Books for Halloween

Books for Halloween


Books are listed by difficulty to help you find appropriate reading for your little reader.  Hope you find some new books to add to your Halloween book collection 🙂

Spooky – Touch and Feel by Priddy Books

This one is a “touch and feel” book with simple Halloween vocabulary. This small board book is great for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners.


You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie by Natalie Marshall

This is one of my favorite Halloween books for little ones. It talks about all the spooky things associated with Halloween in a loving way. This board book would be wonderful for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners.


Spooky Pookie by Sandra Boynton

This book is about a little piggie named Pookie who can’t decide what costume to wear on Halloween. After trying on every costume in the costume chest Pookie finds the perfect spooky costume to go trick or treating in. This board book is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners.


Five Little Pumpkins by Ben Mantle

Simple board book of the Halloween classic. Great for toddlers and Preschoolers.


It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

A fun spin on If You Give A Mouse a Cookie – Mouse paints different types of faces on each of the pumpkins. This book is a great simple Halloween book that also provides the opportunity for children to recognize the emotions on the pumpkins. This board book is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners.


Pete the Cat – Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean

Pete the Cat puts a spin on the classic, Five Little Pumpkins in this fun Halloween read. If your child loves Pete the Cat this is a must have for your Halloween book collection. Great for Preschool – 1st grade students.


Spooky – Slide and Find by Priddy Books

If you are looking for an interactive Halloween book from your little one I highly recommend this “Slide and Find” board book! Each page spread talks about an element of Halloween and asks questions or give instructions about the the sliding doors on that spread. I also really like this book because they label pictures throughout the book to build picture/text association. This book would be wonderful to read with a little one or put in the writing center of a preschool, kindergarten or first grade classroom.


Happy Halloween, Curious George by Margaret and H.A. Rey

Books with scene tabs like this one are great for practicing retelling with young readers. In this book Curious George talks all about things you can do for Halloween: go to the pumpkin patch, decorate the house, pick a costume, be spooky, go trick or treating and go to a costume party. Great for PreK – 1st grade students.


Clifford’s Halloween by Norman Bridwell

Clifford loves all the holidays, but Halloween is his favorite. This is a wonderful simple read for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners.


El Primer Halloween de Clifford by Norman Bridwell


Spooky House by Priddy Books

This board book with liftable flaps is full of fun Halloween words and rhymes. This book has simple scene tabs for children to go back to their favorite part or a part the would like to retell – great for preschool – 1st grade students.


Pete the Cat – Trick or Pete by James Dean

This Pete the Cat “Lift the Flap” book is all about trick-or-treating. James Dean incorporates characters from past Pete the Cat books and shows how trick-or-treating is not all that scary after all.


Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

This is a fun tale about a witch who keeps dropping things as she flies around and lets the creatures who help her find her things join her on her broom. That is, until there becomes too many people and they all fall off! Before they can get back on their way they are faced with an evil dragon – how will they avoid be eaten by the dragon?


Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! by Don Freeman


Goodnight Goon – A Petrifying Parody by Michael RexSkeleton

Halloween spin on the old classic, Goodnight Moon. Your little monsters will love this fun one!


Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler

A short fun book about a skeleton having hiccups and all the ways he tries to cure them.


Scaredy-Cat, Splat! by Rob Scotton

Splat is all set for Halloween and the costume contest at school, until part of his costume breaks…what will he do? Find out what Splat’s friends are dressed up as and what Splat ends up being for the school costume contest. Great for ages Preschool – 2nd grade.


It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Shultz

A book to go along with the classic Halloween movie, “It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Despite everyone making fun of Linus for waiting for The Great Pumpkin instead of going trick-or-treating, he stays optimistic and spends his Halloween night camped out at the pumpkin patch. Will The Great Pumpkin make an appearance this year? 


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

A spooky + fun story with a clever ending. This book is great for kids kindergarten – third grade.


Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell

Pumpkin Jack is a great post-Halloween read that talks about the full lifecycle of a pumpkin – including decomposition! This book is a little on the longer side and would be best for kindergarten and up.


Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor


From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer


Splat the Cat – What Was That? by Rob Scotton

Splat and Spike explore an old mansion that appears to be very spooky! They keep hearing sounds throughout the old mansion – what could it be? This book is spooky- but not too spooky. Good for kindergarten -third grade.


Peter Rabbit and the Pumpkin Patch by Beatrix Potter

Did you know Peter Rabbit had a Halloween story? This book gives the classic story a little Halloween Twist. A little on the longer side so would be best for 1st grade and up or to read in pieces with young ones.


The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons

This book explains the phases of the moon and the history behind the moon and how we’ve learned about it over the years in simple terms. Great for second grade –  fifth grade.



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This posted was originally posted October 25, 2018

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