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Top 20 Halloween Books for Young Children

By Anitra

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The theme in my classroom for the next two weeks will be everything pumpkin and Halloween related.  We will cover the pumpkin life cycle, the parts of a pumpkin, discuss Halloween, and do many art projects related to the theme.  I have so much information, art projects, and books to share with them that I feel that spreading it out over two weeks is a great way to cover it all.  I really enjoy teaching themes that are two weeks in length, because I know that I have some great information to present to them!!!  If you’re interested and intrigued to see more about our two week Pumpkins and Halloween theme, please check out daily updates on Instagram and Twitter.

 

With such an extensive theme with a lot to talk about and cover, I thought that it would be great if I shared a list of my Top 20 Halloween Books for Young Children.  A theme wouldn’t be complete without a great collection of books.  If you know me or if you’ve been following my blog, you know that I am an avid collector of books!  I personally own and have read each book on the list and a few have actually become my favorites over the years!  I chose books that are humorous, silly, and have great stories and illustrations.  This collection of books is great for any classroom, homeschool, or your child’s home library!

 

Top 20 Halloween Books for Young Children

 

 

1.

If You’re Spooky and You Know It

If You’re Spooky and You Know It is a Halloween-themed twist on a classic.  It has witches, skeletons, werewolves,mummies vampires, and Frankenstein clapping their hands, nodding their heads,stomping their feet, jumping up and down, honking their nose and dancing all around!

 

2. Five Little Pumpkins

Five Little Pumpkins is an interactive finger play song/riddle where children can join along and count with each pumpkin.  It is fun, engaging, and has easy to remember text.

 

3. Ghost in the House

Ghost in the House is about a ghost in a house that creeps along and meets other friends.  This book includes counting and repetitive text, with a fun and exciting ending!

 

4. Happy Halloween, Stinky Face

Happy Halloween Stinky Face is about a boy who is curious and filled with questions about Trick or Treating.  His Mama has all the right answers for his questions, and reassures him he will have a fun night!

 

5. The Night Before Halloween

The Night Before Halloween is a Halloween twist on another classic.  This book talks about the preparations of the haunted house before Halloween night, and discusses the fun the children have on Halloween night!

 

6. Even Monsters Need Haircuts

Even Monsters Need Haircuts is about a boy who after hours, cuts the hair of the monsters and ghouls in his father’s barbershop.  It’s a normal night of cutting hair until an unexpected visitor comes to the shop.

7. This is the House That Monsters Built

This is the House That Monsters Built is a remake on the classic, The House that Jack Built; with a vampire, a ghost, a mummy, a witch, a black cat, a black widow, bats, and Frankenstein.

 

8. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is about a little old lady who takes a walk through the forest and encounters some interesting ‘characters” along the way and declares that she is not afraid of anything.

 

9. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever is about two mice who grow a pumpkin for the town pumpkin contest.  They are quite surprised when it is one of the biggest pumpkins the town people have ever seen!

 

10. Pumpkin Eye

Pumpkin Eye describes the sights and sounds on the streets on Halloween night.  It has fun, rhyming text, that captures your attention.

 

11. Crankenstein

Crankenstein is about a boy who is cranky, irritated, or angry but just not on Halloween, but always!  A very fun, silly book that will surely make you laugh!

 

12. Five Little Ghosts

Five Little Ghosts go on an adventure to find somewhere to play and have tons of fun.  It has great, rhyming text and a fun story.

 

13. Skeleton Meets the Mummy

Skeleton Meets the Mummy follows Sammy the Skeleton on a trip through the dark woods before he goes trick or treating.  He finds that someone, or something is following him!

 

14. Pumpkin Party

 Pumpkin Party is a fun, rhyming book about the fun of a pumpkin party!

 

15. The Littlest Mummy

The Littlest Mummy is about a family of mummies.  Mae, the youngest and littlest mummy was too little to be scary, wear srappings, or dance at the bash.  But, she was not too little to make a friend!

 

16. The Haunted Ghoul Bus

A boy accidentally boards The Haunted Ghoul Bus one day, and had no idea of what his time on the ghoul bus would bring!

