Fun Reading Suggestions for Kids: October Book List (and a Giveaway!)

Monday, October 12, 2020
Are you looking for some fun book suggestions for kids? I have a great book list this month, and a giveaway, too, so be sure to check the end of the post to see the awesome titles up for grabs!

Disclosure: I received some books as samples to review (as noted in the descriptions) but all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I may earn a (very small) commission from qualifying purchases. You can read more about this on my Disclosure page. That being said, I also love to shop local, so if you know a small business owner who sells books or you can find these titles in a local shop, I encourage you to look there first!

Don't forget to peek at my other book lists from previous posts (books never go out of style)! You can also Pin this image for later! 

I'm all about making this post super easy and quick to scroll through and read, so I organized titles by photos and included brief descriptions and purchase links. Recommended ages are also listed, but you know your child best, so let them read what you think they'll enjoy! 

This Month's Top Picks and Giveaway

I've picked out a few of my favorite book titles for you this month, from old classics to new releases. Plus, there's a great giveaway going on, thanks to the folks at National Geographic Kids. Read on for more details, and be sure to check back next month for my favorite holiday book picks!

National Geographic Kids United States Atlas

What's not to like about National Geographic Kids? Honestly, every book they make is beautiful and seems to hold every kid's attention. Their latest United States Atlas (6th edition) is no exception! 
This best-selling United States atlas is newly updated with all the latest info and is packed with maps, stats, facts, and pictures. National Geographic's cartographers have paired up with education experts to create maps of all 50 states, U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C., that pinpoint the physical features, capitals, and other towns and cities. Kids can discover the latest data along with colorful photography of each state and the people who live there. Key points reflect the latest information about land and water, people, and places. Essays cover each region of the country while eight specially themed maps on nature, population, economy, energy, climate, and more delve deeper into key issues. State birds and state flags also help to peak kids' interest. It's also a sturdy, over-sized paperback that adds to durability.
Recommended for ages 8-12.

*Win your own copy of this book by entering the contest below! Or visit my social channels for more chances to win.

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021

The Jersey Momma's Boy can be quite picky about what he reads (he's a "tween," after all) but I can tell you with complete honesty that he loved National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 and couldn't put it down! He also loved reading his favorite facts aloud to us. Here's a blurb from National Geographic Kids about this almanac: "The latest installment of the New York Times best-selling almanac is edutainment at its best.  With features like Homework Help and STEM related topics, and deep dives into history, geography and cultures from the world, combined with facts, crafts and activities, this is the go-to reference for both the school day and down time. This new edition also includes the Almanac Challenge 2021, which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste and encourage others to do the same." I also love that it's a small paperback that can be carried on the go (great for a backpack).  Recommended for ages 8-12

*Win your own copy of this book by entering the contest below! Or visit my social channels for more chances to win.

This Month's Picture Book Picks

Margaret's Unicorn (Briony May Smith) - A perfect gift for the unicorn lovers in your life, this beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a little girl who finds and takes care of a lost baby unicorn. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Scribble Stones (Diane Alber) - For anyone who loves rock painting and spreading kindness, this story is about a little stone who spreads kindness to the world through color and paint! The story encourages the reader to make their own scribble stones, too. For a real treat, check out all of Diane Alber's books! Recommended for ages 4 and up. 

E.T. the Extraterrestrial: The Classic Illustrated Storybook  (Kim Smith) - E.T. is one of many new classic illustrated pop culture storybooks for kids (you can also find Home Alone, Back to the Future, and The Karate Kid, just to name a few). Kim Smith's adorable illustrations are what really make these books special! Recommended for ages 4-8.

Still Life with Bricks (Lydia Ortiz) - Capturing the creativity of the LEGO® brand, this book recreates objects and scenes from everyday life using LEGO bricks. Transforming handfuls of bricks into toothpaste, eggs and bacon, houseplants, and more, LEGO Still Life reimagines every day objects and sparks new ideas for LEGO builders. Recommended for ages 8-12, but since it is really a visual picture book with no words, I really believe anyone who loves LEGO would enjoy this one, even adults. 

This Month's Chapter Book Picks

The Last Kids on Earth and the Skeleton Road (Max Brallier) - The Last Kids on Earth are back! This book is the latest in an awesome series by Max Brallier. Now wielding the Midnight Blade, Jack Sullivan and the gang are furiously searching for the villainous Thrull and his skeleton army. They embark on a perilous road trip that, of course, has its share of ups and downs and plenty of laughs. Check out the series on Netflix, too! Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Unbirthday (Liz Braswell) -   Part of the Twisted Tale series from Disney, this book is a modern twist on the classic story of Alice in Wonderland. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

The Witches (Roald Dahl) - a true classic with every element of a great story, The Witches has resurfaced since Disney + is releasing a new version of the original film. Roald Dahl is the genius who brought us Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, just to name a few, so you know this is a classic! . Recommended for 8-12 but can be a bit scary for younger readers. 

Enter to Win National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 and Atlas!

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. One winner will receive one copy of each National Geographic Kids title (Almanac 2021 and Atlas). Open to U.S. residents 18 and over. Winner must supply a valid U.S. mailing address and must respond to winning notification email within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Winners are chosen at random. The Jersey Momma is not responsible for mailing prizes. Books will be mailed by National Geographic Kids or their respected agencies. More chances to win on Instagram and Facebook! Contest runs now through October 20th. 

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