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Perfect Books for Halloween

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, but having little kids makes it a bit more fun and this year, especially, I am holding onto any tiny bit of excitement I can find. I went back and forth on costumes- I wanted to do a Winnie the Pooh theme, but wasn’t sure we needed to spend money on costumes just for fun since we likely won’t be going anywhere. Then M said he wanted to be a ghost and that seems simple enough and made my decision easy. We’ll just hope T can squeeze into M’s first Halloween costume.


Anyway, onto the books. This should actually be SIX perfect books for Halloween, but one book is missing from each set of photos I had… book photography is definitely not my thing- maybe one day when my kid’s are older? Usually I’m holding a squirmy baby & trying to get a photo that’s not blurry— or said squirmy baby is crawling around grabbing the books🤣.

Bonaparte Falls Apart | We borrowed this from the library and it has the CUTEST illustrations. The story wasn’t super appealing to M quite yet, but he loved flipping through all the pictures— it reminded me of Casper & is a great book about friendship for older kids.

Clifford’s Halloween | This was M’s new Halloween book for this year- he likes watching Clifford on Prime, so I thought he would enjoy this little paperback. It’s short & sweet, and even comes with stickers.

It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse! | This is our FAVORITE— we are big fans of Mouse & all of his friends and this book is great for so many things— counting, emotions, and just lots of Halloween fun.

Ollie’s Halloween | This is another one with really sweet illustrations that was a gift from my mom last year. The sweet little goslings dress up for Halloween. 
Spooky Pookie | If you haven’t met Pookie yet you are missing out, we love all of the Pookie books! In this one Pookie picks out a costume & all of the regular silliness fills the pages. 
Trick or Treat, Little Pumpkin | We love these finger puppet books— they’re perfect for tiny hands & super durable with the extra thick pages. 

What Halloween books do you love for this time of the year? Are you still dressing up this year?

Children’s Books We’re Loving for Fall

Hello, chill in the air. I could be totally wrong, but I feel like September is usually still really hot here so the amazing weather this past week has been the biggest treat. We did break out the Halloween books last week, but I was also excited to put together a few fallish books as the season changes. Book links will take you to my affiliate link through bookshop.org or to my UBAM bookshop page.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak | I love, love, love these illustrations that follow along as summer winds down and we welcome autumn.


Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman | I know there’s a whole Bear series, but this is the first one we’ve read. It actually reminded me a bit of this little book we got from Chickfila about a bear and a squirrel that Mason loves (the name is escaping me as I’m writing this post), but this was a great story about friendship and being grateful with larger than life illustrations that make you feel like you’re part of the story.

I am a Bunny | Nicholas the bunny is perfect for every season, but the fall pages are my favorite.


Baby’s Very First Touchy Feel Colors Playbook
| This might not be a seasonal book but this page (& the orange page) always make me think of fall every time we read it. This has been a really fun one for Theo with flaps, cutouts, and different textures.


Are you there little fox? | This is another one that isn’t technically seasonal, but the colors give off major fall vibes. Fun fact, this was Mason’s very first Usborne book and it has stood the test of time.


What are your favorite seasonal books for this time of the year? Children’s books or adult. I usually enjoy something on the mildly spooky side & am currently reading The Guest List.