Science Reading List

“We should probably be more scientific as a people if we scrapped all the textbooks” CM in Philosophy of Education Vol 6, pg 218

Scientific living books are challenging to find. You want a literary quality and it must be interesting to read. Try a biography of a scientist’s life.

Go in an orderly sequence: Natural history, botany, architecture, astronomy, then other branches of science one per term (60 school days).

Charlotte’s Reading List
Elementary Botany by Oliver
Fairyland of Science by Arabella Buckley
Jacks’ Insects by Edmund Selous
Life and Her Children by Arabella Buckley
Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley
Parables from Nature by Mrs Alfred Gatty (Margaret Scott Gatty)
Physiology for Schools by Dr. Scholfield
Picciola by Charles Kingsley
Plant Life in Field and Garden by Arabella Buckley
Scientific Dialogues by Joyce
The Sciences by Edward Singleton Holden (oop) Also called Real things in Nature (1914)

Catherine Levison’s Reading List
Squirrels and Other Fur Bearers by John Burroughs
Chipmunks on the Doorstep by Edwin Tunis
Nature Watch by Adrienne Katz
Handbook of Nature Study by Comstock (very popular among CM families)
Strange Birds at the Zoo by Julia Stoddart
Greenhead by Louis Darling (A Story about Ducks)
Wild Animals I Have Known by Seton
The Christian Liberty Nature Readers by Christian Liberty Press
Birds do the Strangest Things by Hornblow
The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden (the epitome of a nature journal; popular among CM families)
A Tree is Growing by Arthur Dorros (for grade school)
A Drop of Water by Walter Wick (a picture book)

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