Spooky Fall MultiMedia Materials

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Mysterious Multiple Books!

It's Pumpkin Time! (350138)

Zoe Hall; Lexile: 530L; Primary Grades

In this playful and exuberant celebration of the joys of growing things, vibrant, boldly designed cut-paper illustrations and text tell the story of a sister and brother who plant a pumpkin patch for Halloween.

Blackberries in the Dark (350601)

Mavis Jukes; Lexile: 500L; Primary Grades

Austin's visit to his grandmother's is the first since Grandpa died. Austin notices Grandpa's things but feels the emptiness of his absence. This spare story vividly captures the emotions of painful times and shows how they ease with sharing and remembering. Boy and grandfather were close, but boy and grandmother seem destined to be just as close, with Grandpa's memory to bind them. Poignant and perceptive, this has impressive resonance, and readers won't easily shed its warm afterglow.

The Eerie Canal (350054)

Jack Reber; Lexile: N/A; Primary & Intermediate Grades

Two ten-year-olds on a class trip to the Erie Canal find themselves transported back in time to the canal of 1829. Dragged aboard a canal boat, the boy and girl experience adventures getting through each day by blending into its tempo and chores while trying to find a way back to the present.

The House of Dies Drear (350093)

Vigrinia Hamilton; Lexile: 670L; Intermediate & Junior Grades,

This spellbinding tale of spooky suspense gives young adults an unforgettable history lesson about the Underground Railroad. National Book Award winner Virginia Hamilton brings her special storytelling tats to this story of a black family discovering ghostly secrets in their Civil War-era house.

The Ghost and Mrs. Hobbs (350096)

Cynthia DeFelice; Lexile: 660L; Intermediate & Junior Grades

Just a few short weeks ago, sixth-grader Allie Nichols realized that she must be some kind of ghost magnet when she met the spirit of a murdered girl. Now, a new ghost has appeared to her, a handsome young man, and he’s pointed her in the direction of her creepy cafeteria lady, Mrs. Hobbs. Allie has always suspected Mrs. Hobbs of something, and this just confirms it. So do the mysterious fires that keep breaking out every time Allie tries to investigate her. Surely Mrs. Hobbs isn’t going to kill her. Or is she?

The Adirondack Kids #7: Mystery of the Missing Moose (350237)

Gary VanRiper & Justin VanRiper; Lexile: NONE; Intermediate & Junior Grades

Justin Robert has the camera. Nick Barnes has the binoculars. And Jackie Salsberry has the common sense! One animal adventure leads to another as the Adirondack kids search Eagle Bay for a missing moose, and are led into a series of unexpected wildlife encounters all along the way.

Skeleton Man (350128)

Joseph Bruchac; Lexile: 730L; Intermediate & Junior Grades

Ever since the morning Molly woke up to find that her parents had vanished, her life has become filled with terrible questions. Where have her parents gone? Who is this spooky old man who's taken her to live with him, claiming to be her great-uncle? Why does he never eat, and why does he lock her in her room at night? What are her dreams of the Skeleton Man trying to tell her? There's one thing Molly does know. She needs to find some answers before it's too late.

The Dark Pond (350243)

Joseph Bruchac; Lexile: 820L; Intermediate & Junior Grades

After he feels a mysterious pull drawing him toward a dark, shadowy pond in the woods, Armie looks to old Native American tales for guidance about the dangerous monster lurking in the water.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (350599)

Ransom Riggs; Lexile: 890L; Intermediate, Junior & Senior Grades

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. ??A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (GRAPHIC NOVEL) (350602)

Ransom Riggs; Lexile: N/A; Intermediate, Junior & Senior Grades

Presents a graphic novel adaption of Ransom Riggs' "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" in which sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (350480)

Mary Roach; Lexile: 1230L; Junior & Senior Grades

Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers— some willingly, some unwittingly— have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way. In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries— from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting.

SPOOKY DVD's {for primary grades}


Join the fun as a brave young girl, who would rather play a trick than be gobbled up as a treat, is the star of this spirited romp under an old wooden bridge by the light of the spooky Halloween moon

A DARK, DARK TALE (021278)

Each step is more tantalizing than the one before on a spooky journey up dark stairways and through hidden passages.


The monsters crowd the Haunted Hall, Los montruos throw a monstrous ball. This lively poem introducrs a spooky aray of creatures and Spanish words to little ninos everywhere. Narrated by Maria Conchita Alonso, with music by Otmaro Ruiz.


The kids are all ears as they explore the musical mysteries of sound during a spooky trip INSIDE THE HAUNTED HOUSE! Next, things really start GOING BATTY when a lesson about nocturnal creatures convinces Ralphie that Ms. Frizzle is... a vampire! Finally, the kids are zapped into a monster movie, where they discover the ingenious hunting skills of spiders in SPINS A WEB!


