Friday, October 21, 2011

Fantastic Fall Reads

Hello friends. Do you feel the weather turning crisp? Has the landscape turned to brilliant colors like a dragon's flame? As the days shorten and cool, what better activity can you dream up besides snuggling beneath a soft blanket with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book?

Sounds delightful, yes?

Well you are in for a treat because the Queen has been browsing the book shelves again and I've found some fantastic fall reads for your enjoyment and adventure.

Fall Mixed Up by 

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (October 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761346066

Favorite Line:
"Can this be fall?
Close, but not quiet.
Go back and find all the 
things that aren't quite right."

Lots of things happen in September, October and November. It's a wonder a person can keep it all straight. Unfortunately, Bob Raczka didn't and now Fall is all mixed up! Provide a list of months and see if children can sort out this fall mess either by writing the events in the correct order under the right month, or by making printed event cards for children to sort out. 


Ten Little Beasties by Rebecca and Ed Emberly
  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596436271

There's a song you can download and sing along to the words in the text. 

What happened to the beasties? Create your own scrap paper beasties. Sing the song as you add and subtract your beasty puppets. 


Trick or Treat Marley by John Grogan
Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061857556

Just for some wild Marley fun! 


Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152053042

Normally, I don't features older books, but this one was such a beautiful book that I had to mention it.

There are several lesson plans to go along with this book already out there. My thoughts, which I'm sure are included in those lesson ideas, was to make your own leaf characters. Children can write stories about where the wind might blow their creations. Another option is to color copy their creatures and mail them to friends for a new adventure. The Leaf Man can be mailed around the country to family and friends and each person can write a small bit about where the leaf man went. 

Favorite Line:
"Well, a leaf man's got to go where the wind blows."

Hope your own reading adventures take you near and far and to exciting places. 

Happy Reading,
The Queen

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