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The leaves are colorful, the air is crisp, and the moon is eerily full and bright. It’s Halloween! Time for costumes, trick-or-treating, and maybe some spooky stories? We’re not big fans of anything too awfully scary around here, so Halloween children’s books are just our thing. We love celebrating the season and focusing on the fun, festive aspects, so we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about Halloween.

Halloween is a fun holiday for children’s literature, and this list covers all the variety. There are classic Halloween books on the list. There are some favorite Halloween stories from the 1980s and the 1990s that you’re sure to recognize (think The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything and Big Pumpkin). And there are some recent additions to kid Halloween stories that are sure to become favorites. With all the titles on our list, you’re sure to find titles that catch pique your interest.

Plus, our list includes three book types: board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board and picture books are great if you’re looking for a Halloween book for adults to read to children. If you’re looking, say, for a Halloween book for 10 year olds, check out the chapter books on the list—they’re great for elementary age kids through early middle school tween readers.

Find some good books, pour some cider, and enjoy reading by the flickering lights of jack-o-lanterns. Let us know what books you would add to the list!

Top 10 Books About Halloween

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Frankenstein
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
Thoughts from Readerly Mom
I think this might be the chef d'oeuvre of the whole BabyLit series. As a fan of Mary Shelley's original novel, I think this take on it is clever and hilarious. To my kids, it's a cute book about body parts, made extra fun by featuring a funny-looking monster. It's a win all around!
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.
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The Widow's Broom
Written & illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Some of Minna Shaw's neighbors don't trust her clever broom. "It's dangerous," they say. But Minna appreciates the broom's help. She enjoys its quiet company. But one day two children get taught a well-deserved lesson by the broom. For her neighbors, this is proof of the broom's evil spirit. Minna is obligated to give up her dear companion. Chris Van Allsburg, master of the mysterious, brings this tale to life with moody and memorable pictures that will haunt readers long after the book's covers are closed—now in a new edition to celebrate this beloved book's twenty-fifth anniversary.
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Even Monsters Need Haircuts
Written & illustrated by Matthew McElligott
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I love this book! It's great for Halloween, of course, but this book is one that's still fun to read all year long, especially if your little one is getting ready for a haircut. It's funny and the story is great! The only thing I'd mention is *spoiler* that there is one monster who looks like a normal person but takes his head off, so I'd just be wary of that if your child might be sensitive to that or monsters, in general.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal--after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It's a tough job, but someone's got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks. Perfect for Halloween, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father's footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14
Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place. Just when it seems she must give up, she finds a kindred spirit. But Kit’s friendship with Hannah Tupper, believed by the colonists to be a witch, proves more taboo than she could have imagined and ultimately forces Kit to choose between her heart and her duty. Elizabeth George Speare won the 1959 Newbery Medal for this portrayal of a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.
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Snowmen at Halloween
Written by Caralyn Buehner & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
The snowmen are getting their Halloween costumes ready for the latest picture book in this New York Times bestselling series. Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do when we're not watching? After an early snowfall, a few kids build some snowmen before going trick-or-treating. And when the kids go off to bed, the snowmen have their own Halloween festival! There's candy and apple-bobbing and costume contests and all sorts of autumn activities. When the kids wake up the next morning, the snowmen are gone... but they've left a very special message behind.
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The Monsters' Monster
Written & illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I really love this book, especially for Halloween time! It's my favorite Halloween book, and I love it every time I read it. Great for kids because it shows that monsters aren't all scary, and promotes saying thank you! The illustrations are fun, too. :)
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Such a great book, especially for around Halloween time, but it's worth reading year round! The message that being grateful is far more enjoyable than being a little monster is a great one, and the setting in this very unrealistic situation makes it enjoyable rather than overly moralizing.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
Once upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their minds. And all it took was two little words. In this playful tale from bestselling picture book author Patrick McDonnell, a very BIG monster shows three very BAD little monsters the power of boundless gratitude.
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Room on the Broom
Written by Julia Donaldson & illustrated by Alex Scheffler
Thoughts from Grammy
This might seem like a Halloween book but its message is a good one year round. The rhyming text is consistent and clever and the colorful and humorous illustrations are sure to delight. The generous witch earns some loyalty from her new-found friends who return the favor in an unexpected way leading to a clever turn of events at the end. It is long for young listeners, but worth the time if they have the attention span for a longer read.
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
The New York Times bestselling Halloween picture book is now a full-size board book, perfect for sharing with little ones! This rollicking, rhyming tale from master storyteller Julia Donaldson is the perfect Halloween read-aloud for the youngest listeners. A friendly witch, hungry dragon, and muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending.
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Seeking a Witch
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi & illustrated by Allie Smith
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This is one of my very favorite Halloween board books, complete with snazzy rhymes and brightly colored illustrations featuring all of your favorite Halloween creatures from goblins to vampires that still manage to look as cute as ghouls can be. My toddler asks for this one again and again, even when it's not Halloween... although I personally think it's better come October.
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
From bestselling author Angela DiTerlizzi comes a lighthearted and spooky Halloween board book perfect for little trick-or-treaters! We’re seeking a witch And everyone knows Your skin must be green A wart on your nose Should travel by broom. Wear a tall pointy hat Love eye of newt Adore your black cat Join two trick-or-treaters on Halloween night as they go on a haunted adventure to find the perfect witch.
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Monster & Son
Written by David LaRochelle & illustrated by Joey Chou
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
Despite having monsters in the title, this is a rather gentle going to bed book. I enjoyed the author's incorporation of language such as "chase you into bed" and "gobbled down a snack" that shows a tender side of fatherhood while still reminding you of their monster side.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Romp along with parent and child yetis, werewolves, giant lizards, and more as they stir up some monster-sized fun! Readers big and small, young and old, wild and tame, will roar with laughter and take this book by the horns, teeth, and fur...discovering that monsters and humans aren't so different—especially in the ways they love each other.
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Boo-La-La Witch Spa
Written by Samantha Berger & illustrated by Isabel Roxas
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Such a fun combination of spooky witch and spa elements with adorable illustrations that ramp up the cute factor on all of the witchy elements (hags, spiders, werewolves, toadstools, etc.). The off-the-tongue-tripping rhymes are fun and add silliness and humor that ensures this is a fully light-hearted book.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Spooky meets silly in this unique Halloween story about a witch’s night out at the fa-BOO Witch Spa! Halloween is the most important day of the year for any witch. So when the holiday ends and the witches are tired from tricking and treating, they all head to the fa-boo Witch Spa. Here they indulge in Bat-Whisker Tea, Broom Bristle Facials, and other spooky spa goodies. A trip to the Witch Spa is sure to make any witch or warlock feel refreshed, revived, and positively revolting. Charming illustrations, clever rhymes, and silly spa treatments make this a fun Halloween book with mega mom appeal.
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Books About Halloween and Witches

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14
Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place. Just when it seems she must give up, she finds a kindred spirit. But Kit’s friendship with Hannah Tupper, believed by the colonists to be a witch, proves more taboo than she could have imagined and ultimately forces Kit to choose between her heart and her duty. Elizabeth George Speare won the 1959 Newbery Medal for this portrayal of a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.
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Seeking a Witch
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi & illustrated by Allie Smith
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This is one of my very favorite Halloween board books, complete with snazzy rhymes and brightly colored illustrations featuring all of your favorite Halloween creatures from goblins to vampires that still manage to look as cute as ghouls can be. My toddler asks for this one again and again, even when it's not Halloween... although I personally think it's better come October.
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
From bestselling author Angela DiTerlizzi comes a lighthearted and spooky Halloween board book perfect for little trick-or-treaters! We’re seeking a witch And everyone knows Your skin must be green A wart on your nose Should travel by broom. Wear a tall pointy hat Love eye of newt Adore your black cat Join two trick-or-treaters on Halloween night as they go on a haunted adventure to find the perfect witch.
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Boo-La-La Witch Spa
Written by Samantha Berger & illustrated by Isabel Roxas
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Such a fun combination of spooky witch and spa elements with adorable illustrations that ramp up the cute factor on all of the witchy elements (hags, spiders, werewolves, toadstools, etc.). The off-the-tongue-tripping rhymes are fun and add silliness and humor that ensures this is a fully light-hearted book.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Spooky meets silly in this unique Halloween story about a witch’s night out at the fa-BOO Witch Spa! Halloween is the most important day of the year for any witch. So when the holiday ends and the witches are tired from tricking and treating, they all head to the fa-boo Witch Spa. Here they indulge in Bat-Whisker Tea, Broom Bristle Facials, and other spooky spa goodies. A trip to the Witch Spa is sure to make any witch or warlock feel refreshed, revived, and positively revolting. Charming illustrations, clever rhymes, and silly spa treatments make this a fun Halloween book with mega mom appeal.
Honorable Mentions
It's Raining Bats & Frogs book
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Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble book
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The Witches' Supermarket (Martha Speaks) book
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Clever Little Witch book
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  1. It's Raining Bats & Frogs - A little witch named Delia has been looking forward all year to flying in the annual Witch Parade. When the rumors of rain come true and the other witches start complaining, Delia takes action. Using her best magic, Delia changes the rain to cats and dogs. At first this goes over quite well, but she quickly realizes the animals cause a few issues. She must change the rain again! This time to hats and clogs. And finally, she tries bats and frogs. But each new type of rain brings its own set of problems. How will Delia save the day?

