The Chronicles of Narnia are pure excellence. Not only do they qualify under Charlotte Mason's idea for living books, they are the epitome of a well-written story that envelopes the listeners (and the reader I might add) drawing them in with ease. That is what I strive to provide for my children. A love of a story and the eagerness to listen to it unfold as they are drawn to it and ask for "one more chapter" to be read.
**FYI: the linked books below are under my Amazon Associates listing
Following CM's ways, I would ask the children to tell me what they remembered. Then I added some copywork and (at times) some lapbook mini-book snippets. After we read the stories we also watched as many movies as we could find (yes, even the older versions that are a bit lame but still useful).
images from amazon.com
The Horse and His Boy via Homeschool Share
The Magician's Nephew lapbook via Homeschool Share
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe lapbook via Homeschool Share