The evenings are getting longer the chill is in the air and Halloween is right round the corner. And what is Halloween fun without some scary books?Here are some all time favourites from the shelves.
Peekaboo monsters Published by DK, in 2020, ISBN-13 : 978-1465493057
This colorful pop-up peekaboo book follows adorable little monsters as they play hide-and-seek. Babies and toddlers can lift big flaps and see peekaboo surprises pop up from the pages: a funny little monster popping out of a plant pot, a hungry monster having a secret snack, a monster playing with bubbles in the bathroom, and a baby monster hiding under the bed! The lively, read-aloud rhymes encourage literacy and early learning, while the surprise pop-up scenes will delight 0-4 year olds. Just the right amount of cuteness for the Halloween spirit.
Boo! (Board Book) written by Leslie Patricelli, published in 2015 ISBN-13 : 978-0763663209
It’s almost Halloween! How should Daddy carve the pumpkin? Choosing a costume and trick-o-treating is a little scary at first, but a great surprise awaits baby – that trick-or-treating results in lots of candy! This cute little board book, good for 0-4 years old, explains what Halloween is all about.
Ghosts in the house Written and illustrated by Kazuno Kohara published in 2010 ISBN-13 : 978-0312608866. At the edge of town lives a clever girl with a spooky problem: Her house is haunted! Luckily, she happens to be a witch and knows a little something about taking care of ghosts. She catches them, puts them in the washing machine, airs them out to dry, and gives them new lives as sofa covers, table cloths, and, of course, bed sheets to cozy up under. Adorable story of a little girl who, instead of being spooked by the ghosts in her house, puts them to practical use. A sweet and scary read for the Halloween season for ages 4 and up.
Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, Creepy Carrots, written by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown was published in 2012 ISBN-13 : 978-1442402973
The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots. He eats them on the way to school. He eats them going to Little League. He eats them walking home.Until the day the carrots start following him…or are they?
Celebrated artist Peter Brown’s stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold’s text in this hilarious but SCARY picture book that shows it’s all fun and games…until you get too greedy. Just the perfect jittery book for Halloween, but popular throughout the year.
Room on the broom written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Published in 2003 ISBN-13 : 978-0142501122 is my must read every Halloween. Join the witch as she makes friends with one animal after another and learns that sharing can bring unexpected results. There is just the right amount of funny vs. scary. There’s a really fun and surprising and creative ending. A perfect story of friendship, sharing and caring, but the “witch on her broom” makes it one of the most lovable Halloween books. This is an excellent read for preschool children early elementary.
The witches, written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, first published in 1983. Considered to be a children’s classics and sure to become a life-long favorite with upper elementary and middle grade children and re-read as an adult, this is not a fairy-tale. This is about real witches. Real witches don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you’re face to face with one? Well, if you don’t know yet you’d better find out quickly-because there’s nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she’ll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them. One of the most popular Halloween titles.
Coraline written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean, published in 2002, ISBN-13 : 978-0380977789 is highly recommended for Middle school and above. (Ages 11 and older) Coraline lives with her preoccupied parents in part of a huge old house–a house so huge that other people live in it, too… Coraline contents herself for weeks with exploring the vast garden and grounds. But with a little rain she becomes bored–so bored that she begins to count everything blue (153), the windows (21), and the doors (14). And it is the 14th door that–sometimes blocked with a wall of bricks–opens up for Coraline into an entirely alternate universe. What’s on the other side of the door? A distorted-mirror world, containing presumably everything Coraline has ever dreamed of… people who pronounce her name correctly (not “Caroline”), delicious meals (not like her father’s overblown “recipes”), an unusually pink and green bedroom (not like her dull one), and plenty of horrible (very un-boring) marvels, like a man made out of live rats. The creepiest part, however, is her mirrored parents, her “other mother” and her “other father”–people who look just like her own parents, but with big, shiny, black button eyes, paper-white skin… and a keen desire to keep her on their side of the door. This delightful, funny, haunting, scary as heck, fairy-tale novel is about as fine as they come.