The leaves are taking on gorgeous fall shades of red and gold and I'm seeing pumpkins of all shapes and sizes waiting to be chosen. It's almost time for Halloween! This is one of my favorite holidays and part of the fun is reading through a brand new stack of children's books celebrating the season. Below are a half-a-dozen that I particularly enjoyed--books of ghosts and monsters, witches, and jack-o-lanterns. You won't find any scary stories here--not my thing--instead, we've got six colorful, entertaining, reads for little ones counting down the days until it's time for costumes and candy.
Atlas of Monsters and Ghosts (Lonely Planet Kids) by Lonely Planet Kids
This oversized book takes a global look at monsters, ghosts, and mythical creatures from around the globe. I love the illustrative style and atlas format, with the content organized by continent. You'll find short descriptions and location info--along with a "how to beat it" section in some cases-- on such creepy wonders as a haunted castle in Austria, a three-headed dragon of the Caspian Sea, and even some lesser known creatures from the U.S. including a haunted violin that plays itself in a Abingdon, Virginia. Really fun to look through any time of year.
Monsters Come Out Tonight! by Frederick GlasserAGES 3-5
The neon orange cover of this new lift-the-flap board book is hard to miss, and you wouldn’t want to! Little ones go door-to-door in these pages, lifting flaps to gather up all the usual Halloween suspects, including a skeleton, a werewolf, and a vampire, so that in a pull-out spread at the end, they are all celebrating at a Halloween bash. The monsters are all smiling and a little goofy--no scary images here, just good fun.
Mary Shelley (Little People, BIG DREAMS) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
One of the most familiar Halloween monsters is good old Frankenstein, so this is the perfect time to go a little farther and introduce readers to his creator: Mary Shelley. This picture book biography, a new addition to the popular Little People, BIG DREAMS series, follows the timeline of Shelley's life from growing up as the child of novelists, to her marriage to the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the challenge among friends that led her to write her famous work. Quirky details are included as well as vintage photos, to make this picture book both an educational and entertaining.
Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht
The ritual of visiting a pumpkin patch and each family member choosing just the right one starts the story in this colorful picture book, and the fun continues from there. Decorations or all shapes and sizes are hung, friends and family invited to join the party, and a carving crew is assembled as the pumpkins are transformed into grinning jack-o'-lanterns.
Snowmen at Halloween by Caralyn M. Buehner
From the popular creators of Snowmen at Night comes a Halloween treat of a picture book. Rhyming text and detailed illustrations follow a group of freshly made snowmen that the children have dressed in costumes. After the kids are in bed, what do these snowmen do? Bob for apples, carve pumpkins, and have a party, of course! Great fun for the season and an excellent read aloud.
Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat (A Click Clack Book) by Doreen Cronin
A popular Halloween story returns in a sturdy board book format just right for the littlest trick-or-treaters. Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. He finds the witches scary, he doesn't like any dark-and-spooky nights, and he tries to avoid it all by just going straight to bed in his footy pajamas. But the barnyard animals have other ideas and there's a big surprise in store for Farmer Brown at the end--a Halloween party with this friends. A reassuring read for little ones with Halloween jitters.
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