The days are starting to get shorter as fall officially approaches, with the nights creeping in earlier and staying longer. This month’s list of books are to be read on crisp autumn nights, letting young readers gaze at the moon and stars, keep the gloom at bay with their imaginations, and of course, settle in and get ready for sweet dreams and a cozy night’s sleep.
10 books to read for october
Night Out by Daniel Miyares
Newly arrived at boarding school, a boy finds an invitation and goes on an adventure that may lead to friendship.
A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cookie, and despite Mama's request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.
Noisy Night by Mac Barnett
A picture book about a multi-level apartment building's occupants and their many nighttime noises.
Moon by Patricia Hegarty
Die-cut pages show the phases of the moon as it shines on animals all over the world, from sea turtles laying eggs on the beach to frogs in the jungle to mice in the fields.
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
At sunset, when their work is done for the day, construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room: goodnight chairs, goodnight comb, goodnight air.
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson
An interactive picture book showcasing the beauty of nighttime.
Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine
Three children use a flashlight to light a path around their backyard at night; in the flashlight's beam, another world looms.
Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin
While Raccoon is eating pizza at his secret pizza party, he sees a masquerade party going on in the house next door to him and joins the fun.
Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari
In the dark of the night, a mother coyote stalks prey to feedher hungry pups. POUNCE!
Quick tip: Why you should have a baby at UC Davis Children's Hospital.
Bonus Reads & quick tip from Uc Davis Children's Hospital
We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp
A board book with gentle rhyming that celebrates and welcomes babies into the world.
Splat and the New Baby by Rob Scotton
Splat the Cat can't wait to be a big brother. So when his mom brings home a special little guest, Splat races from his room, slides down the banister and skids across the hall, only to find his mom holding...a crocodile, not the baby Splat was expecting. But he's determined, no matter how messy, smelly, and tricky it gets, to be the best big brother he can be!
When I Carried You in my Belly by Thrity N. Umrigar
A young mother explains to her daughter how her laughter, her love of music, her sweet disposition and her caring spirit were shaped by the time she spent in her mother's tummy.
10 Books to Read is a collaboration between Sacramento Public Library, ABC10, and UC Davis Children's Hospital to bring parents, grandparents and caregivers the opportunity to read aloud with their children.
By Justin Azevedo, Librarian and Youth Materials Selector
Justin has worked for the Library since 2007, previously as a marketing assistant, youth services librarian, and branch supervisor.