Friday, October 5, 2012

Halloween books for kids

It's official! Halloween fever is in the air. My kids went practice trick-or-treating this week, you know just to be sure Cuteness knew what to do for the big day. (Confession, it was my idea.  They looked so cute in costumes, how could I not give them candy?)

So in the spirit of spooking, here's a great big list of Halloween books that Robyn and I have compiled. You'll notice we've broken them up into categories.  Please realize that these are not set in stone, 100% reliable. (I put my books where I thought they fit and Robyn did the same, but you'll be the best judge of how your little ghosts and goblins will react. )

Now, without further a-BOO....
(If the title has an astericks we've posted on it before, click to see what we wrote.)
Mild
Halloween Is... by Gail Gibbons
A Job for Wittilda by Caralyn Buehner
Sheep Trick or Treat by Nancy Shaw
Mommy? by Maurice Sendak
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson *
Where's My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi
Scaredy-Cat, Splat!  by Rob Scotton *
Boris and Bella by Carolyn Crimi
Which Witch's Wand Works? by Poly Bernatene
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor
Three Little Ghosties by Pippa Goodhart
Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto Seibold
The Hallo-wienerby Dav Pilkey
John Pig's Halloween by Jan L. Waldron
Ten Little Mummies: An Egyptian Counting Book by Philip Yates
Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

Parodies
Bone Soup by Cambria Evans *
The Little Green Witch by Barbara Barbieri McGrath
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro
The House That Drac Built by Judy Sierra
Inside a House That is Haunted (a Rebus Read-Along Story) by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Over in the Hollow by Rebecca Dickinson

Mysterious
The Vanishing Pumpkin by Tony Johnston
One Halloween Night by Mark Teague
The Widow's Broom by Chris Van Allsburg
Zen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth
The Bones of Fred McFee by Eve Bunting (also maybe spooky-ish)

Spooky-ish
One Spooky Night: A Halloween Adventure by Kate Stone
We're Off to Find the Witch's House by Mr. Krieb
The Perfect Pumpkin Pie by Denys Cazet
Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert

Scary-ish
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes
Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting

Well, hopefully your library will have a few of these, for goodness sake if it doesn't you might want to give this list to the librarian!  (Just kidding, kind of.) Happy costume prepping...candy buying...and oh yes, happy reading!
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