The 10 Best Read Alouds To Get Ready For Halloween
10 Best Picture Books For Fall
Besides the fact that Fall comes right before Winter…literally ushers in the cold…I love it. There are so many fun activities, outings, the weather is gorgeous, and, for lack of a better phrase, IT’S JUST SO FUN!
Before I had my babies, I taught Kindergarten and learned that there are SO MANY AMAZING Fall/Autum/Halloween picture books…so many! SO, I wanted to put a list together and share it with you, in case you’re like me and always on the hunt for a new picture book to add to your bedtime story collection. Before, I start, there are probably so many that I’m missing in this list. Please share your favorite in the comments below. If I get enough, I can change the title of this to “20 Best Read Alouds” instead of “10.”
Must Have Picture Books For Kids…For Fall 😉
BIG PUMPKIN By Erica Silverman
This is my all time favorite halloween book. In kindergarten we would make pumpkin pie after reading it for the first time…(so you can turn it into a really fun family night activity…if you don’t want to make pie, buying it is fun too). There is a really really great sing along to it. I can literally sing this whole book, I’ve played it so many times. Sometimes at night, Georgie and I will just sing it together before he goes to bed. Here’s the link (It’s a little corny…but every kid I’ve ever taught has loved it).
2. The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin By Joe Troiano
This is another one that gives me all the kindergarten teacher feels! This is a book about a pumpkin who is square. He’s kinda a loner because he’s different…UNTIL he ends up saving all of the other pumpkins. It doesn’t end there, after realizing how great Spookley is, the farmer plants his seeds and all of the pumpkins that grow from his seeds are all different shapes and all different colors. In Kinder, after we finished reading this, we would do a really fun tissue paper art project where the kids would choose their favorite shape and make it into a pumpkin. Really a great book for learning shapes and colors. Here’s another fun activity with play-doh. This year we’re going to try painting pumpkins! So, after reading this to the kids, we’ll go to the pumpkin patch and find pumpkins of all different shapes, bring them home and paint them to look like the rainbow pumpkins in the last few pages of the book!
3. Room On the Broom By Julia Donaldson
This book is such a hard core classic that not a lot needs to be said…It’s really really fun. It’s almost too fun…I’ve read it at least 100 times. There’s a really cute read aloud on Netflix. This website has a ton of activities too!
4. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything By Linda Williams
Another classic! This was one of my favorite read alouds. I would hand out all the clothing props to students and let them help me act out the book. THEN, after reading it, we would split the kids up into groups and assign each group a piece of the scare crow to make out of butcher paper. So, for example, table 1 would make the boots, table 2 would make the white shirt, table 3 would do the pants, and so on. Cooperation is a big thing in kinder, so the table groups would work together and finish their piece of clothing, then we would come together as a class and put the scarecrow together. It was so fun to make and then hang up on our door until Halloween. This could definitely be a really fun family night activity! Talk about cooperation, read the book, make the scarecrow!
5. Franklin’s Halloween By Paulette Bourgeois
6. The Berenstain Bears Trick Or Treat By Stan an Jan Berenstain
7. The Berenstain Bears Trick Or Treat By Stan an Jan Berenstain
“Three brave little bears explore the inside of a mysterious old tree and go into, up, through, over, down, and out.”
8. Go Away Big Green Monster
My kids love “spooky and dark (dark colors) books.
“As kids turn the die-cut pages of this vibrantly illustrated book, they'll watch the Big Green Monster grow before their very eyes. Then, when they're ready to show him who's in charge, they'll turn the remaining pages and watch him disappear!” - Amazon bio excerpt
9. The Year At Maple Hill Farm By Alice and Martin Provensen
I want to live at this farm! Nothing here about Halloween, but any animal lover will adore this book. The authors take you through all the seasons on a farm. Take some time and talk more about the harvest/fall season!
10. Clifford’s Halloween By Norman Birdwell
I don’t know what it is about Clifford books, but my kids LOVE them! This one’s a hit!