Happy Hallow-reading!: The Aday Family Halloween Library

We are big book lovers in the Aday house. For me it’s just natural…I love books! I love how they feel, how they smell, their weight in my hand. I particularly love children’s books and the way that images meld with words to dig into deeper concepts yet still make them simple enough for young minds. They are so much more complex than they’re given credit for being…but that’s a whole other blog post!

One of my favorite things to do is to collect children’s books for the boys thematically. I love alphabet books, number books, books about historical figures, and above all others…holiday books! A big thanks to my mother-in-law who feeds this obsession. 🙂 Our Halloween book collection is now pretty extensive. I have had these books out for the boys to read most of the month. I thought today I would share our treasures with you!

Aday Family Halloween Library

Let’s start with our newest additions…

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

This rhyming board book tells of an adventure in which a witch gains many unique friends. In the end her generosity is repaid in a way that emphasize friendship and kindness.

Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara

Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara

A tri-color board book, this short tale takes the fear out of ghosts and illustrates some creative resourcefulness from a very precocious little girl witch!

Happy Halloween Curious George by H.A. Rey

Happy Halloween Curious George by H.A. Rey

My boys are huge George fans…they even have stuffed George’s that have been through many a mile! This cute series of poems embraces the entertainment and trouble-making that makes Curious George the such a beloved character. The format of this text is fun as well!

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs by Sam McBratney

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs by Sam McBratney

Good for anytime of the year, this is the story of a family of mice who go on an adventure. It is a great text to allow for discussions of fear…when it is ok to be afraid and what fear can mean in different situations. We used this as our initial Halloween book since I used the holiday to discuss being afraid in a broader perspective.

In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting

In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting

An oldy, but a goody! I love anything by Eve Bunting. The illustrations in this are excellent. I love the fear and suspense but how she ends by emphasizing the fun and imagination of the holiday (and by making the parent seem more afraid than the child!).

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins by Diane Ochiltree

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins by Diane Ochiltree

Love the play on numbers in this text! The pumpkin chase is adorable. The rhyme scheme is memorable as well, making it a fun and easy story to read aloud.

The Ghost Eye Tree by Bill Martin

The Ghost Eye Tree by Bill Martin

Maybe better for slightly older readers, this is a story that tells us what can happen when we let our imaginations get the best of us. Again, I love the illustrations (one of the best uses of trees in Children’s Lit @MLT bloggers and tree-loving fans)!

Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall

Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall

This is a book Jeremy picked up at the Scholastic book fair last year. It is a cautionary tale to those children who misbehave in the classroom with a creative and magical moral built in.

There Was an Old Monster by Ed Emberley

There Was an Old Monster by Ed Emberley

My favorite of Emberley’s monster stories, this is a take on the traditional “There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly” poem. Emberley, a Caldecott award winner, wrote this with the help of his daughters!

Spooky Hour by Tony Mitton

Spooky Hour by Tony Mitton

Another counting book! This is great for first grade since telling time to the hour is an element of first-grade core. The spooky characters are incredibly cute, and it has Pumpkin Pie in it!

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams

This is Jace’s new favorite and a Kindergarten classic. Last year Jeremy’s class made the scarecrows and labeled them with the correct sounds. Great craft! Jace has the story memorized and reads it to us as often as he can. Great for early reading and retelling story components.

What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss

What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss

Here’s my new Halloween favorite! I love anything and everything Dr. Seuss, and when I found this one that I had never seen before, I was ecstatic. It’s a precious story about how we often fear what we don’t understand. Our version glows in the dark!

The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs

The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs

Last but not least…I love the precious message that this story tells of the significance of the jack o’lantern. Liz Curtis Higgs has a whole series of these books. They directly tie in scripture to the story lines. This is one we read prior to carving and then discuss as we carve. It is a great way to remind our children how God can change us from the inside out in a way that others can see the light within us.

I hope in these you’ve found something you want to add to your Halloween collection. I would love to hear about any of your favorites that aren’t in our library!

Happy Hallow-reading!

 

 

 

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