Happy Dinovember! Starting in 2013, Refe and Susan Tuma would spend the month of November convincing their children that their plastic dinosaur figures came to life at night while they slept, which they turned into their picture book What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night. Thus Dinovember was born! You can read about the mischief the dinosaurs got into here. To celebrate, here are 10 picture books and 5 nonfiction books for your own dino lover.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?  by Jane Yolen

When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

Edwina, the Dinosaur who Didn’t Know She was Extinct by Mo Willems

Dino-Baseball by Lisa Wheeler

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein

Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea

Don’t Forget Dexter! by Lindsay Ward

Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle


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Fly Guy Presents: Dinosaurs  by Tedd Arnold

Eyewitness: Dinosaur by David Lambert

Questions and Answers about Dinosaurs by Katie Daynes

Dinosaurs A to Z by Dustin Growick

The Usborne Big Book of Big Dinosaurs by Alex Frith


Miss Jessica


If you Loved Dog Man

Miss Marta

Autumn Picture Books

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It’s officially fall! Fall is the perfect season for snuggling up with your little one and reading a book together. Here are 10 seasonal reads to get you started.

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Throwback Spooky Reads

A few weeks ago, I was asked if we had any books by the author Mary Downing Hahn.  She has written quite a few spooky mysteries and ghost stories for young readers, and we have several of her books here.

I can remember being a middle-schooler, curled up under the blankets at my grandma’s house, reading ghost stories, like Hahn’s The Doll in the Garden and Wait Till Helen Comes.  Seeing these book covers brought me right back to that time!

Doll in the GardenWait

In The Doll in the Garden, Ashley follows a white cat through her garden hedge and meets a beautiful young girl with blonde curls and sad eyes.  Ashley works to find who she is and where she comes from.

In Wait Till Helen Comes, Michael and Molly dislike their new stepsister at first, but vow to save her from the ghosts haunting her.


If you’re in the mood for an 80’s/90’s style fright night, here are a few more titles:

Ghost by the sea

The Ghost by the Sea by Eileen Dunlop

Robin encounters the ghost of a young drowning victim while visiting her grandmother’s haunted house in England.  She and her cousin John investigate, uncovering family secrets along the way.

Ghost abbey

Ghost Abbey by Robert Westall

After her mother’s death, Maggi, her brothers, and her father move to an abandoned abbey to work on restoring it.  They discover the old building harbors many terrifying secrets.

Christina's ghostA Ghost in the House


Christina’s Ghost  by Betty Ren Wright

Christina spends the summer with her unfriendly uncle in an eerie Victorian mansion.  She meets a mysterious new friend who may have connections to a 30-year-old murder.

A Ghost in the House  by Betty Ren Wright

Sarah must help her great aunt, who is being targeted by a vengeful spirit.


Stonewords: A Ghost Story by Pam Conrad

Zoe has been best friends with Zoe Louise sine she was little.  One problem – Zoe Louise is a ghost!  When Zoe Louise begins to experience strange changes, Zoe must travel back in time to save her.

In the Stone Circle

In the Stone Circle by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Cristyn is not happy about spending a boring summer in Wales with her father, but she soon finds the odd house they are staying in is anything but dull.

Ghost of Fossil Glen

The Ghost of Fossil Glen by Cynthia DeFelice

While rock climbing, Allie hears the voice of a young girl guiding her to safety.  She is driven to solve the mystery of who the girl is and what has happened to her.

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The Dark-Thirty : Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia McKissack

This collection of stories takes its name from the spookiest time of day, the half-hour before sunset – the dark-thirty.  The selections are drawn from African-American folklore, legends, and experiences, and some of them are truly terrifying.  Each story begins with a historical fact.

Scary Stories

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series by Alvin Schwartz.  This is the first of three volumes of creepy folklore, songs, and poetry retold by Schwartz.  This edition contains drawings by Stephen Gammell that are as frightening as the tales!

Miss Tess

10 Books on Starting School

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It’s September and that means everyone has started back to school. For little ones, this can be a tricky time that leads to lots of worry and what-ifs. These picture books (and 1 chapter book) are all great ways to guide them through this transition.



I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child – Charlie and Lola books are so much fun. Lola is sure that she is too small to start school, but her brother Charlie patiently convinces her with all sorts of funny reasons on why she needs to go.



Wow! School! by Robert Neubecker – Izzy finds lots of things that “wow” her on her first day of school.



Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton – Splat is nervous about his first day at cat school, but it goes better than expected.



The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn – Chester Raccoon is nervous about his first day of school, until his mother tells him a story that reassures him.



Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman – Chu, the sneezy panda is heading off to school for the first time. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice and wonders what will happen there.



Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin – Of course we can’t forget Pete! Pete’s all ready for school: he’s got his red high-tops, his backpack, his lunch box, and his red guitar. There are a lot of new things during his day, but he doesn’t worry and just keeps singing his song.



Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park – This is a beginner chapter book and not a picture book, but Junie B. is great for reading aloud! Junie B. describes her first day of kindergarten and what happens when she decides not to take the bus home like she’s supposed to.



School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary, and even the school itself is a little nervous.



Sumi’s First Day of School Ever by Soyung Pak – After Sumi’s first day of school, she decides it is not as lonely, scary, or mean as she had thought.



Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes – Wemberly is a little mouse and she is quite the worrier. Starting nursery school brings a whole list of new worries, but she faces her fears on her first day.


Miss Jessica

Modern Mythology

Myths are full of action, adventure, and drama!  They are so vivid and compelling, it’s no wonder many modern works draw inspiration from these tales of old.

If you or a reader you know can’t get enough gods, monsters, and mortals, you may be interested in some of the following books and series.

Greek Myths 

Beasts of Olympus Series by Lucy Coats

Heroes in Training Series Series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls Series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Mythic Misadventures series by Carolyn Hennesy

The Olympians graphic novel series by George O’Connor


Norse Myths

Norse Myths Series by Carl Bowen

Norse myths : tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki in New Versions by Kevin Crossley-Holland and illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love

The Blackwell Pages Series by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr

Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Freya adapted by Christopher E. Long and illustrated by Mike Dubisch


Egyptian Mythology

The Children of the Lamp Series by P.B. Kerr

The Kane Chronicles graphic series and novel series by Rick Riordan

Many of Rick Riordan’s other works are inspired by mythology too.  The Trials of Apollo series and the Percy Jackson & the Olympians graphic and novels are two very popular series.

His new publishing imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, aims to feature authors and stories from underrepresented cultures.


The first book published, Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, is a fantastic adventure involving Hindu mythology.  

There are also plans to release a book based on Navajo mythology and Cuban folklore, so stay tuned for those!

Miss Tess