Fall for a Good Book with These Fall-Themed Books

My two kids and I adore children’s picture books, especially Halloween books! 

In fact, we have a collection of picture books for every major holiday and each of the four seasons. 

A tall stack of children's books

A few weeks ago, we pulled out all of our fall books as well as our Halloween titles from the downstairs guest bedroom and brought them upstairs to be enjoyed by all.

We’ve been reading them nightly and learning all about how pumpkins grow from seeds, how apples are harvested from trees, and why some tree leaves change color every autumn. And that’s just the fall books! 

My kids (like yours, I’m sure!) are extremely excited about Halloween, so we’ve also read many books about donning Halloween costumes and going trick-or-treating and eating yummy candy – with a few ghosts and goblins and witches thrown in for good measure.

Two children who are holding stacks of books on their heads and sitting in a window seat inside a building two or three stories up. Looking at each other and smiling.
Reading books year round with your kids fosters their love of reading, helps them be more successful in school, and nurtures a loving and fun relationship with your children.

None of them are super scary books because, well, my kids are still young – 4 and 8-years-old – and not quite ready for spine-tingling titles.

What follows is a book list containing 20 of the best children’s books that celebrate fall and Halloween. 

BEST HALLOWEEN BOOKS FOR TODDLERS

Boo! – A board book perfect for toddlers. They’ll love seeing all of the Halloween costume choices, the carved jack-o-lanterns, and of course, the many candy options. (Ages 0-3)

Room on the Broom – Hands down, one of our top favorite Halloween stories that we read aloud (multiple times!) every year. Room on the Broom is a delightfully fun story about friendship and adventure. (Ages 3-7) 

Halloween Lift-a-Flap Board Book – This bright and bold board book is perfect for the toddler who loves exploring what’s under each and every flap. (Ages 1-5)

Hoot Howl Halloween – Kids love books with sounds – especially stories with spooky Halloween sounds! This interactive children’s board book has 10 spooky sounds that kids will want to listen to over and over again! (Ages 2-7)

My First Halloween Bedtime Storybook –  Introduce your child to Halloween with this collection of stories featuring Mickey, Winnie the Pooh, and other beloved Disney characters. (Ages 3-5) 

Clifford’s Halloween – This book is sure to be a hit with little ones who adore Clifford! Clifford dresses up as a ghost and, because he’s so big, experiences difficulties trick-or-treating. Kids will learn about Halloween as well as other holidays. (Ages 3-5)  

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus – Think The Wheels on the Bus with a Halloween twist! Whether they read or sing along, your kids are going to love this story! (Ages 3-5) 

OUR FAVORITE FALL BOOKS FOR SCHOOL-AGED KIDS

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – Linus is waiting for the Great Pumpkin, believing that it will come up out of the pumpkin patch on Halloween night and bring toys to all the children of the world. Who knows, maybe this is the year that it will finally happen? (Ages 4 and up)

Too Many Pumpkins – Is it possible to have too many pumpkins? Rebecca Estelle thinks so! In fact, she hates pumpkins. But when a sea of pumpkins sprout in her yard, she hatches a plan to share the squash with her neighbors. A heartwarming classic loved by kids and their parents for over 20 years. (Ages 4-8)

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt – Finding leaves with friends is so fun! Join the three friends in this book as they head out on an adventure, looking for colorful leaves. (Ages 4-8)

The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival – It’s the first annual Harvest Festival in Bear Country, and everyone is having a wonderful time celebrating autumn with family and friends! (Ages 4-8) 

The Roll-Away Pumpkin – Can Marla Little catch her pumpkin before it disappears forever? It just keeps rolling and rolling away. Young readers will delight in this whimsical story. (Ages 3-8)

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves – Celebrate fall with this sweet story about Fletcher the fox. Fletcher worries that something is wrong with his favorite tree as it begins to lose its leaves. But then winter comes and something wonderful happens. (Ages 4-8)

BEST HALLOWEEN BOOKS FOR AGES 4+

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – A classic Halloween story about a little old lady who was not afraid of anything – until she gets the scare of her life. Kids will love joining in on the refrains, which include such sounds as “clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap.” (Ages 4-8)

The Hallo-Wiener – This Halloween story will have you howling out loud. Really, it’s quite funny! It’s about a dachshund dog named Oscar who has a big problem: The other dogs tease him all the time. What’s Oscar to do? (Ages 4-8) 

The Night Before Halloween – A spin-off of Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem, this silly, spooky story centers around little monsters and goblins coming face to face with human trick-or-treaters. How will the monsters react? (Ages 4-8)

Ten Timid Ghosts – Beginning readers will love counting the ghosts and finding the witch on each of the pages as they make their way through this spooktacular bestselling book. (Ages 4-8) 

The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat – For the first time ever, Brother and Sister are going trick-or-treating by themselves, but they are scared to visit Miz McGrizz’s spooky house. Could appearances be deceiving? (Ages 4-7) 

Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! – Calling all Corduroy fans! Corduroy is so excited to have his friends over for a Halloween party, but he can’t decide what costume to wear. Which one do you think he’ll choose? (Ages 4-8)

That Monster on the Block – Monster is thrilled to have a new neighbor – that is until he learns his identity! Monster is scared of the new neighbor, but maybe there’s no reason to be. (Ages 4-8)

An african american dad reads a children's book to his infant daughter while sitting in a pink chair.
From birth on, kids of all ages love to be read to while sitting in the lap of their dad, mom, grandma, or caregiver.

We hope you and your children enjoy these Halloween books and fall stories as much as we have! Do you have a favorite children’s book that you would add to this list? Please share in the comments below.

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