Crisp air and golden hues officially welcome fall each year. As the leaves start turning, it’s time to head to the nearest pumpkin patch and start thinking about those Halloween costumes. There are lots of new books to usher in the season as well. Why not pick a few and get into the spirit!
A Wynk, a Blynk, and a Nod to New Books about Autumn and Halloween
New Autumn Stories
Froggy Picks a Pumpkin by Jonathan London, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz
Froggy’s latest adventure is a class trip to the pumpkin patch. He plans to carve a jack-o’-lantern and make a pumpkin pie, but will his plans work out?
The Great Pumpkin Contest by Angie Rozelaar
Two very different cats (one prefers to stay inside and read, the other prefers to be outside with friends) are determined to win Cat County’s Great Pumpkin Contest. In the end, though, it’s friendship that wins. This is a very enjoyable story with playful illustrations.
Happy Fell by Erica S. Perl
This is the latest in the Arnold and Louise easy reader series. According to Louise, fell is the season between fall and winter when all the leaves are on the ground. Arnold wants to celebrate the season indoors but Louise does not. Will they be able to find a way to celebrate together?
The Pumpkin War by Cathleen Young
In this chapter book, a twelve-year-old Billie enjoys summer on Wisconsin’s Madeline Island, where she grows a giant pumpkin in the hopes of winning this year’s pumpkin-boat race. She had a falling out with her best friend Sam at the end of last summer when he beat her in the annual race. Can their relationship be mended? When a long-lost relative pays a surprise visit, Billie begins to see her family, and friendship with Sam, in a new way.
This book explains the science behind the seasonal changes in deciduous trees. This is a beautifully done informational picture book.
Tractor Mac Autumn is Here by Billy Steers
In this latest in the series, Fergus the calf has a hard time accepting the changing of the seasons. But, Tractor Mac helps him appreciate all that fall brings.
New Halloween Stories
Dino-Halloween by Lisa Wheeler, illus. by Barry Gott
Dinosaurs of every shape and size enjoy a spooky Halloween. Rhyming verses describe their activities which include visiting a haunted house, carving pumpkins, and trick-or-treating.
Five Spooky Pumpkins by Danielle McLean, illus. by Róisín Hahessy
This pumpkin-shaped board book includes a fun Halloween rhyme that will help children count from one to five.
Give Me Back My Bones! by Kim Norman, illus. by Bob Kolar
Skeletons go hand in hand with Halloween, so this book definitely deserves a look. A pirate skeleton gathers his bones one by one and puts himself back together again. The clever rhymes introduce the reader to the different bones, from mandible to femur.
Goblin Moon by Jacqueline Rogers
After a night of trick-or-treating, a little girl and her family have returned home only to find some not-so-scary goblins still frolicking about. A trail of Halloween candy finally leads them away from the house and back to their underground homes.
I Spy Spooky Night: A Book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo, photographs by Walter Wick
This updated version of the 1996 edition includes several new challenges. Children can play I Spy in a haunted house with lots of creepy riddles to solve.
If You’re Scary and You Know It! By Carole Gerber, illus. by Noël Ill
This board book is a Halloween twist on the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Moldilocks and the Three Scares: A Zombie Tale by Lynne Marie, illus. by David Rodriguez Lorenzo
Goldilocks and the Three Bears is given a Halloween twist. In the end they all live “hauntingly ever after” as the family of monsters takes in the little zombie girl. It’s a fun story, and the illustrations feature lots of Halloween inspiration!
Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht, illus. by Jarvis
Follow a family as they pick their pumpkin from the patch and later create the perfect jack-o-lantern. The illustrations have a retro feel to them but are just perfect for the accompanying rhyming verse. All in all, it’s a beautifully designed book.
A Pumpkin for Peter by Fiona Munro, illus. by Eleanor Taylor
Peter Rabbit and his family set out to pick their Halloween pumpkin but find themselves in a dark and scary woods.
Pumpkin One, Pumpkin Two by Thomas Nelson, illus. by Natasha Rimmington
Explore the pumpkin patch and count as you go in this lively board book.
Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round by Rosanna Battigelli, illus. by Tara Anderson
A cast of cat characters enjoy the traditions of Halloween in this rhyming picture book.
Skulls! By Blair Thornburgh, illus. by Scott Campbell
Though more of an informational picture book about the skull in your head, the subject matter is perfect for Halloween!
Snowmen at Halloween by Caralyn Buehner, illus. by Mark Buehner
An early snowfall has children building snowmen before going trick-or-treating. What will the snowmen do on Halloween night?
Spooky Faces! illus. by Charly Lane
This Halloween themed board book includes a flashing light.
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 Master 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.”