Get your child in the Halloween spirit with any of these Halloween books for kids. Here are the top 5 Halloween books for kids that are appropriate for children as young as toddler age. In these books, you’ll find all the fun and festive excitement of Halloween, but none of the scary aspects that can be found in more mature Halloween books.
Ten Timid Ghosts, by Jennifer O’Connell
In Ten Timid Ghosts, the story is about ten friendly ghosts that live in a haunted house. Until, that is, a witch moves in and wants them out. Children will enjoy the continuous rhyming theme. Each page begins with the line, “Ten timid ghosts in a haunted house, a witch moved in and wanted them out“….. Reading Halloween books for kids can become an exciting tradtion your child can enjoy each and every year. Ten Timid Ghosts is the perfect book to start this tradition. This book is fun for children and adults alike. It includes fun hidden things on each page, making Ten Timid Ghosts a fun, interactive Halloween book for kids
On every page, the witch plays different tricks on the ghosts to scare them away. Beginning with the first page, there are a total of ten ghosts. Then, every page after one ghosts disappears, making Ten Timid Ghosts a countdown book. On page two, there is nine ghosts…On page three there is eight ghosts…and so on
If you’re looking for a fun Halloween book to read to your child, you simply can’t go wrong with Ten Timid Ghosts. This book can become a part of your child’s Halloween tradition, as they will look forward to you reading it to them time and time again.
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!, by Charles M. Schulz
Adults have been watching “It’s the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” as a classic cartoon for decades. Now, parents can pass on the tradition of the beloved Peanuts gang to their children by reading the book. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is number two on our top 5 Halloween books for kids because it’s filled with fun illustrations and the familiar story of Linus waiting patiently for “The Great Pumpkin” to arrive, with Sally by his side, as the other children of The Peanuts gang participate in traditional Halloween activities.
This book commemorates the 35th Anniversary of the cartoon, and adults and children alike can enjoy the book, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!”. Children will enjoy hearing this story read to them, and looking at the illustrations that closely resemble scenes from the movie. Adults will feel nostalgic reading the story that they have enjoyed for years.
My Monster Mama Loves Me So, by Laura Leuck
The book, My Monster Mama Loves Me So, is not techniqually a Halloween book, as there is no mention of the holiday, BUT it is perfect to read for Halloween anyway because it’s all about happy monsters.
My Monster Mama Loves Me So is a heartwarming story told by a little monster. The story starts with the line, “My monster mama loves me so, let me tell you how I know”…… and on each page, the little monster talks about the thoughtful things that Mama does for him each and every day. Some of the sweet things mama does are “give him lizard juice with ice” and “makes sure that his spider’s fed”. All of the things that “humans” would find scary and/or gross, are things that the monster finds endearing. It is just adorable.
Happy Halloween, Curious George, by H.A. Rey
This is a fabulous Halloween book for very young children, as it has everything that’s great about Halloween and nothing scary. Join Curious George as he searches for a perfect pumpkin, has fun decorating his house, and much more.
This is a hard-board book, so it is perfect for little hands to grab. There are several different tabs, which makes flipping the pages easy. Happy Halloween Curious George is actually a book filled with several different poems, making it a very unique read. The illustrations are wonderful, and follows in the tradition of other Curious George books.
Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever!, by Don Freeman
This book includes stories and illustrations of everything fun about Halloween. Costume parties, bobbing for apples, carving jack-o-lanterns and going trick-or-treating, can all be found inside “Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever!”
In this Halloween book for kids, we follow sweet Corduroy, who gives away his Halloween costume to a friend who doesn’t have one. Then, he is left to find a new Halloween costume for himself. Using his imagination, he comes up with one using a dirty tablecloth. Children can learn a lot from the selfless act that Corduroy exhibits, and they will also enjoy the Halloween illustrations set inside this book.
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