Intensely successful, she knows her way around a rhyme. Ages 3–5. Pig feels sad because she wishes her friend cared more about the holiday, but Pug is just a wacky rapscallion who wants to roll around in dirt. All rights reserved. Reading a Nancy Drew book is a rite of passage for young girls. Unbelievable! He’s made from a quilt. Pig loves wearing her Halloween costume, Pug is not so fond. However, you may notice that it's difficult to find age-appropriate books for kids that have plots just as captivating as those in great adult novels. Try another? We wouldn't recommend a reading session before bed! In celebration of Clifford's first Halloween celebration, his owner Emily Elizabeth dons the pup in a cute ghost costume as he embarks in traditional festivities—bobbing for apples, trick-or-treating and more. Will be a delight to kids who dig noisy books. It’s great for tiny ones who just need a quick and easy seasonal read. For similar books and articles, follow along with our content tagged with Books About Witches, Halloween Books, Monsters, Pumpkin, Scary … Idle is an award-winning illustrator whose work is always delightful and, at the book’s core is a very universal story about being different and wanting to feel accepted. Unbelievable! This book list, The Best New Kids’ Books for Halloween 2020, was curated by Bianca Schulze. Kids go craaaazy for lift the flap books – I think that it’s like a surprise party in a book for them. Ages 10 and up. by Sandra Boyton. These frighteningly delightful tales are as irresistible on Fourth of July as they are on Halloween. That is when George and Harold swoop in with the idea of an imposter Halloween, filled with hack-o'-lanterns and sneak or snacking. I’m a sucker for Buffy the Vampire Slayer anything, so even though this isn’t strictly Halloween, how can I not use the opportunity to talk about it? Clever wordsmith Jack Prelutsky bring us another collection of scary poems as a follow-up to his book, Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep. Ages 4–8. When he accidentally wanders into a gathering of the English witches, led by the Grand High Witch herself, he sets out to warn others about their evil plan. Typically adorable Bob Shea artwork and silly plot, with a style of humour that’ll make every one smile. The seed wants to be scary but is too small and no one is afraid. The collage illustrations are adorable and gently show the reader the truth of the mother’s “magic”. The author’s note about Talchum (traditional Korean mask dancing) makes the book more than just a typical Halloween story, and it has a wonderful message about connecting to cultural traditions. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Best for: Big kids, tweens. Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming is a wonderful Halloween book for kids who are old enough to feel like Halloween is a spooky night, but still too young for anything graphically frightening. (Same, girl.) Then she signs up for ballet classes with real, human girls and develops stage fright. Kimin doesn’t know what to wear for Halloween. ... it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong. Teeny Buffy, Willow and Xander (obviously not canon because they didn’t meet as children) investigate spooky closet noises, face off against familiar creatures and seek advice from Giles. How will Pinkagirl be able to show off her pretty in pink attire? Ages 4–8. Mr. Krupp and Melvin have the nerve to attempt to make Halloween illegal with a horrifying campaign. Ages 3–7. Super-sleuth with the coolest kid detectives in the biz. Stine. Because of that, Halloween is an ideal time to encourage your kids to dive into chapter books!. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is my all-time favorite Halloween book. He makes friends with a girl named Jane who doesn’t seem to be afraid of him – eventually he realizes that it’s because she thinks he’s an imaginary friend. Leer!). And there’s no denying that both comic books and graphic novels have the potential to provide readers with a lighter, literary escape than their text-heavy counterparts, whatever their reading level. This book will be great if you know any nervous Trick-or-Treaters who aren’t so sure that they like this holiday. See our recommended books for 6-12 year olds and find the best funny stories for your child We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. The wind tells him to be patient but that is easier said than done. 1. My eleven year old is an independent reader who LOVES graphic novels, and my fluent seven year old reader recently discovered the genre and is most definitely intrigued! His mother suggests that he go through his grandfather’s belongings, where he find a mask that he remembers being afraid of when he was younger. But Unfortunately there's a problem: She can't seem to get the ghourd off the vine. © 2021 Time Out America LLC and affiliated companies owned by Time Out Group Plc. Ages 6 and up. Anyone will certainly think twice before entering that graveyard on a dare after skimming through this fan-favorite. A twee, monsterful bedtime story. In this tale, Duck, Cat, and Squirrel spend their days making their favorite meal: pumpkin soup. Will she get her pumpkin pie? Herbert’s First Halloween by Cynthia Rylant and Steven Henry. A rhymey, sing-song-y picture book full of nonsense words and an epic battle between children and evil skeletons (Skul-a-Mugs, as named in this book). Reading these Halloween books for kids is a great way to get in the mood for a night of witches, monsters, ghosts, skeletons, pumpkins and underwear(!). A sympathetic story about shyness that will connect with many children. Ages 4 and under. Any little