I am not much of a fan of seasonal & holiday books. That’s not to say there aren’t some gems out there but more often than not, I am bored of them by page 7. We have more fun looking back over our scrapbooks of activities we’ve done in the fall. Today we got caught up in some nostalgia of last year’s hayride & pumpkin picking. (Where’s Baby Bookworm? No idea. Why does mommy have that big bump on her belly in the pictures? Again, no idea.) I’m working on creating an experience book for our latest fall adventures.
But, there are a select few Fall Faves we’ve been enjoying lately:
The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey. The story of a dachshund who, despite being embarrassed and mocked by the other dogs, wears his mother’s well meaning hot dog costume for Halloween. The underdog (yes, pun intended) becomes the hero (again, sorry) in this story that addresses bravery and friendship. The puns are just extra fun for the Grown-up Bookworms. It’s a sweet story with lots of emotional highs and lows.
Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray . Having attempted to create ABC books with my fifth grade students, I can appreciate how difficult it is to author one. This takes the concept up a notch on the difficulty scale: a story unfolds in alphabetical order! It is the story of a dog who has his eye on an apple pie, fresh out of the oven. “Eager for it/ Find a crumb of it/ Get a taste for it/ Have to get a lick of it/ In trouble…” We will surely be reading this one while baking the homemade apple pie I’ve had promised to me by Daddy Bookworm.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Preschool Bookworm is fascinated by the different types of leaves and trees. Often on our neighborhood walks he points to every. single. tree. and asks “what kind is it?” He for real couldn’t be any more like his father. And I love it. But I digress. This book has several layers you can read it through: younger readers will enjoy the cutouts on the top of each page and will enjoy observing the types of foliage & acorns pictured; slightly older readers will enjoy identifying the objects Ehlert creates out of leaves; and still older readers can learn all about different types of leaves as they are labeled throughout.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything by Linda Williams. Read about this week’s Throwback Thursday feature here. An interactive “just spooky enough” read aloud treat.
Books mentioned should be readily available at your local library, or at the Amazon affiliate links provided.