Saturday, October 19, 2019

"Halloween Books for Little Pumpkins" - a variety of bookwraps

Guest Post:

Going Fright-Free: 13 Halloween Books for Little Pumpkins
by Dena McMurdie

Whether your child is trick-or-treating for the first time or a veteran candy-hunter, these adorable picture books are sure to get preschoolers excited for the big night. 

Dena McMurdie

Dena read Jack London's White Fang in the third grade and has loved children's books ever since. She reads, blogs, and paints in North Carolina where she lives with her husband and three children. You can also find her at her blog, Batch of Books, where she writes about children's, middle grade, and young adult books.


Are you looking for Halloween books that won’t frighten the tiniest of trick-or-treaters? If so, I’ve got you covered! From board books to picture books, these reads for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers alike are a surefire way to get your little monsters into the Halloween spirit without giving them nightmares.

Babies & Toddlers

by Kristen L. Depken, illustrated by Claudine Gevry

Little readers count their way through a spooky house, lifting flaps and finding a few bats, ghosts, and witch’s brooms along the way. This fun board book is the perfect treat for those still too little for candy.

by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Tom Brannon

There’s no world like the world of Dr. Seuss, and the littlest of readers will love to observe Thing One and Thing Two dress up in classic Halloween costumes. With bright colors and simple rhymes, this board book is a Halloween hit.

by DK

Your little pumpkin will love lifting the flaps to discover the adorable Halloween friends hiding underneath. The cat, bats, ghost, and more are all styled to look like stuffed animals, making this a warm and cozy kind of celebration.

by Stephanie St. Pierre, illustrated by Joel Schick

From another friendly and familiar world, Pumpkin Patch Party has all kinds of surprises to discover under the liftable flaps, and is sure to inspire giggles from babies and toddlers alike.

by J. L. Coppage, illustrated by Melanie Matthews

First time trick-or-treaters will delight in the bright illustrations and upbeat rhymes in this celebration of Halloween. We guarantee this story will get them excited to shake down the neighbors for some candy.


by Tad Hills

Get ready for another charming Duck & Goose adventure as they gear up for Halloween. Duck is a ghost and Goose is a superhero, but both are terrified of the swamp monster searching for them. Should they be?

by Mr. Kreib, illustrated by R.W. Alley

When a group of kids set out on Halloween night to find the witch’s house, they come across a host of creatures like a skittle-skattling skeleton and the herky-jerky Frankenstein along the way. Colorful illustrations and a singsong-like rhythm make this the perfect Halloween read-aloud.

by Mary McKenna Siddals, illustrated by Jimmy Pickering

Shivery Shades of Halloween may have a spooky title, but the inside is pure fun. Charming illustrations and rhythmic text encourage kids to learn all the colors of Halloween.

by Tom Brenner, illustrated by Holly Meade

What happens when leaves turn orange and the weather cools off? It’s time for Halloween! This book celebrates autumn, traditions, and the fun surrounding the pumpkin holiday. The cheerful illustrations will get kids excited about dressing up and collecting candy.

by Julie Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Join the witch as she makes friends with one animal after another and learns that sharing can bring unexpected results. With rollicking rhyme and a surprise ending, this story is a hit with tiny book lovers.

by Ammi Joan Paquett

Preschoolers can practice their counting skills in this ghoulishly fun story set in a haunted house. First a ghost bumps into a mummy, then the two of them bump into a monster — and on it goes, until the unexpected ending.

by David Quinn, illustrated by Ashley Spires

A bedtime read full of adorable little monsters and their patient parents, Go to Sleep, Little Creep plays out the full range of nighttime routines for mummies, werewolves, trolls, and more. Giggle-inducing and oh-so-relatable, it’s sure to be a read-aloud favorite.

by Jacky Davis, illustrated by David Soman

Lulu dresses up as Ladybug Girl every day, but what costume should she wear for Halloween? While picking pumpkins and going on a hayride, Lulu contemplates her dilemma, until the just-right answer finally presents itself.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2015 and updated in 2019.


Yep, it's me trying on my Halloween costume.  Glad it fits.  Do I look scary?  Don't want anyone to get frightened now. Lol!

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