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Awesome Autumn

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!

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

Because of an Acorn

By: Lola Schaefer, Adam Schaefer
Illustrated by: Frann Preston-Gannon
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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.

Boo! Haiku

By: Deanna Caswell
Illustrated by: Bob Shea
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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

By: David Neilsen
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

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!

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

By: Kenard Pak
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A child converses with the changing world around her as she observes and explores the transition from late summer to autumn.  Simple illustrations accompany a rhythmic text on this jaunt through woods and a town

Hocus Pocus, It's Fall!

By: Anne Sibley O'Brien
Illustrated by: Susan Gal
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

It’s no longer summer but not yet winter; it’s autumn and a time of change.  Handsome illustrations enliven fall colors that accompany a simple rhyming text for an appealing and satisfying look at the season.

Tales from the Brothers Grimm

By: Brothers Grimm
Illustrated by: Herbert Leupin
Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

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

By: Grace Lin
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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

By: Paul Galdone
Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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

By: Bob Staake
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

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. 

Wonderfall

By: Michael Hall
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

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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