Silly, Sweet, and Spooky Fall Picture Books

A graphic with the text "Silly, Sweet & Spooky Books for Fall" and the covers of some of the books in this blog post

Autumn is here!

With rain, fog, winds, and smoke keeping kids inside this time of year, fall is the perfect time to cuddle up with a great picture book. These silly, sweet, and spooky books will captivate your little ones throughout the season.

The cover of the book Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn includes a child and a spotted dog walking through a forestGoodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

Gorgeous colorful illustrations are the backdrop for this cheerful story about a little girl noticing seasonal changes in nature. Pair this book with a walk outside to observe what’s changing in your neighborhood.


The cover of the book The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything includes an old lady walking down a road with a huge jack o lantern watching

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, illustrated by Megan Lloyd

This rhythmic picture book will have kids chanting along as a brave old lady encounters some spooky and surprising items on an evening walk through the woods. Be ready for a twist ending!

The cover of the book Creepy Carrots includes a cartoon bunny and three giant carrots

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown

Kids will giggle at a little bunny’s reaction to being haunted by carrots in this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book. Adults will enjoy the references to Hitchcock films and The Twilight Zone. Don’t miss the sequels, Creepy Pair of Underwear! and Creepy Crayon!

The cover of the book Pumpkin Pumpkin includes a little boy sitting in a pumpkin patch next to a goose

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

A little boy and his flock of farm animals take care of a pumpkin patch in this simple story with soft colored-pencil illustrations. This is the perfect book to pair with a pumpkin-themed art project.

The cover of the book Leonard the Terrible Monster includes a small greenish fuzzy monster with cute little horns and big eyes

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

You can’t go wrong with picture book genius Mo Willems. Kids who like the gentler side of Halloween will find a friend in little Leonardo, a monster who’s too sweet to scare anyone. The followup, Sam the Most Scary-Kid in the Whole World, is funny, too.

The cover of the book Boogie Nights includes a little boy in a dark castle

Boogie Knights by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Mark Siegel

Werewolves, banshees, goblins, and ghosts have a party in an old castle, waking up a group of knights with silly names like Sir Prize. With tons of puns and funny words, this book is a great read-aloud.