Scary Stories and Thanksgiving Tales

Cozy up to fall with a good book in your hands.

Board Books

“Mouse’s First Fall”

“Mouse’s First Fall”
by Lauren Thompson
Enjoy this classic story about Mouse and Minka as they explore this special season with great examples of counting, shapes, colors and autumn fun.


by Gail Gibbons
It isn’t fall without pumpkins! This book shares basic information on how pumpkins grow, describes different types of pumpkins and shows how pumpkins are enjoyed at the holidays.

Picture Books

“I’m Brave! I’m Strong! I’m Five!”

“I’m Brave! I’m Strong! I’m Five!”
by Cari Best, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
It’s bedtime, and Sasha can’t fall asleep because of the scary things she sees in her room. But Sasha doesn’t need to call her parents. She’s brave! She’s strong! She’s 5 years old!

“One Fox”

“One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller”
by Kate Read
One hungry fox with two sly eyes is on the prowl … three plump hens had better watch out. Rich and colorful illustrations plunge the reader into a dramatic and exciting story set in a moonlit farmyard. With something different to count on each page, learning
to count from one to 10 has never been so thrilling.

“The Dark”

“The Dark”
by Lemony Snicket
In this beautifully illustrated story, a boy learns not to be afraid of the dark. This book is available as a Wonderbook. Every Wonderbook is a print book with a ready-to-play audio book inside.

Young Readers

“The Bat”

“Disgusting Critters”
a series by Elise Gravel
This series features graphic-style illustrations and humor to please your kids. Titles include “The Spider,” “The Worm,” “The Cockroach,” “Head Lice,” “The Toad,” “The Bat,” “The Rat,” “The Fly” and “The Slug.”

“A Pirate Cookbook”

“A Pirate Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids”
by Sarah L. Schuette
This fun cookbook provides instructions and close-up step-by-step photos for making a variety of simple snacks and drinks with a pirate theme. Suitable for children in first through third grades.

“Why Do Leaves Fall from Trees?”

“Why Do Leaves Fall From Trees?” Little Scientists, Big Questions
by Ruth Owen
This bright and cheerful book, which supports elementary science standards, describes what happens in trees to cause this curious occurrence. Strikingly colorful images of nature provide support to the significant science concepts that your young botanists will learn. Suitable for children in kindergarten through second grade.

Middle Readers

“Ghost Squad”

“Ghost Squad”
by Claribel A. Ortega
Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, who wreak havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late. Suitable for children in third through seventh grades.

“Sarah Gives Thanks”

“Sarah Gives Thanks”
by Mike Allegra, illustrated by David Gardner
During the 19th century, Sarah Josepha Hale dedicated her life to making Thanksgiving a national holiday, all while raising a family and becoming a groundbreaking writer and women’s magazine editor. Sarah Hale’s inspiring story, accompanied by luscious watercolor illustrations, tells the tale of one woman who wouldn’t take no for an answer. Suitable for children in first through sixth grades.

“Thanksgiving on Thursday”

“Thanksgiving on Tuesday” (Magic Tree House #27)
by Mary Pope Osborne
It’s a time for giving thanks when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to 1621 on the first Thanksgiving Day. The Pilgrims ask them to help get things ready. But whether it’s cooking or clamming, Jack and Annie don’t know how to do anything the Pilgrim way. Will they ruin the holiday forever? Or will the feast go on? Suitable for children in first through fourth grades.


“Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Defeated the Army”
by Art Coulson, illustrated by Nick Hardcastle
In the autumn of 1912, the football team from Carlisle Indian Industrial School took the field at the U.S. Military Academy, home to the bigger, stronger and better-equipped West Points Cadets. Sportswriters billed the game as a sort of rematch, pitting against each other the descendants of U.S. soldiers and American Indians who fought on the battlefield only 20 years earlier. But for lightning-fast Jim Thorpe and the other Carlisle players, that day’s game was about skill, strategy and determination. Known for unusual formations and innovative plays, the Carlisle squad was out to prove just one thing. It was the best football team in all the land. Suitable for children in third through seventh grades.

“The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found”

“The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found”
by Karina Yan Glaser
When autumn arrives on 141st Street, the Vanderbeekers set out to help Mr. Beiderman get ready for the New York City Marathon and making sure the mysterious person sleeping in the community garden gets enough to eat. But when they discover the true identity of the person making a home in the community garden’s shed, their world turns upside down as they learn what it means to care for someone in an impossible situation. Suitable for children in third through seventh grades.

Teen Readers

“Eat Your Heart Out”

“Eat Your Heart Out”
by Kelly deVos
Vivian is none too happy about being forced to attend a weight-loss camp, and her fellow
campers seem to feel the same way. But as a blizzard sweeps through Arizona and a camper goes missing by the lake, it quickly becomes clear that something strange and sinister is going on at Camp Featherlite. This story’s unique blend of mystery, humor, zombies and body positivity is the spooky read you need this season.

“The Hollow Inside”

“The Hollow Inside”
by Brooke Lauren Davis
Seventeen-year-old Phoenix and her mother Nina spent years drifting around the country
and barely getting by, but they have finally arrived at their destination: Nina’s hometown of Jasper Hollow, where Nina is determined to take down the man who ruined her life. But the more that Phoenix learns about the town, its mysteries and her family, the more questions she encounters. This gripping, small-town mystery explores right and wrong and all of the many shades in between.

These titles have been thoughtfully selected by Frederick County Public Libraries. You can find these books and more by visiting