Friday, October 23, 2015

16 Favorite Halloween Picture Books

One of the best parts of each holiday for us readers is finding the perfect holiday-themed picture books to share with our kids! Such a fun way to spend time together and get psyched up for the next holiday. So today we want to share 16 of our favorite (non scary) Halloween picture books to read aloud to kids.

16 fantastic Halloween/Fall Books to read aloud to kids!

Listed left to right, starting with the top row.

I Want to Eat Your Books by Karin Lefranc and Tyler Parker // This zombie isn't interested in your brains . . . he wants to eat your books! And when he sets his sights on the school library, the kids have to come up with a plan to save their books. (ages 3-6)

Who Will You Meet on Scary Street? by Christine Tagg // With fun illustrations, pop-ups, and rhyming text, this book takes readers on a stroll down Scary Street where they will encounter griffins, witches, werewolves, and monsters on every page. (ages 4 and up)

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz // This poor ugly pumpkin waited all October to be taken to someone's home for Halloween, but was always overlooked in favor of plump, round pumpkins. He'll find his true purpose, though, as Thanksgiving rolls around! (ages 3-5)

This is Not a Pumpkin by Bob Staake // With bright, simple illustrations and short, direct text, kids will laugh over this story and its clever 'secret' ending. (ages 1-4)

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams and Megan Lloyd // This brave old lady isn't scared of anything! Until, that is, she takes a spooky walk at night and gets the scare of her life. (ages 4-8)

Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace and LeUyen Pham // Many little girls dream of becoming ballerinas . . . but it is an especially difficult task for little vampire girls! How to deal with the obstacles of perfecting form without a reflection, and finding classes that take place at night?       (ages 2-6)

Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian // There as once a little witch who looked like everything a witch should be . . . but she just can't get her potions and spells to turn out right! (ages 3 and up)

Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell // This Halloween countdown book has ghosts, a witch, a haunted house . . . everything you need for a spooky read. (ages 4-8)

Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohora // With a sweet story and simple illustrations, this one is a pleasure to read. A young witch has very practical plans for the ghosts in the haunted house, and kids will love that the 'spook' factor is conquered in this brave story. (ages 3-6)

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger and Dan Santat // He may look like any other little boy . . . until something upsets him and the moaning, whining, grumbling Crankenstein emerges! (ages 3-6)

The Candy Witch by Stephen Kroll // An oldie, but a goodie. When one witch's good deeds and kind acts go unnoticed, she decides to try another route by stealing every trick-or-treat bag on Halloween. 

Haunted Party by Iza Trapani // This funny rhyming book has readers count as spooky guests arrive for a Halloween party, then count back down as they are frightened away by little trick-or-treaters. (ages 3-7)

Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody by Rick Walton and Nathan Hale // This clever and funny spin on the ever-popular Madeline features a young Frankenstein who can scare anybody and anything! (ages 4-8)

The Halloween Kid by Rhode Montijo // With adorable retro-inspired illustrations, the Halloween Kid is a masked hero who save Halloween by thwarting all the creatures bent on frightening and ruining the holiday. (ages 3-8)

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano and Susan Banta // An unusual pumpkin grows in the pumpkin patch: he is square! The other pumpkins tease him until he shows them that being different can save the day. (ages 2-5)

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson // There's always room for one more on this affable witch's broomstick... or is there? In this lightweight, witty story, helpful animals find "room on the broom" of a generous witch. (ages 3-7)

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson // This sweet story of friendship stars with a young ghost named Leo who is misunderstood by the family who moved into the house he haunts, but finds a wonderful new friend. (ages 3-5)

What is your favorite Halloween read?

1 comment :

iza said...

Thank you so much for including my book, Haunted Party in your great list! Room on the Broom is one of my favorites. (The description is there, but no cover image.... ) Happy Halloween!