This Halloween holiday season, we checked out some duds ... oh, yes, we did. A few recommended books were either too weird or too scary for the toddler / preschooler set.
We've also had some great Halloween books in our reading rotation this month. Here are some of our favorite Halloween-themed children's books:
Oh Fancy Nancy, how I love you! This book series is one of my favorites to read with Tory. They're silly and fun, but also educational as she learns new vocabulary words. In this particular storybook collection, there are six books about Halloween, apple picking, fall activities at school and Thanksgiving, and all six stories are on constant rotation in our home right now.
Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom is a fabulous Halloween story about friendship. I like how it's *just* spooky enough for Tory without being too creepy, and has a good message about asking to participate in something and kindly welcoming others in a situation. (It's too advanced / there's too many words to hold Aden's attention.) Tory and I used these free printable worksheets one afternoon as our rest-time activity which allowed us to deeper analyze and discuss the book together.
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin creatively follows the tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider, and both Tory and Aden adore it. I'm a big fan of children's books that mimic nursery rhymes because kids learn to "read" the story by themselves following a familiar tune. The story is cute and cheery, and the perfect Halloween story for young kids.
Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat!
Tory loves Pinkalicious, and the Halloween-themed Pink or Treat is no exception. In fact, she loves the book so much she dressed up as Pinkagirl for Dress-up Day at her gymnastics class.
Ten Little Pumpkins Sing and Read Storybook
We were gifted 10 Little Pumpkins as a gift last year, and I believe it was only released by Scholastic. I did find it on Amazon, so I linked to it here because it is hands-down Tory and Aden's favorite Halloween book. The book is sung to the classic tune and it's so cute! Tory reads the entire book to Aden at least once a day ... and listening to one child read to the other might be my favorite thing about parenting to date.
Pippa the Pumpkin Fairy
This is another favorite Halloween book of
Where Is Baby's Pumpkin? (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books)
Definitely a favorite of Tory and Aden's ... what kid doesn't love lift-the-flap books? The other day I was reading this book to Aden in the living room and Tory was eating lunch nearby in the next room. I could hear her reciting the book right along with us. Love!
So many Halloween-themed children's books to choose from! I personally love hearing what others are reading. Any favorites you'd recommend?
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