  2. Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble - If your granny were a little bit, well, different from other grannies, would you want to change her, or would you love her just the way she is? In this rhyming text, a little girl whose granny is (shhhh!) a witch just wants her gran to be like all the other grans, with a normal pet and nicely done hair. But when she realizes that her reformed granny is bored and boring, there’s nothing to do but cook up a big pot of gloppy soup with granny and all of her frogs, cats, and bats!

  3. The Witches' Supermarket (Martha Speaks) - “Has what it takes: suspense, humor, and intriguing clues. A book that’s as much fun as Halloween itself.” —School Library Journal While trick-or-treating on Halloween night, Helen and her dog Martha (begrudgingly dressed as a cat) walk into a very unusual supermarket. One for witches and cats only! What will happen if the manager realizes the truth about them? This whimsical story by Susan Meddaugh is the first about Martha from PBS’s Martha Speaks, before she got her paws on the alphabet soup that gave her the gift of gab. This new 8” x 8” edition features a shiny foil cover and a sheet of stickers!

  4. Clever Little Witch - Magical mayhem and hilarity ensue when a clever little witch tries to turn her baby brother into a goldfish in this funny and imaginative picture book about sibling rivalry. Little Linh is the cleverest little witch on Mãi Mãi island. She has everything she could need: a trusty broomstick, a powerful spell book, and a magical pet mouse. She also has a new brother named Baby Phu, and she does not like him one bit. He crashes her broomstick, eats pages out of her spell book, and keeps her up all night. Little Linh tried giving Baby Phu away, but nobody will take him, not even the Orphanage for Lost and Magical Creatures. So, she’ll just have to try something else…like turning him into a goldfish. The only problem is, Baby Phu ate the second half of the spell. Still, there’s a reason Little Linh is the cleverest little witch. She can guess the second half of the spell…but it might take a few tries.

Books About Halloween and Monsters

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Frankenstein
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
Thoughts from Readerly Mom
I think this might be the chef d'oeuvre of the whole BabyLit series. As a fan of Mary Shelley's original novel, I think this take on it is clever and hilarious. To my kids, it's a cute book about body parts, made extra fun by featuring a funny-looking monster. It's a win all around!
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
BabyLit® is a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature. With clever, simple text by Jennifer Adams, paired with stylish design and illustrations by Sugar’s Alison Oliver, these books are a must for every savvy parent’s nursery library.
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Even Monsters Need Haircuts
Written & illustrated by Matthew McElligott
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I love this book! It's great for Halloween, of course, but this book is one that's still fun to read all year long, especially if your little one is getting ready for a haircut. It's funny and the story is great! The only thing I'd mention is *spoiler* that there is one monster who looks like a normal person but takes his head off, so I'd just be wary of that if your child might be sensitive to that or monsters, in general.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal--after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It's a tough job, but someone's got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks. Perfect for Halloween, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father's footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.
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Ten Little Monsters
Written by Mike Brownlow & illustrated by Simon Rickerty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Ten little monsters set off in search of adventure. But what will the ten little monsters do when they meet a howling werewolf, a giant spider and other scaries in the night? A monster stomp of a book with lots of things to spot and count on every page, this noisy rhyming story from the creators of the bestselling Ten Little Pirates is perfect for sharing again and again - at Halloween, or indeed at any time of the year! Now in a chunky board book format, perfect for little hands to hold. Praise for Ten Little Pirates: 'A rollicking read with an easy rhythm and jaunty illustrations . . . an excellent addition to books that help with counting.' Guardian 'Ties together its counting lessons and bobbing rhymes with intricate neatness . . . Lots of humorous details to discover on every page.' Time Out 'Hilarious. Will have both child and reader laughing out loud.' Angels & Urchins 'This book is wonderful.' Child-Led Chaos
Honorable Mentions
Monster Museum book
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Monsters Come Out Tonight! book
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Boo! Scared You! book
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Where's the Witch? book
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  1. Monster Museum - Come in—if you dare—and meet the werewolf, Count Dracula, the mummy, and some of their slimy, screaming, slithering friends. They’re just dying to show you a good time!

  2. Monsters Come Out Tonight! - Trick-or-treat! Open the doors to find monsters getting ready for a night of Halloween fun All of the monsters are getting ready for the big Halloween bash in this rhyming board book. Lift the flaps to reveal Dracula brushing his fangs, witches combing their hair, and more silly surprises! Quirky illustrations hold plenty of details that will be sure to tickle readers’ funny bones and get them in the Halloween spirit.

  3. Boo! Scared You! - Get ready to be scared! Stick your tongue out at the dragon. Oh no, what will happen? Open the big flap . . . waah! The dragon is breathing fire! Tickle the mean looking ogre. Uh oh, will he get mad? Open the big flap . . . the ogre is laughing! In this frighteningly funny book, kids are encouraged to be as brave as they can be to tickle, howl, or shout at fearful creatures-a different action on each spread-then lift the big flaps to reveal the unexpected results! A joke book for very young children focusing on physical humor, it is sure to make them roll with laughter.

  4. Where's the Witch? - Five stylishly illustrated spreads show a series of gently spooky creatures hiding behind bright felt flaps in this Halloween offering. A mirror on the final spread makes for a satisfying ending to the book’s search-and-find inquiries. A perfect book to share with very little ones.

Books About Halloween and Magic

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The Widow's Broom
Written & illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Some of Minna Shaw's neighbors don't trust her clever broom. "It's dangerous," they say. But Minna appreciates the broom's help. She enjoys its quiet company. But one day two children get taught a well-deserved lesson by the broom. For her neighbors, this is proof of the broom's evil spirit. Minna is obligated to give up her dear companion. Chris Van Allsburg, master of the mysterious, brings this tale to life with moody and memorable pictures that will haunt readers long after the book's covers are closed—now in a new edition to celebrate this beloved book's twenty-fifth anniversary.
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The Witches
Written by Roald Dahl & illustrated by Quentin Blake
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches. Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!
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Magic for Sale
Written by Carrie Clickard & illustrated by John Shelley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
On the corner of Hemlock and Blight, the magic shop of Miss Pustula Night is open for business. Creepy curiosities and endless enchantments fill the shelves, but it’s the rumor of a shop ghost that really has kids excited. Brave Georgie McQuist has been double-dared to find the phantom, and he's up to the task-- but he never expected that he'd give the ghost a fright! Together, boy and ghost take on the task of cataloging every last treasure in Miss Pustula's crowded and cavernous cellar, down to the last spell and skeleton-- but what will the witch do when she catches them there? The deliciously spooky, tongue-twistingly clever rhymes in this story are illustrated in lavish detail-- each creep and kraken crawls across the pages, and Miss Night's shelves are crowded with pickled elves and dusty potions. From the first friendly fright to the last lurking ghoul, this adventure is perfect for Halloween. . . and beyond.
Honorable Mentions
Honey Moon Shiver book
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Whizz! Pop! Granny, Stop! book
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Miss Smith and the Haunted Library book
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Alice and Greta book
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  1. Honey Moon Shiver - B is for Bookworm -

    This was a fun, magical book about honesty, friendship, and forgiveness. I also think the hint of Halloween as they live in the town of Sleepy Hollow is a great addition to the book, which makes it a fun read for fall or any time of the year! When Honey gets caught in a tangle of lies, she learns that telling the truth is always the best policy, and she also learns to forgive her friend.

  2. Whizz! Pop! Granny, Stop! - Granny wants to help with the birthday party, but her granddaughter wants to have her birthday the “normal” way — no magic! Will they manage to pull off the perfect party? Granny loves to help, and a little bit of magic always speeds things along. But sometimes all her granddaughter wants is to do things her own way, and spend some quality time with her granny. But will they be able to put on a great birthday party without using any magic?

  3. Miss Smith and the Haunted Library - When Miss Smith takes her class on a field trip to a spooky library, the students are thrilled when the strange librarian starts reading her creepy tales and monsters of all shapes and sizes begin to appear before their very eyes. Reprint.

  4. Alice and Greta - A bewitching tale showcasing the timeless lesson that a good deed always triumphs over a bad one, even at Miss Mildred Mildew’s School of Magic! Whatever you chant, Whatever you brew, Sooner or later Comes back to you! Alice and Greta attended the same school of magic, but they each have their own ideas about how to put their skills to the best use. Alice spends her days waving her wand to cast splendid spells. Greta only uses hers to stir up trouble. When their wands and witching styles clash, it turns out Greta should have paid more attention to those early magic lessons. An enchanting tale of two very different fates.

