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July 25, 2009 07:03 by Barbara Shelby

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FALL SEASONAL AND HOLIDAYS: Apples, Autumn, Leaves, Pumpkins, Spooky/Scary, November

WINTER SEASONAL AND HOLIDAYS: Hanukkah, Christmas, Snow, Friendship, Valentine, Chinese New Year

SPRING SEASON AND SPRING-TIME HOLIDAYS: St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Earth Theme, Natural Resources (The Earth), Weather

IT'S SUMMER TIME: End of School Year, Summer Crafts and Activities, Books for Road Trips, Books Young Boys like to Read, Books School Age Boys like to Read

MULTI CULTURAL: Listed by ages of Pre-school and School Age, Multicultural Game Books


BOOKS SET IN FRANCE (Scroll down to the bottom of the French Theme page-you'll find a very long list)

INDIAN THEME BOOKS- books that tribal authorities have asked readers to avoid reading (List at bottom of the page)


TIPS AND INFORMATION: What Kind of Books do Kids Like to Read? (Listed by ages

Books with BEARS in them. (For young children through adult~ at bottom of theme page)


Children's Books ABOUT MONEY--listed by age

CHINESE  NEW YEAR and Chinese Culture (At bottom of the page)

DR. SEUSS BOOK LIST (At bottom of the Dr. Seuss Theme Page 2)

JOKES-Many topics


Book List for Kids: Fall Seasonal and Holidays

July 25, 2009 06:03 by Barbara Shelby

Fantastic lists of books for themes of Apples, Leaves, Autumn, Pumpkins, Jack-O-Lanterns, Halloween, Spooky, and November!



Apple Picking Time (ages 3-8)
Written by Michele Benoit Slawson; illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray
Written from the perspective of a young girl, this book is based on the author's own apple-picking memories from her Washington childhood. Adults and children alike will love the lyrical quality of the text and the charming watercolor illustrations.

How Do Apples Grow? (ages 5-9)
Written by Betsy Maestro; illustrated by Giulio Maestro
Part of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out science series, this non-fiction book explains how apple blossoms become fruit, and how the seeds of the fruit, in turn, can become new trees. The book also introduces the concepts of pollination, fertilization, and photosynthesis.

Johnny Appleseed (ages 4-8)
Written by Reeve Lindbergh; illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen
This beautifully-illustrated book tells in poem form of Johnny Chapman's quest to spread apples throughout the Midwest. Beyond discussing Chapman's mission, it also highlights various aspects of his character, including his kindness, courage, compassion, and respect for all living things.

The Apple Pie Tree (ages 4-8)
Written by Zoe Hall; illustrated by Shari Halpern
This beautifully written and illustrated book recounts the adventures of two children as they follow an apple tree through the seasons, from bud to fruit. Of all the books in my personal library, this is one of the ones that has seen the most use. It's great for teaching about plants, life cycles, seasons, apples, food in general, etc.

The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree (ages 4-7)
Written by Gail Gibbons
Join Arnold and his dog as they interact with an apple tree and discover how it changes through the seasons.



Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic (ages 3-8)
Written by Steven Schnur; illustrated by Leslie Evans
This beautifully illustrated book includes one acrostic poem about autumn for every letter of the alphabet.

Autumn (ages 4-8)
Written by Nicola Baxter
This simple book tells all about the season of fall, includes a list of things to talk about, and offers seasonal activities.

Clifford's First Autumn (ages 3-8)
Written and illustrated by Norman Bridwell
Young students will love this simple work featuring the wonders of autumn through the eyes of one of the world's most-lovable dogs.

How Do You Know It's Fall? (ages 3-8)
Written by Allan Fowler
Illustrated with photographs, this non-fiction work beautifully presents the many signs of fall, from migrating birds to falling leaves to people playing football.

In November (Ages 4-7)
Written by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Jill Kastner
This illustrated poem reflect on the earth's transition from fall to winter.

When Autumn Comes (ages 4-10)
Written by Robert Mass
Uncommonly rich photography, aided by simple text, bring New England autumns to life.




Autumn Leaves (ages 3-7)
Written by Ken Robbins
Illustrated with full-color photographs, this book introduces young children to autumn leaves from thirteen different types of deciduous trees. Beginning readers will find the vocabulary very challenging, but even young children will enjoy listening and following the pictures as an adult reads it to them.

