Thursday, September 1, 2022

Fall/Halloween Books

 HAPPY September 1st, friends!  I wanted to do something "fallish" today even though it's still one thousand degrees and disgusting ;). So I'm talking Fall/Halloween books.  YES - Griffin is reading chapter books and YES we still enjoy sitting down together reading a picture book as well :). I don't think you ever really "outgrow" a great picture book and I love the idea of having this collection of books for years to come.

These are all books I have on hand ready to pull out whenever I decide to get my rear in gear and pull out Fall stuff and I'm on the hunt for a great new book (or two) to add to our collection so let me know if I'm missing something fantastic!

This is my new favorite Halloween book because it is SO DANG PRECIOUS!  It's the story of a little ghost who is made out of a quilt instead of a light airy sheet like the other ghosts...

... but he comes to love and appreciate how he's made and it is just so endearing!  It's a non-scary option and is just so sweet.  The illustrations are darling as well.

Vampenguin isn't really Halloween themed per se but I'm considering it Halloween since it features a vampire family ;)

Baby Dracula swaps places with baby penguin while on a trip to the zoo and antics ensue...

The illustrations in this sweet story are what really steals the show and Griffin has LOVED this book!

These books are always a hit and  The Good, The Bad and The Spooky didn't disappoint.

It's charming and funny as he tries to put together a costume.

... and it even comes with stickers! BONUS!

The Little Ghost Who Lost her Boo is PERFECT for younger elementary and toddler-aged kiddos.  The little ghost realizes she's lost her boo and she goes looking for it in the forest meeting lots of other friends with interesting sounds (moo, coo, etc.) along the way.

The story is sweet (and rhyming!) and the illustrations are beautiful - a great addition to your Halloween collection!

Leif and the Fall is PRECIOUS!  Leif (the leaf) ;) is scared to fall out of the tree so he starts coming up with other ways to get down...

... it's creative, the illustrations are fun and the story is PERFECT for kiddos who may be afraid of making a mistake.

And here are some of our favorites from years past...

 Gustavo the Shy Ghost! was my FAVORITE from last year 

This was a new find last year and it is seriously the most precious book.  The illustrations are awesome...

... and the story is beyond sweet.  LOVE IT SO MUCH!

And look how cute the cover is without the dust jacket :) 

The Little Kitten was another new addition this year and it's Griffin's favorite pick.

Ollie has to help a lost kitten find her way home and a cute little adventure ensues.

I love the black, white and orange illustrations and it's hard to tell from my photos but there are metallic touches as well which is fun.

This book is especially great if you have a kitty lover at your house!

100% honest - I picked up One Black Cat because of how unique and fun it looked.  The book itself is really short (although beautifully illustrated) and I really would't recommend it for toddlers because it's kind of fragile but ALL THAT SAID it's an  unexpected find that is really really cute on a bookshelf.

I picked up a few books for a gift and thought I'd share those as well in case you have a younger crowd at your house.  

Who Goes Boo? is SO MUCH FUN!  Lots of opportunity for fun noises and the illustrations are bold and fun.

I was SO EXCITED about  Pop-Up Peekaboo Pumpkin... it is probably the most well made pop up book I've ever purchased.  It's absolutely wonderful!

I've always been a big DK fan and this was no exception...

... the pop ups are large and work really well and this would make a great addition to your bookshelf if you have babies/toddlers at home.

So those are our new additions to our bookshelf this Fall and now here are a few past recommendations...

I adore the illustrations in this book and it's the perfect book for September.  

I seriously want the illustrations framed in our game room. LOVE THEM!

This book shows the chain of events that lead from an acorn to a forest...

... and again with those gorgeous illustrations.

The back of the book talked about the importance of taking care of the environment and gave some easy and practical ways that kids (and families) can help.

Hello, Fall!  was an obvious pick simply based on the cover alone :) 

It's packed full of #allthefallthings ;)  and if reading this doesn't make you happy I'm not sure what will.

I mean... there are twinkle lights strung in the trees, gorgeous Fall leaves, a basket of apples and pumpkins.  The end.  

Bonaparte Falls Apart is SO CUTE!!! 

Bonaparte is a skeleton who is literally falling apart and his friends come to his rescue to help hold himself together for the first day of school.

Skeleton Hiccups is Mason's FAVORITE Fall book.  It's silly and funny and he laughs every time we read it.  If you have an early reader this would be a great choice - Mason has experienced a LOT of success reading this to his siblings before bed because the text is simple and brief on each page.

The Scariest Book Ever is clever, has darling illustrations and will make you laugh out loud as you read.

Creepy Carrots was a library checkout that we had to add to our personal collection...

Jasper loves carrots TOO much and my kids think this book is hilarious.

While my kids are getting a little bit big for board books I couldn't resist The Ugly Pumpkin. 

He waits through October for someone to take him home but nobody does and at the end of the book he realizes...

... he's a squash.  SO CUTE!

Thanksgiving in the Woods  gives me ALLLLL the Fall feels.

It's based on the story of an actual NY family who hosted an outdoor Thanksgiving for their family every year and y'all... I want to be part of their family!

Balloons Over Broadway gives insight into the life and work of the puppeteer who started the tradition of the balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

This book has beautiful illustrations and a great story but still has lots of fun facts and great information.

I'm excited for our kids to have some of this background knowledge before we watch the parade this year.

And here are some of my Halloween FAVES I shared last year...

Room on the Broom is a Halloween staple in our house.  It's such a sweet little story and it always generates lots of laughs.

B is for Boo is a recent find and I can't get enough of the vintage vibe.

The illustrations are incredibly fun and retro and Griffin likes that she can "read" it to her brothers.

Not only does this book have precious illustrations and a great message about pursuing your dreams - but the show JUST came out on Disney Jr so my kids are all about it even more.

I love a fold-out page and this one didn't disappoint...

This book is written as a how-to and has the BEST ending.  The illustrations are great and my kids ask for this one almost nightly.

Do you have any favorite Fall books at your house?  If so I'd love to know!  

Happy Wednesday, friends!!!

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  1. 10 Trick or Treaters was one of my daughters favorite books.

  2. What fantastic picks! This is the first time in 17 years I won’t be returning to work as an elementary school librarian and I sure do miss pulling out the seasonal books and reading them to my students. The little ghost book looks adorable!

  3. Andrea, I just wanted to say thank you for this sweet post! I am a new mama, a past teacher and love fall so this hit all the perfect places for me! I can't wait to add some of these to our home collection 📚🎃 Thank you for taking the time to write this one! Love following along on your blog!!

  4. Where's My Mummy?
    This is one of our favorites of all time!


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