Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fun Halloween Books

A holiday at our house wouldn't be complete without related picture books. I have several Halloween picture books sitting on a table in our family room, and I love to walk by and see all my kids (even my teens) reading them! There is something magical about picture books. These are just a few fun titles we like.

Excerpt from the book:
"'Twas the night before Halloween, and all through the house, 
all the creatures were stirring, except for the mouse. 
The monsters had gathered to plan and prepare, 
For the trick-or-treaters who soon would be there."

Our family loves this story of monsters and witches getting ready for Halloween. But will the kids trick-or-treating be too scared to come to the party?

From goodreads:
Frank was a monster who wanted to dance. So he put on his hat, and his shoes made in France... and opened a jar and put ants in his pants! So begins this monstrously funny, deliciously disgusting, horrifyingly hilarious story of a monster who follows his dream. Keith Graves' wacky illustrations and laugh-out-loud text will tickle the funny bone and leave readers clamoring for an encore.

This is a comical story about a monster who wants nothing more than to dance in front of an audience. I like the message of following your dreams and perseverance. My kids laugh out loud when Frank's body starts to fall apart. The illustrations and rhyme make this book really fun.

From the book:
Over in the forest 

Where the trees hide the sun
Lived a big mommy monster
And her little monster one.
"Scare " said the mommy;
"I scare," said the one.
So he scared and he scampered
Where the trees hide the sun.

This is a book my sister discovered in a scholastic book order this year. We grew up with the nursery rhyme Over in the Meadow, and this book is the halloween version! I love all the different Halloween creatures, the counting reinforcement, and vocabulary. This is a cute story with beautiful illustrations.

from goodreads:
It's bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest.

A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.

Goodnight Moon is a book I read to all my babies, and this is a spooky parody of that story. Fun text and illustrations make this a perfect Halloween read-aloud. Or, you can listen to a fun narrative here.

What are some of your family's favorite Halloween stories?

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