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf (ages 4-10)
Written by Lois Ehlert
In this classroom favorite, Ehlert relates the life cycle of a sugar maple from a child's perspective. The unique illustrations will grab the attention of the youngest listeners, while the captivating text will engage older readers.

Why Do Leaves Change Colors? (ages 5-9)
Written by Betsy Maestro; illustrated by Loretta Krupinski
In the simplest of terms, this book explains why leaves change colors and fall from the trees. Also included is a list of activities children can do with leaves.


BOOKS ABOUT PUMPKINS and Only Pumpkins... 
 Some  books included in this section make reference to Jack-o-Lanterns and/or Halloween. If you do not wish to familiarize your children or students with this holiday, please check the reviews before purchasing any of the following books.


The Runaway Pumpkin
by Kevin Lewis The Baxter brothers find a wonderful pumpkin for Fall, but first they must catch up with it when it rolls down the hill

Pumpkin Jack
by Will Hubbell
In the course of one year, a jack-o-lantern, discarded after Halloween, decomposes in the backyard and eventurally grows new pumpkins from its seeds.

In a Pumpkin Shell: Over 20 Pumpkin Projects for Kids.
by Jennifer Gillis BProvides instructions for a variety of projects involving pumpkins, such as growing them, using them for crafts, and using them in some great recipes.

It's Pumpkin Time
by Zoe Hall 
A sister and brother plant and tend their own pumpkin patch so they will have jack-o-lanterns for harvest time.

The Pumpkin Patch
by Margaret McNamara Katy find what she thinks is the perfect pumpkin on a class field trip to a pumpkin patch, but after her classmates tease her about how small it is, it is up to Katy's father to show her how perfect her pumpkin can be. 

Pumpkin Day!
by Nancy Wallace A bunny family picks pumpkins at a local farm and learns pumpkin facts in the process
The Garden That We Grew
by Joan Holub Children plant pumpkin seeds, water and weed the garden patch, watch the pumpkins grow, pick them, and enjoy them in various ways.
Kids' Pumpkin Projects: Planting & Harvest Fun
by Deanna Cook Provides instructions for fifty projects and activities involving pumpkins, including growing them, using them in recipes, and making things out of them.
The Pumpkin Book
by Gail Gibbons Describes how pumpkins come in different shapes and sizes, how they grow, and their traditional uses and cultural signigicance.
From Seed to Pumpkin
by Jan Kottke Illustrates and describes with simple text how a pumpkin seed grows into a plant that

Apples and Pumpkins (Ages 3-8)
Written by Anne Rockwell; illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
In simple language, a young girl tells of her family's trip to a farm where they picked apples and pumpkins. The family samples fresh apple cider and returns home to carve the pumpkin into a Jack-o-Lantern, just in time for Halloween.

It's Pumpkin Time! (Ages 3-7)
Written by Zoe Hall; illustrated by Shari Halpern
This story follows a brother and sister as they plant a tiny seed in the spring and watch it grow into a great big pumpkin by fall. The story ends with the parents helping the children to carve it into a Jack-o-Lantern



Pinky and Rex and the Perfect Pumpkin
by James Howe When Rex accompanies Pinky and his relatives on their traditional trip to pick and carve pumpkins, she feels left out because of the jealous behaivor of Pinky's cousin Abby.

Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night
by Anne F. Rockwell Shows a boy's excitement in buying the perfect pumpkin and then trying to make the pumpkin into a perfect Jack-o-lantern.

Pumpkin Faces
by Emma Rose Turn off your light for a spooky surprise--pumpkins are glowing in every shape and size!
The Problem With Pumpkins: A Hip and Hop Story
by Barney Saltzberg Hip and Hop's friendship is tested when Hop insists they can't both dress up as pumpkins for Halloween.

Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin
by Mary Serfozo Peter finds the perfect pumpkin so that he and his Dad can make a jack-o-lantern. 
The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Humongous Pumpkin
by Stan Berenstain The Bear Scouts must stop the infamous Archweasel McGreed before he and his evil troops, hidden in an enormous pumpkin, tak over Bear Country.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
by Justine Korman Will Linus ever find the Great Pumpkin?  Join Linus as he convinces his friend Sally to wait for the Great Pumpkin to arrive on Halloween.

This is the Pumpkin
by Abby Levine A cumulative rhyme describes the activities of Max, his younger sister, and other children as they celebrate Halloween at school and trick-or-treating.