It's Halloween, and trick-or-treaters are participating in a spooky and scary celebration. Denise Fleming describes their adventures in rhyme and colorful language as they use their imagination to dress up and roam the streets. After viewing and listening to this video, you will have an enhanced enjoyment for repeating these phrases and creating your own Halloween story.


It is autumn and Fletcher is worried because his favorite tree is losing its leaves. He wants to help but when the last leaf falls, he feels he has let down a friend until winter arrives and his tree is transformed.


Shelley Duvall brings Washington Irving's classic tale to life in this live-action presentation, starring Ed Begley, Jr., as Ichabod Crane. A timid schoolteacher faces a headless horseman one dark Halloween night in this eerie adaptation


This DVD contains three Halloween Stories: 1) By the Light of the Halloween Moon (7 min.), 2) What's Under My Bed? (8 min.), 3) Teeny-Tiny and the Witch Woman (14 min.). A brave young girl fends off witches, ghouls, and ghosts in the spirited romp by the light of the spooky Halloween moon. Grandpa tells his two young house guests about the time he was afraid of the dark and about other figments of his imagination. A boy outsmarts an old witch-woman before she can have him and his brothers for dinner.


Halloween is known as the holiday of witches, jack o' lanterns and trick-or-treating, but its history is much more complex. This program explores several folk traditions from Costa Rica, Mexico and Ireland to explain the origin of traditional Halloween symbols, costumes, the custom of trick-or-treating and why Halloween is a time to celebrate and honor the memory of loved ones past. The importance of Halloween safety is also discussed. Children learn how to create a papier-mche mask, and Irish folk singers perform to make this program an exciting, informative adventure.


Mickey Mouse and his pals Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Goofy, and Pete invite toddlers and preschoolers to join them in Mickey's clubhouse for some playtime fun and adventure that emphasizes teamwork and aides in the development of logic and math skills. In "Mickey's Treat," Mickey and his pals are dressing up in costumes to attend Big Pete's Halloween party--the only catch is they have to make their way along a candy corn path and through the foggy woods to get to the tower before the moon is full. Only by working together and using the appropriate "mousketools" can the group make it to Pete's party on time. "Goofy the Great" finds magician Goofy desperately in need of some practice before a big magic show. Luckily, he can count on Mickey and his friends for lots of encouragement and some counting and patterning help.

Big Books, Jackdaws & Streaming

BIG BOOKS [Ideal for PreK & Kindergarten]


Singing the tune of a popular song, three friends enjoy a big adventure hiking through the forest collecting leaves of all kinds and colors.

A Good Night Walk (250058)

As a child and parent walk down the block to the bay and turn to walk back home, evening falls upon the neighborhood. As the walk begins, the squirrels are in the yards, the boys are mowing lawns, a neighbor is baking a pie, and someone is mailing a letter. When the child and parent turn to walk back home, the apple pie is down from the windowsill, the leaves are raked up, and the postman has picked up.


This story tells the parallel stories of an apple tree and a robin family. As the seasons change, the apple tree produces fruit and also makes a safe home for robins as they build their nest and raise their family. Students also learn how apples grow and how to make apple pie.


A book that celebrates the life and growth of a pumpkin.


In this playful and exuberant celebration of the joys of growing things, vibrant, boldly designed cut-paper illustrations and text tell the story of a sister and brother who plant a pumpkin patch for Halloween.


Get a bird's eye view of the big changes that the season bring by watching a tree over time. Climb through the pages of this big book to explore the parts of a tree and understand their functions.


A celebration of the sights, smells, and sensations of the four seasons, from winter's steaming mugs of hot cocoa to the golden colors of autumn.


Salem Village and the Witch Hysteria (750008)

Junior / Senior Grades

In the year 1692, the Massachusetts Bay Colony was thrust into the midst of the worst outbreak of witchcraft that the New World ever witnessed. Beginning in the house of the minister at Salem Village, where his daughter and niece were convulsed in strange fits, the hysteria spread throughout much of Massachusetts, sending civil, religious and normal life into confusion. Many believed that the Devil himself was attacking the Colony, and with innocent young girls crying out against suspects and over forty persons confessing to being witches, a special court was set up to seek out the guilty. This Jackdaw, through original documents and broadsheets, explores background, events and personalities involved in this, the most famous series of witchcraft trials in history.


{Search the following terms for wonderful streaming materials}


Halloween Safety

Holiday Facts & Fun: Halloween

By The Light of The Halloween Moon

Halloween Spooky Science Special

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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