‘Tis the season to be spooky! October is all about enjoying the beginnings of fall (let’s dare to dream of 70-degree days), pumpkins, ghosts, and so much more. Here’s a handy list of books you can read together as a family for those that love the season, but aren’t keen on being scared:



The joys of sharing and caring are common themes in these gorgeous picture books. Here are some of our favorites. 

Maybe Something Beautiful How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

Written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Rafael Lopez was not the only the illustrator of this book, but his artwork and murals are the inspiration for the story.

In a drab and gray city, young Mira realizes she can add color by filling her room with colorful art. She then starts sharing her colorful pictures with her neighbors in the community and sees that even a little color helps brighten the city. When Mira meets the artist Rafael, the murals start going up. Friends join in and the city is changed and full of color!


Graphic novels are fun and engaging for readers of all ages. They also help with comprehension and new vocabulary, inference skills, visual literacy, and can be a gateway to reading for children with learning differences. Here are some fantastic graphic novels available through the Beaufort County Library.

Beat boredom this summer by encouraging your child to be a “maker.” Provide your children with simple, inexpensive materials, or common household items, and the resulting creativity may surprise you. Toddlers may enjoy stacking things to make a small tower, while older children explore kinetic energy with dominoes. Here are some of our favorite books about creating, plus a few ideas for fun activities. 

Visit your local Beaufort County Library branch to participate in this year’s Summer Reading program: Oceans of Possibilities. The program kicked off June 1 and runs through July 30. Get ready for eight weeks-worth of reading, learning, and everlasting memories. 

Visit any branch library to pick up a paper reading log, set your personalized daily minutes of reading goal (personally, my child’s intended goal is 30 minutes of reading a day), and stick to it.