Halloween Books Kids Love

Hello there– You know Halloween is already on it’s way if you’ve walked through Target lately.  My sis and I were there this week and scooped up a basket full of Halloween goodies to mail off to the grand-kids.

And that made me come home and pull down the little stack of Halloween kids books I keep for reading with kids this time of year.  Here’s some of our favorites:

We discovered this book on the aforementioned Target trip and stood there laughing in the aisle!  A group of goofy chickens are terrified of a number of strange things they see going on– a mouse of enormous size, a pumpkin with flickering eyes…  They work themselves into a state until it’s revealed that it’s just Halloween!

This is the Pumpkin uses rolling rhyme to take you through Halloween day into night with the buoyant Max and his family– from donning his costume, ghastly and green, through parties at school, past glowing pumpkins in the night, clear until he and his sis fall asleep amid their Halloween treats.  Bright happy illustrations make it fun!

Junie B. Jones at her best.  This time in Boo…and I Mean It!  Junie is too frightened to go out trick or treating.  There could be witches or monsters prowling, or pumpkins with sharp teeth!  But in the end with help from her mom, she manages to take it on.  This wacky first grader always makes me laugh out loud!

Our little protagonist in the Frankenstein mask steps up and knocks on the door of a haunted house to trick or treat on Halloween.  The occupants– a spider, some bats, a mummy, an owl… set off a startled chain reaction that a ends surprisingly.  Love the illustrations by the prolific Ted Arnold.

4 Halloween Books for Kids

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I can’t decide which I love more in this book, the words or the illustrations!  The rhyming story uses the model of “This is the house that Jack built” and follows Max and his family on a rollicking Halloween from morning til night.  The lilting text and the adorable watercolors of Max and friends make this an sweet, enchanting story.

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It’s Halloween 
by Jac Prelutsky is my Halloween standard.  I drag it out for some 3rd grade fun every year.  It’s a great way to introduce poetry to kids with the engaging warmhearted pieces about treats and goblins, pumpkins and bobbing for apples.  The whimsical illustrations and gentle good humor draw us in and the rhyming text carries us along.  It’s just a whole lot of fun. (note:  My copy is a million years old.  I’m sure the current edition has a different cover by now)
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Every Mom will love this book as much as her kids do.  The ever capable monster mom in this book takes such very good care of her little guy, reminding him to brush his fangs and mixing up a little lizard juice for a treat.  She goes to all his beastball games and takes him swimming in the swamp.  It’s a tender story with the little twist that makes it oh so charming.

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If you have sung, “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly…” as you rolled down the highway in a road trip sing-a-thon, the I’m pretty sure you’ll love this book.  The old lady in question here is no less quirky than the original and she swallows bits and pieces of Halloween leading up to a hilarious ending.  It’s a crazy romp that you can sing along to if you wish.  Silly drawings and  a fast pace, make it a page turner for kids, young and old.