Perhaps a little late for Hallowe’en, but if you have kids who love spooky things, wizards, witches or monsters here are a few recommended picture books to share.
My kids love this one. Set to the tune of ‘ants go marching’, you can read or sing along as different ghosts come out to scare people. My children loved counting the ghosts and finding their favourites on each page. If you are looking for new rhymes and songs to add to the Hallowe’en preschool collection, this book is a perfect choice.
An amusing tale about Brunhilda the witch, who likes to cause mischief with her spells. One day her cat decides to make trouble and casts a spell that turns Brunhilda’s mischief into good deeds. Brunhilda’s Backwards Day is a charming story, with vibrant illustrations and I’m sure will become a firm favourite.
A zombie book that really isn’t scary. The rhyming text tells the story of a zombie who comes to school to eat books but soon discovers a love of reading. The book has a nice message and would make a good class read aloud book, as the children chant ‘I want to eat your books’.
We love the Winnie the Witch stories and the audio books are also a nice addition to the collection. These comical books share the adventures of Winnie and her cat Wilbur as they get themselves into all kinds of situations through casting spells.
5. Titchy Witch
Titchy Witch is another family favourite. Titchy Witch is a little witch who faces the challenges of life as a young witch. She deals with challenges that many children face, like having a new baby, bullies, inviting her school friends to her party, learning to read and having a pet, but through the eyes of a witch.
6. Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters
We bought this book for an art project and fell in love with the illustrations. This is a perfect book for little ones who are afraid of monsters, to help them see that monsters are really just like them.
My youngest daughter’s favourite monster book. A silly, rhyming tale about monsters who love to wear underpants, from the authors of Aliens Love Underpants, Pirates Love Underpants and Dinosaurs Love Underpants.
8. The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
An old one, but a great story that captures the suspense that children feel as they encounter the unknown. The anticipation of the little mouse as he wonders what is at the top of the stairs makes this a perfect book to read at Hallowe’en.
Let me know your favourite spooky books in the comments.
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