Giveaway Time!


Indeed, the gospel story offers the epic of the ages for the poet who shall arise in the future, strong in faith, and meek enough to hold his creative gift in reverent subjection. –  Charlotte Mason (The Saviour of the world)

So, as I promised, it’s giveaway time; I’m offering a copy of Charlotte Mason’s ‘The Saviour of the world’ (volume 1), another surprise living book and a selection of Neal’s Yard tea – I will send this anywhere in the world and you can enter twice, if you’d like!


If you’d like to know more about it go on over to A Delectable Education where you can hear Emily Kiser and Art Middlekauff discussing Charlotte Mason’s poetic reflections on the Life of Christ from this work.

I’ve started using it as part of my devotional routine; taking it slowly and thoughtfully, soaking in the deep and beautiful revelation from the gospels.

How do I win?


Well, let me tell you! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post (it won’t appear straight away – I have to approve it, don’t worry!) recommending one living book and the author, that’s it – easy right?

Next Wednesday morning I will announce the winner and hopefully the books will be winging their way to YOU!

Don’t forget to pop back on Friday where we’re featuring a guest blog post from Emily Kiser herself!

 Hope it’s you…

61 thoughts on “Giveaway Time!

  1. We are new to CM and living books, so… We are reading Trumpet of the Swan, a book I never would’ve thought to read until Simply Charlotte Mason recommended it for our first term. It is a beautiful story that my boys are enjoying much more than I expected they would.

  2. I grew up reading living books and have so many that I love! The Chronicles of Narnia (or anything, really!) by CS Lewis are definitely a favorite that I can’t wait to read to my own children!

  3. What a lovely give away! My husband is reading the Hobbit to our family right now (mostly to the 5 & 7 year olds) and they are immersed and delighted. It’s all they can talk about with me, their little friends and even the 3 year old, who usually reads picture books with me during this time is delighted. She was rejoicing when the dragon was defeated. Life giving.

  4. We love living books!! We are currently reading the bio of George Muller, The Trumpet of the Swan, Christopher Columbus by Ingri & Edgar Parin D’Aulaire and Winnie the Pooh. We usually have so many books going at once. Oh, and the Bird book by Burgess!

  5. Great giveaway! A favorite of ours is Caddie Wiodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. Lots of historical context embedded in a beautiful story.

  6. My youngest is reading book 2 from the My Book House series. It is filled with wonderul stories like Peter Rabbit, Little Red Hen, The Nutcracker, and so many more beautiful stories. My Book House has 12 volumes in all. I am so happy that I found them on eBay.

  7. Such a great giveaway!! Right now we are reading The Long Winter by Laura ingalls but I see others have mentioned this series. We love it too!!

    Another one we love for nature is What’s Outside My Window. Such a beautiful book, showing what’s going on outside all year long.

  8. Lovely giveaway!!!! I asked my girls what they would like to recommend and my 9 year old said Understood Betsy and my 5 year old loves Heidi. 🙂


  9. We are currently learning about Bees, the book that we are reading is The Keeper of the Bees. Really great book. We also are reading Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls . Thank you for this opportunity .

  10. Last year, I started reading memoirs by Gladys Taber about her farm, Stillmeadow. Oh my. Be still, my heart. I’m currently reading my third title of hers called The Book of Stillmeadow and I absolutely love it. 🙂

    Thanks for this lovely giveaway, Leah. So generous.

  11. Ooh, I love this. What great ideas to add to our list. We’re currently reading Pollyanna and loving it. Brings back so many memories of my childhood too.

  12. Curious George books by The Reys and Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter and my littlest loves The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

  13. My son loves Our Island Story. When we told him we had ancestors from Great Britain he started telling his friends, “We come from that island.”

  14. Oh! Also Paddle-To-The-Sea. We are planning a trip to the Great Lakes this summer. We might bring along our own Paddle with a gps tracker.

  15. My personal favorite living book I have read aloud in the past few years was “Understood Betsy” by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. My daughter said “James Herriot’s Treasury for Children”. My son said “Paddle to the Sea” by Holling C. Holling. There are so many others that we love. Such a hard decision.

  16. I just recently finished The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper as a preview for my kids and it is very well-written although dark. (Guess I shouldn’t be surprised!)
    My family is also reading Laura Ingalls Wilder now and her Little House in the Big Woods. She must be a favorite for winter!

  17. Thank you Leah for your blog and scopes- such an encouragement and breath of fresh air!
    I’d like to nominate two of the first books that turned my previously public schooled boys to liking real whole living books…
    1. For Nature study: Eyes and No Eyes volume 1. (Specifically volume 1 book 2 “By Pond and River”) by Arabella Buckley
    2. For Geography: Marvels of the East by Richard Halliburton.

    These were the books that “clicked” with my boys and made us realise what home education could be like!

    Jo in Devon xx

  18. We liked lots of the books already mentioned so I picked something different. Diary of an Early American Boy by Eric Sloane. My girls liked the budding romance while the boys loved all the pictures and diagrams of his work.

  19. I’m currently going through a few parenting books by Dr. James Dobson and sooo enjoying his refreshing encouragement and keen knowledge on the topic. I’d highly recommend them to new parents, grandparents and expecting parents….it’s a game changer for me!

  20. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss is on next on our read-a-loud list, and I’m looking forward to it. Also, I really enjoyed listening to your most recent Periscope video. It was my first time to listen (recommended because I follow Alicia Hutchinson), and it was inspiring. I took tons of notes. 🙂

    1. Congratulations Katie – you’re our WINNER!! Message me your full name and address via the contact page and there’s a package on its way to you!

