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4 Books to Read This October

October brings cooler weather, warmer drinks, and marks the beginning of holidays spent with loved ones and friends. As people begin prepping their turkeys, setting up Halloween decorations, and bringing out their parkas, we thought it would helpful to have a list of books that focus on the importance of practicing gratefulness, being courageous, sharing with others, and learning self-love.


Poesy The Monster Slayer (2020)

Written by Cory Doctorow and illustrated by M. Rockefeller

"A monster slayer needs no bedtime! Once her parents are off to bed, Poesy excitedly awaits the monsters that creep into her room. With the knowledge she’s gained from her trusty Monster Book and a few of her favorite toys, Poesy easily fends off a werewolf, a vampire, and much more. But not even Poesy's bubblegum perfume can defeat her sleep-deprived parents!" —GoodReads


The Sharing Circle (2016)

Written by Theresa Larsen-Jonasson and illustrated by Jessika Von Innerebner

"When two red foxes have an argument which breaks apart their community, a gentle buffalo decides to take a braid of sweetgrass to a local elder and asks her to help with a sharing circle for all the animals." —Strong Nations Publishing


The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt (2020)

Written by Riel Nason and illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler

"Ghosts are supposed to be sheets, light as air and able to whirl and twirl and float and soar. But the little ghost who is a quilt can't whirl or twirl at all, and when he flies, he gets very hot. He doesn't know why he's a quilt. His parents are both sheets, and so are all of his friends. (His great-grandmother was a lace curtain, but that doesn't really help cheer him up.) He feels sad and left out when his friends are zooming around and he can't keep up. But one Halloween, everything changes. The little ghost who was a quilt has an experience that no other ghost could have, an experience that only happens because he's a quilt . . . and he realizes that it's OK to be different." —Goodreads


Thanks for Thanksgiving (1998)

Written by Heather Patterson and illustrated by Mary Jane Gerber

"Fall is a time of blue skies and apple pies, playing in leaves and sun-dappled trees. Thanks for Thanksgiving's joyful text and vibrant colours are a feast that celebrates Canada's most glorious season. The text and warm, glowing colour illustrations of this Canadian Thanksgiving picture book conjure up the rich sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of the holiday." —Scholastic Canada



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