Book List for Kids: Fall Seasonal and Holidays

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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.


 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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