Saturday, October 29, 2016

Some Halloween Reading

I love reading for the seasons and holidays, but must admit I'm much better at keeping on top of the calendar with children's books than my own "adult" books! With Halloween on Monday, I thought I'd share some books in our rotation lately:

Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree, by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Little Blue Truck's Halloween, by Alice Schertle & Jill McElmurry (Illus.)
Eek! Halloween!, by Sandra Boynton
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin, by Mary Serfozo & Valeria Petrone (Illus.)

Not shown/returned to library:
Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Llama, Llama Trick or Treat, by Anna Dewdney
It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!, by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond (Illus.)
Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat, by Eileen Christelow

The majority of these have been read more than once and quite a few have been read repeatedly. My son's favorites are definitely Little Blue Truck's Halloween and Eek! Halloween! For these (and other favorites), he brings them over to Mommy or Daddy and climbs into one of our laps to be read to. It's pretty much one of the cutest things I have ever seen. Little Blue Truck's Halloween is from the library, but I'm thinking we should get a copy for our Little Blue Truck collection based on his enthusiasm. I just picked up Little Blue Truck's Christmas when I saw it at Marshalls in preparation!

And just last night, I actually did start a spooky book of my own!

So far, I've read the intro and one of the fourteen stories (I skipped to the shortest one!) I love the idea of dipping in and out of this collection and it doesn't matter to me if I don't finish it by Monday (which I probably won't!) I don't read a lot of short stories, so I'm glad to be giving this a try and branching out a bit. Collections of stories, poems, or essays always seem like a good idea to have going alongside other longer works, but I never seem to get one started. Maybe this one will help me get the ball rolling. Thanks Jade for the recommendation!

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Do you have any favorite Halloween or fall books?


  1. All month long, I've been reading horror, gothic and other books with a Halloween feel. Right now, I'm reading "The Graveyard Book."

    1. Oh that's a good one for October! I have it in my TBR as well!

  2. Alexander really enjoys Room on the Broom too. Our other Halloween/spooky Halloween reading is a poem in book format - The Ride-By-Nights by Walter de la Mare. You've shared some great titles here.

    I was going to tweet and ask if you'd started the ghost story collection - glad you've started, and I hope you enjoy! Happy Halloween!

    1. I'll have to check out The Ride By Nights! Poems and rhymes in general go over very well for the toddler age I feel.

      And yes, it took me long enough, but I finally started! Hopefully I will get to read a couple more stories today. Happy Halloween to you too!

  3. I have been trying to mix in horror and mysteries. I am loving the children's books you shared and marked some for the Royal grandbabies!

  4. Spooky Old Tree was my jam when I was younger! Great picks. I am a holiday reader too and I also love all the children's holiday books we have at work. The kids get so excited about them! Your little man is too cute for words. :D

  5. Sandra Boynton is one of my all-time little kid authors. I've been gradually collecting her books for my little guy, but we don't have the Halloween one yet. We'll have to find that one!

    1. My little guy still loves reading that one! Good thing about being a toddler is that you don't have to stick to a calendar I guess, haha!


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