Thirteen Nights of Halloween
by Rebecca Dickinson
All Hallow's Eve - The Story of the Halloween Fairy
by Lisa Sferlazza Johnson

 Big Pumpkin
by Erica Silverman
 Bugs That Go Bump in the Night
by David A. Carter

 Dragon's Halloween
by Dav Pilkey

 Extreme Monsters Joke Book
by Nikki Bataille Lange
 Extreme Monsters - Meet Mr. Hydeous
by Louise Simonson
 Extreme Monsters - The Blue Moon Effect
by Mel Friedman
 Extreme Monsters - What's With Wulf?
by Mel Friedman

 Five Little Pumpkins
by Iris Van Rynbach
 Go Away Big Green Monster
by Ed Emberley
 Halloween Bugs: A Trick-Or-Treat Pop-Up
by David A. Carter
 Halloween Night
by Arden Druce

 Halloween Puzzles
by Helene Hovanec
 Halloween Sky Ride
by Elizabeth Spurr
 Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve
by Mary Pope Osborne

 I Spy Spooky Night
by Jean Marzollo
 In the Haunted House
by Eve Bunting
 Inside a House That Is Haunted: A Rebus Read-Along Story
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

 It's Halloween!
by Jack Prelutsky
 Jan Pienkowski's Haunted House
by Jan Pienkowski
 Miss Fiona's Stupendous Pumpkin Pies
by Mark Kimball Moulton
 Mrs. McMurphy's Pumpkin
by Rick Walton

by Marie Torres Cimarusti

 Pigs Go to Market - Halloween Fun with Math and Shopping
by Amy Axelrod

 Pumpkin Eye
by Denise Fleming
Room on the Broom
by Julia Donaldson

 Scary, Scary Halloween
by Eve Bunting
 Shake Dem Halloween Bones!
by Mike Reed

 Skeleton Hiccups
by Margery Cuyler
 Tell Me a Scary Story
by Carl Reiner
 Ten Timid Ghosts
by Jennifer O'connell

 The Bumpy Little Pumpkin
by Margery Cuyler

 The Everything Kids Halloween Puzzle
by Beth L. Blair

 The Legend of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin
by Joe Troiano

 The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
by Linda Williams
 The Night Before Halloween
by Natasha Wing
 The Ugly Pumpkin
by Dave Horowitz

 Too Many Pumpkins
by Linda White

 Trick or Treat Countdown
by Patricia Hubbard

 Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet
by Diane deGroat


SPOOKY BOOKS--great for HALLOWEEN...but kids like them all year long!

Gina Gershon and Dann Gershon
G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Ages 10-up---224 pages

James Preller
Scholastic Paperbacks
Ages 7-10
76 pages

written by Lisa McCourt
illustrated by Cyd Moore
Ages 4-8
32 pages

written by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Candlewick Press--Ages 6-8--80 pages

by Dean Lorey
HarperCollins--Ages 10-up--320 pages

written and illustrated by Jimmy Pickering
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Ages 4-8--32 pages

Derek Landy
Ages 10-up--400 pages

written by Chris Priestly
Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Ages 10-14---192 pages

written by Valerie Thomas
Ages 4-8--32 pages


 I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson, Judith Byron Schachner (Illustrator)
Great twist of the classic - I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry. And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! As Mother and Father watch in shock, the two children are delighted to see the old lady growing fatter and fatter. And, in the end, the old lady makes a surprising and humorous contribution to the holiday festivities.

In November by Cynthia Rylant, Jill Kastner (Illustrator)
In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all of its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter. And people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends. This book is a great resource to share at Thanksgiving time, as it honors family traditions of this seasonal month.

The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing, Tammie Lyon (Illustrator)
A creative spin on the Clement C. Moore classic, The Night Before Thanksgiving is a warm, whimsical celebration of everyone's favorite fun-filled, family-filled, food-filled holiday! Follow along as the feast is prepared, cousins are greeted, and thanks are given, all with an extra helping of holiday fun. All are at Library, bookstores, and

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Book List: Winter Seasonal and Holiday

July 25, 2009 04:52 by Barbara Shelby

HOLIDAY BOOKS for young children...

