In our Autumn/Halloween book basket…


I’m a little late to the party, but here are some of our favorite Autumn and Halloween books.

The Apple Cake

This sweet little book follows the adventures of a woman who selflessly gives up what she has, even when it doesn’t get her what she wants. Bonus? Apple cake recipe!

Woody, Hazel, and Little Pip

Two little acorn children get carried away by the Autumn wind and have many adventures in the forest. This has been a favorite in our home for years!

Christopher’s Harvest Time

Christopher’s adventure with the forest folk– another fall fave at our house!

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

This beautiful book has stood the test of time through four kids and was used back in my preschool teaching days. Lois Ehlert’s collage-style illustrations are beautiful and can be used to inspire children to create their own Autumn artwork.

The Little Old Woman Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

A little bit spooky (but not too much so!) this is a great Halloween book for little ones who embrace the slightly scary side of Halloween. The predictable text makes it easy for children to join in the reading.

Pumpkin Circle

It’s the circle of life, pumpkin style! Follow a pumpkin from seed to plant to pumpkin to jack o’ lantern and back again. This book is full of beautiful photographs.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Along the same lines of  Pumpkin Circle, above, this book also follows the life cycle of the pumpkin, the notable difference being beautiful, soft colored pencil illustrations.


Lovely wordless board book for your smallest story lovers. The illustrations show children doing many of the same things you and your children might enjoy doing in the autumn– flying kites, playing in leaves, jumping in puddles– and might give you some new ideas as well. While Autumn and Spring are $8.76 (still lower than the $10.50 retail price), other books in the series– Summer and Winter— are only $5.50 right now!

Pumpkin Moonshine

Don’t worry, this book has nothing to do with homemade alcohol! Pumpkin Moonshine is a jack o’ lantern, and this beautiful old-fashioned book follows Sylvie Ann’s adventures in making one.

And finally, if you can get your hands on any of Edna Miller’s delightful Mousekin books, you won’t be sorry! Some of our fall faves are Mousekin’s Golden House and Scamper: A Gray Tree Squirrel.

Happy reading!