It’s October and the countdown has begun! Here at Southern Peaks we check goodnight goonout more books during the fall than any other time of the year, I’m pretty sure. Even more than Christmas!

In another week or so, all the books on fall, apples, halloween, ghosts, scary stuff, and seasons will be gone.

So what are some of the favorites here?

The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri: You don’t realize what a masterpiece this simple book is until you read it over and over.

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown: A cumulative story with a puzzle for the kids to figure out!

I Know It’s Autumn by Eileen Spinelli

Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara: Especially written for the timid who still want to be part of the fun.

The Little Green Witch by Barbara McGrath: so many levels here for the young and older kiddo–plus adults too. It’s a riot!

The Growing Story by Ruth Kraus: A reissue with lovely new pictures. This really makes the invisible idea of  “I’m growing” concrete.

Mrs. McMurphy’s Pumpkin by Rick Walton: I’m a sucker for cumulative stories–AND I want to grow up to be like Mrs. McMurphy!

The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams: Add hand motions with this one ala “Going on a Bear Hunt.”

A Tiger Called Thomas by Charlotte Zolotow: Another one for kiddos trying to figure all this costume stuff out.

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman: I’ve been reading this one since my 20 year old was only three. Wonderful opportunity for doing voices and having kids join in!

And last but not least, I’ve got a copy of Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex on order. “In the cold gray tomb/There was a gravestone/And a black lagoon/And a picture of—Martians taking over the moon.” (I get it first 😉 )

Have fun!