning Basket.


What is a Living Book?


When your children plead, “just one more chapter!” and you find yourself complying for your sake as much as theirs, you may just be reading a living book!

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What is a Morning Basket?


A Morning Basket is not really about mornings, or baskets, but having a set time of day to read living books to your children.

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