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Living Books for Science

Living Books for Science



I’m back with a new list today! Living Books for Science! If you missed yesterday’s post it was on Living Books for History.

There are TONS and TONS and TONS of single books that I like for science but today I am going to focus on the series or authors. I would be here forever if I tried to start listing the singles! LOL


Most of these will be for elementary/middle school ages BUT there are a few that my high schoolers enjoy as well. I’ll mark those with ***.


*** DK Eyewitness

Magic School Bus – Don’t forget episodes! You can find them on Netflix and YouTube! The science kits are wonderful. They can be found on Amazon.

*** Horrible Science – They also have science kits but we haven’t tried them…YET!!

Let’s Read and Find Out Science – Great for younger kids!

See How They Grow – Another series that is really good for young kids.

National Geographic Kids Book Series (Although the magazine is AWESOME as well!!!!)

Discovery Kids – Another great series with a great magazine. *** The high schoolers really like the magazine!

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! – GREAT TV series on PBS to go along with the books!

*** Janice VanCleave’s Science Books – Hands on!!! Some of them have even captured the attention of my high schoolers!

The Magic Tree House – Most people think history when they think about this series BUT they have TONS for science as well. Currclick has a free book club for the series.

Read About Science 

Science Workshop

Wells of Knowledge Science Series

Time for Kids

*** Don’t Know Much About… – True, most of the books are history BUT there are a few that are on science topics. They have dinosaurs and the solar system to name two. My high schoolers like the adult versions of the books.

How Does It Happen 

Explore Your World – Hands on!! I forgot to add this to my history list!!!

Usbourne – AWESOME science books! And another that I forgot to add to my history list!! ARGH! I need all my books unpacked!!!

My First Discoveries – GREAT for younger kids.

*** For Dummies Series –  I know, I know… That’s not a nice title but the older kids really enjoy the books. They think they are funny and engaging. THAT’S what counts! 😉

*** Idiot’s Guides – Same as above. 😉 The site has videos for different topics. Click on those and it shows a selection of books.

*** Isaac Asimov

There’s another science series that I have for my older kids but I can’t for the life of me remember what it’s called! And of course, they are still packed!! ARGH!!!!

These are not books but are still GREAT-  SmartLab Toys. Cailey and Colin love the Squishy Brain, Squishy Body and Squishy T-Rex. Wish I had remembered to add that to my dinosaur resources!! Good grief, if I only had a brain!!!





Living Books for History

History Living Books



Oh, my goodness. I have been having a time with my laptop!! It keeps going on me. After fighting with it for hours I can get it back up and running but I know it’s time to replace it. YILES!!! So here I am, working on the desktop. BLECK!! It’s so weird!! LOL I much prefer my laptop!! Everything is different on this old desktop.

Anyway, lately I have been thinking a lot about the different living books that we use. I have mentioned they here and there in different homeschooling posts and I always put lists of books with my resource posts but I thought I would do a few that were just about the books. I definitely have several favorites!


Most of these books fall into the upper elementary/middle school zone but there are some that even my high schoolers enjoy. I’ll mark those with ***.

I will arrange them by “type” of history, although several will fall into both categories.



***Horrible History and Horribly Famous – TV episodes of Horrible History can be found on Netflix

Value Tales – I loved these as a child and was lucky enough to find several titles for sale at a FOL sale!

Ms Frizzle’s Adventures – Ms Frizzle from the Magic School Bus series go on a few historical adventures.


*** Young Royals Series 

*** Wicked History – Very much like the Horribly Famous series.

*** The Royal Diaries – Like Dear America



American Kids in History series– hands on activities

American Girls – Movies for some titles and don’t forget about the dolls!

*** Dear America – Shoot, even I enjoy a lot of them! 😉

*** My Name Is America – the male counterparts to the Dear America series

Picture Book Biographies – I put this under American History but I believe there is one or two that are NOT.

If You….. Series – Again, all but one or two are American History.

Childhood of Famous Americans

Heroes of America 

Jean Fritz Books

A History of US



Time Warp Trio – Also has a TV series that’s available on DVD

***DK Eyewitness – Also has DVDs for several topics

Who Was____? Series – fun, short biographies

Magic Tree House – Currclick has a free online book club. Don’t forget about the accompanying non-fiction resource guides for a lot of the titles!

History in a Hurry

Kaleidoscope Kids Books – Hands on activities

You Wouldn’t Want to…… Series – If you play around on the site you can find a few online for free.

Chicago Review Press – Hands on activities

Don’t Know Much About ….  – My high schoolers enjoy the adult versions of the series.



David McCullough – American History

David Nevin – American History



So, there you have it! A list of my “go to” living history books! There are too many single titles to list but I wanted to give you my favorite series!

I guess I could add Little House on the Prairie, Love Comes Softly (Canadian West) (12 and up) (also movies) and  Canadian West Series (12 and up) (also a TV show When Calls the Heart) as a few non-typical favorites, at least for girls.





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