Many people come to Charlotte Mason's philosophy because they are book enthusiasts. And, after following her wisdom for awhile, non-enthusiasts are quickly swayed. Charlotte Mason used the term living books to describe books filled with life-giving ideas that feed the mind. In this episode, Amy and Leah discuss living books, how to recognize them, and how to choose them.
"In saying that 'education is a life,' the need of intellectual and moral as well as of physical sustenance is implied. The mind feeds on ideas, and therefore children should have a generous curriculum." Principle 8
During the Victorian era, children's books were often beautifully illustrated, with very little substance. Sometimes, they were very moralized, written with one purpose in mind. Perhaps this is why Charlotte Mason recommended that we present our children with well-written books, filled with inspiring ideas, that aren't dumbed-down or overtly moralized for children.