Ghoulishly Good Books For Halloween

October is finally here which means it’s time to get ready for Halloween! If your little ones can’t stop talking about their costumes and asking when they’re going trick or treating, try breaking out a few Halloween books to hold them over! We’ve got a list of seven fun Halloween books out of our many, many favorites!

The good the bad and the spooky

The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky

Great for preschoolers, & kindergarteners!

Halloween is the Bad Seed’s favorite holiday of the year. But what’s a seed to do when he can’t find a show-stopping costume for the big night? Postpone trick-or-treating for everyone, of course!

Can he get a costume together in time? Or will this seed return to his baaaaaaaaad ways?

Find out in this hilarious, charming, and thought-provoking continuation of Jory John and Pete Oswald’s bestselling Food Group series.

Little ghost who lost her boo

The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo!

Great for toddlers & preschoolers!

Little Ghost went out in the middle of the night and flew up to someone to give them a fright.

She opened her mouth–but her BOO wasn’t there! All that came out was a rush of cold air.

“I’ve lost my BOO! I’ve lost my BOO! Where has it gone? What will I do?”

Poor Little Ghost has lost her scary BOO, so she sets out on a nighttime hunt to find it. She searches high and low, but it’s nowhere to be found! Will she ever find her lost BOO?

With bold and gorgeous art accompanied by bouncy, rhyming text, The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo is a charming, not-so-spooky read aloud perfect for Halloween or any time of year!

We're going on a pumpkin hunt

We’re Going on a Pumpkin Hunt

Great for preschoolers, & kindergarteners!

We’re going on a pumpkin hunt.

We’re going to find a big one.

What a beautiful night!

We’re not scared.

Three trick-or-treaters are looking for the perfect pumpkin on a beautiful, Halloween night. They have to make their way through some sticky cobwebs, flying bats, and even a dark, spooky house! But they’re not scared. The trick-or-treaters eventually find their pumpkin and…a ghost!



Great for toddlers & preschoolers!

Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s the perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern.

There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window.

As Halloween night approaches, more and more of his fellow pumpkins leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Will anyone give Stumpkin his chance to shine?

Pick a pumpkin

Pick a Pumpkin

Great for toddlers & preschoolers!

Pick a pumpkin from the patch. Tall and lean or short and fat. Vivid orange, ghostly white, or speckled green, might be just right.

Pairing a wonderfully rhythmic read-aloud text with expressive retro illustrations, author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis capture all the excitement and familial feeling of a favorite holiday tradition. Readers will be happy to follow along with each step, from picking out the perfect specimen at the pumpkin patch (be sure to stop for cider and toffee apples) to carting it home, scooping out the insides, carving a scary face, and finally lighting a candle inside — savoring the familiar ritual of transforming an ordinary pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind glowing jack-o’-lantern.

The little kitten

The Little Kitten

Great for toddlers & preschoolers!

Ollie and her cat Pumpkin are out frolicking on a beautiful fall day when they come upon a tiny kitten shivering in a pile of fallen leaves. Ollie warms the kitten up and the three become fast friends, but when Ollie sees “Lost Kitten” posters hanging on the trees in the forest, she knows she has to help her new friend get home. As Halloween draws nearer, magic is afoot, and Ollie’s good deed is rewarded in an unexpected way

Pete the cat: trick or pete

Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete

Great for toddlers, preschoolers, & kindergarteners!

Pumpkins, candy, and costumes! With flaps that reveal fun Halloween surprises, this Pete the Cat holiday story is sure to be a sweet treat for your little trick-or-treaters.

Follow Pete as he goes trick-or-treating from house to house and discover what is waiting behind each door.

Lift the flaps to reveal fun spooky surprises—this book is spooktacular!


8 Books to Read With Your Child For The Start Of Fall

Fall is right around the corner and there’s no better way to help your little ones learn about the change in seasons and get them excited for all that fall has to offer than by reading a few books about fall! This list contains eight of our many many favorite books about fall! 

Pete the Cat Falling for Autumn: A Fall Book for Kids

Great for toddlers & preschoolers!