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Books About Halloween and Feelings And Emotions

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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Written by Linda Williams & illustrated by Megan Lloyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
‘A clever reworking of a classic story. The little old lady’s fearless attitude and her clever solution as to what to do with the lively shoes, pants, shirt and pumpkin head that are chasing her will enchant young audiences. With brilliantly colored, detailed folk art illustrations. A great purchase.’ —SLJ. Children's Choices for 1987 (IRA/CBC) Notable 1986 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC) Children's Books of 1986 (Library of Congress) 1988 Keystone to Reading Book Award (Pennsylvania Reading Association)
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Herbert's First Halloween
Written by Cynthia Rylant & illustrated by Steven Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Herbert is deeply doubtful about his first Halloween—but with a little help from his dad and a special tiger costume, Herbert might just find confidence on Halloween night. Together, father and son practice roaring, carve a pumpkin, and venture out in search of candy. And by the end of the night, Herbert finds his doubts have melted away. A sweet introduction to Halloween and to being brave, this book is sure to delight the youngest of trick-or-treaters.
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Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating
Written by Laura Gehl & illustrated by Joyce Wan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Peep is so excited to go trick-or-treating with her friend Egg. She wants to visit the duck pond and the cow pasture to get treats. But Egg thinks Halloween is too scary, with frightening monsters possibly lurking everywhere! Peep tells her jokes because laughing helps you feel less scared. Egg is still not cracking. But soon Egg learns that maybe trick-or-treating is not so scary after all when you have a friend to hold on to.
Honorable Mentions
You're My Little Pumpkin Pie book
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Pout-Pout Fish: Haunted House book
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On a Windy Night book
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I Dare You! book
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  1. You're My Little Pumpkin Pie - A sweet book that celebrates the little pumpkin pie in your life! With adorable illustrations, shaped cutouts, and raised elements, You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie is a sweet board book to share with your little one. With chunky pages for little hands and die-cut shapes to add depth and interest, children will love the interactive features alongside the story. This endearing board book is a wonderful read for Halloween or any time.

  2. Pout-Pout Fish: Haunted House - It’s time for Halloween, and Mr. Fish is nervous about visiting a haunted house with his friends—but he just may be surprised that it’s not all so scary! At an affordable price point, and with two pages of stickers, this new format is fun and accessible for Mr. Fish’s fans and newcomers alike.

  3. On a Windy Night - On a windy Halloween night, as a little boy makes his way home after trick-or-treating, he hears a voice: “Cracklety-clack, bones in a sack. They could be yours—if you look back.” As his heart flip-flops with fear, the boy dashes through woods and fields that seem full of haunting shapes—owls, ghosts, skeletons, and more. The detailed illustrations are packed with visual tricks for children to discover. Are those skeletons or cornstalks? Ghostly hands or tree branches? The playful tone of the text makes this a perfect, not-too-scary read-aloud, with an enjoyable surprise ending.

  4. I Dare You! - This very scary, very silly book will have young children roaring with laughter as they dare each other to touch the hair of a spider, the belly of a monster, the sticky tongue of a snake, and many more icky parts of creepy creatures! But who will be brave enough to turn to the last page to see the spookiest monster of all? The truly courageous will be rewarded with a shockingly hilarious—yet eerily familiar—surprise!

Books About Halloween and Costumes

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If You're Scary and You Know It!
Written by Carole Gerber & illustrated by Noel Ill
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-5
If you're scary and you know it, moan and groan . . . Set to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It," this festive holiday book is perfect for all of the boys and gouls roaming around on Halloween night! Ghosts moan and groan, while pirates yo ho! If You're Scary And You Know It! is sure to be a Halloween hit!
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Eek! Halloween!
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Boynton celebrates Halloween! A new addition to the Boynton on Board series, with over 21 million copies sold, Eek! Halloween! is all treat and no tricks, a journey with Boynton and her nutty characters through the tradition of Halloween. It starts with an uh-oh—the chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!”
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Five Little Monkeys Trick-Or-Treat
Written & illustrated by Eileen Christelow
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
In another adorable story starring Eileen Christelow's mischievous and beloved monkeys, these five silly monkeys go trick-or-treating and fun chaos ensues! Now in paperback. "Another winner." --School Library Journal Five little monkeys dress up for Halloween. They're going trick-or-treating with their favorite babysitter, Lulu. Mama reminds her, "Don't lose the rascals!" But soon those mischievous monkeys meet other costumed friends and decide to try "the best Halloween trick ever!" Will Lulu be fooled? Or will the five little rascals get tricked by their own monkey business? Vibrant, silly, and perfect for reading aloud, this non-scary Halloween story will delight fans of this best-selling series. Includes recipes for "eyeballs" and "worm juice" for kids to try at home.
Honorable Mentions
Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma book
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The Walking Bathroom book
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Little Blue Truck's Halloween book
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Monster Needs a Costume book
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  1. Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma - Ladybug Girl gets dressed up for Halloween in the newest hardcover addition to the New York Times bestselling series. It is Halloween and Lulu must decide on a costume. Should she be Ladybug Girl or something new? She tries many different costumes, but nothing seems right. Maybe she’ll think of the perfect costume as she enjoys the autumn day with her family by pumpkin picking and going on a hayride. But it isn’t until Lulu and Bingo help a little girl who is lost that Lulu discovers who she was meant to be for Halloween–Ladybug Girl, of course! After all, she is Ladybug Girl and it is important to be true to yourself.

  2. The Walking Bathroom - A sweet Halloween story about standing out and fitting in. I t’s Halloween, and Amayah doesn’t have a costume to wear to school. She dressed as a ghost for the last three years in a row, witches are overdone, and fairies are not her style. She wants to be something different, something creative. The Walking Bathroom is the newest book from awardwinning author and poet Shauntay Grant, with fun, eyecatching artwork from Erin Bennett Banks. This imaginative tale is bound to inspire some unique costumes and become a Halloween favorite!

  3. Little Blue Truck's Halloween - What would you do if you woke up one night to find the shadow of a giant chicken passing your bedroom door? Go and investigate, of course! When Anyaugo follows a giant chicken into her kitchen one warm night in Nigeria, she embarks on a fun-filled adventure where nothing is quite as it seems. Is the mischievous giant chicken a friend or a foe? More importantly, will Anyaugo be able to save the food for the New Yam Festival the next day?

  4. Monster Needs a Costume - It’s almost Halloween, and Monster needs to decide what he’s going to be. With so many options — a fireman, a ballerina, a cowboy, a ninja—how will he ever decide? In this playful, rhyming story, Monster shows young readers that sometimes being creative and daring to try something new are the best solutions.

Books About Halloween and Animals

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Spooky Pookie
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5
Pookie gets dressed up for Halloween in this silly board book from beloved and bestselling author and illustrator Sandra Boynton. It’s Halloween! What will little Pookie decide to be this year? Pookie tries on costumes one by one, but somehow can’t find just the right thing. The resolution to Pookie’s dilemma will delight toddlers and their caregivers alike. Told and illustrated with Sandra Boynton’s celebrated charm and pizzazz, Spooky Pookie has all the makings of a beloved Halloween classic. Boo!
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5 Very Little Pumpkins
Written by Holly Weane & illustrated by Ivana Forgo
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Five very little pumpkins are all heading out to play. It's October 31st—every pumpkin's favorite day! In this Halloween story, join five adorable animals dressed as little pumpkins as they trick or treat through their neighborhood, celebrating all that is fun about Halloween: great friends, costumes, neighbors, and treats!
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Click, Clack, Boo!
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Will the barnyard animals trick—or treat—Farmer Brown? Find out in this Halloween tale from the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of Click, Clack, Moo. Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed. But do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No, they do not. For them, the Halloween party has just begun. And we all know these critters far prefer tricks over treats. There are big surprises in store for Farmer Brown!
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Boo at the Zoo book
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Dem Bones book
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Piggie Pie! book
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  1. Boo at the Zoo - Get ready for a costume party at the zoo with this Halloween lift-the-flap adventure featuring your favorite animals all dressed up to trick-or-treat! Welcome to BOO AT THE ZOO! Where the animals wear Halloween costumes, too! It’s Halloween at the zoo, and the animals don’t know what to wear! Lift the flaps to discover costume tricks and treats that lead to a big BOO AT THE ZOO! From Giraffenstein to Flaminghosts to Vamtigers and more, little ones will love lifting the sturdy flaps to reveal the silly Halloween costumes hidden underneath.

  2. Dem Bones - In this Halloween story, a collection of dancing animals dressed in their scary skeleton costumes, jump jive and dance to this fun adaptation of the song ‘Dem Bones’. The repetitive rhyming text inspires children to join in and shake along.

  3. Piggie Pie! - Gritch the Witch is grouchy, grumpy, and very hungry. The only thing that could make her happy is something extra special for lunch, and that is: Piggie Pie! Gritch zooms off on her broomstick to find eight plump piggies — where else? — on Old MacDonald’s Farm. Cleverly disguised pigs impersonate ducks, chickens, a cow, and Old MacDonald himself, as this uproarious, quick-paced story builds to an ironically surprising conclusion. Wacky, hip, and illustrated with bold, bright paintings, “Piggie Pie” adds a new twist to an old fairy-tale scene.

  4. My Pet Giraffe - Giraffes make the best pets! Follow a little girl and boy and their pet giraffe as they spy, dress up for Halloween, and play hide-and-seek!

