Thursday, October 13, 2016

8 Great Halloween Picture Books


Halloween is almost here. I don't know about you, but I love Halloween. Kids dressed in costumes. Trick or treating. I love it all! Especially the homemade costumes. My mom, my sister, and I worked hard on costumes every year when I was little. I admit that I now buy store bought costumes for my son, but only the high quality ones.


I enjoy Halloween books too! Today I am sharing 8 great Halloween picture books.


I Am a Witch's Cat by Harriet Muncaster

The little girl in this story is convinced that her mother is a witch and she herself is the witch's cat. She gives many examples of why her mother is a witch - she brews potions, she cackles with her witch friends, she whirls her broomstick around the room once a week, etc. When you see all of the pictures you realize she's talking about everyday things, but it also makes sense in the context of being a witch. It's so clever! And the pictures are amazing. They're all photographs of 3D miniatures that Harriet Muncaster built to accompany the story.

Ages 3-6


How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara

I am a huge fan of books that include math and science. In this story, the children in Mr. Tiffin's class are going to count the seeds in 3 pumpkins to see which has the most. There is a small pumpkin, a medium pumpkin, and a large pumpkin. Many students think that the biggest pumpkin will have the most seeds, but, spoiler, that's not the case. There is a scientific way to tell which pumpkins have more seeds. It's pretty interesting. But my favorite part is how the students count the seeds. One group counts by 2s, one group by 5s, and one group by 10s. Of course my son and I had to count along with all of the groups even into the 500s. It's great math practice and a really fun story.

Ages 4-8


Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane

This book is also a counting book, but for a younger audience. It's a lyrical story that counts creepy creatures from 1-10. Each number features a mother or father and X number of children. The monsters, mummies, dragons, etc. all make not-so-scary noises, and they all go trick or treating at the end. I love the illustrations and the creativity in this book.

Ages 3-6


AlphaOops! H is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis

The AlphaOops! series features words starting with each letter, but the twist is that the letters are not in alphabetical order. In this book, all of the words relate to Halloween. There's some humor thrown in with A not starting the "show" (it's put on as a kind of theater performance), and with B not being able to find a costume. This book appeals to more than just the classic alphabet book audience because it's a little different and a lot of fun.

Ages 2-6


Josh's Halloween Pumpkin by Kathryn Lay*

This book has a sweet story with a great moral, which I always appreciate. Josh has found the largest pumpkin in the back of his grandfather's pumpkin field. He doesn't want any customer to buy it, so he hides it in the barn. But when his little sister gets lost, Josh comes up with the perfect idea to help find Callie. Lay wanted to write a family story without the scary aspects of Halloween, and she certainly accomplished that with this book. Josh is a terrific big brother! And a jack o'lantern saves the day in this tale.

Ages 4-8


Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli

This book touches on the lifecycle of a pumpkin. A small seed is anxious to start scaring. He says "Boo" to everything, but the wind keeps reminding him to be patient. His time will come. He sleeps through winter and starts growing in the spring. Finally on Halloween night, he is a jack o'lantern who is good at scaring. The illustrations in this book are adorable - very happy and light despite the scaring aspects of the story.

Ages 3-6


Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler

Who hasn't gotten the hiccups and been unable to get rid of them? Skeleton has just that problem. He tries everything, but the hiccups refuse to go away. Each page in this book is complete with "hic, hic, hic." Younger kids will enjoy "reading" those words even if they can't really read yet. Finally, Ghost comes up with the perfect way to scare away the hiccups. And it works! This book is simple, but fun.

Ages 3-5


Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

This book has a great message about friendship and teamwork. Witch has grown a giant pumpkin, and she cannot wait to make pumpkin pie. But she cannot move the pumpkin. Neither can ghost, mummy, or vampire. With each creature's attempt, the text repeats itself, which is great for building early literacy skills. Finally Bat has an idea to work together. The friends celebrate by sharing the pumpkin pie. It's nice to see these Halloween characters in a friendly story.

Ages 4-8


Have you read any of these books? What's your favorite Halloween picture book?

* I received a copy of Josh's Halloween Pumpkin free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It was entirely my decision to include that book in this roundup post.

4 comments:

  1. Of these books, I've only read I am a Witches Cat, but I agree that it's very clever and cute. My favourite Halloween picture book is Too Many Pumpkins. I've always loved the detailed illustrations.

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    1. I don't think I've read Too Many Pumpkins. I'll add it to my list for next year. :)

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  2. My all time favorite Halloween book is "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything", but I also frequently use "Big Pumpkin". I usually let the kids fill in the "sat" and "Drat!", but one little boy last week said "Oh, Snap!" instead! "Little Boo" is really cute, too. Stopping by from the Kid-Lit Blog Hop.

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    1. Yes, the repetition in Big Pumpkin does make it a great read aloud. I'll have to check out The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything next year. Thanks!

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