Our beloved Twin Cities Children’s Librarian, Ann, is back! She has some fantastic fall reading recommendations for you. I love the ones she has chosen. The last book she recommends is a well-loved book of mine, too. And you wouldn’t guess by it’s illustrations, but the characters are hilarious!
Hey Book Fans! Since noticing the sumac on the side of the road turning their usual gorgeous autumn red, I’ve been thinking a lot about my favorite Fall books. I usually try to plan my storytime themes to be timely for the calendar year, and some of my favorite themes for this time of year are school, apples, spiders, and the change of season in general. With that in mind, here’s a list of my favorite book for each theme!
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My favorite book to read for school, HANDS DOWN, is Jake Starts School by Michael Wright (Feiwel and Friends, 2008).
The story, told in lovely, easy-to-bounce-along-with rhythm, is about, yes, Jake starting his first day of school. We watch as his parents drive him dutifully through the town to his new school building, and then giggle as we see Jake grab onto his parents legs and refuse to let go. One of the parts that makes kids smile the most is the picture of Jake holding on for dear life while the teacher, principal, and a blue-faced nurse try to tear him away. There’s even an adorable fart joke . . . gets ‘em every time! There are two other “Jake” books by Wright, but start with this one as it’s a sure winner.
Apples are always a popular Fall theme, and my choice for this category is Go, Go, Grapes! by April Pulley Sayre (Beach Lane Books, 2012).
Yes, I know, no apples in the title, but trust me on this one. Within it’s rah-rah-sis-boom-bah lyrics, it contains almost every type of fruit you can think of (and some you can’t), including pictures of several types of apples. There are many books about apple orchards and apple picking, but no others will make you smile as you chant, “Ask for apples, round and ripe. Try them. Pie them. Red. Green. Stripe!” If this one is a hit in your home, try it’s companion work, Rah Rah Radishes!
I hate spiders, but I love the 8-legged main character in Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2007).
She just wants to be the family pet, but every time she tries to show them how great a family companion she would be, they scream and try and chase her outside. The book naturally has a happy resolution, but kids will enjoy screaming “AAARRGGHH! SPIDER” every few pages. Be sure to watch for the glitter at the end too! Fancy!
The last book I’ll share today is probably one of my top 5 favorite kids books EVER. Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser (Kane Miller, 2009).
It is the adorable, gentle tale of 3 animal friends who decide to put off hibernation to finally see and experience snow. None of them have ever seen snow before, and all three have very different ideas of what it will be like. I won’t ruin the surprise by telling you what they imagine snow might be, but I will say that the illustrations of the first few snow flakes falling in front of our 3 wide eyed friends is magical! Meschenmoser’s pencil illustrations give me the chills every time, they are absolutely lovely. And don’t be afraid to sing sea shanties when the text calls for it!
I hope you are able to share these treasures with your little ones sometime soon! Happy Fall, everyone!
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