Crisp, cool breezes blew in this weekend, as we turned our calendars to the new month. Now that it is officially October, we can talk Fall. It was an unusually warm September around here, and although we enjoyed some beautiful summer-like days, the new crispness of Fall is appealing. As we bundled up these past few mornings before we headed out the door, I knew that Fall had truly arrived.
October brings Fall decorations, which at our house mostly center around Halloween. Each year we hang a Fall wreath on the front door, add mums to the pots on our front porch, and take down our Halloween decorations from the attic. My boys have a Halloween countdown calendar that they enthusiastically request every year on October 1. Maybe they’re just excited for Fall, but I think it might be the candy that often fills the pockets.
And with our Fall decorations, come our Fall books to display on our family room bookshelves. We have a whole tub dedicated to Fall/Halloween books, and putting those out along with our other decorations somehow always make our home feel ready for the upcoming season.
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Even though most of these books are intended for younger audiences, my sons (now 9 and 12) still enjoy reading them each year. We don’t get all of the books out every year, but they enjoy looking through the board books and then set out their current favorites on the shelves. Some books they read to themselves, and some they want me to read aloud to them. I love that they still want me to read to them!
12 Fall/Halloween Favorites:
Oliver Finds His Way, by Phyllis Root
Where is Baby’s Pumpkin? by Karen Katz
Five Little Pumpkins, by Dan Yaccarino
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin, by Tad Hills
Preschool and Up
Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson
The Littlest Pumpkin, by R.A. Herman
Where’s My Mummy? by Carol Crimi
Henry and Mudge: Under the Yellow Moon, by Cynthia Rylant
I Like Pumpkins, by Jerry Smath
Grade 3 and Up
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving and Will Moses
Hallowilloween, by Calef Brown
Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody, by Rick Walton and Nathan Hale
So before you pick out your pumpkins, plan your costumes, and buy your candy this year, help your family get ready for Fall and Halloween by reading a few of these seasonal favorites together!