7 Favorite Board Books and Picture Books for October

Cass Polzin
3 min readNov 8, 2023

I adore reading to my baby! As an avid reader, I’ve spent a long time looking forward to the day I could share my love of books with my child.

I always intended to hit 1,000 books before kindergarten, but the Ohio State University study on the million-word gap solidified my desire to read with my baby as much as possible.

It has been such a treat finding seasonal books to enjoy together. We love visiting the library weekly to replenish our supply, although we happily read the following seven books dozens of times in October. Each of these was engaging enough that I think we’ll enjoy them for years to come — likely even more than this year.

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Meowloween, Diane Muldrow (Author), Tiffany Chen (Illustrator)

As cat lovers, this new release topped our list. Meowloween is an adorable story about a timid kitten’s first Halloween.

While this was a picture book, it wasn’t too long for my little reader. There was plenty to read without being overwhelming for a four-month-old.

Spooky Pookie, Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton can do no wrong. Spooky Pookie is a fun, quick read about Pookie preparing for trick-or-treating. Mom pulls out all the Halloween costumes, and Pookie tries each on one at a time before finding the costume they like the most!

We read this every day of October, and it did not get old!

Eek! Halloween, Sandra Boynton

Another fun Boynton on Board, Eek! Halloween was also a favorite. Consider a different perspective on Halloween — this flock of chickens is spooked by “strange” things happening, like a pumpkin with flickering eyes and a mode of enormous size.

Seeking a Witch, Angela DiTerlizzi (Author), Allie Smith (Illustrator)

Everyone knows witches must be green, travel by broom, and sport a tall, pointy hat. Seeking a Witch is a colorful board book exploring some fun characteristics of witches.

Lighthearted, this book is fun and won’t be too scary for sensitive readers.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Fall, Eric Carle

We can’t get enough of The World of Eric Carle! We enjoyed The Very Hungry Catterpillar’s First Summer a few months ago and were delighted to discover Carle has books for each season.

So, of course, we had to celebrate the shift into colder weather with The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s First Fall! Discuss fun fall activities paired with Carle’s signature illustration style in this colorful board book.

Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat, Doreen Cronin (Author), Betsy Lewin (Illustrator)

Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat is a fun barnyard tale. Join the farm animals as they set up for their Halloween party! Who will win Best Costume? And will Farmer Brown find out what they’re up to?

Room on the Broom, Julia Donaldson (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)

Room on the Broom is another fun, not-totally-spooky book with a witch! This witch invites a cast of characters to join her atop her broomstick, but will there really be enough room on the broom?

While we enjoyed this classic picture book, it was on the longer side for a four-month-old. We enjoyed it together but tended to get a little squirrelly toward the end!