Here are the facts:
The scarecrows are out. I made (and ate!) pumpkin scones. I’m wearing a hoodie. Can we please all agree that it’s Fall?
But in our house, fall does more than simply affect the decor, food and fashion. BOOKS! What better way to get excited for the season and learn some new words?
Here are our 5 favorites this season…
Plumply Dumply Pumpkin
We love this book. I read it to Sawyer as an itty bitty man last year, and this year he actually chimes in. The rhyming and alliteration make reading it fun. The flow of the words is very sing-songy – I actually know the book by heart and it gets stuck in my head quite often (don’t ask!). The storyline is fun and the pictures are bright and colorful. Peter is definitely a charmer — it’s no wonder Sawyer likes him so much
Apples and Pumpkins
I picked this book up a few weeks ago at the library and after renewing it twice, I’ think we’ll need to add it to our home library. ”When red and yellow leaves are on the trees,” a little girl goes with her parents to a farm where they pick apples and choose “the best pumpkin of them all.” Bold, autumn-colored paintings and a simple but lively story capture a little girl’s joy and satisfaction as she shares in the excitement of the fall season. Sawyer LOVES this book and asks for it by name.
Where is Baby’s Pumpkin
Another favorite from last year. In Karen Katz’s distinctive style, an cute little kitten baby (it is Halloween, after all) searches throughout the house for her pumpkin. Is the pumpkin under the leaves, behind the curtain, under the bed? NO! But Baby finds many other surprises such as a ghost, a witch’s hat, five happy bats bats, and candy apples are found beneath each flap. Finally after Baby finds her pumpkin, she’s ready to go trick-or-treating and the final flap reveals a Halloween extravaganza! Last year Sawyer loved it because he liked looking under the flaps. While that’s still fun, I make it a bit more challenging for him by asking him some key questions as we read — such as, what color are the apples? OOOH, how many bats do we see? Let’s count them together.
Five Pesky Pumpkins
Another library find! This fun pop-up book features five pesky pumpkins, who disappear magically on each page. Sawyer loves opening the flaps to reveal pumpkins that disappear and get into mischief on every page. It’s a fun way to practice our counting, while learning new words associated with the season.
Five Little Pumpkins
This book probably only has 30 words, but Sawyer cannot get enough of it. He often joins in on the rhymes, although his favorite part is when we WHOOOOOOOOO like the wind. It’s a lot of spooky fun packed with colorful illustrations. We probably read it 3-5 times per night.
Honorable mentions: Mouse’s First Halloween, AlphaOpps: H is for Halloween, Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin
TELL ME – what are your family’s fall favorites? Or which ones did you love growing up? I’d love to get a good list going for everyone in the comments!