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Books to Welcome the Fall

September 22 marks the first official day of fall! From changing leaves to pumpkin spice everything, we have a lot of reasons to love this colorful season. Prepare to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall with this selection of books for all ages that are guaranteed to put you in an autumnal mood!

 

Children: 

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! by Lucille Colandro

The plot of this picture book is exactly like it sounds! The funny illustrations and familiar rhyming scheme will guarantee your child has a great time reading this book. 

Ages 3-6

 

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

In this beautifully illustrated picture book we follow a young child as they walk through the woods and say goodbye to each sign of summer (like flowers) and hello to the signs of fall (like colorful leaves). 

Ages 4-8

 

Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone

This nonfiction picture book uses real pictures to highlight the cool things about spring, from changing leaves to hibernating animals. It is a great way to celebrate all things awesome about fall with your child!

Ages 5-10

 

Teens: 

The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor

Dark and stormy night? Check. Gothic manor (with a ghost)? Check. In this graphic novel, Haley jumps in a river to save someone drowning only to find herself transported to the pocket dimension of Willowweep, a place that looks straight out of the Gothic romance novels she loves so much. Willoweep isn’t just a manor, though. It is the only thing standing between our world and evil, and the defenses are failing. Now it is up to Haley and the residents of Willoweep Manor to save us all. 

 

The Taking of Jake Livingston 

Some people start getting into the Halloween spirit the moment the weather starts turning cooler. If you want to kick spooky season off early, try this ghost story. Jake is a boy who can see ghosts. While he struggles to fit in at the boarding school he goes to, things are looking up with the arrival of a new guy (and crush) at the school. Then the vengeful ghost of a school shooter starts haunting Jake, and suddenly Jake is in a life or death game he isn’t sure how to survive. 

 

Adults: 

Gourd to Death by Kirsten Weiss

When Val Harris, owner of the Pie Town bakery, gets drafted to judge the annual pie contest, she gets more than she bargained for when a contestant is found crushed to death by a pumpkin. Although this is book 5 in the Pie Town mystery series, it can be read as a standalone. Despite the title, this book is part of the “cozy mystery” genre and therefore is not gory or frightening.  

 

Slow Cooker Favorites: Soups, Stews, and Chilis 

As the weather gets colder the food gets heartier! Check out the slow cooker recipes in this book and discover new favorite go-to recipes to warm you up. 

 

Fall Baking: Southern Harvest Favorites by Brooke Bell 

Deserts are great anytime, but fall deserts have flavors you don’t get any other time of year. Explore new recipes and treat yourself to some seasonal baked goods with this cookbook!

Posted on September 20, 2021

by Daphne Bechrakis

Daphne Bechrakis

Daphne Bechrakis

Daphne is a Public Services Librarian and Harry Potter enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys reading, adding books to her ever-growing “to-be-read” list, hiking, and watching terrible movies with friends. One of her current life goals is to collect the entirety of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Her bucket list includes seeing the Aurora Borealis and going to Yellowstone National Park. She is the proud owner of a spider-plant named Skullcrusher III, first of its kind, which she has somehow managed not to kill yet.
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