Books About Halloween and First Concepts

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Snowmen at Halloween
Written by Caralyn Buehner & illustrated by Mark Buehner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
The snowmen are getting their Halloween costumes ready for the latest picture book in this New York Times bestselling series. Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do when we're not watching? After an early snowfall, a few kids build some snowmen before going trick-or-treating. And when the kids go off to bed, the snowmen have their own Halloween festival! There's candy and apple-bobbing and costume contests and all sorts of autumn activities. When the kids wake up the next morning, the snowmen are gone... but they've left a very special message behind.
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Halloween Trick or Treat: A Colors Book
Written by & illustrated by Lydia Nichols
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
A red crayon, an orange pumpkin, a purple cat, a black vampire, a white ghost and more are included in this adorable Halloween colors book for toddlers. With Lydia Nichols's fresh yet retro style illustrations and spot glitter making the cover extra festive, this board book is sure to be the perfect gift for young trick-or-treaters at Halloween.
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Penguin and Pumpkin
Written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
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Recommend Ages: 3-6
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A Mischief of Monsters book
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Can You Make a Scary Face? book
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Halloween ABC book
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Shivery Shades of Halloween book
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  1. A Mischief of Monsters - A Mischief of Monsters is this latest title in the innovative Picture Fit series. On every spread, a little monster and a big monster make different sounds or actions for children and parents to copy—from munching and crunching, roaring and snoring to squelching and belching! Each little monster is also raised so it fits neatly into the recessed scene on the opposite page. With humorous illustrations, clever novelties, and a stand-out neon cover, this cased board book is fun to share together this Halloween.

  2. Can You Make a Scary Face? - What kind of a face would you make if a tickly green bug were sitting on your nose? Or if it were—eek!—inside your shirt? Could you make a scary face to frighten it away? Or, even better, stand up and do the chicken dance? Yes? Then better get to it! This exuberant, interactive picture book starring a bossy little ladybug and a GIANT hungry frog will have kids leaping up and down and out of their seats to dance and make silly scary faces of their own.

  3. Halloween ABC - A poem for each letter of the alphabet introduces a different, spooky aspect of Halloween.

  4. Shivery Shades of Halloween - A rollicking, rhyming Halloween romp—in every color! What color is Halloween? Why, it’s as green as an “eerie glow, evil grin, vile brew, clammy skin,” as white as “cobwebs clinging, a misty trail, a skull, a spook, a face gone pale . . .” Children will learn their colors as they follow a cute little creature on his adventure through haunted halls, moonlit forests . . . perhaps even a Halloween party! Jimmy Pickering’s stylized settings and adorable monsters add a blast of colorful creepy-crawliness that will make kids giggle. Who knew that learning colors could be such spooky fun?

Books About Halloween and Family

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Monster & Son
Written by David LaRochelle & illustrated by Joey Chou
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
Despite having monsters in the title, this is a rather gentle going to bed book. I enjoyed the author's incorporation of language such as "chase you into bed" and "gobbled down a snack" that shows a tender side of fatherhood while still reminding you of their monster side.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
Romp along with parent and child yetis, werewolves, giant lizards, and more as they stir up some monster-sized fun! Readers big and small, young and old, wild and tame, will roar with laughter and take this book by the horns, teeth, and fur...discovering that monsters and humans aren't so different—especially in the ways they love each other.
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The House in Poplar Wood
Written & illustrated by K. E. Ormsbee
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-13
Haunted Mansion meets Stranger Things ★ "A smart, thrilling mystery" -Publishers Weekly, starred review ★ "Magical elements, evocative, intelligent writing, and ever-ratcheting suspense."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review "The foreboding atmosphere perfectly matches the dark mystery and high stakes confronting the middle-schoolers." –Booklist For as long as the Vickery twins can remember, Lee and his mother have served Memory, while Felix and his father assist Death. This is the Agreement. But one Halloween, Gretchen Whipple smashes her way into their lives. Her bargain is simple: If the twins help her solve the murder of local girl Essie Hasting, she'll help them break the Agreement. The more the three investigate, however, the more they realize that something's gone terribly wrong in their town. Death is on the loose, and if history repeats itself, Essie's might not be the last murder in Poplar Wood. Simultaneously heartwarming and delightfully spooky, The House in Poplar Wood is a story about a boy's desire to be free, a girl's desire to make a difference, and a family's desire to be together again.
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Pick a Pumpkin
Written by Patricia Toht & illustrated by Jarvis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
The creators of Pick a Pine Tree are back with a joyful, energetic celebration of a Halloween tradition. Pick a pumpkin from the patch. Tall and lean or short and fat. Vivid orange, ghostly white, or speckled green, might be just right. Pairing a wonderfully rhythmic read-aloud text with expressive retro illustrations, author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis capture all the excitement and familial feeling of a favorite holiday tradition. Readers will be happy to follow along with each step, from picking out the perfect specimen at the pumpkin patch (be sure to stop for cider and toffee apples) to carting it home, scooping out the insides, carving a scary face, and finally lighting a candle inside -- savoring the familiar ritual of transforming an ordinary pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind glowing jack-o'-lantern.
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Double Down book
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Night Boat to Freedom book
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My Spooky Halloween book
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  1. Double Down - The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his “creative side.” As if that’s not scary enough, Halloween’s just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle. When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie . . . and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg’s troubles?

  2. Night Boat to Freedom - What scares the head is best done with the heart. When Granny Judith asks twelve-year-old Christmas John to row Molly across the river from Kentucky to the Free State of Ohio, he’s terrified. But Granny Judith reassures him. So Christmas John begins the first of many dangerous journeys. And each passing day brings hope that Granny and John can find their own freedom, just across the river. Night Boat to Freedom is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children’s Book of the Year.

  3. My Spooky Halloween - My Spooky Halloween is the perfect board book to share with your little one as they discover all the traditions of their first holiday. This jack-o’-lantern–shaped board book is perfect for tiny hands and will help get any baby or toddler ready for Halloween. Filled with all the highlights that make Halloween fun—flying bats, haunted houses, web-spinning spiders—this adorable board book will delight young trick-or-treaters with its colorful and vibrant illustrations and easy-to-follow sentences. From smiling jack-o’-lanterns to cackling witches, share all the special treats that bring Halloween’s spookiness to life with My Spooky Halloween!

  4. The Little Leftover Witch - A little lost witch undergoes a magical transformation when she’s loved by a human family in this heartwarming story. When Felina, a little witch, breaks her broom on Halloween and can’t fly home, she is stuck with the Doon family and their black cat, Itchabody, for an entire year. Although she’s homesick and unhappy, the Doon parents and their daughter, Lucinda, do their best to make Felina feel welcome. (And she has no trouble with Itchabody at all!) As time passes, the mischievous Felina learns what it means to be part of a family—and how, with love, she will always belong. This timeless tale, originally published in 1971 and cherished ever since, brims with witchy whimsy and will find a home in the hearts of a new generation of readers.

Books About Halloween and Counting And Numbers

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Dracula
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
The illustrations for BabyLit books are oh-so-cute always and this one is no exception. I haven't read the classic Dracula, so this one doesn't draw me in as much as the classics I'm familiar with (Pride & Prejudice, I'm looking at you), but it's the perfect book for Halloween.
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Meet 2 friends, Mina and Lucy, and the 5 heroes who try to save them from the dreaded Count Dracula in Dracula: A BabyLit® Counting Primer. Make sure you’re wearing a necklace of 10 garlic flowers as you count wolves, ships, tombstones, and boxes full of soil in this witty retelling of Little Master Stoker’s classic gothic tale.
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10 Trick-or-Treaters
Written by Janet Schulman & illustrated by Linda Davick
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
10 trick-or-treaters on a dark and spooky night out to get some candy or give someone a fright. Little do these ten trick-or-treaters know that they are the ones who will be frightened on Halloween night when a toad hops near, a skeleton tries to join their dance party, and a monster asks to share their candy.
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10 Busy Brooms
Written by Carole Gerber & illustrated by Michael Fleming
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
"Ten little witches combine a lesson in counting with colorful Halloween fun. " - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor Celebrate Halloween with this fun and festive counting board book, perfect for fans of Room on the Broom! Young readers will want to fly the night sky with the ten little witches in this bright and adventurous Halloween story. Whether zooming past rattling skeletons, buzzing by pie-stealing mummies, or soaring over a werewolf with bad breath, this exciting group of witches and their high-flying Halloween adventures will have readers cheering! Plus, play a game of I Spy and find the cat and owl on every page! "An enjoyable celebration of witchy sisterhood."—Publisher's Weekly "Bright and cheerful."—School Library Journal
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Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party book
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The Ghosts Went Floating book
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Ghost in the House book
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Ten Orange Pumpkins book
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  1. Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party - “There’s a party at Mr. Pumpkin’s tonight. A banquet with friends in the autumn twilight. And at this soiree we’ll see and we’ll find ghoulish delights of every kind.” You are cordially invited to Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party—a delightfully quirky twist on a counting book, incorporating gorgeous, deep-hued watercolor illustrations, as well as spooky elements and unique characters at an unexpectedly charming tea party. A perfect read for when there is a crisp chill in the air.

  2. The Ghosts Went Floating - Inspired by the children’s song “The Ants Went Marching” and involving early math concepts, writer Kim Norman and illustrator Jay Fleck’s The Ghosts Went Floating is a spooktacular adventure perfect for Halloween. The ghosts went floating,
    one by one,
    BOO-rah! BOO-rah!
    when Halloween had just begun.
    BOO-rah! BOO-rah!
    The ghosts went floating, one by one,
    so why don’t YOU come join the fun?
    Trick-or-treat with ghosts, skeletons, witches, zombies, and all sorts of cute and creepy creatures in this fun-filled Halloween counting adventure!