Pete the Cat isn’t sure about the changing of the seasons from summer to autumn. But when he discovers corn mazes, hay rides, and apple picking, Pete realizes there’s so much to enjoy and be thankful for about autumn.

Hello, Fall!: A Picture Book

Great for toddlers, preschoolers, & kindergarteners!

Fall is here! Colorful leaves whisper to each other. Geese honk as they flock across the sky. Pumpkins listen patiently from their patch. The season announces itself in all sorts of ways―if you stop to say hello! A grandfather and his granddaughter welcome fall in this sweet, whimsical story about finding beauty and wonder in every moment.


There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!

Great for toddlers & preschoolers!

An autumnal twist on the classic song from the bestselling There Was an Old Lady series for kids! The Old Lady is back and this time she’s swallowing some leaves, clothes, a pumpkin, and a rope! Welcome the Fall season with funny illustrations and a spin on a classic rhyme!



The Autumn Visitors

Great for preschoolers, & kindergarteners!

In this fourth and final book in Karel Hayes’s acclaimed Visitors series, the beloved family of bears gets in another round of adventures as they experience the full enjoyment of a New England autumn. As always, the bears manage to have all their fun while carefully avoiding detection.


Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

Great for toddlers & preschoolers!

As trees sway in the cool breeze, blue jays head south, and leaves change their colors, everyone knows–autumn is on its way! Join a young girl as she takes a walk through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with every flower and creature and gust of wind, she says goodbye to summer and welcomes autumn.

Because of an Acorn: (Nature Autumn Books for Children, Picture Books about Acorn Trees)

Great for toddlers & preschoolers!

Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.


Too Many Pumpkins

Great for preschoolers, & kindergarteners!

Rebecca Estelle has hated pumpkins ever since she was a girl when pumpkins were often the only food her family had. When an enormous pumpkin falls off a truck and smashes in her yard, she shovels dirt over the pieces and forgets about them. But those slimy pumpkin smithereens sprout up in autumn, and Rebecca Estelle finds a sea of pumpkins in her garden. 

Let It Fall

Great for toddlers & preschoolers!

The leaves turn red, brown, and orange, then drift down from the trees. It is time to go apple picking and on hayrides at the county fair. Fall is finally here! With soft colored art, adorable children, and colorful outdoor scenes, LET IT FALL celebrates all the seasonal awe of autumn.

10 Great Books To Get Excited For Summer

Summer is almost here! And while you and your littles are getting ready to start spending the days on the beach, playing outside, swimming at the pool, and enjoying barbecues, it’s important to make sure you are still reading with your child. There are hundreds of great books for children all about summertime. This list is just ten of our many current favorites to get our littles excited about summer and reading! 

Brave Little Camper

Brave Little Camper by Carmen Crowe (Ages 1-3)

Explore nighttime in the forest with Little Camper and adorable woodland friends! It’s a beautiful night filled with new sights, animals, and sounds. Gather around the campfire and join the crew on another brave adventure as Little Camper spends the night in the forest for the very first time!




The Very Hungry Caterpillar's First Summer


The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Summer by Eric Carle (Ages 1-3)

Celebrate summer with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and his friends in this exploration of the season. Young readers can learn all about seasonal sensory experiences, like listening to noisy bugs, feeling the warm sunshine, smelling the yummy scents of a cookout, and so much more!





I See Summer


I See Summer by Charles Ghigna (Ages 2-4)

Pea pods, cucumbers, and strawberries provide plenty of opportunities for counting in the garden! Follow Dad, Grandma, and other family members as they pick and count. Hidden numbers on every page give readers an opportunity to search and learn!




Is it Warm Enough for Ice Cream?


Is it Warm Enough for Ice Cream? by DK (Ages 2-5)

Winter, spring, summer, and fall are each represented by a vibrant outdoor scene revealing seasonal changes, from ponds freezing over, to baby birds leaving their nests for the first time. And with changes in weather come new things to try: it’s windy enough to fly a kite; it’s rainy enough to splash in puddles; it’s snowy enough to build a snowman. But is it warm enough for ice cream?



Jabari Jumps

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall (Ages 3-6)

Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.