      Leah x x

  21. We can enter twice? 😉

    We are *almost* finished with Carol Ryrie Brink’s Family Grandstand and we absolutely love it. It is a wonderful read aloud, so natural and JUST like what happens and children say in real life.

  22. I love your blog Leah! So excited for today’s scope on book of centuries. I see many others have recommended Understood Betsy and that is a favorite here as well! We have just finished reading Heidi and all three of my girls ages 12, 9, and 6 absolutely loved it!

  23. We’re almost done with Among the Pond People by Clara Dillingham and have found it to be such a unique treatment of what would otherwise be quite boring material. – “…eighteen charming tales about the everyday life of the pond creatures. The tales are told in such a manner that they seem realistic, and are not only entertaining, but educational.”

  24. Always too excited to read Anne of Green Gables. Love her enthusiasm for life and the words the author chose to describe it all.

  25. Just finished out my daughters’ collection of Brambley Hedge books. We can get lost in the stories and pictures. (Fond memories from my girlhood of imagining pictures so much like the ones in the books. Although her’s are much more lovely and scientifically accurate. 😉

  26. I love this giveaway, getting all these book recommendations is a great gift in itself! I stumbled across your Periscope today and watched the replay, I’m now following you and can’t wait to watch more! My daughter is currently in kindergarten in a private school but homeschooling had captured my heart in the past few years and I think we will be taking the leap next year.

    We’ve loved listening to The Little House on the Prairie series on audio as a family (even my husband), and recently read The Quilt Makers Gift from the library and now I know I’ve got to find a copy to buy!

    Now off to check out the rest of your blog and request a bunch of these book recommendations out from the library!

  27. I don’t know if this rightfully fits as a Living Book, but I’m working through Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner and it’s amazing. A story that explains philosophy in such a way that I may even go through it with my older son once I’ve finished it. It’s not a quick read, I have to keep taking my time and processing what I’m learning/reading, but it’s really amazing.

  28. Hi Leah,
    Thanks for your wonderful scopes and blog posts, etc. so encouraging to me as a CM homeschooling mom. Xoxoxo

    We recently finished Caddie Woodlawn. I absolutely love that book and it made me teary a few times. Wonderful story

  29. Oh I have another suggestion too! I love reading any of the D’aulaire picture books about historical figures. They are so good and the illustrations are amazing too!

  30. We just finished Children of the New Forest by Marryat. While the ending was a bit abrupt, we thoroughly enjoyed learning about England during the English Civil War .

  31. Hi Leah, I am a new follower and a newish CM homeschooler and mom to 4. One of my favorite living books from my childhood is E. B. White’s The Trumpet of the Swan. It’s not nearly as known as Charlotte’s Web, but I loved it so much more!

  32. We love Karen Cushman’s books. Will Sparrow’s Road, The Midwife’s Apprentice, and Alchemy and Meggy Swann. My Amazon wishlist grew quite a bit after visiting her site which is full of the books she uses for her history research.

  33. So many wonderful suggestions here! Some of our all time favorites are Now We Are Six, When We Very Young, House at Pooh Corner and Winnie the Pooh all by A. A. Milne. Also, my children really loved Raggedy Ann Stories and Raggedy Andy Stories by Johnny Gruelle. Uncle Remus is wonderful too, a bit difficult to read aloud though!

  34. Little Women is one of my favourite by Louisa May Alcott. One of my most loved quotes by her is “Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” Then there’s Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery….kindred spirits.

  35. This is fabulous! I just found your blog through A Delectable Education, and I have been enjoying perusing your blog. It’s always good to be encouraged by another “CM-er”.
    I have read through most of the replies already, and could ditto every one of them. I have a class of 6th graders that I work with a few times a week, and their favorite read-aloud this year has been Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry, and we are also working through Storybook of Science by Fabre which they are enjoying immensely!

  36. for my 2nd entry…I have a few more books. We are studying the middle ages this year, and two of my sons are reading and loving Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle. Then, my husband and I are on a Wendell Berry roll at the moment. I am reading Hannah Coulter right now, and he says Jayber Crow has been his favorite so far.

  37. My two favorites are The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton and Scuffy the Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton. I remember reading both of these as a child and love to read them to my little ones. One of the ways I test a book to see if its a living book is that if I’m able to read a book over and over and enjoy it even more than the last it is a living book. I loved reading all the different favorites many I haven’t heard before and look forward to researching them. What a wonderful list!! <3

  38. Lovely giveaway Leah. I have one for the mamas to add a bit of mother culture. I absolutely loved The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Beautiful story. Fictional but based on the lives of the Grimké sisters who were American abolitionists. Great book.
    Thank you for the opportunity x

  39. Wow! One book recommendation …. hmmm … for kids I’ll choose the one we are reading right now – The Wind in the Willows. Beautiful words and descriptions!

  40. My all time favorite ‘Living Books’ growing up were The little house books and Little Women. We just recently read Little Men and it was a delight, as well. I feel so blessed to be able to home educate and re-live these rich stories with my Littles. My oldest of four is in first grade and my youngest is 7 months. We are still trying to find our rhythm in our homeschool journey, so finding the homeschool community on periscope has been such an blessing! I’m currently trying to catch up with pen and paper on all your previous scopes via katch. -thanks for sharing your wisdom and encouragment!!

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