Ready for some autumn fun? There are all sorts of ways to enjoy the fall weather. One great way is to snuggle up with a favorite book at the end of a busy day. We’ve picked out a few notable suggestions. We have many more to choose from at the Fuquay-Varina Community Library. Just ask a library staff member to point you in the direction of a great book!
“Sunny’s Picks” - Easy and Easy Reader
Apples and pumpkins and fun, oh my! Sunny must be in the mood for autumn fun because he happily hopped over to look at the books that we picked out this month for our beginning readers.
Easy Books (E)
- Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie by Herman Parish
While visiting her grandparents, literal-minded Amelia Bedelia finally learns, despite some mishaps, how to bake an apple pie.
- Amazing Apples by Consie Powell
Simple poems in acrostic form describe an apple orchard through the seasons, as well as the activities of the family that tends the orchard. Includes a page of notes about apples.
- Apple Batter by Deborah Zagwyn
Because of their persistence, Delmore succeeds in learning how to hit a baseball and his mother Loretta succeeds in growing apples.
Easy Reader Books (ER)
- Dora’s Perfect Pumpkin by Kirsten Larsen (ER DORA)
Dora and Boots look for the perfect pumpkin so that Grandmother can make a pumpkin pie.
- The Garden that We Grew by Joan Holub
Children plant pumpkin seeds, water and weed the garden patch, watch the pumpkins grow, pick them, and enjoy them in various ways.
- My Pumpkin by Julia Noonan
A young boy plants and grows pumpkins, taking one of them to the fair.
- Scooby Doo: the Apple Thief by Gail Herman (ER SCOOBY)
When the gang goes to an apple orchard and their apples disappear as soon as they pick them, Shaggy and Scooby wonder if a ghost is harassing them.
Juvenile and Young Adult “Staff Picks”
Juvenile Books (J)
Something altogether “Ghostly” – that’s our theme for this month’s enjoyable and slightly scary picks.
- Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins
The thing about Hank’s new friend Inkling is … he’s invisible. No, not imaginary. Inkling is an invisible bandapat, a creature native only to the Peruvian Woods of Mystery. Now Inkling has found his way to Brooklyn and into Hank’s laundry basket on his quest for squash – bandapat’s favorite food. But Hank has bigger problems than helping Inkling fend off maniac doggies and search for yummy pumpkins: Bruno Gillicut is a lunch-stealing dirtbug caveperson and he’s got to be stopped. And who better to help stand up to a bully than an invisible friend.
- Mind If I Read Your Mind? by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Billy and The Hoove are back in the hilarious new series! It’s time for Moorepark Middle School’s annual Demonstration Derby, and Billy Broccoli thinks he’s got it made. All he needs is a little help from his best friend Hoover Porterhouse – the ghost with the most! With the Hoove by his side, Billy’s got this one in the bag, but, if Billy’s not careful, his secret weapon might just vanish into thin air, leaving Billy to pick up the pieces of a derby day disaster!
- Mysteries According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
EEK-EEK-EEK! Mrs. Brisbane is missing! She just didn’t show up in Room 26 one morning and no one told Humphrey why. The class has a substitute teacher, called Mr. E., but he’s no Mrs. Brisbane. Humphrey has just learned about Sherlock Holmes, so he vows to be just as SMART-SMART-SMART about collecting clues and following leads to solve the mystery of Mrs. Brisbane (and a few others along the way).
Young Adult Books (YA)
As you enjoy the last pleasant days of autumn weather, you may enjoy stories about “The Great Outdoors.”
- Summer of the Wolves by Polly Carlson-Voiles
In the wilderness lake country of northern Minnesota, an orphaned twelve-year-old girl, Nika, and a wolf pup share a rare bond. With vivid details about wolf behavior and a deep connection with nature, this story sheds light on family relationships and on the balance between caring for wild animals and leaving them alone.
- Wild Man Island by Will Hobbs
After fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the wilderness site of his archaeologist father’s death, a storm strands him on Admiralty Island, Alaska, where he manages to survive, encounters unexpected animal and human inhabitants, and looks for traces of the earliest prehistoric immigrants to America.
- Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly-skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Indians who kidnapped them after destroying most of their community. Includes historical notes.
Did you know? …
You can take a safe Halloween stroll with your little ones in the Fuquay and Varina retail districts at participating sites on Friday, Oct. 26 between 2 and 5 p.m. When you stop by the Fuquay-Varina Community Library for your sweet treat, join us for the Not So Scary School Age Storytime at 4:30 p.m.! Miss Laura and the GFWC Fuquay-Varina Juniorettes will read their favorite stories. Halloween-themed costumes welcome.