And Then Comes Summer

And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner (Ages 3-7) 

When the days stretch out like a slow yawn, and the cheerful faces of Johnny-jump-ups jump up . . . then it’s time to get ready for summer! From flip-flops and hide-and-seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, from lemonade stands and late bedtimes to swimming in the lake and toasting marshmallows, there’s something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the sunny season!


Swim, Jim!

Swim, Jim! by Kaz Windness (Ages 4-7)

Jim the crocodile is scared of swimming—or rather, of sinking. His family’s swamp is just too deep, too dark, and too big. But maybe he could swim, if only there were a smaller swamp where he could try it on his own terms. Jim wiggle-waggles far and wide until he finds the perfect place. With the help of some floaties and his sisters, Jim just might find the courage to face his fear and show everyone—including himself—that Jim can swim!


When Lola Visits

When Lola Visits by Michelle Sterling (Ages 4-8)

For one young girl, summer is the season of no school, of days spent at the pool, and of picking golden limes off the trees. But summer doesn’t start until her lola—her grandmother from the Philippines—comes for her annual visit. When Lola visits, the whole family gathers to cook and eat and share in their happiness of another season spent together. Yet as summer transitions to fall, her lola must return home—but not without a surprise for her granddaughter to preserve their special summer a bit longer!



It Began with Lemonade

It Began with Lemonade by Gideon Sterer (Ages 4-8)

One scorching hot summer day, a spunky young girl decides to sell lemonade . . . only to find there are too many other young entrepreneurs on her street with the same idea. So she sets off with her lemonade stand and ends up at the river’s edge, where she discovers a most unexpected, quirky, and very thirsty clientele!





The Little Blue Cottage

The Little Blue Cottage by Kelly Jordan (Ages 4-8)

The little blue cottage waits each year for summer to arrive―and with it, the girl. Through sunny days and stormy weather, the cottage and the girl keep each other company and wile away the long days and nights together. Until one year, and then another, the cottage is left waiting and empty season after season.




If you read any of these books with your little ones and love them, head over to our social media and let us know! And if you’ve got other books that get your littles excited about summertime and reading, leave a comment so we can check them out!

6 Great Winter books for Preschoolers

Cold and windy Winter days can lead to cabin fever, especially for little ones. There is nothing better to warm up your little ones’ creativity and critical thinking skills than reading a book to them, and since we are in the middle of winter, why not read about snowmen, animals that thrive in the cold (and how the ones who don’t, survive), and the world around us during these cold days.

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Read Across America

Every year the National Education Association hosts Read across America Day on March 2nd to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Schools all across the United States participate in an effort to promote the importance of reading and the importance of providing accessible resources to young minds across the country. Creative Learning is proud to announce that we will once again be participating in Read Across America Day! If you’re interested in getting involved at home or are wondering how the NEA supports libraries across the country, we’ve got some information for you!  Continue reading “Read Across America”

Summer Reading

With summer break right around the corner your little ones are probably looking forward to putting away the schoolbooks and breaking out the water guns and slip and slides. While summer break is the time for fun in the sun, it is important to keep your kids on track for the next school year. Keeping your little ones reading throughout the summer is a great way to make sure their minds stay sharp and their language skills improve over the summer. Since reading may not be your child’s favorite hobby, we gathered a few tips to make reading more enjoyable for different types of readers!

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Halloween Books for Children

Reading to children is one of the most important, beneficial things that you can do for them. Not only does it provide a time for bonding with your child during a hectic lifestyle, but it helps improve their intelligence and develop skills that will help them develop mentally, emotionally, and socially. Everybody wants their child to succeed in life and by building a strong fundamental reading foundation, you are giving them a great advantage to further themselves and improve their self-confidence at the same time.

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The Easter Egg by Jan Brett

The Easter Egg by Jan Brett

Children’s Author/Illustrator Jan Brett

Jan Brett is one of the nation’s foremost author/illustrators of children’s books. Currently, she has over thirty-nine million books in print! Growing up near the ocean in Massachusetts, Jan decided to become an illustrator as a child and spent many hours drawing and reading.

“I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I’m drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real.” – Jan Brett

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