horror aficionado will delight in the creepy illustrations and stories that guarantee to turn dreams to nightmares. Coraline quickly discovers all that glitters isn't necessarily gold. Little ones who can’t handle being spooked too much will love this silly book, starring Grover from Sesame Street. When Elliott finds an alien hiding in his … Still, she’s very certain that the floating items can be easily explained! Each character is hiding behind a costume and it's up to little fingers to lift the tabs and figure out who’s who. Spooky Pookie by Sandra Boynton is an adorable rhyming book all about a little pig trying to find just the right costume for Halloween. Halloween! Julia Donaldson, creator of The Gruffalo, is an author you probably already know if you have little kids in your life. It was nice to see his dad spending so much time trying to boost his confidence and sewing his costume. These also make great youth group games, games for school camps, or any other setting where a group of 10-14 years olds are together. ), as the girl doesn’t give up and continues to pursue her goal. Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones (Harper Collins Children's Books, £7.99) An epic novel steeped in old magic and a gathering sense of foreboding. The 50 Best Books for 11- and 12-Year-Olds 15 Classics That 8- to 12-Year-Olds Say Are Worth Reading Today The Most Exciting Middle Grade & Chapter Books Hitting Shelves in 2021 Popular Topics Books Boys Love Books Girls Love Action & Adventure I have yet to read it to a child who did not get totally absorbed in the story, repeating back all the elements of the “spooky” Halloween pumpkin man who follows this Little Old Lady as she makes her way home. Our heroine, Zombelina, loves to dance alongside her monster friends. The text is short but rhymes beautifully and grabs your child’s attention almost as effectively as the illustrations do. After trying on one outfit after another, she just can't seem to find the right fit. It also suggests how you can fight off their nefarious schemes, and how to eventually be rid of them completely. Maybe they’ll even find costume ideas in the pages of this board book! This post contains affiliate links. See more ideas about activities, 10 year old, crafts for kids. Nine years ago, at Halloween, Polly gatecrashed a funeral party and met Thomas Lynn for the first time. Ages 4 and under. The TV classic in paperback form has been a crowd-pleaser for generations. We must warn you, though: The littles might ask to sleep with the light on after all of the frighteningly festive celebrations! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! is all about smiles, not … Our same rodent protagonist who so desperately wanted a cookie is back, but now he's got his eyes set on a pumpkin. A little girl believes her mom is a witch – and that she is her familiar, a cat. If you are introducing a child to the spookiest of seasonal celebrations, here are some of the best picture books that can help you explain the concept and get both you and your favourite small person very excited for costume-and-candy good times. The Halloween festivities have come to a screetching hault. 4.48 avg rating — 7,307,460 ratings. From A Night in Terror Tower to Monster Blood, this Goosebumps anniversary set celebrates one of the spookiest series on the shelves. RECOMMENDED: Halloween for kids in New York City. Best Books for 9-11 year olds In 2015, we put together a list of the 100 best books for children from the last 100 years. A weird, wonderfully interactive ghost story. Hanging Donuts Game I had forgotten all about this game until I went to a Halloween party at a friend’s house. Ages 9–12. The books below are ones suitable for children aged 9-11. Expect ghosts, dragons and Count Dracula, among other frightening friends. Share ’em in the comments! Relatable to anyone with a loved one who goes totally overboard during the holidays. This book list includes affilate links. What will be her final selection? A young boy and his grandmother move to England, prompting her to teach him about the various bands of witches throughout the world. She brings the kids in her class to meet a pale, purple-clad librarian called Virginia Creeper, who then reads a bunch of scary stories to Miss Smith’s diverse class. Ages 4–8. Ages 8 and up. Will they escape? Not a problem: The best Halloween books for kids will gladly do the trick! This age group should be using books on their own time, not just when an adult chooses to read to them. However, one's missing from the patch. When the lights go out in Pinkagirl's town, the mayor cancels the seasonal celebration, which means no pumpkins, no candy and—perhaps worst of all—no costumes. Our free eBook library has been created to help children aged 3–11 to develop their reading skills at home. Wan’s art is always super charming, and some kids will relate to Egg’s nervous reaction to Halloween. Not the most detailed book, but an enjoyable read-aloud anyway. Perfect for the littlest of pumpkins, Eek! As the title warns, there’s a monster lurking in the final pages, and Grover does all he can to warn you before it’s too late! Ages 2–3. Kids expecting a spooky, evil witch will be pleasantly surprised by our generous friend. Don't be chicken, guys! It will also allow you to use the term “ghost-toast” when describing it, which I just think is fun to say. by Blair Thornburgh. When a witch and her cat encounter an unexpected gust of wind during a flight on her broom, she loses three items in the night—her hat, her bow and her wand. How will Leo tell Jane the truth, and will it cause him to lose his new and only playmate? Ages 4–8. She's elicited the help of other spooky