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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Hello October: Books to welcome Autumn and celebrate Halloween

Hello October! Autumn is well and truly here and with it those chilly mornings and dark evenings. However, with plenty of puddles to splash in; leaves to throw; and conkers to collect, we think it could be our favourite time of year! So we are really looking forward to the half term holiday at the end of the month and, of course, Halloween!


Last year we celebrated Halloween with some spooky book-inspired baking and crafts, before dressing up and going trick or treating. We also read a few "not-so-scary" Halloween books. You can read all about last year's stories here and, in anticipation of this year's celebrations, we have already added a few more "not-so-scary" books to our collection.

Not-so-scary Halloween Books


Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster is a great autumnal book and may also help prepare little ones for any "trick or treat" visitors. In the story it is raining, the leaves are falling off the trees, which are shown to be heavy with apples and pears. Posy is baking when a monster suddenly appears at the back door. Posy is a bit scared but soon she realises the monster is just her friend, Pip in costume. Posy then has a go at dressing up before the two friends go and play in the garden together. It is no secret that we a huge Pip and Posy fans in this house - we just can't get enough of Axel Scheffler's playful duo! You can buy your own copy here: Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster by Axel Scheffler (Nosy Crow, £7.99)

Our second choice is Ten Little Monsters, a great counting book, which Mini Reviewer, Izzie, happened to spot in the supermarket. She enjoyed Ten Little Superheroes so much that she insisted we picked this one up too! The ten little monsters are off trick or treating but will they make it to the Halloween party? They encounter a werewolf, a headless knight, a green ghost and even a zombie gang along the way. With chantable rhyming verse, we guarantee this book will have you all shouting "Booo!" by the end. Click here to buy: Ten Little Monsters by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty (Orchard Books, £6.99)

That's not my witch... is our final not-so-scary pick and was also found by Izzie during the same supermarket trip. It's the latest touchy-feely board book in Usborne's "That's not my..." series. As it's book number 51, you already know what you are getting and this one doesn't disappoint. With great images and interesting fabrics to explore on each page, it makes a perfect non-sugary Halloween treat for little ones. Poppy particularly likes the fluffy cat! You can buy it here: That's not my witch... by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells (Usborne, £6.99)

A special book for Autumn



We would also love to share this beautiful new pop-up picture book with you. Created by David Carter, "Autumn" is the third book in a series of books about the seasons. The series is a great way to visualise what each of the different seasons bring. In this book, the fabulous pop-ups depicting the flora and fauna of Autumn are accompanied by simple text making it a great book for young children. Despite the wildlife being mainly native to North America, the book clearly conveys the mood of the season. We particularly love the pop-up pumpkins! You can find out more about this book here: Autumn: A Pop-Up Book by David Carter (Abrams Appleseed, £9.99)

Pop-up pumpkins!

Do you enjoy Autumn? Do you have any favourite Halloween books or activities? 

We'd love to hear from you below.


Kate and the Mini Reviewers xx



*Disclaimer: We received a copy of Autumn for the purpose of review. All opinions are, as always, our own. This post contains affiliate links.

26 comments:

  1. Wake Up Lydia Lou! was a great one to try and get the cubs past their fear of ghost!

    #KCACOLS

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    1. Oh yes, I had forgotten this one! Great suggestion :)

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  2. My Reception class and I had a lot of fun last year with "We're Off To Find The Witch's House" by Mr Krieb. It's a "not-so-scary" book about dressing up and going trick or treating. We also enjoyed "Halloween Surprise" by Corinne Demas, which is about choosing what costume to wear. All costumes are handmade, so this might be a great one for Izzie!

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    1. These both sound great Karen, I'll have to have a look for them! Thank you :)

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  3. aw such a great round up! that's not my witch! I love those books so much! #KCACOLS

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    1. We love the "That's Not My..." series too, so many of them now and all such fun for little fingers :)

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  4. I love the look of that last book, can't beat a good pop up book! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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    1. Thank you Chantelle. It is a really lovely book, I may have to find the Winter one!

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  5. These look a nice selection. We reviewed a Halloween sticker activity book a few years back which my son loved #readwithme

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    1. Can't go wrong with a sticker book! Always such fun.

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  6. Really excited about October too. Can you just come to my house and organise me please. I thought I was an organised person but you put me to shame lol.

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    1. So unorganised here!! I used to be super organised pre-kids ;)

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  7. Lovely not selection of books. I really needed to find some not so scary books for my terrified two year old! #KCACOLS

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    1. Good luck Amie. My eldest used to be very unsure of the Trick or Treaters knocking on the door x

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  8. Great selection of Halloween/Autumn books. There is a new one to add to the list, Witch Which Words, from www.katidids.com. It is delightful! Fall really is special! The littles are so very excited! #KCACOLS xoxo

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    1. Ooh thank you Lisa, I'll keep an eye out for it :) Happy Halloween!

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  9. Ahh I didn't know there was a 'That's not my witch' might have to get that one x
    Thanks for joining #kcacols

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    1. I think there's a "That's not my..." for every occasion now :)

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  10. My daughter is so excited for Halloween! I love the pop up book and we will be off to the library to find some Halloween books suitable for my 6 year old to read :-) #KCACOLS

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    1. We are just debating costume choices here! The library is always the best place to look for great seasonal books!

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  11. I need That's not My Witch in my life. Now. #kcacols

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  12. The books look very cute. I love Autumn. My wedding anniversary is on Halloween so very excited lol.
    #KCACOLS

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  13. Love the pop-up pumpkin! #kcacols

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  14. That's awesome that you found some not so scary halloween books. The Little Monsters looks super cute and I love cute illustrated books.

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  15. That pop up book looks really good

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  16. Some great books, but I think the autumn pop up book looks wonderful. Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

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