Love Halloween? And books? There are so many fun and spooky books out there – here a few of my favorites that you will want to read out loud!
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
So is there room on the broom with this friendly little witch? Why of course there is, and the witch is soon accompanied by a cat, a dog, a frog and a bird. Whoosh and suddenly this little witch has quite a lot on one tiny broom, when suddenly that broom breaks in two and the witch finds herself facing a scary, fire-breathing dragon. What will she do? She needs help! But fortunately, she has some friends who are ready to come to her aid in the form of a scary mud monster! This adorable tale will captivate little ones with colorful pictures and rhymes for everyone. Witches can be friendly, animals can help each other out of a dragon situation, and a little bit of magic from everyone can create the perfect broom for a happy little witch and all of her friends, with room on the broom!
What will you love about this book? It is clever, cumulative, rhyming, and you will get up at move when you read it! It’s a chance to clomp, shake, wiggle, clap and nod! Great sound effects and pleasant rhyming that will appeal to young readers (and the adults in the room too!). This little old lady is not afraid of anything…but that may change when she is walking alone at night and discovers a spooky set of clothes following her, and a clomp, clomp, shake, shake! Will she be scared? What will she do? Kids will love the ending as she puts the magic clothes to a new use – clever and fun! The illustrations are engaging, colorful, and the many details show both the humorous and the scary elements of the story. Kids will love returning to the various pages to examine all the elements of the story and find the clever details hidden in the illustrations.
So what happens when a clever witch wants to move into a haunted house? Oh no, ten ghosts already live in this house and they don’t want to leave! What is a witch to do? Not only is this a counting books (young readers will enjoy counting backwards with the witch) it is also a book that grabs your attention with the illustrations, as kids will be able to hunt for the sneaky tricks that witch uses to evict the ten timid ghosts. Have fun on the ghost hunt!
Drat! This witch has a pumpkin too big to move! She can’t even get it off the vine! What to do? Lots of characters show up and are willing to help, but even the ghost, the vampire, nor the mummy can move this pumpkin. When a bat appears and wants to help, everyone laughs. But this clever bat has an idea. This adorable book serves up a great message about teamwork in addition to delicious pumpkin pie in the final treat. Fun for all!
Is this a Halloween book? Well….it doesn’t have to be a Halloween book (and we can read about spiders all year long) but I LOVE this book so I have to include it in the list! Perfect for learning about spiders, this busy little spider keeps spinning her web, even as her animal friends try to tempt her into playing out in the sun, climbing on rocks and swimming in the pond. Instead, she perseveres and builds her web. And surprise, she catches a fly! Young readers will enjoy Eric Carle’s distinctive style and illustrations, running their fingers across the spider web and feeling the edges of the web as the spider builds on each page. Perfect for the spider spookiness of Halloween.
Spooky, scary, funny or mysterious, what are your favorite Halloween picture books???