by Kirsti Granholm
Fall is quickly approaching! Are you ready to switch up nights by the bonfire on the beach for cozying up indoors with a new book? I know I am. It was a wonderful summer but I cannot help but look forward to the crisp fall air and warm delicious drinks. If you’re looking for a few fall book and drink pairings, check out our list below.
For some, fall reminds them of the pretty leaves, cooling temperatures and back-to-school preparation. But for others, it is hunting season. The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse follows the unique story of a wolf who has eaten a duck and a mouse. After the duck and mouse are swallowed, the two quickly become good friends while living in the wolves’ stomach. When a hunter appears, the duck and mouse know they must do something to help the host of their new home, the wolf! Get comfortable with a cup of classic apple cider and enjoy this humorous book by the talented Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.
Relax with a chai tea and this delightful book by Gilles Tibo and Manon Gauthier. All the World a Poem looks at the world from a poetic point of view; there is poetry in everything from the foam on the sea to the warmth in a writer’s heart. Paired with Gauthier’s striking illustrations, this book serves as a great introduction to poetry for young readers. Get ready to be amazed by Gilles Tibo’s insightful perspective of the beauty around us.
This drink isn’t as child friendly as some of the others, but you will definitely need some caffeine to keep up with the kids after reading this one! The Amazing Crafty Cat is a graphic novel that tells the story of a young girl with a special talent for arts and crafts. The book even includes some craft ideas for young readers, so look to incorporate reading and craft time with Charise Mericle Harper’s first of three volumes.
Hot Chocolate + Be a City Nature Detective: Solving the Mysteries of How Plants and Animals Survive in the Urban Jungle, written and illustrated by Peggy Kochanoff (Nimbus Publishing, 2018) Ages 6 and up
Cozy up with a cup of sweet hot chocolate and marvel at all of the wildlife that can be found within the city. Be a City Nature Detective is an excellent introduction to the wildlife in urban spaces. If you, your kids or students are interested in nature, animals or science, naturalist Peggy Kochanoff has complied a very fun and factual book, paired with unique illustrations. This book is perfect for all of the curious kids out there!
Although hot lemon water may not be the tastiest drink on this list, it sure does work as a fall spin on a healthy, energizing morning drink. Feel refreshed with this drink as you explore Scot Ritchie’s health and wellness focused children’s book. It is never too early to learn about health, nutrition and physical activity. Look for this book on the shelves to make the health conversation with your kids an even more pleasant one.
In this beautiful book, two unlikely guests come looking for shelter from the woodland animals before it gets too cold. The local animals all reject the strangers until a friendly fox offers them a lantern. This act of kindness proves to be exactly what both animal families need because soon, the fox family needs the bear’s assistance. Enjoy a cup of peppermint tea with the sweet words by Céline Claire and always fabulous illustrations by Qin Leng.
Fox and Squirrel Help Out is another heartwarming book from the Fox and Squirrel collection. In this book, the pair come across a tiny bat that has fallen from the trees above. Despite having different perspectives on what to do with the bat, the two both compromise and decide to aid the helpless bat. This book teaches children the critical lesson of why it is important to help each other out. Indulge in the Fox and Squirrel series this fall with a tasty pumpkin spiced flavoured beverage.
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