  • Jingle Bells, Homework Smells by Diane deGroat
  • Santa's Snow Cat by Sue Stainton,
  • The Farolitos of Christmas by Rudolfo Anaya
  • The Legend of the Poinsettia - A Christmas Story by Tomie dePaola
  • The Night of Las Posadas - A Christmas Story by Tomie De Paola
  • The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Emma Kragen
  • Welcome Comfort by Patricia Polacc
  • A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
  • The Oldest Elf by James Stevenson


Seasonal Gifts and Festive Celebration: Recipes and Ideas for Hand-Made Holiday Gifts
Author: Sarah Ainley
Lorenz Books / Anness Publishing Inc.

Holly-Jolly Crafts under $10
Model: 1574861255
Author: Ann Childs (Editor)


HANUKKAH BOOKS are listed at page bottom of KidActivities Hanukka Theme page.


SNOW THEMES for Young Children

  • Clear Moon, Snow Soon by Tony Johnston
  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  • Snow Day! by Barbara M. Joosse
  • Snow Is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley
  • Millions of Snowflakes by Mary McKenna Siddals
  • The Biggest Snowball Ever! by John Rogan
  • Sadie and the Snowman by Allen Morgan
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Geraldine's Big Snow by Holly Keller
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt
  • Little Polar Bear and the Brave Little Hare by Hans de Beer
  • Winter Rabbit by Patrick Yee
  • The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel
  • In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
  • Snow Day by Betsy Maestro
  • Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin
WINTER DAYS PLAY! Activities, Crafts, and Games for Indoors and Out (Paperback)
by Nancy F. Castaldo ...good reviews
$13.95 New Starting at 2.95 Used at

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FEBRUARY IS FRIENDSHIP MONTH. Celebrate the gift of friendship by reading with the kids. The following is a list of age appropriate books that you can share.

  • The Gift of Nothing"--(age 3-6) by Patrick McDonnell
  • Who Will be My Friends"-- (age 4-6) by Syd Hoff
  • Things Not Seen--(age 12+) by Andrew Clements
  • The Hundred Dresses--(age 6-10) by Eleanor Estes
  • Friends--(age 5-8) by: Helme Heine
  • How to Lose All Your Friends--(age 4-6) by Nancy L. Carlson
  • Digby and Kate--(age 5-8) by Marsha Winborn
  • My Friend Flicka--(age 8-12) by Mary O'Hara
  • English Rose-- (age 4-8) by Madonna
  • Little Blue and Little Yellow--(age 4-7) by Leo Lionni
  • Poppleton and Friends--(age 4-7) by Cynthia Rylant
  • Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl--(age 6-8) by Barbara Park
  • Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship--(age 4-8) by Craig & Isabella Hatkoff
  • I Like You--(age 8-12) by Sandol Stoddard Warburg
  • Will I Have a Friend--(age 4-6) by Miriam Cohen
  • Kaya and Lone Dog: A Friendship Story--(age 7-10) by: Janet Beeler Shaw
    Friendship list compiled by Tonya at:



A Sunday Stroll by Paul Borgese, Jane Arimoto (Illustrator)---Through the characters of LadyBug and Centipede, the author teaches your child about morals, friendship, patience, and helping others. Colorful illustrations compliment the story--- A Valentine for Ms. Vanilla by Fred Ehrlich ---On Valentine's Day the members of Ms. Vanilla's class participate in a party, write poems, open cards, and present a heart they all have signed to a special valentine.

Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox, Lydia Monks (Illustrator) --A humorous adaptation of the fairy tale Rapunzel. Witty rhymes accompany the colorful illustrations. As in the original story, the Prince calls to Rapunzel to throw down here golden locks in order to rescue her. But that is where the similarities end. This fractured fairy tale is sure to bring laughter to group reading time as Rapunzel's hearing faulters. The Prince asks for her locks, tresses, rope, twine, and ladder. Rapunzel responds with socks, dresses, a cantaloupe, a swine, and a bowl of pancake batter. Rapunzel's last mistake backfires - makes a hysterical ending for Valentine's Day.

Hearts, Cupids, and Red Roses: The Story of the Valentine Symbols by Edna Barth, Ursula Arndt (Illustrator)---Hearts, Cupids, and Red Roses describes the St. Valentine's Day holiday celebration from pagan festivals to present-day activities---Ever wonder where Valentine Symbols came from? Where do these customs come from, when did they begin, and why do we continue to observe them? This light-hearted holiday has ancient origins.--- Edna Barth explores these love symbols. The book is full of fascinating details about Valentine's Day. Also included are some not so known stories and helpful supplemental material.

