The Christian Liberty Nature Readers offer appealing combinations of reading and science. Book K is in its first edition and has four-color photographs as illustrations. Books 1 through 4 (second editions) feature large print with two-color line drawings that make the books easy-to-read with some graphic interest. Book 5 (third edition) features lovely, full-color illustrations. All of these books serve as both excellent reading material and a mini science text in each book. The science, rather than being dry, is very entertaining and interesting, and it is likely to encourage children to be more observant of animal life.
Book K for kindergarten introduces an animal for each letter of the alphabet. Spiders, insects, birds, and animals are themes for reading selections in Book 1. Book 2 features crabs and other marine life, bees, wasps, worms, and spiders. In Book 3, children learn about ants, flies, beetles, barnacles, jellyfish, sea stars. and dragonflies.
Book 4 is an excellent example of the type of real book Charlotte Mason would recommend. It is good for all ages, so please do not limit it to your fourth grader. It is informative, practical, and well written rather than "textbookish." Topics include poison ivy, many varieties of birds and insects, toads, bats, beavers, turtles, snakes, and the stars. Questions and both indoor and outdoor activities follow each chapter. Black-and-white illustrations and a glossary are helpful extras.
Book 5 has been totally rewritten from the previous edition. The topic in the third edition is marine biology. It explores the hydrosphere and all of the different types of creatures that are found there. The reading level is very appropriate for fifth graders. The comprehension questions ask about scientific information and highlighted vocabulary words all relate to science, making this book seem more geared toward teaching science than reading.