Book Nook: Halloween Picks for Your Kids

With shorter days and less outdoor playtime, reading time comes inside, close and cozy. There are many fun books that surround this fall season of pumpkins, harvest and Halloween. Libraries and bookstores will spotlight many of these fall titles.  Email me with your new favorites, and we’ll add them to the list!

  • Halloween Night by Elizabeth Hatch, illustrated by Jimmy Pickering.  Random House, 2005.  This laugh out loud rhyming book incorporates a variety of characters who are all hiding inside a smiling jack-o-lantern.  Love the illustrations in this one.
  • Ghoulish Goodies by Sharon Bowers, illustrated by Michael Slack.  Storey Publishing, 2009.  This is a party book that will cover your needs for everything from classroom Halloween parties to family wiener roasts and fall festivities.  Recipes for creature cupcakes, bat wings, funny bones, witch’s knuckles and more!  Check this one out.
  • Here They Come! by David Costello.  Farrar, Strous & Giroux, 2004.  Where do young, friendly monsters go to celebrate Halloween?  Why to the woods, of course, with their friends –  giant trolls, woodland sprites and one ogre bringing treats.  But there is a surprise coming, too!  Elementary age.
  • On a Scary Scary Night (Can You See What I see?) by Walter Wick.  Cartwheel Books 2008. If your kid is an I SPY fan, this is the Halloween book to check out.  Kids of all ages will delight in closely reviewing the pictures to find the hidden mysteries.  Even the youngest enjoy the pictures.
  • The Very Best Pumpkin by Mark Kimball Moulton, illustrated by Karen Hillard Good.  Simon and Schuster, 2010.  This book about farm life and friendship describes Peter who lives with his grandparents on Pumpkin Hollow farm where they tend to a garden.  Megan is the girl next door who becomes friends with Peter as they match pumpkins.  Elementary age.
  • The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis, illustrated by S.D. Schindler.  Orchard Books 2008.   Another pick for all ages. Your babies will love the rowdy rhymes, while preschoolers enjoy the illustrations and the rollickin’ pumpkin on the loose.  Grade-schoolers especially find humor in this addictive and fun Halloween tale.
  • Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White, illustrated by Megan Lloyd. Holiday House, New York, 1996. This fall book spotlights a grumpy woman, Rebecca Estelle, who hates pumpkins. The lengths to which she goes to get rid of her pumpkins delight kids. Of course, she recognizes their value by the end of the book. The pictures show farm images and the pumpkins give readers fun details to notice.
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, illustrated by Megan Lloyd.  HarperCollins 1986.  This book has just enough suspense to delight younger readers along with a repeating chorus that builds on itself.  Fun, interactive story.
  • Halloween by Harry Behn, illustrated by Greg Couch.  Cheshire Studio 2003.  The illustrations provide spooky delight in this book along with a simple plot perfect for early readers.
  • Moonlight, the Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant.  HarperCollins, 2003.  For little ones, toddlers and preK.  This adorable little black cat is an explorer at heart, and she loves Halloween.  There’s lots to see on this warm and friendly night.
  • Grandmas Trick-or-Treat by Emily Arnold McCully.  HarperCollins 2001.  This “chapter book” is perfect for readers who are just hitting their stride and want to tackle something a little more in-depth.  It is also a great read-aloud book especially if Grandma is around. The Grandmas are a hoot!
  • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper. Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. The pictures are all done in fall colors, oranges, browns, grays. Three friends learn about sharing the responsibilities as they create their special recipe for pumpkin soup. There are pumpkins and an imagined witch in the woods which all contribute to this book being a good fall choice.
  • A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Harry Bliss. Simon and Schuster (Paula Wiseman 2009).  The very brave witch in this story has never seen humans before so imagine her surprise when she falls off her broom stick and bumps into some trick-or-treaters.  The illustrations capture attention. Not a lot of words to this one.
  • The Book of Ghosts by Michael and Devon Hague.  HarperCollins, 2009.  Older readers will get goose bumps as they enjoy classic ghost stories including “The Tell-Tale Heart,”  “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” “The Mummy’s Curse” and more.  The watercolor illustrations add to the spookiness of this collection.

Reader Recommendations

  • “My very, very favorite Halloween book is The Halloween Play by Felicia Bond. It’s such a sweet story. I buy a few copies every year to give away.”  Lisa W.
  • “We just finished  Good Night Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex.  It was great and super cheap in the Scholastic Book Club Order!”  from Rachelle.

Submitted by SpringfieldMoms staffer Julie Kaiser.

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  1. Rachelle says:

    We just finished Good Night Goon a Halloween Paradoy of Good Night Moon… It was great and super cheap in the Scholastic Book Club Order!

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