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Book Recommendations (October 2021)

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

How do you like to spend your autumn months? Do you like to decorate your house with autumn themed items or spooky stuff for Halloween? I've never really celebrated Halloween and never dressed up to go Trick or Treating when I was kid, but I love reading stories about these traditions. This month's book recommendations are fall/autumn and Halloween themed. Even if you don't celebrate Halloween, the stories have a meaningful message for readers, such as teamwork, overcoming fear, acceptance and diversity. I hope you find something you like to check out!



TEAMWORK Lil Peter, IT WORKS by Tasche Laine & Peter Valdez (Author), Mei Mei Leonard (Illustrator)

Book Description:

An encouraging story about asking for help and working together.

Bats, ghosts, and spooky spiderwebs! Halloween is almost here and Lil Peter is determined to build a haunted house maze to attract the neighbor kids. He figures, why walk for miles when the candy can come to him? By charging candy as the price of admission into his maze, he’s sure to bring in enough candy to satisfy his sweet tooth.

As he plans and builds, a real life monster visits Lil Peter’s haunted house! Is it more than he can handle by himself? Will the monster ruin his Halloween plans? Or will Lil Peter find a way to triumph?

Why I like this book:

Another awesome book in the Lil Peter series! I loved the other two books and this one is just as good! Lil Peter is trying to build a haunted house for Halloween but refused to ask for help. He wants to do everything himself. His mom keeps reminding him that teamwork would make the process faster and easier. How does Lil Peter learn his lesson? Read the book to find out! It's a great book and perfect for Halloween coming up! Lil Peter reminds me of... ME! I always want to do everything myself, even though it takes so much more time and effort. This book is great for, not just kids, but adults too! We all need to reminded that teamwork is always better. It makes the process so much more enjoyable too.

Too Cute to Spook by Diana Aleksandrova (Author), Alicia Young (Illustrator)

Book Description:

Ages: 4 to 8

Everyone knows that a monster's favorite thing is to scare kids. Lorry is no exception. He wants to be the scariest monster of all.

Lorry wants to follow in the steps of his famous ancestors: his dreadful great-grandfather, Scabby Moldbody, who was known for making kids scream the loudest, and his gruesome great-grandmother, Henrietta Fang, who was responsible for more nightmares than any other monster.

There is only one small problem, Lorry is cute, and kids aren't afraid of cute little monsters. Being a different monster makes Lorry sad and ashamed. Unable to fit in, he learns how to stand out.

Why I like this book:

This is such a cute and adorable story! The Illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. The colours, layout, everything draws you in. I love that Lorry is a cute monster that can scare the scary monsters away instead of the little kids. I think young kids would love this book and would want a cute little Lorry of their own too. This would be a great fun book to get for Halloween. It teaches readers to accept who they are even when they are different from everyone else.

The Roll-Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders (Author), Daniela Volpari (Illustrator)

Book Description:

Age: 2-5

A little girl chases her giant pumpkin all over town with some help along the way. Featuring a cast of delightful characters and beautifully illustrated with memorable scenes, you’ll love reciting “Diddle-dee-doo! Oh, what shall I do?” together with your little pumpkin.

It’s perfect for teaching sequencing to preschool and kindergarten children, and it’s a fun way to introduce your little one to nostalgic characters such as the farmer, the baker, the milkman, and so on. Older preschoolers or kindergarteners may enjoy retelling the story. Try asking your little one who’s running after the pumpkin and to guess what will happen next!

Why I like this book:

This is such a cute book! I love the repetition of the lines and simplicity of the story told in rhyme. It is quite hilarious watching the story unfold and seeing how many different characters are chasing the giant pumpkin. The illustrations are bright, colourful and whimsical. Young beginning readers will enjoy this and have fun reciting the story.

Nina and Eve and Schonbrunn Palace by Irina Skibenko (Author), Tatiana Proliaka (Illustrator)

Book Description:

Age: 8-12

This book is part of an adventure series about Nina and her dachshund, Eve. They travel to different places around the world. The author uses her real life experience from her travels to write these stories for children. Nina and Eve are locked in the Schonbrunn Palace park and have to find their way out.

Why I like this book:

This story is set in autumn time at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. I like that the book includes adventure and introduces a special landmark in Vienna. It's a great way to get readers interested about different cultures and countries and learn about them in a fun and adventurous story. The book is divided into six short chapters, accompanied by beautiful illustrations. The story is simple and easy to follow, and there is a Secret Word challenge at the end for readers to try. The author provides book challenges related to the book series on her website:

I'm Not Afraid! by Sarah Beliza Tucker (Author), Adam Ihle (Illustrator)

Book Description:

He’s not scared of anything… at least not in front of his friends. Can Harry handle hearing spooky stories in the dark?

Harry the lizard couldn’t be happier with his new buddies. And he’s especially excited after they invite him to his very first sleepover. But just when he’s having the best time ever, his pals start telling scary tales, and his fun quickly turns to horror.