Today I'm shedding some light on some great Hallowe'en books... Enjoy!
Big Pumpkin: Nothing says “Halloween book” more than a story about a witch with a gigantic pumpkin. It’s a fabulously large pumpkin, and the witch is very proud of it. Now it’s time for her to make a delicious pumpkin pie. However, there’s one problem—her pumpkin is so big, she can’t even get it off the vine.Filled with ghosts, goblins, vampires, mummies and more spooky creatures, it may be up to the little bat to figure out a way to help the witch. Erica Silverman is the mastermind behind this warm tale while S.D. Schindler provides the brilliant hues that echo the colors of fall and the darkness of night.
Goodnight Goon: This parody takes on the ever-popular title, Goodnight Moon, transforming it into a book about things that go bump in the night. Instead of a rabbit settling down for the night, it’s a young werewolf. What’s more, the Goon refuses to let all the monsters sleep, so tentacles keep slithering out of the fireplace, creatures crawl out of the curtains, and much more.Michael Rex both authors and illustrates the book, keeping with the same tone as the original book, even as he makes all sorts of ghoulish trades. Ideal to read on that one spooky night after children have gone trick-or-treating and are ready to settle in for the night.
Room on the Broom: Halloween children’s books certainly don’t have to include scary witches and drooling monsters. Instead, they can have fun little stories about witches who ride around on brooms, delighting in the night sky. However, this witch has lost her hat, bow, and wand. A predicament for any witch, to be sure. But when all her items are found by a dog, a parrot, and a frog, they ask to ride along with her to join in on the fun. The witch already has her trusty cat with her—is there really enough room for everyone to ride? That’s not the only problem either. There happens to be a dragon out on this night…
Shake Dem Halloween Bones: Mike Reed offers up all kinds of zesty colors in this book, whether those colors are the hues of the night or vibrant oranges, yellows, greens, and reds. It’s a quiet night in the city, but because it’s the night that costumes, candy, and creepy-crawling things abound, it isn’t long before a ball is in full swing! The music is swinging and the people are dancing. W. Nikola-Lisa presents the text in bebopping, hip-hopping, rhythmic lines that will be fun for parents to read or for children to learn. Don’t be afraid to get up and boogie as you turn the pages!
Pumpkin Soup: A Halloween book that certain to put the idea of being warm and cozy in your head, it tells the story of three friends that live deep in the woods. Every day, Cat, Squirrel, and Duck make a delicious pot of pumpkin soup. Each character has their own job; Cat slices up the pumpkin, Squirrel stirs, and Duck adds a dash of salt. At least, until the time comes that Duck wants to stir instead. When the friends fight over the idea, Duck storms off. But true friends quickly show their colors; Cat and Squirrel are soon scouring the woods to find their beloved Duck.
Ten Timid Ghosts: When a witch decides to move into a haunted house, she chases out the ten ghosts that already live there. But the timid ghosts soon get together and decide they don’t want to be timid anymore. They want their house back and they plan to get it!Halloween children’s books like this one take on a unique twist when ghosts don’t scare people, but instead get scared themselves. Jennifer O’Connell provides fun illustrations and a story that can also help children learn to count. Parents can have fun helping their child search for the ghosts and later on the witch. Be ready for a bit of “Boo!”
The Night Before Halloween: Some children’s Halloween books last for a long time because of their staying power. Natasha Wing and illustrator Cynthia Fisher’s book has been around for ten years and still sells today. Taking the well-known Night Before Christmas idea, they’ve created one for the night before Tricks-or-Treats comes around. Keeping the same rhyming scheme, kids can read about the fun activities that trick-or-treaters come up with. Then, as the kids in the book go out for some fun, they find out that they’re not the only things moving around in the night! A good book meant for ages 4 to 8.
The Hallo-wiener: Dav Pilkey is the king of goofiness, and this title is no exception. Oscar the dachshund is funny-looking. At least, that’s what all the other dogs think. So when he hops into a hotdog costume, they make fun of him even more. Will Oscar ever get a break? Maybe when he does an amazing, heroic deed, the other dogs will see him for who he really is. Goofy and completely lovable, everyone reading this book will have a fun time, giggling away and feeling happy for Oscar when he finally gets his happy ending. How can you not love a dachshund in a hotdog costume?
Where is Baby’s Pumpkin?: Karen Katz is well-known for her books featuring babies. As for Halloween children’s books, she only has one, but one is enough. Here we meet a baby in a kitty costume. But there’s something missing. Baby can’t find her pumpkin!Throughout the book, children get to pull flaps, open doors, and lift bowls to find out whether or not the pumpkin is hiding there. Along the way, kids can touch the velvety cat suit that baby wears, watch sparkly items glitter, and enjoy plenty other visual and tactile sensations. For infants and children in preschool, both parents and kids will read this book over and over, delighting in finding the pumpkin every time.
Unwrapping some thoughts...
Consider my scarf my Hallowe'en costume. I cited these books off of the above wonderful site to give you a heads-up when you are out and about doing post-Hallowe'en shopping. The best time to scoop up these treats is the day after the event. Seasonal or event-based books usually go on sale and that is the time to strike. Purchase some of them and tuck them away for next year.
I also think it would be fun to give a few away at Christmas. Stick some in stockings or wrap some up just for a delightful change from everything Christmas. What you say? Are you mad? No... now hear me out.
Christmas time is a time when kids are off school and have an extended holiday. Kids get bored easily so here is a plan to stifle that boredom. Why not give them a little surprise? Have them unwrap a Hallowe'en book or two to read over their Christmas vacation. You can add a flashlight in their gift too with instructions to read the book, at night, in bed, under the covers. Perhaps tuck a little bag of candies under their pillow while they sleep so they wake up to them in the morning....a little aftermath of the Hallowe'en frivolities. Tell them that St. Nick left it. How amazing would that be? The possibilities are endless of the creative ways you can implement these books and the kids will have great fun re-living a spooky night that they find irresistible.
Happy Hallowe'en to everyone participating tonight. Enjoy your neighbourhood, be respectful of properties, be sure your kids say thank you for their treats, and above all else... please, please, please, be safe.
"BOO"ks are the greatest! I'm handing out those Hallowe'en word treats and dropping them right into your loot bag. I would never trick you on that idea! Love you all. Hallowe'en Hugs to you.
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