The Halloween season is a time for ‘spooktacular’ fun. Our kids and students love to celebrate it their own way but as teachers and educators we also have our own way to create out of it educational opportunities to enhance students learning in fun and engaging ways, while keeping the spooky theme of the season intact.
In a previous post I featured a number of helpful Halloween activities and games to use with students in class. I also shared a number of platforms where you can download Halloween Google Slides and PowerPoint templates to use in your presentations. In today’s post, I am sharing with you this collection of some popular Halloween books for kids. Share with your young learners and help them enrich their imagination with spooky stories inspired by the Halloween spirit.
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1- Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds (Author), Peter Brown (Illustrator)
“Jasper Rabbit is NOT a little bunny anymore. He’s not afraid of the dark, and he’s definitely not afraid of something as silly as underwear. But when the lights go out, suddenly his new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark. A ghoulish, greenish glow. If Jasper didn’t know any better he’d say his undies were a little, well, creepy. Jasper’s not scared obviously, he’s just done with creepy underwear. But after trying everything to get rid of them, they keep coming back!”
2- Goodnight Goon: a Petrifying Parody, by Michael Rex (Author, Illustrator)
“A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and clever text will have kids begging to read this again and again. The board book edition is the perfect size for little hands!”
3- The Witches – Illustrated, by Roald Dahl (Author), Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
“Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!”
4- Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete, by James Dean (Author, Illustrator), Kimberly Dean (Author)
“Pumpkins, candy, and costumes! With flaps that reveal fun Halloween surprises, this Pete the Cat holiday story is sure to be a sweet treat for your little trick-or-treaters. Follow Pete as he goes trick-or-treating from house to house and discover what is waiting behind each door. Life the flaps to reveal fun spooky surprises—this book is spooktacular!”
5- Spooky Pookie, by Sandra Boynton (Author, Illustrator)
“It’s Halloween! What will little Pookie decide to be this year? Pookie tries on costumes one by one, but somehow can’t find just the right thing. The resolution to Pookie’s dilemma will delight toddlers and their caregivers alike. Told and illustrated with Sandra Boynton’s celebrated charm and pizzazz, Spooky Pookie has all the makings of a beloved Halloween classic. Boo!”
6- Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)
“The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?”
7- Little Blue Truck’s Halloween, by Alice Schertle (Author), Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
“Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is picking up his animal friends for a costume party. Lift the flaps in this large, sturdy board book to find out who’s dressed up in each costume! Will Blue wear a costume too?”
8- Creepy Carrots! (Creepy Tales), by Aaron Reynolds (Author), Peter Brown (Illustrator)
“Celebrated artist Peter Brown’s stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold’s text in this hilarious picture book that shows it’s all fun and games…until you get too greedy.”
9- The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, by Linda D. Williams (Author), Megan Lloyd (Illustrator)
“A classic and fun Halloween read-aloud story that neither you nor the kids in your life will be able to resist, whether curled up at home or in a classroom or library setting.”
10- Hello, Harvest Moon, by Ralph Fletcher (Author), Kate Kiesler (Illustrator)
“While tired farmers and their families are in bed, the harvest moon silently climbs into the sky and starts working its magic. For some, it is the nightly signal to rise and shine. It is time to hunt, to work, or to play in the shadows. For a little girl and her cat, it is an invitation to enjoy the wonders of the night and a last flood of light before the short days of winter set in. With an evocative text and radiant illustrations, this companion to Twilight Comes Twice offers a glimpse of nature’s nightlife long after bedtime.”