Reading Allowed October Book List

Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka (Grades K-3)

This title, featuring a young boy and his canine companion, offers a funny, wacky take on familiar fall activities.

Awesome Autumn: All Kinds of Fall Facts and Fun by Bruce Goldstone (Grades 1-3)

Revolving around the idea that “Autumn is a season of awesome changes,” the text takes readers through some of them: Days get colder and shorter; frost forms; farmers harvest their crops; some animals migrate, hibernate, change color, or get ready for the cold in other ways; people play soccer and football, rake leaves and celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Soup: A Picture Book by Helen Cooper (Grades K-3) 

Pudgy housemates Squirrel, Cat, and Duck team up for activities including quilt making and music concerts, until Duck wants to be Head Cook and stir the soup.

The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade (Grades K-2) 

How do leaves know when to fall? Lance Cottonwood is the sharpest leaf in school. He aces all his courses, including Budding, Wind Resistance, Photosynthesis 101, and Pigment Changing. The autumn semester brings anxiety, though. How will he pass the final exam and float effortlessly from his tree to the ground as he’s supposed to? Lance has a big problem for a leaf: he’s afraid of falling!

Lawrence in the Fall by Matthew Farina (Grades K-2)

What’s a fox kit to do when show and tell is all about collections and he doesn’t have one? Lawrence can’t think of anything to collect. His classmates have collections of coins, ribbons, and marbles, but Lawrence has nothing. Until a walk in the forest with his Dad opens Lawrence’s eyes to the natural beauty around him and the unique shape and color of each autumn leaf.

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex (Grades K-2)

This book is a hilarious adaptation of the classic bedtime story, Goodnight Moon. A small werewolf is trying to get to bed when a Goon comes into his room to make a mess. He says goodnight to all kinds of weird things including a pot of goo and Martians from the moon.

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz (Grades K-2)

Skinny in the middle and bulbous on each end, the Ugly Pumpkin worries he will never be picked to be a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween. Eventually he realizes he’s not a pumpkin at all, he’s a squash, and Thanksgiving is more his holiday.

Bone Soup by Cambria Evans (Grades K-3)

Finnigin the monster is something of a roaming eater, carrying his eating stool, spoon and, of course, “gigantic eating mouth” with him wherever he goes. When he arrives in a village populated by witches, ghouls, and mummies, he finds his reputation precedes him, and the creatures have hidden all of their goodies.

Sweep by Louise Greig (Grades K-3) 

When Ed trips over a broom left on the ground, it makes him angry. In a fit of rage, he takes the rake, rushes off, and sweeps everything in his path–not only leaves, but bicycles, cars, buses, a phone booth, a sports team, and a marching band. It’s not until a fresh breeze blows over him that he’s finally able to stop.

Because of an Acorn by Lola Schaefer (Grades K-3)

This book provides a simple look at the way even a tiny acorn plays an important role in the ecosystem. From the acorn comes a tree. The tree is a home to birds that scatter seeds. Seeds become flowers that grow fruit. The fruit attracts hungry chipmunks that entice hunter snakes. A watchful hawk swoops down to catch its slithering prey. As the hawk guards the oak tree, an acorn falls. And so another tree is born, and another, and soon there is a forest.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott (Grades K-2) 

A little boy loves to watch his barber dad at work and apparently he’s learned a lot, because on the night of the full moon, he sneaks out of bed and off to the barbershop, where he spends the night trimming, shaving and styling assorted monsters.

Fright Club by Ethan Long (Grades K-2) 

Vladimir the vampire summons all the local monsters to a meeting in his tree house the night before Halloween. Frankenstein, Witch, Ghost, Mummy, and others show up to discuss Operation Kiddie Scare. They are reviewing the three traits of highly effective monsters when suddenly there is a knock at the door. There’s a cute bunny outside wanting to join the Fright Club. Vladimir shoos her away because “Fright Club is for monsters only!” Or is it?

The Secret Explorers and the Tomb Robbers by S.J. King (Grades 2-4)

Gustavo, a history expert, and Kiki, an engineering expert, are on a mission to stop the Cairo Museum from closing down. They travel back in time to Ancient Egypt and are soon drawn into an adventure that involves breaking into pyramids, learning ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, and stopping thieves from robbing all the treasure from the Pharaoh’s tomb.

The School is Alive! (Series: Eerie Elementary, Book 1) by Jack Chabert (Grades 1-3) 

Sam is Eerie Elementary’s newest (and only) hall monitor. He figures it will be a boring job and probably one that earns him enemies. He doesn’t count on the school itself being enemy number one. After nearly being swallowed by quicksand and then attacked by a fire hose, Sam is ready to find answers. Could the school be alive?

The Jumbies (Jumbies, Book 1) by Tracey Baptiste (Grades 3-5) 

Corinne and her father don’t believe in jumbies, malevolent creatures that come out of the island’s dark woods to prey on people. Then, one day, a strangely beautiful lady named Severine walks into Corinne’s house and takes over, her Papa begins acting weird, and evil creatures attack the village. Corinne and her friends approach the white witch for help but she can’t as

Emily and the Spellstone by Michael Rubens (Grades  4-6)

Moving to a new town is not all it is cracked up to be for Emily Edelman. Not only do her parents forget how old she is on her 12th birthday, but she must also deal with a school bully who hates her, a bossy older sister who makes her life miserable, and an annoying little brother who drives her insane. When Emily’s parents refuse to buy her a phone for her birthday, she happens upon a strange stone, which initially looks simple but ends up being magical.

The G.H.O.S.T. Squad (Series) by K.A. Robertson (Grades 3-6) 

For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business. Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother and her tubby tabby to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse.

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