Halloween is almost upon us! In my house that means we break out the fun Halloween books. Or, if my five year old had it his way, we’d already start reading the Christmas books. In fact, the other night, he chose an Easter book. But, I’m getting off track. Halloween, people! One of my favorite holidays and such a fun collection of books to choose from no matter what age your kiddies are.
Here is what we have been reading around these parts:
My little one who is almost two loves Peek-a-Who? written by Nina Laden. It is perfectly small and sturdy for little hands and has cute little cutouts on each page. At the end there is a little mirror where they can see themselves – peek-a-YOU! Cute, short, and simple.
I Love You, Little Pumpkin! written by Sandra Magsamen is a sweet lift-the-flap book for younger audiences. With a fun fall theme, tiny hands can lift ears of corn to find a little girl dressed as a bunny, pull a door open to find a costumed black cat, and at the end there is the ever-so-fun mirror where chubby little faces can gaze at themselves. An adorable read for parents or grandparents to read to their little pumpkins.
Another fave is 10 Trick-or-Treaters written by Janet Schulman. This is a great counting book for preschoolers, but also entertaining for the younger crowd. The reader gets to follow a group of ghouls and goblins as they go exploring for treats, but on each page another trick-or-treater disappears! Kids will love the colorful pictures and the rhyming cadence that keeps this book fun to read again and again. Two thumbs up!
Kids two through five will enjoy Tucker’s Spooky Halloween written by Leslie McGuirk, a story about a dog named Tucker who desperately wants to be something scary for Halloween. No matter what he does, everyone just thinks he is cute. After different attempts at various costume ideas, Tucker feels sad and hopeless, until he has a last minute idea! The story has a happy ending where the little dog gets to scare some trick-or-treaters. Cute and a fun read to break out every year.
Though I usually avoid stories with popular characters in them, I make an exception for Curious George. I love that little monkey. And to be fair, he was a story character before he was on television. Happy Halloween, Curious George written by N.T. Raymond and Kelly Loughman is a book full of rhymes and colorful illustrations. The story covers all the fun parts of the fall season; going to the pumpkin patch, decorating the house, finding a costume, trick or treating, and attending a costume party. If this book doesn’t get you in the mood for autumn celebrations, I don’t know what will!
Happy Reading! What are your favorite fall books for kids?