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


I can almost always tell by the first chapter of a book whether it is one that will endear itself to my lil’ book worm heart.  Jennifer Bell’s The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence was not only endearing but filled the void that had been left by some of my favorite series.  This trilogy opener has magic, mystery, humor and adventure as Ivy and her brother Seb end up unexpectedly in a land called Lundinor, where nothing is as they know it in their world.  Check out the book trailer below for the publisher’s quick summary.  If you read and loved the Harry Potter series, The Underland Chronicles (Gregor the Overlander) or The Land of Stories and were left feeling like no other book or series would measure up, give this series a try.  I devoured book one and am anxiously awaiting book two!


Full disclosure: I read this using an audio book.  I’d pop it in and listen on my drive to the library each day.  Jayne Entwistle is an award-winning actress who did a beautiful job bringing individual voice and personality to each and every character.  I have listened to many books read by her, but by far, this was my favorite. From the slightly dented bicycle bell named Scratch (who has a slight issue with speech) to the mysterious Valian, to Grandma Sylvie herself, Entwistle seamless reads from one character to the next in a way that will have you lost in the story and isn’t that what the best books do?  Not to worry though, for those who need the physical book, the smell of the paper, the sound of the pages turning, we have traditional book copies available as well and Jennifer Bell’s writing on it’s own will pull you into the land of Lundinor and all of the curiosities it holds.


Miss Marta

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

New Picture Books


Here’s a few picture books that you’ll be seeing on the NEW shelf!

Little Red Riding Sheep by Linda Ravin Lodding

Arnold, a sheep, (a Heidschnucke sheep, to be exact!), keeps inserting himself into this re-telling of the timeless fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood.  There’s a few problems, however; he’s a bit too big and fluffy to be playing the part of Little Red, he’s afraid of the woods, and well, he’s not afraid to talk back.

The Mermaid by Jan Brett

Kiniro is a young mermaid that comes upon a house made of coral and seashells, and makes herself at home by eating a just-right breakfast, sitting in a pretty chair, and resting on a comfy bed.  When the octopus family returns home to find her asleep, she quickly leaves, but not without leaving a special gift for baby octopus!

Say Zoopby Herve Tullet

If you had fun with the author’s other books such as “Press Here”, “Mix It Up” or “Let’s Play” – you’re sure to love his newest creation.  Starting with saying out loud a simple “AH!” and “OH!”,  keep turning  the pages to take an incredible trip of sound, motion and imagination, culminating in the word “ZOOP!”  Sure to have you laughing out loud, and perhaps a bit breathless, by the end.

World Pizza by Cece Meng

When Mama searches the sky for a wishing star and sneezes while making her wish, her wish for world peace becomes world “pizza”.  When pizzas start dropping from the sky all over the world, love and kindness fill everyone’s hearts.

Grandma’s Tiny House by JaNay Brown-Wood

Counting from 1 (Grandma)  to 15 (hungry grandkids) this sweet rhyming story celebrates families, food, and fun.  Will everyone fit in Grandma’s tiny house! Count your way through to the end to find out.


Miss Teresa