From not-so-scary October reads to school-themed stories for all ages, there are some new classics hitting the shelves. Contact your library or support your favorite local bookstore by adding to your collection. 

“I'm Feeling School Bus Yellow! – A Colorful Book about School”by Tina Gallo, illustrated by Clair Rossiter (Simon Spotlight, ages 2 – 5) 

Have preschoolers pull out the big box of 64 colors for this Crayola-themed book. Don’t let the back-to-school message put you off. Even with school taking different forms this year, this book is a great way to find some of the exciting crayon colors, like Macaroni and Cheese or Jungle Green, in their real-life counterparts. 

“You’re My Little Baby” by Eric Carle (Little Simon, ages 2 – 4)

Master author and illustrator Eric Carle brings the tiniest readers a new, interactive board book that is an extra special treat for tactile learners. Touch the fluffy lamb, lift the flap to see the kitten play and more. A mirrored last page lets babies see themselves in the book. 

“The Little Kitten” by Nicola Killen (Paula Wiseman, ages 4 – 8)

This is the perfect fall story for little ones, with glimmering leaves, a cat named Pumpkin and a little trouble along the way. The story isn’t too intense but parents can use it to talk to children about getting lost and helping lost animals find their way home, too.

“She Wanted to Be Haunted” by Marcus Ewert, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, ages 3 – 6)

You really just have to be yourself, even if that means you’re cute instead of haunted. But Clarissa the cottage makes a most surprising friend in this bright, engaging book. Little ones might get a big case of the giggles at the end. 

“The Scary Book” by Thierry Dedieu (Prestel, ages 3 and older)

OK, so it’s really not that scary, but it is funny. This oversized board book with fun fold-out flaps will result in squeals and laughs (probably from kids and grownups). Enjoy this one all year – no need to limit it to Halloween.

“The House of Happy Spirits” by Geraldine Elschner, illustrated by Lucie Vandevelde (Prestel, ages 4 and older)

Inspired by designs of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, kids will find something new every time you read this story together. For older children interested in architecture, this story is a must.  

“School” by Britta Teckentrup (Prestel, ages 8 and older) 

This is a powerful and very real look at life in middle school. Parents, read this one first and then share it with your kids. It’s a great way to spark discussion and talk about bullying, friendships and what really happens behind the school doors. 

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