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We’re taking the spooky down a notch and sharing our favorite Halloween stories. Use the 12 nights before the 31st to get your young readers excited for a night of tricks and treats.
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin – Sonali Fry
This one puts a fun Halloween spin on the traditional Itsy Bitsy Spider. Your child will already be familiar with the flow of this one and laugh along with this little pumpkin. A perfect pick for your youngest readers.
Clifford’s Halloween – Norman Bridwell
You really can’t have a holiday book list without Clifford joining the fun. The cover of this book popped into my mind right away when I started this list. It is definitely a classic from my childhood and one my kids still love. You can also pair it up with the television version and an activity for a fun afternoon.
Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat – Stan & Jan Berenstain
I will probably never make a list of children’s books without this Bear family! This series was my absolute favorite growing up and I still have many of the books including this one. I love that the bears always share a relatable situation and a good lesson learned. In this story the bear cubs learn that tricks don’t always go as planned.
Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson
This one is lots of fun to read. It is full of rhyming phrases for a great read aloud. It is a great one for Halloween with the witch as the main character, but this book is also about friendship and kindness. Lets face it, we can’t have too many books with that message!
Click Clack Boo! A Tricky Treat – Doreen Cronin
My youngest loves all things cows so this series of silly farm animals is a hit in our house. I really like this one because it highlights the fun of Halloween, while also addressing it can be a scary time for some. Farmer Brown overcomes his fears of this night and your little one can too.
Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk – Jan and Stan Berenstain
So I know I said I wouldn’t have a list without the Bear Family but sometimes a list calls for two of them! Papa Bear is the star of this story as he is in charge of the school’s annual ghost walk. He is really excited as he gathers up all his spooky surprises, but he learns the hard way that not everyone is as thrilled as he is.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – Linda D. Williams
This is a great story for kids to “read” on their own. It is full of repetitive phrases that my girls picked up really quickly and loved to repeat back to me. It is a great one to read aloud with all the fun sounds and motions you can incorporate into the story. Have fun with this one!
Bad Kitty Scaredy-Cat – Nick Bruel
We love the Bad Kitty series. Its a newer discovery for us but from the first couple of pages my kids were in love, so if you are looking for a new series and haven’t check this one out I would suggest it. Most have a fun way of sneaking in the ABC’s at least once and offers all kinds of new vocabulary words. Bad Kitty is always up to something that creates giggles from my girls.
Happy Halloween Little Critter – Mercer Mayer
Again, a classic from our childhood that we can share with our kids. The Critters enjoy the fun of a Halloween party and it helps kids understand that their friends are hiding under the sometimes scary costumes. It’s always fun to search out the spider and mouse on every page too.
Duck & Goose Honk! Quack! Boo! – Tad Hills
Duck and Goose are new to us too. I’m not sure where I’ve been on this one, but they are a really cute duo. This two unlikely pals show friendship in this new holiday classic where they help each other through their fears of Halloween night. Such a cute series and I can’t wait to read the Christmas one!
10 Trick or Treaters – Janet Schulman
This book is filled with adorable illustrations, lots of rhyming and counting. Fun book for your younger readers who are learning to count. You can carry the idea over to other seasons and holidays with other books in the series too like 10 Tree Trimmers at Christmas.
The Night Before Halloween – Natasha Wing
A silly Halloween spin on the classic Christmas poem. This was a really fun one to read aloud and has absolutely adorable illustrations. Younger readers will love the rhythm of this story and older kids will be able to pick it up quickly and repeat it back.
Have fun with this season. Bats and witches don’t have to be spooky for your little ones. Pair up your favorite story with a fun craft and pumpkin carving and make it a tradition each year.
Happy Halloween to you and your trick or treaters!