Children’s books

“Snowmen at Halloween “ by Caralyn and Mark Buehner

The snowmen from “Snowmen at Night” are back! After an unusually early Halloween snowfall, two siblings build some adorably roly-poly snowmen and dress them up for the holiday. After the kids head to bed, it’s time for some snowmen festivities. The bubbly rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud, and the illustrations are a wonderful combination of warmly cozy and slightly spooky. As kids read this book over and over again, they’ll discover features in the rich illustrations they had not noticed before. A wonderful addition to the Buehner’s lineup of snowmen books, your kids will be sure to love this seasonal romp.

“Summer Green

to Autumn Gold”

by Mia Posada

Summer Green to Autumn Gold is the perfect preschool introduction to how and why leaves change color in the fall. Each spread shows different kinds of leaves, carefully labeled for easy identification and uses simple language to introduce scientific concepts. Using the same cut-paper collage and watercolor method she used in 2016’s “Plants Can’t Sit Still,” Posada beautifully evokes the vibrancy of fall foliage. Notes at the end of the book offer a glossary, scientific details and hands-on experiments with leaves and pigments. Posada’s love for nature comes across very clearly and will inspire children to go out and explore the natural world.

Teen books

“Pumpkinheads”

by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

Every fall throughout high school, Deja and Josiah have worked at the same pumpkin patch. They are what they call “seasonal best friends.” But now it’s their senior year, the last they’ll have together at the Succotash Hut. This graphic novel follows Deja and Josiah through their last night together, having fun, making memories and saying goodbye to each other and to a beloved place. Rowell (“Runaways,” “Fangirl”) joins forces with Eisner Award winner Hicks (“The Nameless City”) to create a beautiful and moving tribute to friendship.

“Thirteen Doorways,

Wolves Behind Them All”

by Laura Ruby

Prinz Medal winner and National Book Award finalist Ruby has written another unforgettable story about love, vengeance and forgiveness. Set in 1941 Chicago, “Thirteen Doorways” follows two girls, one living, one dead, as they hold on the ruins of the American Dream. The novel is narrated by Pearl, a ghost that has been haunting the orphanage where Frankie now lives. Pearl watches Frankie trying to navigate this new world while struggling to come to terms with her own death. Ruby’s writing is simply beautiful. She is a master at creating complex characters and settings that truly come alive.

— Chandra vanEijnsbergen, Community Librarian

Adult books

“Walking: One Step at a Time”

by Erling Kagge (translated by Becky L. Crook)

Kagge, a Norwegian adventurer, contends life is “one single, long walk” in this rhythmic meditation on the pedestrian act of walking. Readers are challenged to unhurriedly place one foot in front of the other as a panacea to hustle and bustle of contemporary life. He fleetingly traces the rise of bipedalism, and explores why and where people walk, and why some do not — set against the backdrop of treks across the North Pole, South Pole and Mount Everest, together known as the Three Pole Challenge. The lyrical inclusion of insightful literary quotes add depth to this brief piece of nonfiction. Recommended for those seeking ecotherapy books. Relish the downloadable audiobook version of this title, narrated by Atli Gunnarsson, as you leisurely meander this fall.

“Lake of the Ozarks: My

Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America”

by Bill Geist

Former CBS correspondent Geist recalls coming of age in a weird corner of the American heartland during the 1960s. Geist lovingly extols the virtues of this transformative period in his life — sharing witty history, rites of passage, and canny observations — while introducing the reader to a kooky cast of townies and tourists. His nostalgic and irreverent recounting of the brightest moments of his youth will leave the reader yearning for a bygone era, and their own carefree childhoods. Listen to the audiobook version for a more intimate storytelling experience.

—Roxanne M. Renteria, Community Librarian

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