A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to Books about Halloween and Fall
The season we call autumn was once referred to as “harvest,” when farmers gathered their crops for winter storage. However, in the early 1600’s when more people moved to cities, that term fell out of use. People began using the phrase “fall of the leaf” to refer to this season of the year when trees typically lose their leaves. Over time, “fall of the leaf” was shortened to “fall.” And today the terms fall and autumn are used interchangeably. No matter what you call it, the season is upon us. It’s time for getting out our sweaters and enjoying the spectacular colors and the cool, crisp autumn air. So why not bundle up and celebrate the season with some great books!
New Books about Fall and Halloween
Autumn by David Carter
This is the author’s third book in his pop-up series about the seasons. This serene book, written in verse, reveals the wonder of the season as animals prepare to harvest in anticipation of winter.
Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler, illus. by Will Terry
A young skeleton has a hard time keeping himself together – literally! Various creatures, including Franky Stein, Blacky Widow, and Mummicula, come up with different problem-solving ideas, none of which quite work. Humor abounds and the illustrations are just darling … more silly than scary!
Crayola Fall Colors by Mari Schuh
This is part of the Crayola Seasons series. Kids are invited to explore the colors of fall through the engaging text and photographs. They are also encouraged to create art based on the season’s changing colors.
Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds, illus. by Peter Brown
From the creators of Creepy Carrots comes another equally entertaining story. Jasper the Rabbit is frightened by the ghoulish, green glow of his Frankenstein themed underwear. This hilarious thriller is sure to be a hit. The mere mention of the word “underwear” will bring chuckles!
This fully-illustrated, 250-page volume contains eighteen spooky stories featuring characters from popular Disney movies, including Peter Pan, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc.
Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo! by Tad Hils
This is a cute addition to the Duck & Goose books. In this adventure, the feathered duo introduces young readers to Halloween and the frightful fun that goes along with it.
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Perfect Pumpkin by Kallie George, illus. by Oriol Vidal
In this I Can Read! book, a very yummy ending results when Spike the dinosaur accidentally squishes all the perfect pumpkins.
Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre
The beautiful colors of autumn abound in this stunning photographic essay on the season. It is a companion volume to Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow. The full color photographs and lyrical text make this book an exceptional work. Extensive back matter is included as well.
The Gross Cookbook by Susanna Tee
Just in time for Halloween, learn how to make Bat Soup, Bloodshot Eyes Cubes, Slimy Snail Tails, and many other disgustingly gross concoctions!
Herbert’s First Halloween by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Steven Henry
Anyone a little nervous about their first Halloween will be well-served by reading this sweet story. Herbert, a little pig, is unsure about the holiday and all that goes with it, but his father is extremely kind and patient. The warm, muted illustrations add to the gentle feel of the story.
I Want to Be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor, illus. by Jean Jullien
Little Monster wants to be in a scary story … but not too scary. Through dialogue between Little Monster and a narrator, the drama unfolds. This is an imaginative book that should be a fun read-aloud.
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz, illus. by Victor Rivas
This newly illustrated version of the classic easy reader by Schwartz is sure to be a holiday hit. Seven scary stories, based on traditional stories and folklore, are included for a new generation of beginning readers to enjoy!
Mary McScary by R.L. Stine, illus. by Marc Brown
This collaboration between the writer of the Goosebumps series (Stine) and the creator of the Arthur books and TV series (Brown) is a winner. Mary loves to scare people, and is serious about her ability to do so. However, her cousin Harry presents a bit of a challenge!
Monster Trucks by Joy Keller, illus. by Misa Saburi
This story takes a look at what werewolves, vampires, skeletons, and swamp monsters, to name a few, do in the “off” season. They drive monster trucks, of course!
One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! by John Miklos, Jr., illus. by Clive McFarland
This charming counting book takes us through the four seasons as it describes the changing number of leaves on an oak tree. The playful text and bold illustrations invite children to count along.
Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat by Sue Lowell Gallion, illus. by Joyce Wan
Pig loves his Halloween costume, but Pug, not so much. A romp in the mud solves the problem. The simple text and delightful illustrations are sure to be appealing.
The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea
This story is narrated by a little ghost who lives near a scary, dark forest. A surprise ending is fun … and delicious. The vividly colored illustrations have an almost retro feel. A fun Halloween read-aloud.
The Spooky Express Kentucky: A Halloween Thrill Ride by Eric James, illus. by Marcin Piwowarski
All aboard! Travel on the Spooky Express as it hurtles from Hopkinsville to Lake Cumberland to Natural Bridge Park. It’s a ghastly ride throughout the state on Halloween night.
Spooky Haunted Houses by Tracy Nelson Maurer
This work of non-fiction for a slightly older reader includes facts about spooky historical places, some great ghost stories, and even info about real-life ghost hunters. Lots of interesting photographs and illustrations add to the visual interest of the book.
Spooky Street illus. by Genie Espinosa
Children are invited to take a walk down Spooky Street. Printed acetate windows reveal what’s inside each spooky home. This novelty book is simply fun and engaging!
Superbat by Matt Carr
During this Halloween season, a story about a bat, albeit a superbat, fits right in. When Pat the Bat helps a family of mice in distress, his true superpower is revealed. The brightly colored graphic illustrations are sure to be a hit. Facts about bats are included in the end notes.
Zip! Zoom! On a Broom by Teri Sloat, illus. by Rosalinde Bonnet
This mildly spooky counting book follows ten witches on a broomstick.
Written by Cecilia Horn and Terri Diebel
Cecilia Horn is currently the Juvenile Collection Development Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library. Terri Diebel is a Children’s Librarian at the Covington Branch. Both hold Masters of Library Science degrees and have worked in the field of Children’s Literature for many years. In recent years, they have collaborated on presentations at local, state, and national library and literature conferences.
“Children’s literature is our passion. Through this blog, we hope to share that enthusiasm and love of children’s books. As children’s literature enthusiasts, our blog name pays homage to the classic children’s poem from 1889, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” by Eugene Field.”