How Raggedy Ann Got Her Candy Heart: My First Raggedy Ann by Jan Palmer, Johnny Gruelle (Illustrator)---One day Raggedy Ann takes a kite ride way up in the sky -- only to land in a bucket of paint! A friendly painter offers to fix her up like new, and it looks as though Marcella will have to part with her doll for a short time. But when Raggedy Ann comes back to Marcella, she's better than ever because of the painter's special gift. ---Raggedy Ann has been beloved by children for many decades. In this new version of a classic, retold for young children, she and the other dolls in the nursery come to life with humor and spirit. –

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard, Jacqueline Chwast (Illustrator)--
"Here is the book that Romeo would have given Juliet; Charlie Brown would have given Snoopy; and you can give to some very special friend" proclaims the back cover of this small, whimsical book. Written in 1965 by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, it still makes the perfect present for your best friend. Not just any run-of-the-mill best friend, though. This book is for the kind of friend who yells for you when you get lost in Grand Central Station or pretends to save you when you pretend to be drowning.

Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse, Mary Whyte (Illustrator)---A perfect book for Mom to read to her children on Valentine's day. Every child wants to be loved the best. The Mom in this book figures out a way to answer her sons where they feel loved the best without sibling rivalry. The mother uses colors to describe the love for her sons - each color describing part of their personality. The illustrations are colorful and visually demonstrate how the mother feels towards her children.

Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane deGroat (Illustrator)---When Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines to his classmates, his prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But there's always time for a change of heart on Valentine's Day. ---

You and Me by Martine Kindermans (Illustrator)
"All we need is you and me,
to be as happy as can be.
And no matter where we go,
I will always love you so."
Cute picture book that follows a goose and her gosling to places far and wide. Through heat and cold, across prairies and mountains, all is well as long as they have one another.

Valentine's Day Is by Gail Gibbons (Illustrator)--- Valentine’s Day is candy hearts, flowers, and chocolate truffles. It is Valentine cards galore. Most of all, it is a time to share with family and friends, and a time to give thanks for our loved ones. Gail Gibbons presents the history of this special holiday and shares what the day has come to mean in our present-day society.

Valentine Hearts: Holiday Poetry by Lee Bennett Hopkins, JoAnn Adinolfi (Illustrator)--A small collection of endearing and humorous Valentine poems. Poetic themes include friendships, childhood crushes, and a child's affection for her pet. It's easy to imagine these works used as a poem-a-day assignment, inscribed messages for homemade valentines, or inspiring young poets to write their own silly or love poems.


  • Valentine Mice by Bethany Roberts
  • My Love For You by Susan L. Roth
  • Bunny My Honey by Anita Jeram
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  • If You Love A Bear by Piers Harper
  • Froggy's First Kiss by Jonathan London
  • I Love You, Little One by Nancy Tafuri
  • Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse These books are available through Scholastic book club or check your local library -- most likely also on

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 BOOKS FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION as well as associated customs. Some of thebooks share information about the Chinese culture in general - great for elementary multicultural studies!

  • Celebrating Chinese New Year
    by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, Lawrence Migdale (Photographer)
  • Chinese New Year for Kids
    by Cindy Roberts
  • Dim Sum for Everyone
    by Grace Lin
  • Dragon Dance - A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book
    by Joan Holub, Benrei Huang
  • Fortune Cookie Fortunes
    by Grace Lin
  • Grandfather Tang's Story
    by Ann Tompert
  • Happy, Happy Chinese New Year
    by Demi Hitz
  • Happy New Year
    by Demi Hitz
  • Lanterns and Firecrackers - A Chinese New Year Story (Festival Time) by Jonny Zucker, Jan Barger Cohen
  • Lion Dancer
    by Kate Waters, Martha Cooper (Illustrator)
  • Moonbeams, Dumplings, and Dragon Boats
    by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz, and The Children's Museum, Boston
  • One Is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers
    by Roseanne Thong
  • Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes
    by Roseanne Thong
  • Ruby's Wish
    by Shirin Yim Bridges
  • Sam and the Lucky Money
    by Karen Chinn, Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
  • The Dancing Dragon
    by Marcia K. Vaughan, Stanley Wong Hoo Foon (Illustrator)
  • The Five Chinese Brothers
    by Claire Huchet Bishop
  • The Runaway Rice Cake
    by Ying Chang Compestine, Tungwai Chau (Illustrator)
  • This Next New Year
    by Janet S. Wong, Yangsook Choi (Illustrator)
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo
    by Arlene Mosel

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