  3. Ghost in the House - Boo! Watch out for this rollicking, cumulative counting book for a Halloween treat that’s more playful than scary. There’s a ghost in the house, In the creepy haunted house, On this dark spooky night all alone. When a little ghost goes slip-sliding down the hallway, he suddenly hears…a groan! Turns out it’s only a friendly mummy, who shuffles along with the ghost, until they encounter…a monster! As the cautious explorers continue, they find a surprise at every turn — and add another adorably ghoulish friend to the count. But you’ll never guess who is the scariest creature in the house!

  4. Ten Orange Pumpkins - From a sneaky spider to a ghostly chef to a sly mummy and crafty witch, join your favorite spooky creatures as ten orange pumpkins disappear in a countdown to a Halloween surprise. Bright, bold, and fun, Ten Orange Pumpkins is a perfect read-aloud and is sure to capture the imagination of the littlest trick-or-treaters.

Books About Halloween and Self-esteem And Self-reliance

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Stumpkin
Written & illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s the perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window. As Halloween night approaches, more and more of his fellow pumpkins leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Will anyone give Stumpkin his chance to shine?
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The Littlest Witch (A Littlest Book)
Written by Brandi Dougherty & illustrated by Jamie Pogue and Brandi Dougherty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
From the New York Times bestselling author who brought us The Littlest Elf comes a sweet new Halloween story filled with gentle spooky fun and one adorable little witch friend! In this companion to The Littlest Mummy, Mae the Mummy's friend Wilma is the littlest witch in the Spooky Woods. She may be little, but Wilma knows this is the year she'll be able to fly with her family in the big broom-flying demonstration! But even though she knows the flying routine by heart, Wilma just isn't able to fly yet. Will Wilma be able to find a way to participate in the broom-flying fun, or is the littlest witch still too little? With adorable Halloween stickers!
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The Right One for Roderic
Written & illustrated by Violeta Noy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
What happens when one little ghost wants to stand out? All ghosts wear white sheets. That's just what ghosts do. White sheets are good for haunting people, and they make the ghosts feel like part of one big family. But one little ghost named Roderic wants to wear something different. He tries all sorts of things: a bag, a rug, a boot. Can he find the right one for him? Find out in this colorful picture book from debut author-illustrator Violeta Noy.
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The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches book
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A Tiger Called Tomás book
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The Ninja Club Sleepover book
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  1. The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches - A bewitching tale for beginning readers, the perfect early chapter book story for Halloween! Wendy is a little witch who is afraid of her mean, bossy witch sisters—until one special Halloween night when she makes a magical discovery: Wendy’s sisters can fly fast, cackle loudly, and cast spells, but Wendy can fly even faster. Can she find a way to out-witch her sisters? In this I Can Read Level 4 paperback—complete with full-color art and short chapters—Alice Low has adapted her popular story specifically for readers bridging to chapter books.

  2. A Tiger Called Tomás - A new edition of the timeless classic by celebrated children’s author, Charlotte Zolotow, featuring Spanish words and phrases! When Tomás and his family moved to a new house on a new street, he took it into his head that the new people might not like him. “Of course they’d like you,” his mamá said. “Why wouldn’t they? ¿Por qué no? “ But Tomás didn’t answer. Tomás’s Mom encourages him to go out and meet the kids in his neighborhood, but Tomas is too shy. Instead, he sits on his stoop, watching the world go by. But on the night of Halloween, opportunity arrives in the form of a tiger costume, complete with a mask that hides his identity. He can go trick-or-treating without anyone knowing it’s him. But Tomás will soon discover his costume doesn’t hide him quite as well as he thinks…

  3. The Ninja Club Sleepover - We are ninjas and ninjas are brave! Willa and her best friends love ninjas. They have matching ninja backpacks and ninja t-shirts, and at school they even form a ninja club. But Willa has a secret: she’s a werewolf! Worried that no one will understand, she hides the truth from her friends. Until Val has a sleepover for her birthday…and it’s on the night of the full moon. Willa is overcome with nerves. When an accident reveals that her friends were hiding secrets too, she realizes maybe it’s not so important to be a normal ninja. After all, a _para_normal ninja can do so many cool things! Join three remarkable friends as they discover that ALL of us are weird in our own special ways. Lovable and lively illustrations accompany this charming story that explores facing your fears and fitting in, encouraging readers to celebrate their true selves.

Books About Halloween and Friendship

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Room on the Broom
Written by Julia Donaldson & illustrated by Alex Scheffler
Thoughts from Grammy
This might seem like a Halloween book but its message is a good one year round. The rhyming text is consistent and clever and the colorful and humorous illustrations are sure to delight. The generous witch earns some loyalty from her new-found friends who return the favor in an unexpected way leading to a clever turn of events at the end. It is long for young listeners, but worth the time if they have the attention span for a longer read.
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Recommend Ages: 2-5
The New York Times bestselling Halloween picture book is now a full-size board book, perfect for sharing with little ones! This rollicking, rhyming tale from master storyteller Julia Donaldson is the perfect Halloween read-aloud for the youngest listeners. A friendly witch, hungry dragon, and muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending.
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A Very Brave Witch
Written by Alison McGhee & illustrated by Harry Bliss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
On the far side of town, in a big, dark, house, lives a brave little witch. She has heard lots and lots about those scary humans and a holiday they call Halloween, but she has never even seen Halloween for herself. Until one very special Halloween comes along… Perfect for trick-or-treaters of all ages, A Very Brave Witch makes for a playful read-aloud that takes the scariness out of the holiday.
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There's Something About Sam
Written by Hannah Barnaby & illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
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**Despite his initial hesitation to invite the new kid, Sam, to his sleepover birthday party, Max quickly discovers that what makes us different makes us special, and new friends can come in all shapes, sizes, and _species . . ._ Perfect as a birthday gift, and for fans of _Vampirina Ballerina _and _Crankenstein. _** There’s something strange about the new kid, Sam—though Max can’t quite put his finger on it. But EVERYONE else in his class is invited to Max's birthday sleepover, so his mom invites Sam too. Sam is just as strange at the party as he is at school: he's wary of the full moon, prefers his hamburgers rare, and can’t help but bite the other kids during an innocent game of Twister. But despite his initial hesitation, Max discovers that what makes us different is actually what makes us special, and that new friends can come in all shapes, sizes, and species . . . This charming and pitch-perfect story will teach young readers all about the excitement of making new friends, and learning from our differences.
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Ollie's Halloween book
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Room on the Broom book
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Night of the Living Zombie Bugs book
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Halloween Is Here, Corduroy! book
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  1. Ollie's Halloween - Goslings are on the prowl in this holiday board book from the popular Gossie&Friends series! While Gossie, Gertie, Peedie, and BooBoo are tricking and treating, Ollie is thinking about how sharing is better than scaring. With shiny foil on the cover, a gentle Halloween story, and Olivier Dunrea’s signature adorable artwork, this book is the perfect one to share with the littlest trick-or-treaters this October!

  2. Room on the Broom - The New York Times bestselling Halloween picture book is now a board book! This rollicking, rhyming tale from master storyteller Julia Donaldson is the perfect Halloween read-aloud for the youngest listeners. A friendly witch, hungry dragon, and muddy monster learn about friendship, and readers will delight in the surprising (and not too scary) ending.

  3. Night of the Living Zombie Bugs - Book 3 in the Speed Bump and Slingshot Misadventures illustrated chapter book series starring two slacker friends on a frightful odyssey through a zombie-filled forest! Speed Bump and Slingshot investigate a potential zombie outbreak in their neck of the forest. As newly minted members of the Eagle Scouts, they’re doing their best to be brave, but when a creepy crow confirms their suspicions, these chicken-hearted birds lose their cool. To make matters worse—they’re not just zombie-birds, they’re ZOMBIE-BUGS! Can these hesitant heroes cast their fears aside and face the cicadas newly risen from the underworld? Or will the zombie-bugs conquer all and transform Speed Bump and Slingshot into the undead? Find out in Night of the Living Zombie Bugs, the third installment of this hilarious series from Dave Coverly. A Christy Ottaviano Book Read the whole series! Night of the Living Worms Night of the Living Shadows Night of the Living Zombie Bugs Praise for Night of the Living Shadows: “Overall a lighter-than-air escapade with just a light wash of satire.” —Kirkus Reviews “This misadventure from a bird’s perspective is hilarious, light, and clever and may provide fun reading and anew favorite.” —Children’s Literature Night of the Living Worms: An Amazon Editors’ Best Book of the Month A Florida Sunshine State Young Readers’ Award Selection “Dave Coverly is ridiculously funny and clever and creative. I’m jealous of his bird brain.” —Stephan Pastis, New York Times-bestselling author of the Timmy Failure series “Coverly’s drawings are full of visual jokes, and the narrative is packed with playful language. . . . Clever, imaginative, and precisely targeted to its audience, this new series is sure to please.” —Booklist “Filled with subtle irony, wordplay, and gentle pokes at life, the text is accompanied by appealingly large, cartoon-style, black-and-white line drawings . . . This story will have students laughing out loud and reluctant readers asking for the sequel.” —School Library Journal “The jokes and birdy banter come fast and furious . . . and should keep readers flying through the pages.” —Publishers Weekly “Both [pictures and text] are liberally festooned with gags, sight gags . . . and puns.” —Kirkus Reviews

  4. Halloween Is Here, Corduroy! - Corduroy and his friends love to trick-or-treat, and they are excited for Halloween! His friends all have the perfect costumes in mind, but Corduroy can?t decide what to be. With a little help from his friends, though, Corduroy will have the best Halloween ever!

