Friday, October 17, 2014

Getting Ready for Halloween!

There is no shortage of wonderful Halloween books to read this month.  Our local library has a special shelf dedicated to Halloween books (they rotate the books for each season/holiday) - so I've taken to borrowing a big stack a couple times a week to look through more carefully at home - and to keep and return as needed.  We've been rotating through quite a few since the beginning of the month!

Our Halloween-themed reading basket
Most of your favorite characters are bound to have a Halloween book about them.  Some of our favorites include:
Maisy's Halloween - Lucy Cousins
Clifford's First Halloween - Normal Bridwell
Fancy Nancy: Halloween or Bust - Jane O'Connor
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin - Tad Hills

And after these characters introduced us to Halloween, here are a few of the not-so-scary books we've been reading:
Where's My Mummy - Carolyn Crimi
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (thanks to my sister-in-law for the recommendation!)
I Spy Spooky Night - Jean Marzollo (we LOVE all the I Spy books!)
Can You See What I See: On a Scary Scary Night - Walter Wick
Monster Needs a Costume - Paul Czajak
10 Trick-or-Treaters - Janet Schulman

And a few just about pumpkins and the autumn season:
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin - Margaret McNamara
Apples and Pumpkins - Anne Rockwell
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves - Julia Rawlinson

For kids who are a little older (maybe in the 5-8 range), my favorite series growing up was Dorrie the Little Witch by Patricia Coombs.  These books are not all about Halloween, she just happens to be a witch.  But, she does have a Halloween installment:  Dorrie and the Halloween Plot.  For young teens, I recommend: Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, and Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories.  And for adults who want to get into the creepy Halloween spirit, check out: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield,  Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice, and of course anything by Edgar Allan Poe.

With costumes and candy, there isn't much for my kids not to love about Halloween, and with all the reading inspiration, I almost wish it could last all year!!  Happy Reading!

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