Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Our Favorite Children's Halloween Books

I checked out several Halloween children's books from the library this month to read with Tory and Aden. The local library has an online reservation system, and it's my favorite way to find holiday-themed books to read with the kids. First, I search Pinterest for books (and coordinating crafts) other bloggers have recommended, then I pop over to the library's reservation website and request copies for us to read. So simple!

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:

Fancy Nancy's Fabulous Fall Storybook Collection

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 mine, er, I mean Tory's. It's so adorably written and includes cute little puns that scale over the kids' heads but are completely relevant to adults (aka: Twitter = Flitter).

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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  1. oh yay I haven't read almost any of these. Except room on the broom. Love. I wish we'd seen some of these at the library. And I went to 4 or 5 local ones to check out all the Halloween books! I know Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious would be hits. We have the Halloween Fancy Nancy...costume something or other, and then pink pumpkin pinkalicious. Those are good too.

  2. We love room on the broom! Do you Jane Netflix? We first learned about it on is a really cute cartoon too! And finally we differ on something...pinkalicious. We got one from the library once and Charley liked it ok but I hated reading it! Ha! So I've steered her clear of that ever since! :P

    1. Technically, we're still not that different - lol! Pinkalicious books aren't my favorite either, but Tory likes them so we do read them. This Pink or Treat one isn't too bad though.