Fall Is a Wonderful Season for Stories
As the leaves turn brilliant colors and fall from the trees, as the morning becomes frosty, and as the geese begin their journey south, you know that the magical season of fall has arrived.
Autumn is a wonderful time for so many reasons, not the least of which are all the great stories that have to do with this wonderful time of year. Some of the best fall stories have to do with Halloween. And, oh, how fun it is to sit by a fireplace at night and read a spooky story with the kids.
Here are some of our favorite fall reads:
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving is one of the best Halloween tales ever written. Your kids have likely heard or seen a version of this tale, but there’s nothing like the original. It only takes a few sentences of this tale beofre you feel you are right their in the town of Sleepy Hollow—a real, wonderful village along New York’s Hudson River—alongside the itinerant schoolteacher Ichabod Crane. There’s romance, humor, and enough spookiness in this short story to make it really fun for all ages.
While we’re talking about Washington Irving, fall would not be complete without a reading of Rip Van Winkle. In fact, we might go far as to say that Mr. Irving is the autumn write laureate.
It’s Halloween is a compilation of Halloween-themed poetry by the great Jack Prelutsky. Published in 1977 and including delightful illustrations by Marylin Hafner, this book of poems will stir up some nostalgia in you and delight in your young ones. Prelutsky is a master of rhyme and meter that flow so effortlessly, to the point that you’ll find yourself reciting the words as you carve pumpkins or walk your children down the street for trick-or-treating.
For children, fall is largely about returning to school, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling is all about a boy attending a magical school for the very first time. Reading this wonderful book makes us want a nice frothy mug of pumpkin juice.