Some kids like nothing better than to get lost in a good book, while others would rather eat Brussels sprouts than think about cracking a book open. But no matter which side of the fence your child is on, Halloween is one of those times of the year when there are so many good books available that at least one of them is bound to appeal to even the most reluctant reader.
Here are some favorite Halloween books for kids that are bound to get them turning the pages.
1. The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street) by Jon Stone.
Although it’s not just a Halloween story, this classic Little Golden book has been a favorite for generations. And while the lovable character Grover begs the reader not to turn the pages of this book (for fear of a monster), readers ages 3-7 simply won’t be able to stop themselves.
2. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.
A friendly witch and her kitty are flying on her broom when she loses her hat, her bow, and her wand. With the help of three other animals, the items are safely returned. All the animals want in return is a ride on her broom. Can they all fit? And what happens later, when the witch encounters a hungry dragon? Readers 4-8 years old will get a big kick out of this lively, illustrated book.
3. Bats in the Band by Brian Lies.
On a lovely spring night, a crowd of bats gather to listen to a variety of bats creating music- classical, jazz, country, and more. Beautiful illustrations and lyrical text bring this joyful story to life. Recommended for readers ages 4-8 (but Mom and Dad’s spirits will get a lift from it, too).
4. It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green by Dan Gutman.
This book is part of the My Weird School series, and features yet another adventure with A.J. and his buddies. They go on a wild and crazy Halloween adventure that won’t soon be forgotten. It’s a real page-turner for kids ages 6-10.
5. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury.
Eight boys get together to go trick-or-treating. The eerie adventure begins when they encounter Mr. Moundshroud, who transports them though space and time to explore the history and meaning of Halloween. Readers ages 8-12 will be positively entranced by this fast-paced adventure.
With so many delightful Halloween books available for kids, it’s a great time of year to get youngsters to read more. And by encouraging children to read at a young age, you just might kindle a lifetime love of reading in them.