Books About Halloween and Pumpkins

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Big Pumpkin
Written by Erica Silverman & illustrated by S.D. Schindler
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine. It's so big the ghost can't move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there'll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day. How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed? You'll be surprised!
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Too Many Pumpkins
Written by Linda White & illustrated by Megan Lloyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Rebecca Estelle, an old woman who has hated pumpkins ever since she was a girl and her family had nothing else to eat, finds herself with a full crop of them.
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The Biggest Pumpkin Ever
Written by Steven Kroll & illustrated by Jeni Bassett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Two mice, a village mouse and a field mouse, unwittingly care for the same pumpkin and have different plans for it until they finally meet.
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Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin book
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A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Pumpkin Monster book
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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Deluxe Edition (Peanuts) book
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Pumpkin Pumpkin book
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  1. Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin - After seeing Thistle carrying a pumpkin, Duck and Goose decide they must find one for themselves and search in such places as in a log, in a tree, and under the water. On board pages.

  2. A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Pumpkin Monster - The fourth book in the A Unicorn Named Sparkle series features pumpkins, silly adventures, and of course, a sparkly friendship ― perfect for Autumn! Lucy and our favorite unicorn are back in Sparkle the Unicorn and the Pumpkin Monster. Lucy and Sparkle love Halloween, especially at Frank’s Pumpkin Farm. They get to run through corn mazes, play games, decorate pumpkins, and most importantly: eat a lot of cider donuts. But Lucy and Sparkle discover one big difference between them ― Lucy loves to be scared every once in awhile. Sparkle? Not so much. When Lucy takes the scary part of Halloween one step too far for Sparkle, she must comfort her frightened unicorn pal ― and win back his trust.

  3. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Deluxe Edition (Peanuts) - Celebrate Halloween with Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in this gorgeous deluxe storybook retelling of the beloved Halloween special! It’s Halloween night, and the Peanuts gang is busy dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and bobbing for apples. Meanwhile, Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin to rise from the pumpkin patch and bring toys to all the children of the world. Come along with Linus and the rest of the gang in this beautiful deluxe storybook with a cloth cover, lush foil stamping, and incredible illustrations! It’s the perfect read for fans of Peanuts and the classic Halloween special. © 2018 Peanuts Worldwide LLC

  4. Pumpkin Pumpkin - Jamie plants a pumpkin seed in the spring and, after watching it grow all summer, carves a face in it for Halloween! But best of all, he saves some seeds that he will plant again next spring. “Truly a book for all seasons.”—Horn Book.

Books About Halloween and Social Themes

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The Monsters' Monster
Written & illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I really love this book, especially for Halloween time! It's my favorite Halloween book, and I love it every time I read it. Great for kids because it shows that monsters aren't all scary, and promotes saying thank you! The illustrations are fun, too. :)
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
Such a great book, especially for around Halloween time, but it's worth reading year round! The message that being grateful is far more enjoyable than being a little monster is a great one, and the setting in this very unrealistic situation makes it enjoyable rather than overly moralizing.
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Recommend Ages: 5-6
Once upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their minds. And all it took was two little words. In this playful tale from bestselling picture book author Patrick McDonnell, a very BIG monster shows three very BAD little monsters the power of boundless gratitude.
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Dinosaur Parade
Written & illustrated by Shari Halpern
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
A short and sweet mini-adventure especially created to introduce the youngest guppies to the popular Pout-Pout Fish. It's Halloween under the sea! Mr. Fish is wearing his costume, but what is he dressed as? A goblin? An astronaut in space? A pirate at the helm of the spooky submarine? Tiny tots will love swimming along with Mr. Fish as he turns little pouts into big smiles. With just one line of text per page, this simple, 12-page board book will send Debbie Diesen and Dan Hanna's much-loved Pout-Pout Fish flippering and swishing into the hearts and minds of very young children.
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I Love My Fangs!
Written & illustrated by Kelly Leigh Miller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Is a vampire still a vampire if his fang is all wobbly? Find out in this funny and endearing spin on the classic first lost tooth story. Young Dracula loves his fangs. They are pointy. They are sharp! They are a cherished family trait. So one day, when a fang wiggles…and jiggles…and falls loose, Dracula doesn’t know what to do. He tries pushing it back in. Then taping it. Then sticking it. Because a vampire can’t have only one fang!…Right?
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Big Bad Bubble book
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My Baby Loves Halloween book
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Books About Halloween and Multicultural

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Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Haunted Scarecrow
Written by James Preller & illustrated by R.W. Alley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10
Featuring friendship, school, family, and a diverse community, these early illustrated chapter books from James Preller have it all. Jigsaw Jones and Mila Yeh have solved many cases involving stolen or missing items. But when the search for Kim's necklace turns up more than they bargained for, Jigsaw can't trust his eyes. Did the scarecrow on Ms. Rigby's lawn just . . . move? Find out more in The Case of the Haunted Scarecrow. James Preller's wry, witty, Jigsaw Jones books are once again available to inspire the next generation of young readers, featuring both new titles and classroom classics!
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Little Pumpkin's Halloween
Written & illustrated by Algy Craig Hall
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4
Come along with Little Pumpkin and his friends on a trick-or-treat romp through a not-so-spooky old house to find a fun Halloween party! Where are the treats in the spooky house? Could they be behind the swishy, swooshy curtains? Or on the creaky stairs? Little Pumpkin is looking everywhere, and one by one, his friends join the search--including Little Franken, Little Bat, Little Ghost, and a little black cat too. With its irresistibly cute illustrations and sweet story, this is the perfect Halloween book for younger children.
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Boo, Katie Woo!
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Disappointed that her monster costume does not frighten anyone, Katie Woo still finds a way to have a happy Halloween.
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Katie's Spooky Sleepover book
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A Festival of Ghosts book
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  1. Katie's Spooky Sleepover - Katie’s friends have come for a sleepover, and telling a scary story seems like a good idea—until she has a dream about a monster under her bed, and she wakes up to find her lucky kimono missing.

  2. A Festival of Ghosts - National Book Award winner William Alexander conjures up a spooky adventure full of excitement in this entertaining sequel to A Properly Unhaunted Place.

Books About Halloween and Imagination And Play

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The Witch Family
Written by Eleanor Estes & illustrated by Edward Ardizzone
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Old Witch, Little Witch Girl, Weeny Witch, and two real girls in a fantasy that blends the worlds of reality and imagination. A Halloween classic about the power of make-believe.
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Frankenstein Doesn't Wear Earmuffs!
Written & illustrated by John Loren
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
In Frankenstein Doesn’t Wear Earmuffs, a hilarious picture book debut from John Loren, a young boy with an overactive imagination gets ready to go trick-or-treating, but will his overly concerned parents ruin his plans for Halloween? A young trick-or-treater has the best Frankenstein costume ever . . . if he can make it out the front door! Every time he tries to set foot into the dark and stormy night, his parents interrupt with yet another warm and cozy addition to his costume. But Frankenstein does not wear floppy boots, or a puffy jacket, or a fanny pack. And he especially doesn’t wear earmuffs! Will our young Frankenstein be able to break loose from his bundled layers and have the Halloween of his dreams? Or will he be overcome by the weight of a ghastly fall wardrobe?
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Llama Llama Trick Or Treat
Written & illustrated by Anna Dewdney
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands. In Llama Llama Trick or Treat, little llama finds the perfect costume, picks out a pumpkin for a jack-o’-lantern, and then goes trick-or-treating with Mama and his friends!
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Trick Or Treat on My Street book
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Eenie Meenie Halloweenie book
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Cookie Boo book
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Changing Faces: Happy Halloween! book
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  1. Trick Or Treat on My Street - Come with me and trick-or-treat from house to house along my street! Head down the block with a group of kids as they get ready to go trick-or-treating on Halloween night! This cute, fun board book features tabs so you can flip right to your favorite monster, hero, or creature. With bright, fun illustrations and bouncy, rhyming text, Trick or Treat on My Street is perfect for little monsters everywhere!

  2. Eenie Meenie Halloweenie -

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  4. Changing Faces: Happy Halloween! - It’s Halloween and all the different creatures have come out to play. From page to page, watch their spooky faces change as if by magic in this interactive, innovative, venetian blind-style book. Full color.

