Reading Room: October Children and Tween Book Picks

Reading Room: October Children and Tween Book Picks

Not-So-Scary Works

A Halloween Party Under the Sea

By  K.A. Devlin  

Discover together that Halloween is not scary, and can be very fun. Great to read to preschoolers and kids not yet reading. Also beginning readers, as rhyming words are highlighted for identification.

Hocus Pocus: The Illustrated Novelization

By  A. W. Jantha and illustrated by Gris Grimly  

Fans and readers of all ages can enjoy the full story of Hocus Pocus with Illustrations of Max Dennison, the Sanderson Sisters, Binx the cat, and other iconic characters that retells the story of the film, paired with original artwork throughout from Gris Grimly.

A Halloween Scare in Ohio

By Eric James and illustrated by Marina Le Ray 

It’s Halloween night in Ohio, and creatures and critters from Cleveland to Cincinnati are starting to gather outside the front door. Not-too-scary fun for every reader, filled with witches, ghosts, ghouls, and pumpkins galore. Enjoy landmarks such as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Scripps Center, Cedar Point Amusement Park, and more.

Middle School Reads

Jessi’s Secret Language

(The Baby-sitters Club #12)

By Ann M. Martin and illustrated by, Chan Chau 

Jessi recently moved to Stoneybrook and is one of the newest members of The Baby-sitters Club. She  will be regularly sitting for the club’s newest charge, Matt Braddock. Matt has been deaf since birth and uses sign language to communicate, so Jessi learns how to use it, too. 

The Last Kids on Earth (series) and the Forbidden Fortress

By Max Brallier and illustrated by Douglas Holgate 

Picking up after Quint and Dirk’s Hero Quest, the Last Kids are reunited—but quickly faced with a monstrous new mission. Inside an other-dimensional fortress, the evil Thrull, alongside a vile new villain, is carrying out a sinister plan.


By McCall Hoyle

Stella is retired as a working dog. When a young girl named Cloe wants to adopt Stella, the beagle knows this is her last chance to prove her worth. But how? When Stella smells a strange chemical inside Cloe’s body, a scent that surges just before the girl has a seizure. How can Stella convince others that she can be a new kind of service dog and hopefully save Cloe’s life?

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