Karen Notte, the early literacy specialist at the Fairmount Community Library, shares her picks for fall, Halloween and more.

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
This book by the Caldecott Honor artist explores the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – and introduces readers to the puppeteer who created its iconic balloons.

Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin
Farmer Brown isn’t the biggest fan of Halloween (he puts out a bowl of candy and goes to bed), but his animals have other plans.

Fall/Otoño by Ailie Busby
Indoor and outdoor activities teach children about the season.

Fancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage by Jane OConnor
While raking leaves with her family, Fancy Nancy decides to turn them into something special.

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard
A family makes fry bread – and talks about the history and traditions behind it.

Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane
This retelling of Over in the Meadow features ghosts, skeletons and other creepy characters.

Peppa Pig and the Day of Giving Thanks by Candlewick Press
A nature walk teaches Peppa Pig and her family a lesson about gratitude.

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
Through colorful collages, children can learn how a maple tree grows.

Sweater Weather by Matt Phelan
Papa Bear wants to enjoy a fall day with his seven cubs. But first, they must all get dressed – which takes a little longer than expected.

The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky by Jory John
The Bad Seed is back, and is searching for the best costume. Will he find it before Halloween?

The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming
When Squirrel realizes leaves are missing from his tree, he tries to find out why.

We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt by Mary Hogan Wilcox
Join six animals as they try to find a large pumpkin.

These books are recommended for ages 3-8.


Courtney Kless is the Editor in Chief of Family Times. Courtney is originally from Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University. Courtney began her career as a sports journalist, then spent several years working in higher education, before joining the company in August 2019. She enjoys traveling, reading and hiking, and recently adopted a Labrador Retriever, Bailey.

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