Books About Halloween and Action And Adventure

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Scary Stories for Young Foxes
Written by Christian McKay Heidicker & illustrated by Junyi Wu
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
Christian McKay Heidicker draws inspiration from Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe for his debut middle-grade novel, a thrilling portrait of survival and an unforgettable tale of friendship. The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe. When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they discover a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow . . . and other things too scary to mention. Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen hauntingly beautiful illustrations, Scary Stories for Young Foxes contains the kinds of adventures and thrills you love to listen to beside a campfire in the dark of night. Fans of Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Auxier, and R. L. Stine have found their next favorite book.
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Trick or Treat on Animal Street
Written by Maggie Fischer & illustrated by Gina L. Maldonado
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Get ready for a wild Halloween on Animal Street in this cute rhyming lift-the-flap book! "It’s Halloween night and there are friends to meet— It’s time to trick-or-treat on Animal Street!” Join pirate foxes, bunny ballerinas, and more on a not-so-spooky Halloween adventure. With big flaps to lift and adorable illustrations, this fun rhyming board book is festive and perfect for story time!
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A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting #2: Beasts & Geeks
Written by Joe Ballarini & illustrated by Vivienne To
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Goosebumps meets The Last Kids on Earth in the second action-packed adventure in a hilariously scary series about a secret society of monster-bashing babysitters. “This shining gem in the campy monster drama genre is a step up from R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps.” —School Library Journal Kelly’s been a celebrity ever since she defeated the Boogeyman and his army of nightmares on Halloween. But now all the other monsters want revenge. And if Kelly’s going to survive Babysitter Bootcamp, she’ll have to face the Spider Queen, whose wicked web turns her parents, BFF, and middle-school teachers into mindless minions. All in a night’s work!
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The Alien Next Door 4: Trick or Cheat? book
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Little Witch book
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Halloween Nightmares - Color Edition: The Amazing Adventures Of Harry Moon  book
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Trick ARRR Treat: A Pirate Halloween book
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  1. The Alien Next Door 4: Trick or Cheat? - In the fourth book of the Alien Next Door series, Halloween is just around the corner, and Harris is excited to share the holiday with Zeke, who doesn’t even need a costume! Harris is ready for Halloween and is very excited when he sees Zeke’s “costume,” which is just his true alien form. Harris is sure Zeke will win the costume contest at school! Zeke also uses his powers to help Harris make the best costume he’s ever had, but Roxy feels left out, as she and Harris usually make costumes together every year. On Halloween, one of the other kids at school is jealous of Zeke’s amazing costume and plots to sabotage it. Will Harris and Roxy be able to stop him and help Zeke win the costume contest?

  2. Little Witch -

    • Ideal for fans of Harry Potter, Rick Riordhan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and Marvel
    • The first of the Little Witch trilogy
    • Delightful mythology tale
    This 60th anniversary edition of the classic Little Witch is sure to delight fans of mythology and magic. It follows the adventures of nine-year-old Minx, a little which, who wants to sneak away and go to school. One day, she manages it. The story follows her trials and adventures with her mortal schoolmates and teachers.

  3. Halloween Nightmares - Color Edition: The Amazing Adventures Of Harry Moon -

  4. Trick ARRR Treat: A Pirate Halloween - Charlotte Blue-Tongue, Peg-Leg Pete, Glass-Eyed Gabby, and their friends swashbuckle through the streets demanding loot and treasure from their neighbors in this Halloween pirate tale. As their world transforms from neighborhood to pirate’s lagoon, they shout, “We be pirates. TRICK ARRR TREAT!” But what’s lurking in the shadows? Are the pirates brave enough to defend their treasure?

Books About Halloween and Cats

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Where's Boo?
Written & illustrated by Salina Yoon
Thoughts from Grammy
This is a sweet book for the 2-3 year-old set. Halloween themed, it is a good exercise in predictability and expectation featuring a cute cat and her friends.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Where's Boo? is a guessing game in board book form. Very young readers will love searching for Boo the black cat among familiar Halloween characters and objects—and finding something unexpected instead. Each page offers a hint of Boo, but it isn't until the last page that readers will find him. And when they do, they'll want to start all over and do it again!
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The Little Kitten
Written & illustrated by Nicola Killen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
From beloved author-illustrator Nicola Killen comes a charming autumnal story about a little girl who must return a lost kitten to its home, lovingly told and illustrated in limited color with lovely foil and interactive die cut pages. Ollie and her cat Pumpkin are out frolicking on a beautiful fall day when they come upon a tiny kitten shivering in a pile of fallen leaves. Ollie warms the kitten up and the three become fast friends, but when Ollie sees “Lost Kitten” posters hanging on the trees in the forest, she knows she has to help her new friend get home. As Halloween draws nearer, magic is afoot, and Ollie’s good deed is rewarded in an unexpected way.
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Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble
Written & illustrated by Judy Schachner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
El Skippito is back! His doggy pals want to visit the Under Mundo—the underworld—where mummitos rest in peas. But they need El Skippito’s brains and courage to answer the riddle of the Finx and enter the mummy’s tomb. Our hero is up to the task, and he’s in for another whirlwind adventure.
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Little Kitten book
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Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh book
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One Black Cat book
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Scary, Scary Halloween book
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  1. Little Kitten - From beloved author-illustrator Nicola Killen comes a charming autumnal story about a little girl who must return a lost kitten to its home, lovingly told and illustrated in limited color with lovely foil and interactive die cut pages. Ollie and her cat Pumpkin are out frolicking on a beautiful fall day when they come upon a tiny kitten shivering in a pile of fallen leaves. Ollie warms the kitten up and the three become fast friends, but when Ollie sees “Lost Kitten” posters hanging on the trees in the forest, she knows she has to help her new friend get home. As Halloween draws nearer, magic is afoot, and Ollie’s good deed is rewarded in an unexpected way.

  2. Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh - In this fourth book in the series, Theodosia sets off to Egypt to return the Emerald Tablet—embedded with the knowledge of some of the ancient world’s most guarded secrets. Accompanied by her cat, Isis (smuggled along in a basket), Theo plans to return the artifact, then explore the mysteries surrounding her own birth and oh, yes— help her mother dig up treasures on her archeological expedition. But nothing ever works out as planned, especially when a precious treasure appears suddenly, and then just as suddenly disappears . . . When the Serpents of Chaos get involved, Theo finds she’s digging up a lot more than she expected!

  3. One Black Cat - Conjure up the perfect Halloween read with this 3D novelty board book that’s shaped like a black cat! Black cat sets out on Halloween in the dark, without being seen. One black cat is out on Halloween night. As he walks along, he meets some trick-or-treaters dressed as unicorns, superheroes, and princesses! Will he be able to find his perfect witch? One Black Cat is a perfectly playful celebration of Halloween night!

  4. Scary, Scary Halloween - Four pairs of eyes stare from the blackness to watch fearsome creatures trick-or-treat.

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Books About Halloween and Ghosts

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The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
Written by Sonali Fry & illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
This gently spooky twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes a favorite nursery rhyme just perfect for Halloween! The itsy bitsy pumpkin rolled down the spooky street. He passed a ghoulish ghost and some stinky goblin’s feet. A little pumpkin is trying to find his way back home! And with a little help from a friendly witch, he is soon safe and sound, back on his porch—where there are no spiders to be seen! Little ones will love this fresh fall spin on a classic nursery rhyme!
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Georgie
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
The classic story about Georgie, the gentle little ghost is back in hardcover! Beloved by generations, Georgie is the amiable little ghost who haunts the Whittaker house. Every night he creaks the stairs and squeaks the parlor door to remind Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker that its time to go to bed. But one day, Mr. Whittaker fixes the stairs and oils the door. What's a ghost to do? First published in 1944.
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Boo Crew (Nancy Drew Clue Book)
Written by Carolyn Keene & illustrated by Peter Francis
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
Help Nancy and her friends find the truth behind a haunted theater in the tenth book in the interactive Nancy Drew Clue Book mystery series. The hit TV show Twinkle Little Stars is coming to River Heights to audition contestants for their upcoming Halloween show. They’ll choose talented kids from all over the country to compete for prizes. Nancy, Bess, and George are dressing up as witches and are planning to create a special potion onstage for the judges. The recently renovated Heights Theatre has opened its doors for the auditions. The old theatre had been abandoned for fifty years but is now restored to its original beauty. But on the day of the auditions, everything seems to go wrong; the girls’ cauldron over bubbles, a werewolf mask makes its owner sneeze, spider webs fall on the dancers. That’s when the clue crew learns the Heights Theatre is rumored to be haunted—people say ghosts are the reason it stayed empty for so long. But Nancy knows better than to believe in ghosts. She’s sure that the culprit is of the human variety. Then Bess sees monsters dancing around a piano playing on its own—the keys moving but no is playing it. Could the rumors be true? Is the Heights Theatre really haunted? It’s up to the clue crew—and you—to find out!
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The Scariest Book Ever book
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Five Silly Ghosts book
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Zip! Zoom! On a Broom book
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Maze Book: Follow Me Halloween book
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  1. The Scariest Book Ever - Reader beware! This is the scariest book ever! Or so claims its melodramatic ghost narrator. You can go ahead and turn the page, but don’t expect him to come with you. Anything might pop out of that black hole in the middle of the forest. What do you mean it’s just a bunny? Well, it’s probably a bunny with big fangs. Watch out, it’s—picking pumpkins with its friends, you say? Actually, despite the ghost’s scare-mongering, none of the animal characters in the illustrations seem scary at all. . . . What’s up with that? Many delights, such as surprises after the page turn, an alarmist narrator, and punch lines to anticipate make this book a scream for both kids and parents.

  2. Five Silly Ghosts - “Five silly ghosts floating by a gate. The first one said, ‘Oh my, it’s getting late.’” This board book features a classic rhyming read-aloud text with the five silly glittery ghosts in Halloween costumes as they peer through a die-cut cover. Each page turn provides a playfully ghoulish reveal. Join five silly ghosts in this fun counting caper!

