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Shadows: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about shadows is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life!

On a Windy Night book
#1
On a Windy Night
Written by Nancy Raines Day and illustrated by George Bates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

The Lonely Shadow book
#2
The Lonely Shadow
Written and illustrated by Clay Rice
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Award winning author/illustrator Clay Rice has created a beautifully poetic tale about a boy's shadow who has lost his boy and goes in search for him. "I have no you, you have no me, you and me we have no we, but if I find you and you find me, happy we will always be." The Lonely Shadow sings a universal song. Clay Rice brings the shadow to life and allows us to take a journey with him in search of something, someone who connects with him. It's a story of longing, a story of discovery, a story of friendship.

Night of the Living Shadows book
#3
Night of the Living Shadows
Written by Dave Coverly
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

After sleeping off his adventure battling the evil Nightcrawlers, Speed Bump joins Slingshot on a quest to earn their Scavenger Hunt badge. Once they complete their last challenge, they'll no longer be Bird Scouts—they'll be Eagle Scouts! But, as is always the case with these two birds, their adventure turns into a misadventure when they end up at a shopping mall—fun by day, scary by night! Trapped inside, what crazy scheme will they come up with to get out? Here's the much anticipated second book in this fun new chapter book series.

Groundhog's Runaway Shadow book
#4
Groundhog's Runaway Shadow
Written and illustrated by David Biedrzycki
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Phil and his shadow used to do everything together. But Phil got tired of Shadow shadowing him, so Shadow up and left. True friends, however, have a way of finding each other somehow. If the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow come February 2nd, young readers will have an idea of where it might be, based on this sweet story accompanied by David Biedrzycki’s hilarious illustrations.

Smoot book
#5
Smoot
Written by Michelle Cuevas and illustrated by Sydney Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Smoot the shadow has been living a yawn-filled life for years. His boy never laughs and never leaps, so Smoot never does either . . . until the day he pops free, and decides to hit the road in search of the life he dreams about. And as he enjoys his first colorful day—singing, dancing, and playing—other shadows watch him, and they become brave, too. The frog’s shadow takes the shape of a prince, the dragonfly’s shadow that of a dragon. Even the rock’s shadow gets in on the excitement. But what will become of the timid beings their shadows have left behind? Will they finally be inspired to find their own daring?

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