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Cuddle up and enjoy a fall storytime with this month’s bookshelf guest librarian Heather Hageli from the Vernon Area Public Library and her five favorite fall books.
Happy Halloween! Or Happy Autumn! Either way, these books are some of my favorites for the season! Halloween books don’t have to be scary. They can be silly. Or not even about traditional Halloween things at all! And there are so many books about Fall; it was hard to choose just a few. Check out my list and then add your favorites to it. Enjoy!
Favorite Fall Books from a Librarian
Books about Halloween Monsters
If You’re A Monster And You Know It by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley
OH YES! This one is to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it” and it will get stuck in your head all day. You can thank me later, after you snort and growl of course!
Monster Mash by David Catrow
Do the mash! No, not potatoes! The Monster Mash! One of my favorite illustrators brings this 1960’s novelty song into picture book adorableness (yes, the monsters are actually grossly adorable)! The words of the entire picture book, like the Emberley book above, are the words to the song and no more. Sing along with it! The video is available here.
Ten Little Mummies by Philip Yates, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
EEEK! Mummies! These ten mummies aren’t scary at all. But they do get into tons of trouble! Count down and do some addition in this Egyptian counting book. Make sure you read the end papers, which are filled with ancient facts.
Now that you are inspired by monsters, make a mask! Use paper plates, cut holes, and decorate! I like these Wild Rumpus Masks from Teal and Lime.
Books about Autumn
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Real leaves make the illustrations in this book…can you spot the Leaf Man? The tops of the pages are cut to make the landscape over which, the Leaf Man travels. Read along with his journey. Have you collected any leaves this season? Go out with your family, collect some, and glue them to construction paper to make your own leaf people!
Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley
Poor trees. We enjoy their colors, flowers and shade. But they have such a hard time in the fall! They lose their leaves! Follow along as this tree takes you through what losing its leaves is like…it might not be exactly what you imagine. Remember those leaves you gathered for Leaf Man? Maybe gather some more, and some other objects as well and make a tree like the one in Fall is not easy!
Visit the Vernon Area Public Library or find your local public library here: http://bit.ly/NEILlibs for these books and many more like them!
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