Submitted by bookshelf on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 2:08pm
We think books make the perfect gift for any season, so when a mom came in last week looking for a Halloween book for her kids to enjoy, we knew she was on to something. Going trick-or-treating with your kids this week? Why not read a silly, spooky story together before heading out into the neighborhood? Does that seem like a bit of a stretch for your busy brood? Sneak a book into each kid's treat bag. What a fun surprise and a break from the sugar rush. You just might start a new family tradition!
Our recommendations for Halloween-themed books to gift your young readers?
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
This classic children's tale is available in paperback, which makes it an affordable option. (Each child could have his or her own copy!) Preschool and elementary school students alike should love the tale of the Big Pumpkin; it's just spooky enough for little ones to enjoy.
Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall
Halloween not really your family's holiday? We understand. This beautifully illustrated new book introduces kids to fall plants and leaves; it's perfect for taking on your mountain vacation -- or for little nature walks in your own neighborhood.
The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell
Patrick McDonnell is one of our favorite children's illustrators, and this -- his newest book -- just might be our favorite Halloween pick. The Monsters' Monster isn't spooky; in fact, it teaches little monsters the importance of gratitude and happiness. Your kids can really enjoy this book year-round.
The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Haber
This book's brightly colored illustrations will capture any child's attention, and it's the perfect book for preschoolers and kindergartners just learning to read. (Lots of lessons on the letter "M" here!) We read this book in story time a few weeks ago, and it was a big hit!
Little Master Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes by Jennifer Adams
Do only the tiniest Halloween pumpkins live in your house? We've got the perfect book for their small hands. Part of the genius BabyLit collection, this new Sherlock Holmes book teaches babies and toddlers all about sound -- and introduces them to the wonderful world of Sherlock Holmes.
Submitted by bookshelf on Wed, 10/23/2013 - 2:46pm
I've finally got my reading mojo back.
After weeks of forcing myself to turn the pages -- a problem I only have when stress pushes me to the television screen instead -- I'm officially back in the swing of things. October brought cooler temperatures and a much-needed vacation to nearby Fairhope, Alabama. While on that trip, I enjoyed the slower paced (but intriguing) Longbourn, and my book club's pick for the month, Rainbow Rowell's Attachments. I loved both, and they got me out of my TV-first-then-book funk I'd been in.
Next, I turned my attention to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Can you believe I'd never read Agatha before? Jordan and I are attending TOSAC's production this weekend, and I was determined to read the book before seeing the play (which features a Bookshelf staff member, hooray!). It was a spooky, fun read with an ending I couldn't have predicted, and we've got plenty of paperbacks in stock for you to enjoy it for yourself.
And Then There Were None got me in the Halloween spirit, and I picked up How to Be a Good Wife, a brand new suspense novel we got in stock last week. Fans of Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep (both excellent October books) will love this new book. I was hooked from the first page, when the main character finds herself smoking a cigarette... and she remembers she doesn't like to smoke. It's a fast-paced ride from there; I finished in just a couple of hours because I couldn't put this one down.
I'm finishing off the month with a classic I had never read (and had never heard of!). Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle follows 17-year-old Cassandra as she writes about coming of age in her family's ramshackle English castle. I'm only a few chapters in, but Cassandra already has my attention; this book is absolutely perfect for crisp fall nights cuddled on the couch. And Fans of Anne Shirley and Jo March? This one's for you! (I can't believe I'd never read it before.)
So that's what I've been reading this October. What's been on your nightstand this month?