I love Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet by Diane de Groat because it teaches lessons, sure, but mostly I love how autumn-y it is. The background of each page is even shades of yellow and orange. It pushes my happy buttons, I ain’t gonna lie.
Halloween, as you know, is my favorite-ist holiday. Mostly because it happens in autumn, and the decorations are all those wonderful tones of red, orange, and yellow that get my blood pumping, but also because of costumes and treats and ghost stories.
We have always been huge fans of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, both the movies and the books. Actually, we own more of both than I’m comfortable admitting. The Brisons love a good scare, and when it comes with stories as spooky as Stine’s we’re all in.
Because it’s Halloween Month (and my very favorite month of the year) I couldn’t resist suggesting Goosebumps for your family movie night.
There’s only one problem. They never eat in this film. It is seriously nonstop action from start to finish and ain’t nobody got time to eat when Stine’s monsters come to town.
It’s okay, we’re going to do something super fun instead taking the food from the movie.
My friends, James Burd Brewster has done it again. Uncle Rocky – Fast Action is a fun and interesting story that not only educates your littles about different aircraft (and what little isn’t fascinated by planes?), it also explains the Heimlich Maneuver and even includes detailed instructions for performing the maneuver at the end.
I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend the Glad to Do It! series by Mr. Brewster enough. With each book, the author teaches practical facts while telling an interesting story about an everyday hero. In this one, Rocky’s nephews are once more featured as stars of the show. They even get to say the catch phrase, “Glad to do it!” at the end.
It doesn’t get any better than that.
Even though it’s been in the 90s lately in southern Indiana, I’m longing for a slight chill in the air, a mug of apple cider, and the short, golden days of autumn. For me, no other season compares with autumn. I love the cinnamon scent of fallen leaves, the bright colors that cover our hills, the scarecrows and Indian corn and pumpkins. I love the first day I get to cozy up in a soft sweater. I love hearing the leaves crunch under my boots when we take fall hikes in our woods. Autumn also means deer season and all the work and joy that comes with it. My favorite holiday, Halloween, comes in autumn. So when I say I have books to recommend to go with an autumn study, I mean there are A Lot of books I could recommend. I will try to behave.