Monday, November 11, 2013

We Have Been Reading...Halloween edition

We have been reading lots of Halloween books in the last 30 days.  We love them (well, I do, and so the children are mercilessly subjected to them - I only stopped and put them away today).  Here are some of our (my) favorites!

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
This is a fun book that we have read countless times.  It is one of Abby's all time favorites - and not just during haunting season - she asks for it all year long.  It is written in rhyme and emphasizes generosity in spirit.

Another popular title in our house right now is this one
CinderHazel by Deborah Nourse Lattimore

As you can probably guess, this is a spin-off of a popular fairy tale.  The illustrations are deliciously smudged with grime and the witches are whimsical, not scary.  Cute, cute book!

The third book on the list is a Barbie book.  We have three girls.  We like Barbie.  So sue me.

A Boo-tiful Halloween by Mary Man-Kong
If you are familiar with Barbie books, you know that there is usually a message about friendship and kindness.  This is no different, except for the glow-in-the-dark pages and stickers!

I am a huge Fancy Nancy fan.  I have the privelege of knowing a little girl who is Fancy Nancy in the flesh (Penelope, Ms. Mindi misses you!!).

Fancy Nancy: Halloween or Bust! by Jane O'Connor

This book, in true Fancy Nancy style, both expands the vocabulary and delights the eye with colorful illustrations that beg more than one look with lots of little details.

This next book is a Caldecott Honor book.  The illustrations are to-die-for.
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
This book is like The Twilight Zone for children.  Seriously.  Get it.  Read it.  Love it.

I like most books written by Dav Pilkey.  This one is no exception.  This is about a little dachshund who is ridiculed for his size.  He turns out to be a hero.  I'll let you read to find out how.

The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey


This book is part of the popular Gossie & Friends series.  The illustrations in this book are adorable.  So simple.

Ollie's Halloween by Olivier Dunrea

The message in this one is sweet, too.  Sharing is better than scaring.

The next book is sumptuous.  The illustrations are amazing.  The story is whimsical.  Monsters all get together to put together the best party every for their trick-or-treaters.  The party is a little too...monstrous for them, though!

Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray

Do you like the Scaredy Squirrel books?  I do.  He is absolutely my favorite worrywort.  That he is featured in a book about my favorite holiday makes my year!

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween by Melanie Watt

Such a great book for kids who are nervous about trying new things.

Last but not least, a treasure from

Click, Clack, Boo by Doreen Cronin
Once I read Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, I fell in love with the farmer and his ill-behaved barnyard friends.  I cannot get enough of their antics.  Wonderful!

Well, friends.  That's it.  Our top ten for Halloween.  Save the list for next year, eh?