October 3, 2012

Halloween Books for Kids

For the last couple of weeks, Ella and I have made a little game of finding books with the Halloween sticker on the book spines at the library. She's become very adept at spotting them and we now have an enormous stack of Halloween books sitting in our living room.

Per usual, most holiday books are deeply underwhelming to me, but here are some of the ones we've really been enjoying over the past few weeks (and will continue to until the library won't let us renew them anymore).

  • Oliver and Amanda's Halloween - I've mentioned before my deep and abiding love for Oliver & Amanda Pig. The illustrations are so bright and vibrant, the stories are sweet, and it's pretty much my favorite set of early chapter books ever. This one is no exception.
  • Popcorn - I remember my mom reading this one to me as a kid, so it delights me that Ella loves this book so much. This story of a bear who invites his friends over for a Halloween party and then pops such a huge kettle of popcorn that the house is completely filled up always makes me giggle a little.
  • Mouse's First Halloween - This is a darling little Halloween book (or board book) for quite young children. Mouse is out on Halloween night and keeps seeing fall/Halloween objects that scare him, but after each one, he follows up his "eeek!" with a "not so scary after all." I die of the cuteness when Ella recites it to me.   
  • Pumpkin Jack - I like this slightly longer story about a boy who puts his beloved jack-o-lantern out in the garden when it starts to rot after Halloween and then watches all year as the seeds sprout and a new pumpkin grows from the remains of the first.


  1. Pumpkin Jack has been one of our favorites for the last several years. I think I should just buy our own since counting on a library copy in October is ridiculously optimistic.

  2. I TOTALLY forgot about the book Popcorn... LOVE that book! Wow. I want to go find it and read it for me! Too fun!

  3. Thanks for the recommendations. I think a trip to the Library this weekend needs to be on our agenda :)

  4. Popcorn was one of my favorite books when I was a child ~ thank you for reminding me of that. Going to find it and look forward to reading it to my girls ~ hope they like it as much as I did!!!!

  5. Joining the choir here - I had totally forgotten about that book Popcorn, but now that I see the cover I remember loving that book as a child, too!

  6. I love the Popcorn book! I remember reading it as a kid.

  7. I have always loved the book Popcorn, and my copy of it was the first gift I received from my husband when we were dating. I kind of wish I already had a kid to read it (and the rest of these) to this October. Next year...

  8. Finn has loved all of these (except Pumpkin Jack because that was unavailable). Also, "Ghosts in the House." We have been reading them for the past couple of weeks or so. I am amazed at how much he enjoyed the Oliver and Amanda book. That is actually one of his favorites.


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