A Pile of Leaves

in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art

by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin


A Pile of Leaves is such a cool concept in a picture book. It’s completely wordless with see through pages. As you flip the pages it’s like you are digging through the leaf pile. Most of the art in the books are the fall colors of red – orange – and yellows with some green thrown in for good measure. They also include fallen acorns as well as other surprises throughout the pile. I think it’s fun that they create a realistic leaf pile. Sometimes while flipping through A Pile of Leaves you come across a line of ants, or a grasshopper. While other times you come across a lost forgotten mitten, a key and a worm. Want to know what makes this book even cooler? As you flip through the book and move the see through pages your are recreating a new leaf pile on the left side as you take apart the leaf pile on the right side. The author’s include an answer key of sorts labeling all the different leaves as well as non leaf items included in this fun – colorful and artistic book.  This book would be great from infant through preschool. A perfect addition to a sensory table created just for the A Pile of Leaves book including all the items that were in the book as well.

About the Book: Readers explore the concept of layering and collage with this interactive exercise in composition. Each clear acetate page features a single element in the leaf pile, though some are not leaves at all! As readers turn the pages, the leaf pile is deconstructed piece by piece on the right side, and reconstructed on the left. Younger readers will enjoy the seek-and-find aspect of the hidden objects, while older readers might experiment by adding their own images between the pages. A key at the back provides the names of each kind of leaf shown. Inspired by the Whitney Museum’s approach to looking at art, these books provide a new way to look at the world.

Thank you so much Phaidon Press for sending me a copy of A Pile of Leaves. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.


A Halloween Scare at My House series

Author: Eric James

Illustrator: Marina Le Ray

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Available through Amazon and other major book retailers

A Halloween Scare at

Prepare, if you dare, for a Halloween scare,

A night of pure terror to whiten your hair.

A tale full of sights that are best left unseen. You ready? You sure?

This was my Halloween.

The perfect gift for every child or kid-at-heart who also loves celebrating the most eerie and thrilling night of the year, the Halloween Scare regional series offers a jaunty tale with a humorous bent—sure to ward off any creature who goes bump in the night in cities and states across the country!

 Now with 78 titles highlighting different cities, states, and regions in the U.S. and Canada, each book in theHalloween Scare series features art and text created especially for a specific state or city. Fun Halloween creatures and critters haunt your favorite landmarks, including famous sites like the Statue of Liberty in New York, California’s Hollywood sign, the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan, Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp, Churchill Downs in Kentucky, the San Jacinto Monument in Texas and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina.

With its bouncing rhyme, colorful illustrations, and funny story, the Halloween Scare series is a delightful Halloween adventure for everyone who loves a silly, spooky tale.  It’s perfect for younger readers who can explore their state or city and little learn more about the places and landmarks that make their homes unique.

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Fall Leaves

by Loretta Holland

illustrated by Elly MacKay

I know it’s still August but fall is just around the corner and if your libraries are like mine many times the seasonal books have a long list of holds on them. So I plan to share some fall themed books over the next week so you can get a jump-start on the holds and hopefully get them before fall. 


Wordplay with homonyms puts autumn on display and captures the art and science of season change.


Fall Leaves is like no other seasons book I’ve read. It almost reminds me of a fiction and nonfiction book together. Each 2 page spread starts with simple 2 words that makes it easy for the beginning reader. Then after the 2 words, it goes into further explanation as to how each of these are a part of fall.


The story is simple and easy for even the youngest to understand all the changes that the season brings. The illustrations are beautiful, and really capture all the changes. This book is my  favorite and go to book for fall/autumn reading, and lessons. Grab a copy of this book and add it to your bookshelf and classroom. I hope that Loretta Holland and Elly MacKay team up together for 3 more books about Spring, Winter and Summer. If they can capture fall so wonderfully I would love to see them collaborate on the other seasons!