Fantastic Books for Fall!

Faded Fall

It finally feels like autumn is really here, and if you’re anything like me, you’re ready to revel in fall family fun. Here we’ll show off a few of our fall favorites, like cookbooks, storybooks and pumpkin carving books to give you inspiration and ideas all month long!

My family hit the pumpkin patch and the apple orchard all in one day, so I have a counter filled with fresh-picked squash and apples, just waiting to be made into something delicious! One of my favorite things to make with my kiddos are pumpkin muffins- and we make them all year long! It’s amazing how easy it is to get even the youngest helpers on board when you’re making something sweet to eat. Our favorite recipe for pumpkin muffins comes from one of Moline Library’s  very own kid cookbooks, called Fall Shakes to Harvest Bakes by Marilyn LaPenta and my favorite part is it takes only ten minutes to prepare, and the instructions use a lot of pictures, so my kids can clearly understand it and follow along. We also have a great selection of Halloween cookbooks for kids, including Wormy Apple Croissants and Other Halloween Recipes by Brekka Hervey Larrew, and A Halloween Cookbook by Sarah Schuette, and Halloween Sweets and Treats by Ruth Owen.

For those of you for whom fall means FOOTBALL, we even have football-themed kid cookbooks, featuring yummy recipes like sweet potato chips, BLTs and more!  Check out Football Fuel: Recipes for Before, During, and After the Big Game and Football Tailgating Recipes: Tasty Treats for the Stadium Crowd both by Katrina Jorgensen.

So grab your kids and get cooking together! You’ll make tasty treats and sweet memories!

Fall is best for cuddling up together with a good book! So here’s a few of our fall favorites:

Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! by Anne Sibley O’Brien

This book features lovely illustrations and pull-out surprises highlighting fall favorites, such as migration, hibernation and more! 9781419721250_s3

Bella’s Fall Coat by Lynn Plourde

Darling illustrations and adorable story!


Ellen’s Apple Tree by Catarina Kruusval

A favorite at my house! A sweet tale about the life of an apple tree, and the family who loves it.

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In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Simple text with large, colorful illustrations of fall scenes every child can relate to.

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Awesome Autumn! by Bruce Goldstone

Chock full of fun fall facts paired with great pictures, this book covers all the things that are special about fall!



I don’t know about you, but pumpkin carving is not my forte, so when I found our pumpkin-carving idea books here at the library, I was ecstatic!


Pumpkin Decorating by Vickie Rhodes

How to Carve Freakishly Cool Pumpkins by Sarah L. Schuette


Click here for some other great Halloween Book suggestions from Amanda and Quad City Moms Blog!

Miss Janna


Grief: Helping Children Through It

As adults, we find it difficult to deal with grief…..but how in the world do we help the children in our lives deal with it?

In just the last 8 years that I’ve been at this job, I’ve lost more friends, family, and acquaintances than I have fingers to count them on!  As an adult, I know that death is a natural part of life, and the grieving process is different for everyone.  But still, some days, it’s been hard to get up in the morning.  It’s been hard to come in to work. It’s just been plain hard.  I’ve heard it said that grief is the price one pays for loving.  If that’s true, then I’m grateful to have loved so many.  And I’m grateful for my understanding co-workers who’ve stepped in to cover for me when things have been tough!

During difficult times, I have always turned to books for help and guidance; looking for those little gems or nuggets of wisdom that can help me deal with whatever emotion I’m feeling. Also helpful have been internet searches for inspirational words and guidance. With this in mind, I’ve put together a list of picture books and internet links that might help YOU help a child who is grieving.

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen

The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia

And So It Goes by Paloma Valdivia

Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper

Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved

The Scar by Charlotte Moundlic

If You Loved Wonder… (Read-Alikes Series)


The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff

Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

The One and Only Ivan by Kate Applegate

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

OCDaniel by Wesley King

Blubber by Judy Blume

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

The Only Game by Mike Lupica


Need other suggestions?  Just ask us!

Miss Marta

If You Loved… Warriors (Read-Alike series)

New Books @ MPL

This awesome array of new-book-ey goodness will be arriving at MPL soon!  Come check these titles out!

I am Not a Chair by Ross Burach

Could there be anything worse for Giraffe? Maybe being sat on by a skunk or smooshed by two hapless hippos, or worst of all—cornered by a hungry lion? No one seems to notice that Giraffe is not standing around just to be sat upon. Will he be able to find his voice and make his friends realize who he really is?

The Day I Ran Away by Holly Niner

While Dad tucks her in, a little girl named Grace calmly recounts her day—which was anything but calm.

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Noise At Night by Kallie George

Feather, Flap, and Spike are spending their first night in their very own nest. They tell stories and snuggle up to get a good night’s sleep, until . . . GRRORE! What’s that scary-sounding noise?

How to Find a Friend by Marie S. Costa

Two creatures …too busy …to notice each other! Finding a friend can sometimes be a hit-and-miss affair! When Rabbit moves into his new burrow and Squirrel moves into her new treehouse, they would both love to BUMP into a friend. But will that ever happen or will they keep on MISSING each other? With all the appeal of those ‘it’s behind you’ moments from pantomime, you can join Squirrel and Rabbit on their comedy CRASH course in how to find a friend!

Good Night My Darling Baby by ALyssa Satin Capucilli (board book)

In this lovely bedtime story, animals tuck in their babies, sing a song, and give a kiss good night, ending with parents tucking in their child for a sweet sleep.

