by  Barbara Bietz – Children’s Book Reviews –

Time for changing leaves when kids start to gearing up for Halloween. Along with costumes, tricks, and treats, include some reading activities in your Halloween agenda! It’s a perfect read aloud time for all ages. Here’s BIG list of spooky story selections that are sure to please your little goblins!

Happy Sparkling Halloween (Sparkling Stories) by Elizabeth Spurr and Colleen Madden. Sparkly delights accent traditional Halloween scenes in a perfect board book for the littlest tick o” treater!

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman and S.D. Schindler . What’s a witch to do when her pumpkin is just too big? Halloween with a humorous twist and beautiful illustrations make Big Pumpkin a holiday favorite.

City Witch, Country Switch by Wendy Wax and Scott Gibala-Broxholm. A bewitching twist on the classic tale of The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, Mitzi and Muffletump learn to appreciate each other in spite of their differences. Other Halloween picks by Wendy Wax, Bus to Booville and You Can’t Scare Me!

Inside the Slidy Diner by Laurel Scheider and Jaime Zollars. If your bunch loves to be completely grossed out, the Slidy Diner is the place for you! Pumpkin asparagus pie and greasy booths set a creepy tone just right for Halloween fare.

The Halloween Book of Facts and Fun by Wendie Old and Paige Billin-Frye. Inquiring kids will enjoy learning about the history of Halloween traditions.

Six Creepy Sheep by Judith Ross Enderle, Stephanie Gordon Tessler and John O”Brien. Sheep in ghost costumes are sure to delight the youngest readers; an engaging picture book with rhythmic text and charming illustrations.

Vampire Boys Goodnight by Lisa Brown. An adorable story of the friendship between Vampire boy and his witch friend on Halloween night.

Trick or Treat Old Armadillo by Larry Dane Brimmer and Dominic Catalano. The Southwest setting creates an unusual backdrop for Old Armadillo and his friends.

Z is for Zombie by Merrily Kutner and John Manders.
Illustrations and rhyming text present a night full of scary creatures and spooky sights, one for each letter of the alphabet.
 

Broom, Zoom! by Caron Lee Cohen and Sergio Ruzzier. A sweet Halloween story about sharing – perfect for toddlers.

Happy Haunting!

 

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz -is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE, was released in October 2006 (Yotzeret Publishing)  and is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and has contributed to numerous print and on-line publications. She also teach writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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