  3. Zip! Zoom! On a Broom - “One goes zip.Two go zoom.Three witches glide from room to room.” ​So begins this witchy counting story. Count up from one to ten and back down again, when you join ten very feisty witches — and one little kitten — on their journey through a haunted graveyard, a scary forest, a spooky castle, and more in this adorably eerie tale. This book hits the mash-up sweet spot between an important concept and Halloween fun!

  4. Maze Book: Follow Me Halloween - Follow Me Halloween is a fantastically busy Halloween finger trail book for young children. They will love to follow Boo the ghost through each of the seven Halloween scenes, using their fingertips to trace along the grooved mazes. Each scene is full of funny little Halloween characters to spot in the Ghost Town, the Count’s Castle, the Witches’ Wood, and more. And at the end of every trail is a hole going through to the start of the next exciting maze adventure. This little board book is packed full of fun, making it an ideal Halloween gift for under fives.

Books About Halloween and Science And Nature

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Pumpkins
Written & illustrated by Gail Gibbons
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Watch all kinds of pumpkins grow in this simple introduction to autumn's favorite vegetable. This simple board book is ideal for Halloween party favors or parents who want a gift for toddlers. It features basic information on how pumpkins grow, talks about different types of pumpkins, and shows how pumpkins are enjoyed at Thanksgiving and Halloween--ending with a glowing row of jack-o-lanterns.
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Little Boo
Written by Stephen Wunderli & illustrated by Tim Zeltner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
A pumpkin seed tries unsuccessfully to be scary until it grows into a pumpkin and Halloween arrives.
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Happy Halloween from The Very Busy Spider
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Join The Very Busy Spider and all her friends in this spooky lift-the-flap board book! With a lift-flap on every spread, this sturdy casebound board book has all the tricks to make it a perfect Halloween treat for beginning readers! Say "Boo" and "Happy Halloween" with some of Eric Carle's most beloved characters, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Busy Spider.
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Apples and Pumpkins book
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How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? book
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  1. Apples and Pumpkins - In preparation for Halloween night, a family visits Mr. Comstock’s farm to pick apples and pumpkins.

  2. How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? - Every year, giant pumpkin contests take place at fairs across the country—the 2012 record-holder weighed over a ton! The latest craze is to carve the most enormous pumpkins into racing boats. But what’s next? Why not think really big? Award-winning artist Wendell Minor does just that as he imagines larger-than-life pumpkins decorating some of America’s favorite places—as immense as the Capitol dome, Mount Rushmore, the Brooklyn Bridge, even the Grand Canyon! This celebration of famous landmarks and landscapes plays with concepts of size and scale and is full of fun facts.

Books About Halloween and Feeling Scared

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Super Spooked
Written by Gina Bellisario & illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-8
Although she has battled supervillains, Ellie has recently become scared of the dark, so when she is invited to a Halloween sleepover at her best friend's house she is apprehensive--but when the villainous Fairy Frightmare sprinkles the girls with bad dream dust, trapping them all inside their nightmares, Ellie must squash her own fears to rescue her friends.
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The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree
Written & illustrated by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Three little bears set out, on a dark night, to explore a mysterious hollow tree and, once inside, make surprising discovery after surprising discovery.
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Boo, Bunny!
Written by Kathryn O. Galbraith & illustrated by Jeff Mack
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Two small bunnies face their fears while trick-or-treating on Halloween night. On board pages.
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Samurai Scarecrow book
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Junie B., First Grader: Boo...and I Mean It! book
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What was I Scared Of? book
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We're Going on a Pumpkin Hunt book
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  1. Samurai Scarecrow - It is Halloween, and Yukio is excited to celebrate! But whatever Yukio does, his younger sister Kashi follows. When Yukio carves a pumpkin, Kashi carves a similar one. When Yukio maps out his trick-or-treat route, Kashi maps the same one. But when Kashi goes too far, Yukio says some things he doesn’t really mean.

  2. Junie B., First Grader: Boo...and I Mean It! - Meet the World’s Funniest First Grader—Junie B. Jones! It’s Halloween! But Junie B. is afraid to go trick-or-treating. ’Cause what if witches and monsters are really real? And what if pumpkins with sharp teeth can eat your feet? And don’t even get her started on the candy corn problem. So how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy this scary holiday?

  3. What was I Scared Of? - The narrator is frightened by a pair of pale green pants with no one inside that seems to be following him, until the two meet and discover that they have nothing to fear. Features illustrations that glow in the dark.

  4. We're Going on a Pumpkin Hunt - In this spin on the classic song “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” pumpkins and autumn take center stage. A spooky nighttime hunt for the biggest pumpkin in town results in a fright but also a great adventure. Our brave band of adventurers set out one night to find “the biggest pumpkin in town.” First encountering the darkness of night, they bolster one another with the refrain, “I’m not scared. Are you? Not me!”, even though the littlest mouse can’t help but shiver in fright. Their group’s courage stands up in the face of night bugs, and obstacles like trees, a mountain, and a river. But when the search ends with the discovery of a spooky jack o’lantern with pointy teeth and big, bright eyes, the children hightail it back through the trees, the river, the tall grass, and the dark of night, all the way to the safety of home. Have the night’s antics gone too far? Oh, no, everyone’s laughing out loud—it’s fun to be scared with friends!

Books About Halloween and Haunted Houses

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Moldilocks and the Three Scares
Written by Lynne Marie & illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A zombie-tastic take on a favorite fairy tale! Papa, Mama, and Baby Scare (a monster, mummy, and vampire) live together in a big haunted house. One night, as their alpha-bat soup cools down, they go out to walk their dog (a bloodhound, of course). While they're away, in walks the zombie Moldilocks, looking for food, a chair, and a bed that's just right. Kids will love this funny, surprising story!
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Haunted House
Written & illustrated by Jan Pienkowski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Revisit — if you dare! — one of the best-loved pop-up books of all time, now more gleefully ghoulish then ever with the addition of several spooky surprises. Come in, Doctor. Yes, it is a quaint old place-chilly, though. . . . The owner of the Haunted House is unwell, and it's not surprising. There's a ghoul in the cupboard, an octopus in the sink, a crocodile in the bath, and in every room, a sinister black cat watching it all with roving eyes. Every page of this thrilling pop-up book is packed with spine-tingling surprises, culminating in a spectacular final spread complete with a creepy creaking saw. Since 1979, hundreds of thousands of readers have taken this scared-silly tour of one of the best-selling pop-up books of all time. This is one Haunted House that remains as innovative and exciting today as it was twenty-six years ago-but now offers even more tantalizing twists: — Stunning new holographic foil cover! — Scary new surprises, announced on front cover with a removable sticker! Brand-new elements have been added to four spreads, including a ghost in the closet, a cockroach in the oven, and vampire teeth in the nightstand! — Great new price! This perfect Halloween and year-round treat is available for only $14.99.
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She Wanted to Be Haunted
Written by Marcus Ewert & illustrated by SUSIE GHAHREMANI
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
**With whimsical, rhyming stanzas, _She Wanted to be Haunted_ offers a delightful, lyrical twist on the ever-important question of how to be _your_ very best self.** Clarissa the cottage is _adorable_ . . . bright pink, with windows that wink, and flowers growing all around. But Clarissa doesn't want to be adorable--being cute is _boring_. Couldn't she be like her father, a creepy castle home to vampires and crypts? Or like her mother, a witch's hut full of spells and smells? If only she were _haunted_! Then she'd be less ordinary . . . What will it take for Clarissa to go from _adorable_ to _horrible_?
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At the Old Haunted House book
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Mommy? book
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The Haunted House Next Door book
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  1. At the Old Haunted House - From the author of the popular Goodnight, Little Monster and a character designer for Pixar films comes a delightful rhyming romp through an old haunted house. Vibrantly painted illustrations lead three children through the house, where new creatures await in each room. Readers can count along as they see Pa goblin and his wee goblins four and witches and ghosts, and so many more. Just the right blend of spooky fun, this book is a can’t-miss treat for Halloween.

  2. Mommy? - Maurice Sendak’s first pop-up book! They’re all here! Everybody’s favorite monsters are just going about their business when a plucky little boy wanders into their cuckoo house. And what does he want? He wants Mommy! No matter how scary these monsters are, there’s no besting a little boy who’s looking for his mommy. In one hilarious pop-up extravaganza after another, this kid shows them a thing or two.

  3. The Haunted House Next Door - Meet Desmond Cole! A fearless eight-year-old who runs his own ghost patrol, looking for ghosts, monsters, and mischief makers everywhere. Oh, and he just so happens to be my new best friend…and thank goodness! Because I’m afraid of everything. Welcome to Kersville, a town with a spooky history and a collection of ghosts and spirits who are major mischief-makers. Most kids spend their days without ever seeing or dealing with a ghost, but some kids get stuck with a haunt. When that happens, they call Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol. Desmond is the hall monitor of ghosts and monsters. There’s no job too spooky, icky, or risky for Desmond. I’m not like that at all. My name’s Andres Miedoso. I’m Desmond’s best friend. We do everything together…including catch ghosts. Seems cool, right? There’s only one problem: I’m afraid of everything. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.

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