Pick a Pumpkin by author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publication Date: July 9, 2019
This rhyming picture book begins with a mom taking two children pumpkin picking. They return home to dad and youngest sibling. The family participates in Halloween hoopla including making treats, carving pumpkins and trick or treating. Friends also get involved in the experience. Detailed descriptions in the text make this a good book to read around pumpkin carving time. Vivid illustrations set the autumn and Halloween mood.
Apple Farmer Annie by author / illustrator Monica Wellington
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: Puffin Books, Reprint edition
Publication Date: August 19, 2004
Annie is an apple farmer who grows a variety of apples. She makes apple cider, applesauce, cakes, pies, muffins, dried apples and candy apples. Additionally, Annie drives to the city where she sells her goods at a farmer’s market. Many scenes show enlarged pictures of items that are in the busier scenes on opposite pages around the text. For example, at the farmer’s market, a scale, cash box, money, apples and cider are pictured on the left page. These pictures can extend discussions about the book. Words are in large print size which is helpful for the reader. Illustrations have highly distinguishable details. Four recipes are included. They are for applesauce, apple muffins, applesauce cake and butter frosting. This book can be used in addition to cooking projects.
Through the Forest in Fall by Anne Passchier
Ave Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
In this board book, children peek through the see-through opening and see the animal that will be read about next. The story begins with an owl asking a squirrel about food he will eat when the weather gets cold. Next, squirrel asks birds about their winter preparation. Readers briefly learn about three woodland animals’ winter routines. A good introduction to how animals survive in the winter for preschool children and for children learning to read. There are only eight pages to read. Including the front and back covers give this book a total of ten pages. The information isn’t overwhelming. Colors are bright. Great book to couple with an activity.