The horror and fear of Halloween is pretend. But events like Saturday’s killing in a synagogue evoke real horror and fear. On the eve of National Picture Book Month, I offer a few picture books that serve as a counterpoint to that narrative. First, the picture book Same, Same but Different chronicles a relationship between two young pen pals – one boy from the U.S. and another boy from India. Through drawings and pictures, they discover what makes them similar and different. Eve Bunting’s Smoky Night imagines what could happen, when an apartment evacuation brings two families together, in the context of the Los Angeles riots. Finally, Rafael Lopez’s adaptation of We’ve Got the Whole world in Our Hands follows a ball of brightly colored string through full page spreads of children from different backgrounds and countries celebrating each other with song. Please find these picture book titles on display and many more when you stop by the children’s department during the month of November. – Elaine B.