Merry Not Scary: Fall & Halloween Board Books

A list of recommended board books, perfect for sharing the Halloween Spirit with your toddler!

Bright Baby Touch and Feel Fall

Roger Priddy

Presents textured pictures of seasonal items typical of autumn and Thanksgiving, along with the word for each item. On board pages.

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Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin

Tad Hills

Duck and Goose, where is your pumpkin? Is it in the log? Is it under the leaves? Is it in the apple tree? Preschoolers will surely enjoy going on a pumpkin hunt with Duck and Goose . . . especially when they find the perfect pumpkin at the end!

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Halloween Heroes! (Paw Patrol)

Random House

When a troublesome ghost threatens to ruin a Halloween night at Cap'n Turbot's costume party, the PAW Patrol investigate the haunting.

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I Love Fall!

Alison Inches

From woolly scarves and plump orange pumpkins to crunchy leaves and smooth wicker baskets, readers will delight in all the different textures fall has to offer. With simple, rhyming verses and sweet, vibrant illustrations, youngsters can celebrate the season with this touch-and-feel board book that's perfect for small hands.

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The Monster at the End of This Book

Jon Stone

Adapted into a sturdy board book format, a best-selling Sesame Street Little Golden Book classic follows a frantic Grover's efforts to prevent readers from turning the pages and finding the not-so-scary monster at the end of the book.

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Janell Cannon

After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother. On board pages.

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Good Night Pirate Ship

Adam Gamble, Mark Jasper

Arrrr! Come plunder the seas with swashbuckling pirates in search of riches. This colorful board book explores the exciting life of pirates, including treasure chests, pieces of 8, gold doubloons, pirate flags, cannons and cannonballs, swords, spyglasses, Spanish forts, pirate clothing, pirate foods, the Caribbean, Royal British Navy, and more.

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Trap the Monster

Agnese Baruzzi

Are you afraid of the big bad wolf? Put him in jail! Turn the pages in this delightfully silly board book, and put a wolf in jail, send a vampire away in a rocket ship, and smash a monster with a fly swatter. . . until there's nothing left to be scared of! Created by artist Agnese Baruzzi, this book features unique die cuts that trap" the creatures. A silly interactive narrative with a surprise escape ending is sure to inspire repeat reads. "

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Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed

Bill Cotter

A new take on the classic rhyme, Five Little Monkeys! Larry the monster is back in this perfect read-aloud from Bill Cotter, creator of the USA Today bestseller, Don't Push the Button. Larry is back! And this time he has enlisted his monster friends to cause monster mayhem! Prompts to "pet,"; "press,"; and "tickle"; the monsters make this a fun, interactive story that little ones will enjoy. Five little monsters jumping on the bed. One fell off and bumped his head. Mama called the doctor and the doctor said, "No more monsters jumping on the bed.";

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A Pile of Leaves

Tamara Shopsin Jason Fulford

Dig through the leaf pile in this collage-inspired book with see-through pages Readers explore the concept of layering and collage with this interactive exercise in composition. Each clear acetate page features a single element in the leaf pile, though some are not leaves at all! As readers turn the pages, the leaf pile is deconstructed piece by piece on the right side, and reconstructed on the left. Younger readers will enjoy the seek-and-find aspect of the hidden objects, while older readers might experiment by adding their own images between the pages. A key at the back provides the names of each kind of leaf shown. Inspired by the Whitney Museum's approach to looking at art, these books provide a new way to look at the world. Colors are brighter than they appear - printed in pure Pantones. Ages 2-4

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In Autumn / En Otoño

Susana Madinabeitia Manso

Celebrate autumn with this bilingual board book Vibrant photographs paired with text in both English and Spanish follow one little girl as she personifies all of her favorite things about the season: leaves falling, wind blowing, and more. Welcome the autumn season and build language skills with In Autumn/En Otono!

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I Am Scary

Elise Gravel

In this sweet little book, a monster tries to scare a young child. But the child insists the monster is not scary but actually quite huggable. From the prolific and beloved author and illustrator Elise Gravel comes this funny and cute board book for the littlest readers.

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Little Owl’s Night

Divya Srinivasan

Putting a twist on the bedtime book, this story is sure to comfort any child with a curiosity about the night. This lap board book edition is ideal for families and tots to read together. Full color.

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Five Little Ghosts

Patricia Hegarty

Follow the adventures of five little ghosts in this comical rhyming caper as they lookout for somewhere to play at the end of a busy day.

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