Saturday, October 8, 2011

Autumn Festivals: Book Recommendations for Grades 3-8+

1. Day of the Dead
Ancona, George. 1993. Pablo Remembers: The Fiesta of the Day of the Dead. NY: HarperCollins.
Amado, Elisa. 1999. Barrilete: A Kite for the Day of the Dead. Illustrated by Joya Hairs. Toronto: Groundwood Books.
Goldman, Judy. 2008. Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead. Illustrated by Rene King Moreno. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press.
Johnston, Tony. 2000. Day of the Dead. Illustrated by Jeanette Winter. NY: Sandpiper.
Keep, Richard. 2008. Clatter Bash! A Day of the Dead Celebration. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree Publishers.
Krull, Kathleen. 1994. Maria Molina and the Days of the Dead. Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez. NY: Simon & Schuster.
Vicente, Luis San. 2002. Festival of Bones/El Festival de las Calaveras:  The Little-Bitty Book for the Day of the Dead. El Paso. TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
Winter, Jeanette. 2004. Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet. Cambridge, MA: North-South Book.

2. Halloween
Behn, Harry. 2003. Halloween. Illustrated by Greg Couch. NY: North-South Books.
Bowers, Sharon. 2009. Ghoulish Goodies. Storey Books.
Choi, Yangsook. 2006. Behind the Mask. NY: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.
Hamilton, Virginia. 2004. Wee Winnie Witch’s Skinny. Illustrated by Barry Moser. NY: Blue Sky Press.
Heiligman, Deborah. 2009. Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Halloween. Washington D.C.: National Geographic.
from The Three Witches
Hurston, Zora Neale. 2006. The Three Witches. Adapted by Joyce Carol Thomas. Illustrated by Faith Ringgold. NY: HarperCollins.
Merrian, Eve. 1987. Halloween ABC. NY: Simon & Schuster.
From Los Gatos Black on Halloween
Montes, Marisa. 2006. Los Gatos Black on Halloween. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. NY: Henry Holt.
Nikola-Lisa, W. 1997. Shake Dem Halloween Bones. Illustrated by Mike Reed. NY: Houghton Mifflin.
RavenWolf, Silver. 1999. Halloween: Customs, Recipes & Spells. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide.
3. Harvest Festivals/Autumn
Bruchac, Joseph (Abenaki). 2007. Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving. Illustrated by Greg Shed. NY: Sandpiper.
Jackson, Ellen.  2003. The Autumn Equinox: Celebrating the Harvest. Illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press.
Lee, Uk-Bae. 1999. Sori’s Harvest Moon Day: A Story of Korea. Norwalk, CT: Soundprints.
Leslie, Clare Walker and Frank E. Gerace. 2000. The Ancient Celtic Festivals: And How We Celebrate Them Today. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions International.
Levenson, George. 2002. Pumpkin Circle. Photographs by Shmuel Thaler. San Francisco, CA: Tricycle.
Lin, Grace. 2010. Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. NY: Knopf.
O’Neill, Catherine. 2004. 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving. Washington D.C.: National Geographic.
Pfeffer, Wendy. 2006. We Gather Together. Illustrated by Linda Bleck. NY: Dutton Juvenile.
Russell, Ching Yeung. 1997. Moon Festival. Illustrated by Christopher Zhong-Yuan-Zhang. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press.
Tan, Amy 1995. The Moon Lady. Illustrated by Gretchen Shields. NY: Aladdin.
Tang, Sanmu. 2008. Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. Translated by Mina Tenison. Better Link Press.
Williams, Brenda. 2009. Lin Yi’s Lantern: A Moon Festival Tale. Illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books.

4. Scary Stories (Grades 3 – 8+)
From Coraline
Bellairs, John. 2004. The House with a Clock in Its Walls. Illustrated by Edward Gorey. NY: Puffin.
Gaiman, Neil. 2009. Coraline: The Graphic Novel. Illustrated by P. Craig Russell. NY: Harper Collins.
----------------. The Graveyard Book. Illustrated by Dave McKean. NY: HarperCollins.
Gidwitz, Adam. 2011. A Dark Tale and Grimm. NY: Puffin.
From La Llorna/The Weeping Woman
Priestly, Chris. 2007. Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror. Illustrated by David Roberts. NY: Bloomsbury.
Hayes, Joe. 2006. La Llorna/The Weeping Woman. Illustrated by Mona Pennypacker. Translated by Bicki Trego Hill. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
-------------. 2003. El Cucuy: A Bogeyman Cuento. Illustrated by Honorio Robeledo. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
Riggs, Ransom. 2011. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Philadelphia, PA: Quirk Books.
SanSouci, Robert D. 2010. Haunted Houses (Are You Scared Yet?). Illustrated by Kelly Murphy and Antoine Revoy. NY: Henry Holt.


  1. super suggestions - just finished Miss Peregrine and loved it!!

  2. Thanks Melissa, a lot of fun to put together!


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