I’m Grumpy by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (board book)

A grumpy cloud upsets his friend Sunny and must make amends. A sweet, funny, and simple introduction to the impact that emotions can have on those around you.

Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds

Displaying his distinctive voice and images, Reynolds celebrates the joys and challenges of being a creative spirit.

Flora and the Chicks by Molly Idle (board book)

Idle brings her balletic heroine Flora to a younger audience in this nearly wordless board book that finds the girl struggling to keep up with a nestful of hatching chickens.

Brobarians by Lindsey Ward

Two brothers, two great warriors—two brobarians!—engage in an epic backyard battle, until the “magic that ruled all” (aka mother) calls them in.

Is Your Smile Like a Crocodile’s?

Get ready for fun as you compare your toddlers smile to the toothy grin of a crocodile.

Bird, Balloon, Bear by Il Sung Na

Bird’s new in the forest, and as much as he’d like to befriend Bear, he never quite gets up the courage to say hello.

Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins

Having failed in the hospitality business due to a rude and surly bear (Hotel Bruce, 2016), mice Rupert, Nibbs, and Thistle decide to go into publishing.

Carrot and Pea: An Unlikely Friendship by Morag Hood

Colin is tall. He’s orange. He’s a carrot! He’s nothing like Lee, a round green pea. He can’t do any of the things Lee and his pea pals can do. How can Colin and Lee ever be friends? A charming celebration of embracing differences and standing out in a crowd.

Amazing Animals: A Spin & Spot Book by Liza Charlesworth

 Be on the lookout for polar bears in the Arctic, elephants in the savannah, chickens on the farm, and more exciting creatures of all shapes and all sizes. Can you spot all 64 animals?

Bear Likes Jam by Ciara Gavin

When Bear discovers jam for the time, he can’t think of anything else. Mama Duck tells him that growing bears need to eat their vegetables first . . . but Bear can’t stand the strange green things on his plate. He only wants jam! It’s not until Bear notices the little ducks around him eating ALL of their food, that it finally clicks: Bear can have his dinner and his jam.

Spring & Rain Reads

You can tell Spring is in full force!  The rain is steadily coming down almost daily.  Of course, this means we have had tons of parents and teachers in asking us what books we recommend for Spring and rainy weather as they try to keep their little ones happy, taking advantage of the indoor hours together.  Here are some of our favorites! What books would you add to our list?

Stormy Night by Salina Yoon

Rain! by Linda Ashman

Once Upon a Rainy Day by Edouard Manceau

Worm Weather by Jean Taft

Splish! Splash! by Josepha Sherman

Let It Rain by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle

Rainy Day! by Patricia Lakin

Puddle by Hyewon Yum

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

Spring is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand

Who’s Awake in Springtime? by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum

Mud by Mary Lyn Ray


New Chapter Books

I love walking into our office to find a cart of bright and shiny new books to look through! What I love even more is sharing our new books with you!  Here is a quick preview of some of the exciting new chapter books that have arrived at MPL in the past couple of weeks (or will be very soon). If there isn’t a link to the catalog on the title you are interested in yet, have no fear… that book will soon be here!  What new books are YOU reading?  We love suggestions!


The Adventures of Henry Whiskers by Gigi Priebe 

Henry Whiskers must face his fears and rescue his little sister from the scary Rat Alley in this fun, fast-paced debut chapter book set in Queen Mary’s historical dollhouse at Windsor Castle.


Joplin, Wishing by Diane Stanley

A heartfelt and magical middle grade novel in the tradition of Tuck Everlasting and Bridge to Terabithia, about family, wishes, and the power of true friends to work magic.


Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker

When Felix Yz was three years old, a hyperintelligent fourth-dimensional being became fused inside him after one of his father’s science experiments went terribly wrong. The creature is friendly, but Felix—now thirteen—won’t be able to grow to adulthood while they’re still melded together. So a risky Procedure is planned to separate them . . . but it may end up killing them both instead.

This book is Felix’s secret blog, a chronicle of the days leading up to the Procedure. Some days it’s business as usual—time with his close-knit family, run-ins with a bully at school, anxiety about his crush. But life becomes more out of the ordinary with the arrival of an Estonian chess Grandmaster, the revelation of family secrets, and a train-hopping journey. When it all might be over in a few days, what matters most?


The Castle in the Mist by Amy Ephron

Sent for the summer to their aunt’s sleepy village in the English countryside,Tess and Max find the key to a castlehidden from time and learn that wishes can come true, if they wish carefully. Perfect for fans of Half Magic and The Secret Garden—and for anyone who’s ever wondered if magic is real.


The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell

Ivy Sparrow and her big brother Seb discover a city beneath London where ordinary objects have magical powers.


The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest kind of dragon, and she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human.

But when the human she captures tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, she finds herself transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw. She’s still the fiercest creature in these mountains though – and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is walk on two feet to the human city, find herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time … won’t she?

Middle School: Escape to Australia by James Patterson

The trip to Australia Rafe has won starts badly, but after connecting with a group of misfits he finds a way to do what he does best–create mayhem.


Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz.


Nnewts: Battle for Amphibopolis by Doug TenNapel

In the final, epic installment of the Nnewts trilogy, the fate of all Nnewts hangs in the balance! Herk, falling under the influence of Blakk Mudd, is slowly turning into a Lizzark and abandoning his Nnewt friends. Herk’s siblings, Sissy and Zerk, have been corrupted by evil and the Lizzark army is still threatening Amphibopolis with total destruction. Now the Nnewts need a true hero to step up and save the day before it’s too late!