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Fall Harvest of Books

There's a change of season in the air. Gardens are ready for harvest, pumpkins are ready to carve, and costumes are made ready to wear.

Meet a boy who foils a greedy ghost in Beijing, China and an American boy who helps three hungry ghosts. Find a pumpkin with two friends and see how a witch helps her assistant solve a problem of his own making. Sing along with a monster who meets a roaring end! All these and more are waiting for you between the covers of books.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

A Good Night for Ghosts

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In this latest installment of the ever-popular series, Jack and Annie go to New Orleans on All Saint's Day in 1915 to find a young musician named Louis Armstrong. Music, mystery and ghosts combine for another riveting quest for the sibling adventurers.

Boy Dumplings

By: Ying Chang Compestine
Illustrated by: James Yamaskaki
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A plump little boy is caught by a hungry, garbage eating ghost but tricks him to get away. Humor abounds in this original tale steeped in Chinese lore and set in Beijing. Told and illustrated in a lively way, this tale will tickle the funny bone as well as taste buds.

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

By: Tad Hills
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Where can Duck and Goose find a pumpkin? Young children will delight in the search and rejoice when the silly friends find their pumpkin. Autumnal colors and a simple, predictable text make an engaging book for the very young.

Scaredy Squirrel at Night

By: Melanie Watt
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of the dark; for in it lives a host of creepy creatures that may invade his dreams. His list of things to do fail, of course, as does thriving without sleep - but our hero's tale is amusingly told in words and boldly lined, comic illustrations.

Strega Nona's Harvest

By: Tomie dePaola
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When the good Italian witch, Strega Nona carefully adds a touch of magic to her well-tended garden it grows beautifully. Her bumbling assistant, Big Anthony, is not as careful with near-disastrous results. A creative solution to the overabundance winds up helping many - but will Big Anthony ever learn?

The Hungry Ghosts

By: Julius Lester
Illustrated by: Geraldo Valerio
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Before Malcolm Daniel can help three moaning ghosts, he needs to know why they make such spooky noises. Told with rich language and evocative nighttime colors, this upbeat, not-too-scary, and satisfying tale is sure to become a favorite year round.

There Was an Old Monster!

By: Rebecca Emberley, Adrian Emberly, Ed Emberley
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

This rhyming take-off on a well-known folksong is sure to delight listeners and readers of all ages. Lively rhymes use wonderful words and combine with eye-popping illustrations to present a catchy tale. Don't know the tune? Done worry — the song is available to download from the publisher's website.

Trick or Treat?

By: Melanie Walsh
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

On a dark night a pumpkin may become a scary face, a boy may dress up as a skeleton and a girl as a cat, and they just knock at a door and get some treats. The changes on a Halloween evening are shown as readers guess what's hidden beneath the flaps in this sturdy book.

What Was I Scared Of?

By: Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The narrator is terrified of a pair of green pants he chances upon. What could they be? Well, those pants might just have their own concerns! Told and illustrated (with a glowing new touch) in characteristic Seussian fashion, this tale of misunderstanding first appeared in the Sneetches & Other Stories (Random, 1961).

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