creatures such as the mummy and vampire, who haven't had any luck, either. (It's Halloween!) Halloween Books for Toddlers. Except that he’s just gotten a new pair of underwear, and they glow eerily in the dark when the lights are off. Your kids’ bedtime rituals might be a bit different than Little Monster’s! Time Out is a registered trademark of Time Out America LLC. by Dell Villa / October 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm ... (I can thank my four-year-old for that.) A timid little pig and his Halloween-loving father get ready for the holiday. Ages 8–12. In this book, a kind witch keeps inviting animals to share her broom despite her pet cat’s reservations. The art is really cute but also gets a bit spookier and more Halloweeny as the seed finally grows into a jack o’lantern. Will it work? She opens the door to another—seemingly better—home and thinks she has hit the jackpot. A Branches Book (Eerie Elementary #10) (10) Dog Diaries: Curse of the Mystery Mutt: A Middle School Story (Dog Diaries, 4) The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost: An Otto & Uncle Tooth Adventure (Step into Reading) ¡Es Noche de Brujas! Grumpy, scaredy chick Egg doesn’t want to go Trick-or-Treating with Peep. In a cute twist on the famous poem “The Night Before Christmas,” friendly ghosts and ghouls prepare their haunted mansion for Halloween night. Best Halloween Book Based on a Song - The Spooky Wheels on the Bus Best Book About Halloween Activities - Corduroyâ s Best Halloween Ever Best Halloween Book With a Lesson - The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat Best Toddler Halloween Book - Five Little Pumpkins Best Halloween Board Book - The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin The Silliest Halloween Book - There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat Best Engaging Halloween Book - Lift-a-flap Boo Best Halloween Book … Leo the ghost is lonely. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Sammy is obsessed with Halloween. In this 10-book set, children are introduced to the beginning of her spooky mysteries—The Hidden Staircase, Nancy's Mysterious Letter and other crime-fighting goodness. Ages 4–8. Ages 2–3. She's grown a wonderful pumpkin that's perfectly suitable for the pie she's planning to bake. A tiny bit spooky, but mostly just a charming story about a father and daughter going through a haunted house (the flaps are generally doors with monsters behind them). A timid little pig and his Halloween … Ages 4–8. Three animals help the witch recover her lost possessions, but in return they want to hop on her broom for a ride. When characters from the books (Queen of Hearts, Dracula, pirates) start crowding the room as she reads, the kids eventually find themselves in the midst of a haunted literary party. No horror collection is complete without the work of R.L. What do you think are the best Halloween books for kids? Ages 8–12. The animals eventually show themselves to be very useful when the witch is threatened by a dragon. The blue, fuzzy guy will have tots giggling the whole way through. Before he tucks in, he’ll have to drink his worm juice and scrub his scales—but don’t forget the night light! The Little Blue Truck series delights young readers with this seasonal adventure that will spark their imagination. This is a recently updated book which has shifted the shy main character into a young Latino boy, from Thomas to Tomás. Pookie the pig is having a little trouble selecting a Halloween costume. All Votes Add Books To This List. I never miss an opportunity to incorporate books into my toddler’s day, and Halloween is no exception. Ages 3 and under. Special bonus: cheesy Halloween jokes that you can recycle and use at your next Pumpkin-spice season shindig. Classic Party Games for 10-14 Year Olds. So obsessed, in fact, that he’s preparing his family’s haunted house a year early and driving them crazy with all the tricks being tested. Kohara’s books have a very distinct aesthetic, cute and monochromatic, and this Halloween tale is definitely one that’ll give kids the right amount of squee and scare. This kick-butt superhero isn't about to let the holiday go by without a celebration, so she swoops in to save the day. This would be great for a storytime with older kids. This smart, skull-positive story cheerfully dispels any fears kids might … It's just some Halloween fun! Finally, on Halloween, the now costumed Tomás goes out and interacts with his neighbours for the first time. Hop inside the Little Blue Truck! Jasper keeps trying to get rid of them, but they keep coming back. Will it work? In Julia Donaldson’s award-winning picture book, a brave little mouse believes he’s spinning a yarn about the frightening Gruffalo to ward off some predators in a dark wood…but what’s that lurking nearby? Ages 8–12. Spooky Kids' Books for Halloween and Beyond Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Print Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to … I really like the book’s autumn-y toned illustrations and the rhyme scheme is easy. The best Halloween books for kids will put ghosts and goblins of all ages in a spooky state of mind! Aimed at slightly older kids because it’s rather detailed and has some funny bits that the younger ones won’t understand. From Goosebumps and Coraline to Spooky Pooky and Big Pumpkin, this roundup has a story for all the ghosts and goblins in your crew, whether they're looking for something scary or silly. A wordless, comic-form picture book about a small dog’s scary next door neighbours (ghost cats). For a dose of mystery, horror and adventure, these go-to stories can't be beat. 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