Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is fall themes. I have chosen to focus only on children’s books. Do you have a favorite fall themed children’s book? If so, what is it? Please share!
- Rattlebone Rock by Sylvia Andrews, Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas – This musical, rhyming story in the form of a song takes place in a graveyard with various spooky and creepy characters. Eventually, friendly more familiar animals and people join in as well, to join the celebration and dance that lasts all night. It is a fun, musical book with a great syncopating beat and high entertainment value, recommended for children ages 3-8.2. Thanksgiving Day Thanks by Laura Malone Elliott, Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger – This book depicts a classroom experience of students pondering the question of what it is they are thankful for. As a class assignment, each student needs to create a project with a Thanksgiving theme. Some of these projects give insight into the deeper meaning of the history of Thanksgiving while others help the students better understand what they are thankful for. At the end of the story interesting history and fun facts about Thanksgiving Day are provided.
3. Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell – This is a Halloween themed counting book. There is a haunted house in which 10 timid ghosts live. A witch moves in and wants them out. She scares each with a different disguise, until the last one discovers the witch’s costume coming undone. Then, ten angry ghosts exact their revenge and retrieve the house. This is a fun repetitive rhyming counting book in which small children are able to anticipate how many ghosts are left.
4. Fall Ball by Peter McCarty – This is a simply written children’s book aimed at what matter’s most to children: free time to play on their own. The illustrations are absolutely stunning. The children are riding home from school on the bus and plan to play football when they get there. Jimmy is one exception who decides to rake leaves instead. The children play ball, however Sparky, the dog, is quickest to retrieve the ball. he crashes into Jimmy’s pile of leaves, as do all of the children. It’s so early, yet getting dark and cold, and all the children must go home. A beautiful book about fall and things to love: football, cozy pajamas, warm blankets, good things to eat… Highly recommended!!
5. The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons – This is a nonfiction children’s book about pumpkins. It is highly informative and very interesting. It describes the life cycle of the pumpkin from seed through mature pumpkin, as well as the various pumpkin varieties. There is history tied in, with the relevance of pumpkins to Halloween as well as Thanksgiving, making this an excellent educational book for fall.
6. The Best Thanksgiving Ever by Teddy Slater, Illustrated by Ethan Long – This is a hilarious, rhyming, loving thanksgiving book about a family of turkeys celebrating together. They practice gratitude, celebrate togetherness and sit down to enjoy Thanksgiving…. corn!
7. Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf – This is a beautiful children’s book about a little girl, Sophie, who chooses a squash from a farmer’s market. This squash is the perfect size to hold, to bounce on her knee, to put a face on with marker, to fall in love with. The squash begins to become freckled and less bouncy, and in an effort to heal her squash, Sophie buries it in dirt. After the snow melts, a squash plant grows and eventually Sophie has two new squash to love. The humor is subtle and enjoyable. This book is thoroughly unique and a great read for the fall!
8. Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian – This classic book from 1965 is adorable. This witch with the handmade black scarf, the orange gloves, the crumpled black hat, the BIG nose, the striped stockings is having a very difficult time getting her spells to work. It has a perfectly unexpected ending for a children’s book. My daughter asked me at the beginning of the second reading what “humbug” meant. It means “deceptive or false behavior.” It is a lovely title for a quirky fun halloween story. Highly recommended!
9. Beneath the Ghost Moon by Jane Yolan, Illustrated by Laurel Molk – This is a beautifully written, poetic rhythmic rhyming book about mice who are excited for the Halloween dance. However, in the night as they slept, a creepy crawlie crew entered, destroying their costumes and taking over their lair. The small mice decide to stand up for themselves taking on the creepy crawlies with music, banners and battle cries. It ends with a creepy crawlie and a mouse forging a friendship beneath the ghost moon, dancing into the night. Beautiful poetry and illustrations, lovely lessons taught, and highly entertaining… a perfect book for fall!
10. The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano, Illustrated by Susan Banta – This is a rhyming story about a pumpkin patch wherein all the pumpkins are round, except for one square pumpkin. The night before Halloween, there is a storm, and pumpkins are rolling off the vine and into the bay. Spookley has to work hard to turn onto his side, over and over, but is able to eventually move himself to close the gap in the fence where the pumpkins are rolling out. The next morning the farmer sees the value in this odd-shaped pumpkin and uses Spookley’s seed in every row the following year to grow pumpkins mostly square, but also of different shapes and colors. The moral of the story being that variety is the spice of life and great value can be found in our differences.