We love to read before bedtime and Halloween is one of our favorite seasons. Bedtime storytime is one my favorite time of the day – snuggling with the kids on the bed on a crisp Fall night and reading a story that makes us smile or giggle or shiver. Here are our favorite books to read to get ready and excited for Halloween:
When my kids were toddlers, they liked:
1. Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson and Buket Erdogan. It is a nicely illustrated and not spooky tale to get toddler used to seeing Halloween imagery.
2. Inside a House That Is Haunted by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. This is a very funny story that uses Rebuses so the kids get to help “read” the story by saying the right work when they see each picture. The illustrations by Tedd Arnold are so cute. I think we read it every night for two weeks straight.
Once they learned to read they loved:
3. Halloween, Jerry Seinfeld. Hands down, my kids favorite book. Whether I read it or we listen to Jerry read it on the CD, they laugh and laugh.
4. Just a Minute, A Trickster Tale by Yuyi Morales. Technically this is more of a Day of the Dead book, but the graphics and theme fit right in with Halloween fun. If you want to learn more about this cool book, read my full review.
5. Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul. The stories aren’t about Halloween per se but my kids love reading about Winnie and her cat and the illustrations are too funny. You need to really scan the pages to see all of the little creatures and details.
6. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. This is a fun rhyming book about a witch who tries to find room on her broom for all of her Halloween friends. It’s a very cute read-aloud book. My kids like to take turns reading the book out loud to me.
7. Zen Ghosts by Jon Muth. Stillwater the Panda is back with a surprise for his young friends. A mysterious stranger tells the kids a wonderful and spooky story, with a moral, of course. We love the Zen books!
8. Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex. This is a quick read by my kids think the parody of Goodnight Moon is pretty funny. The illustrations are super cute.
Now that I have a tween in the house, he likes:
9. Hank Zipzer: My Dog’s a Scaredy-Cat: A Halloween Tail by Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver. Both of my kids love the Hank Zipzer series about a boy with ADHD who runs into all kinds of challenges because he can’t focus or study well in school. We usually listen to these books on long car trips because Henry Winkler, aka the Fonz, narrates his stories. In this book, Hank decides to create the scariest haunted house ever to scare the school bully but ends up scaring his weiner dog Cheerio.
10. The Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer. There’s a zombie attack and Zack and his friends have to stop these monsters and save the world, before his Mom finds out. The book is silly and the illustrations are gross and icky, yet funny.
What are your favorite Halloween books? I’d love to discover some new favorites.
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