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Ten Halloween Picture Books for Children

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Picture books are an entertaining way for people of all ages to enjoy a story. The following is a list of my favorite Halloween stories to read out loud. Some are scary, creepy, with bats, jack-o-lanterns, and witches. While stories can also bring out the lighter side of Halloween making us giggle.

The Witch’s Hat

The Witch’s Hat is one of my favorite Halloween books to read. It requires the reader to use a crackly witch voice. The witch drops her hat in her magic pot. After she fishes it out all the fun ensues as the hat keeps changing shape. The reader is constantly reminded “It is a magic pot in case you forgot.” The witch keeps trying to trick her hat into giving itself away when it is hidden. Finally, she catches the hat, but is it really a hat?

This book is available to be purchased at Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com

What Was I Scared Of?

Newly released this year as its own book is the Dr. Seuss title, What Was I Scared Of? To make this book even spookier it glows in the dark. In this story a boy keeps running into an empty green pair of pants. The pants can run and ride a bike. The boy tries to hide from the pants. The green pants find the boy every time he needs to run an errand. Check out this Dr. Seuss book to see how it ends.

This book is available to be purchased at Mostly Books. Phone orders are taken.

http://www.mostlybooks.com

Haunted House

Halloween would not be the same without a Haunted House pop-up book. Ducks fly on the walls. Eyes follow the reader around the room. I can not even mention what is in the kitchen. This is a book that needs to be experienced first hand.

This book is available to be purchased at Borders Books online or in the stores.

http://www.bordersbooks.com

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything will keep asking the reader the unspoken question is she going to run? While listening to the story children get to wiggle, clap, stomp, nod, and finally yell BOO BOO! In the end what will the little old lady do?

This book is available to be purchased at Barnes and Noble online and in the stores.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com

Sheep Trick or Treat

Sheep Trick or Treat is a wonderful book in a series of sheep rhyming books. This time the sheep are getting ready to trick or treat in the barn with the other farm animals. On their way home animals are waiting in the woods to have a Halloween treat. Look out sheep!

This book is available to be purchased at Borders online in three formats: board book, paperback, and coil bound.

http://www.bordersbooks.com

It’s Pumpkin Time

It’s Pumpkin Time starts in the summer when a brother and sister plant their pumpkin seeds. This is a great talk about book as it goes through the whole planting process. It shows how the children tend their pumpkin garden in anticipation of Halloween. Finally, they pick their pumpkins, carving them into Jack-o-Lanterns for Halloween!

This book can be purchased at Borders online.

http://www.bordersbooks.com

A Job For Wittilda

A Job For Wittilda is a silly story about a witch that takes in every stray cat. She has so many cats there is no food left to feed them. Wittilda decides she must find a job to feed her family. Her first attempt working with Aunt Bort is unsuccessful. She answers an ad for Dingaling Pizza as a delivery girl. Will she beat out the competition?

This book can be purchased at Borders online.

http://www.bordersbooks.com

In The Haunted House

A father takes his younger daughter on Halloween In The Haunted House. This is a wonderful read-aloud book. The rhyming and the pictures allow the storyteller to use their voice to give the book a haunting flair. Look out at the end for the unexpected twist in the storyline.

This book can be purchased at Borders online.

http://www.bordersbooks.com

Bats In The Library

Bats eagerly await an evening when the librarian accidentally leaves a window open. This wonderful rhyming book uses bats to show the joy of being in the library. The younger bats play not knowing what to expect. Everyone settles down to listen to a bat read a book out loud. The night goes by too fast. The bats must wait until another night the window is open again.

This book can be purchased at Borders online.

http://www.bordersbooks.com

Oliver and the Monsters

Oliver and the Monsters is a story where Oliver turns the tables on the monsters. He is tired of being scared every night. He ventures out into the dark woods to tell the monsters to stop bothering him. He ends up scaring the monsters. He leaves after he has made an agreement with the monsters. Will the monsters keep their word?

This book can be purchased at Amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.com

Sources:

The Witch’s Hat By Tony Johnston

What Was I Scared Of? By Dr. Seuss

Haunted House By Jan Pienkowski

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything By Linda Williams

Sheep Trick or Treat By Nancy Shaw

It’s Pumpkin Time! By Zoe Hall

A Job For Wittilda By Caralyn and Mark Buehner

Bats In The Library By Brian Lies

In The Haunted House By Eve Bunting

Oliver and the Monsters By Tony Blundell

 

 

 

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