It hasn’t been super easy to find new Halloween books I love. But in the interest of creepy crawlies, this might be a stretch, but I love the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle . I think it is a great story that many kids love as they are amazed that the caterpillar turned into that huge colorful butterfly! So though this isn’t about a creepy bug, it is about a bug and it can be thought of at Halloween. Of course it can be thought of all year long for so many things like life, science, counting, changes, and so much more. If you haven’t picked this one up in awhile, Enjoy. If you have never seen it, well I highly recommend you get this one out. (Eric Carle is a long time favorite!!) It is definitely a fun one to read aloud. I love the colors and illustrations too.
As a children’s book writer, I love finding a good kids book. I love looking at the colors and ideas and what people find interesting. So finding read alouds for Halloween has been a little “trickier” than I had imagined. I really wanted to find something new and interesting that would knock my socks off. (Much like I hope my new Christmas book does this Christmas!) A trip to the local bookstore left me disappointed though. I’m sure a great new one will find me, but so far it evades. If you have some good recommendations, let me know! I’m looking!
So instead I go back to another older one. “Scaredy-Cat, Splat!” by Rob Scotton. Not too old, and a fun story about a cat who is afraid of a spider. I really love the illustrations. They are fun and colorful. And I love that this could spark several interesting conversations, like about what kids want to dress up as, what they are afraid of, telling ghost stories, how to carve their pumpkins and so on. I think it makes a good book to read at bedtime or in a classroom setting. But if you are afraid of spiders…………….you might want to watch out on this one.
Getting people back into the habit of reading out loud to kids is a passion of mine. I really think it has sometimes become a lost art. As kids get older they seem to have less and less interest in doing so. But it is our job as parents, teachers, librarians, grandparents, and community members to help foster that love of reading. I like the idea of starting a box of books maybe for each season. Then you can put them away and pull them out again next year and they seem new again. So I’m going to try to start with Halloween recommendations for the box since it seems to be coming up rather rapidly. My plan is to include books by season that I think will make good read alouds.
The first book I would like to add to my box is Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler . It is a great book……….with a woosh and they were off! It has been around awhile, but many might have seen the beautiful animation done with the story at the Oscar Animated Shorts last year. I think most kids and adults will enjoy this story. It is a great addition for my Halloween box! Enjoy!