 

17. The Ghosts Go Haunting

The Ghouls Go Haunting is a great Halloween twist on the classic, The Ants Go Marching.  It is fun, spooky, and a silly Halloween story!

 

18. The 13 Nights of Halloween

The 13 Nights of Halloween is a twist on another classic, The 12 Days of Christmas.  It is equally as catchy, fun, and easy to sing along with!

 

19. 10 Busy Brooms

10 Busy Brooms is a great witch counting book with fun, silly text and great illustrations!

 

20. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!

The old lady is back at it again!  But this time with a Halloween theme.  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat is just as silly, hilarious, and crazy as all the other books in this series!

 

I hope you enjoyed my list of Halloween books.  I’m sure that many of them will become your favorites for many Halloweens to come!

 

Anitra

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Comments

  • Monique

    October 26, 2017

    The haircut one made me laugh! Great list and post!

    reply to Monique
  • Amber

    October 21, 2017

    My kids would love these books! Thanks for sharing!

    reply to Amber
  • Lisa

    October 21, 2017

    These all look so cute! My little one loves the “old lady who swallowed…” books. I’ll have to get that one for her!

    reply to Lisa
  • Kourtney

    October 20, 2017

    This is a really awesome list! I was JUST thinking I need to check our library for some fun Halloween books to read with my kids. I’ll have to see if they have any of these titles!

    reply to Kourtney
  • Monica

    October 20, 2017

    What a great list! I used to love five little pumpkins. The ghost one would be great for my daughter so she’s not as scared of them.

    reply to Monica
  • Cerin

    October 20, 2017

    Never even thought about Halloween books and this is a great list!

    reply to Cerin
  • Elizabeth Miller Sliwa

    October 20, 2017

    I’ve been working on being more proactive about reading with the littles. Thanks for the list! Several of them look like real winners. 🙂

    reply to Elizabeth Miller Sliwa
  • Gina

    October 20, 2017

    What a great list – makes me want to be a kid again! Thanks so much for sharing!

    reply to Gina
  • Gina

    October 20, 2017

    These books are so cute! Makes me want to be a kid again! Thanks for sharing!

    reply to Gina
  • Jamie Nicholls

    October 19, 2017

    How cool are these! It is a great idea to get kids more interesting in reading than necessarily on candy for the Halloween season.

    reply to Jamie Nicholls
  • Laura Belle

    October 19, 2017

    I remember some of those from when my kids were little. I miss children’s books.

    reply to Laura Belle
  • Lisa

    October 19, 2017

    Shared to my Facebook page for my teachers to be sister and niece.

    reply to Lisa
  • Jessica

    October 19, 2017

    These all look like very cute books that my daughter would enjoy. Thank you!

    reply to Jessica
  • Christina

    October 19, 2017

    I’ll have to get a few of these my daughter will love them.

    reply to Christina
  • Deanna

    October 19, 2017

    What a sweet post! I adore children’s books and I love the seasonal ones, so much fun!

    reply to Deanna
  • Melissa Parcel

    October 19, 2017

    Lots of great favorites here that I remember from when my kids were younger. Another one my kids LOVED was Too Many Pumpkins.

    reply to Melissa Parcel
  • Erin Leigh

    October 16, 2017

    This is a great list! I love a good book post! My daughter loves 5 Little Ghosts and If Your Spooky and you know It. I’ll have to work on collecting the rest for her. You can’t go wrong with Scholastic Books. ☺

    reply to Erin Leigh
    • Anitra

      October 16, 2017

      Hi Erin! I agree, Scholastic Books are great!

      reply to Anitra
  • Flossie McCowald | SuperMomHacks

    October 16, 2017

    This is a great round up of books! We are huge on books in our house, and yet a lot of these were still new to me!

    reply to Flossie McCowald | SuperMomHacks
    • Anitra

      October 16, 2017

      Hi Flossie! So many of these are my favorites and I’m glad I was able to introduce some that are new to you!

      reply to Anitra
  • Trema Minning

    October 16, 2017

    Wow! What a great list. I actually haven’t heard of a lot of these! Off to the bookstore we go!

    reply to Trema Minning
    • Anitra

      October 16, 2017

      Hi Trema! I’m glad that you found a few that seem interesting!

      reply to Anitra

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