I love to read and my favorite genre is children’s books. Luckily my kids love to read as well. This is a short list of great Halloween books for children. They are not scary. Most are funny. There is even a nonfiction book thrown in for good measure. Even if the book is below your child’s reading level they may enjoy having it read to them.
Sheep Trick or Treat written by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple, and published by Houghton Mifflin Company. This is from a series of books featuring some very interesting sheep. They are preschool classics. It’s a short tale. The reader follows the sheep through the process of making the costumes and going trick-or-treating at the nearby barn. I don’t want any of these treats! You can’t imagine what happens to the sheep on the way back. It’s a short, funny tale, and it rhymes.
Annie Was Warned, written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka and published by Alfred A. Knopf. It’s a short, basic story about Annie who is warned to stay out of a scary house in her town. Of course she does not listen. What happens next…read the book. This book must be read out loud. The flow of the book creates a gentle expectation of what may happen in the end. Reading it repeatedly through the season will get the kids into the flow of the story and making it possible for them to give big reactions! Kids love the buildup to the ending. It is not scary.
J is for Jack-O’- Lantern, A Halloween Alphabet, written by Denise Brennan-Nelson, illustrated by Donald Wu, published by Sleeping Press Books. This is one in a series of letter books based on the alphabet.
This book is like 2 books in one. You have the alphabet showing each letter and it’s Halloween relation. Then you have extra reading on each page edge. These explain the history, traditions, and symbols of Halloween. Younger kids will enjoy the alphabet. Older readers will enjoy learning about Halloween. There’s even recipes in the back of the book. The pictures are big and bold.
Let’s Celebrate Halloween, written by Peter and Connie Roop, Illustrated by Katy Keck Arnsteen, published by The Millbrook Press. This is a nonfiction book. It gives great detail into all facets of Halloween. Fully illustrated. It includes history and traditions. As well as crafts and cooking. Great book for kids who ask “Why?”.
Orange You Glad it’s Halloween, Amber Brown?, written by Paula Danziger, illustrated by Tony Ross, and published by Puffin Books. This is a Puffin easy to read level 2 book. I love Amber. She reminds me of so many little girls in my life. The great thing about Amber is, like Ramona, she has real life home issues to deal with. That turns some people off. Try it anyway. There are many lessons to learn from Amber. This is a cute easy book your little goblin can read to you. In this installment Amber has planned the perfect Halloween costume, but she’s keeping it a secret. Her only concern is her parents may fight and mess up Halloween. Read to see what happens, and the costume is great!
There are many more Halloween books. Most popular character driven series have a Halloween title. A few are Franklin, Nate the Great, Minnie & Moo, and Horrible Harry. All are really great reads. Kids love them. Go to your library and check out one of these seasonal favorites.