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Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Books with Fall Covers

10 Oct

This was not an easy post to work, I first started by checking out middle grade and young adult titles with fall-looking covers, but it got too difficult, so I made my life a little easier and went with fall-themed picture books!fall covers.png

  1. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
  2. The  Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
  3. By the Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriett Ziefert, illustrated by Mark Jones
  4. Autumn Is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray
  5. Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon
  6. Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow
  7. Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, illustrated by Susan Swan
  8. Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  9. Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Chad Cameron
  10. Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book


Picture Book Month Theme: Fall/Pumpkins

22 Nov

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You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
  2. Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
  3. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
  4. Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo
  5. All for Pie Pie for All by David Martin
  6. Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  7. Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka
  8. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
  9. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  10. The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Books for Halloween

25 Oct

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There are probably a billion Halloween books for little ones – some a little more scary than others, but these are some that I think are great to share with kids as this fun holiday and celebration nears!  Check them out at your local library or independent bookstore!

  1. Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara
  2. Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
  3. Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak
  4. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  5. Shivery Shades of Halloween: A Spooky Book of Colors by Mary McKenna Siddals
  6. Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book by Stephen Savage
  7. The Monstore by Tara Lazar
  8. Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
  9. Alpha Oops! H Is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis
  10. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

Harvest Festival

23 Oct

Tuesday evening we hosted a Harvest Festival for families and with 50 children registered, we ended up with over 70 in attendance (thank goodness we had enough supplies!) and I think everyone had a great time!  We had ten different stations for little ones and had some wonderful help from our Junior Friends (students in grades 5 – 8) to help us make sure everything ran smoothly.  I love these festival-type programs because families can do as much or as little as they want and aren’t required to stay for the entire program.  We ran the program for just an hour from 6:30 – 7:30pm and the families stayed for about 45 minutes for the most part and then took kids home to get them to bed. We also were very specific in choosing are activities, staying away from more “Halloween” activities and focusing more on fall fun!

  1. Which Squirrel Has the Nut
    1. The typical carnival game where you hide a ball or in our case, an acorn, under one of three cups and you mix them around and have the person guess where the acorn is.  I used Solo cups with a clip art picture of a squirrel glued to it.
  2. Leaf Craft
    1. This is a simple craft that requires leaves, Popsicle sticks, and googly eyes.  I was going to collect leaves outside, but we ended up just picking up some fake leaves from the dollar store.
  3. Leaf Tic-Tac-Toe
    1. Your typical game of tic-tac-toe, but instead of x’s and o’s, we used two different types of leaves and a large piece of posterboard for the tic-tac-toe board.
  4. Read Aloud
    1. We had a middle school student help us with this station and she read The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz every ten minutes throughout the hour.
  5. Guess the Pumpkin’s Weight
    1. An easy station, a rather large pumpkin and the kids can write down their guess as to how much it wears.  Our pumpkin weighed in at 7.75 lbs (but felt much heavier!)
  6. Gourd Bowling
    1. We used empty water bottles with a little rice in the bottom for the pins and those bumpy round gourds for the bowling ball.
  7. Find the pumpkin in the haystack
    1. We bought a small bale of hay from a local garden center and put in one of those big tubs and hide little toy pumpkins in the hay for the kids to find.
  8. Candy Corn Spoon Relay
    1. This event can be done in any number of ways, most of the kids just tried to scoop as much candy corn on a spoon and move it from one bowl to another bowl a few feet away during a specific amount of time.
  9. Pumpkin’ Chuckin’
    1. This was an adorable activity, but make sure you have regular size toilet paper rolls, apparently I buy the super, extra big ones because it was a lot harder to wrap them in the orange felt.
  10. Paint Your Own Pumpkin
    1. This was the only station that required anything from the families themselves.  If they wanted to participate, they had to bring a pumpkin with them, we had all the paint and brushes.

Pumpkin Trouble

28 Oct


It’s that time of year!  No, not Christmas (yet!), but Halloween and there are some great books out there for the holiday.  Kids around here are ready to go trick-or-treating and have been talking about costumes for awhile now.  I thought I’d post this great holiday book as it fits in with the season so well and I just carved my own pumpkin yesterday!

Duck is so excited to carve a pumpkin, but when he reaches in for just one more seed, he falls in and gets stuck… soon the other animals are worried there’s a pumpkin monster chasing them around the barnyard!

Kids will get a kick out of Duck’s need for a little help from his friends and their very BIG misunderstanding.  This is one that definitely needs to be shared before the Halloween season is over!

Jan Thomas is one of my favorite authors – she is very funny, but also understands the importance of basic books for young readers.  Her books, although not long, often have a great message (but not in a preachy way) and I am always laughing out loud!

Check out Jan Thomas’s website for more about her books and even fun things to do!
Title: Pumpkin Trouble
Author: Jan Thomas
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 2011

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