Books by Theme
Fall is here! With it comes cooler days, longer nights, and lots of things to appreciate. Pumpkins that transform into jack-o-lanterns, acorns that grow into homes for birds and small animals, a time to reflect, and evenings just right to share tantalizing tales—some spooky, others just plain fun. So grab a book on a cool autumn night to start the celebration!
Because of an Acorn
An oak tree grows because an acorn falls to the ground; a bird nests in that tree, and so begins an environmental cycle. Small die-cuts in richly hued illustrations glimpse the next in the progression that accompanies a simple, straightforward text.
A witch, a skeleton, and other icons of Halloween each ask readers to guess what is being described in haiku. A spot illustration provides a clue which is answered with a turn of the page presented in a strong graphic design. A brief explanation of the poetic form concludes this playful book.
Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom
Hardscrabble Street transformed when Dr. Fell moved into the old abandoned house. Only Jerry, Nancy and Gail seem to be immune to a web that captivated kids and grownups as they played on Dr. Fell’s amazing new playground. Part mystery, part magic, this creepy story is not recommended for the fainthearted!
Tales from the Brothers Grimm
Nine tales from German folklore are presented in a large, vibrantly illustrated format are made to share. Well-known tales such as Hansel and Gretel, Puss in Boots, and Sleeping Beauty are included, as are lesser-known stories.
Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
A family shares a nighttime picnic with traditional mooncakes and other foods to honor the moon. Each silently shares a wish that is sent to the moon. The quiet celebration is presented through Lin’s signature illustrations and simple text. An endnote provides a bit more information about the festival.
The Teeny-Tiny Woman
How could the teeny-tiny bone found by the teeny-tiny woman make such an un-teeny-tiny noise from her teeny-tiny cupboard? Can the teeny tiny woman be a teeny-tiny braver? Find out while reading this short, repetitive, and totally engaging traditional tale just right for sharing aloud.
This Is NOT a Pumpkin
No matter how you look at it, this pumpkin is not a pumpkin: it smiles, it frowns. Of course, it’s a jack-o-lantern! Young children will view the orange gourd in parts and as a whole on open pages in this playful board book that of course concludes with a very expressive jack-o-lantern.
Autumn is a special time of year; it’s plentifall, eventfall, and a time to be thankfall. The play on words is the title of each short, engaging poem complemented by boldly shaped, fall-colored scenes. It’s a feast for the eye as well as the ear when read aloud.
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