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Spooky & Fun Halloween Stories for Kids

Halloween Books for Ages 0-7

Bianca SchulzeThe Children’s Book Review
Published: October 11, 2010

New and notable picture and board books that bring the right amount of thrill for a Halloween read.

Creepy Carrots Book CoverCreepy Carrots!

by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown

The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever picture book parable about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him.” Reynolds and Brown have the winning combination of wacky and eerie in this wonderfully absurd new picture book. Black and white with bursts of Halloween orange, the illustrations are creepy and alluring all at the same time—Brown is brilliant! With just the right amount of scare factor for young readers, this is an excellent choice for a spooky and fun read-aloud.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | August 21, 2012 |  Ages 4 and up | 40 pages

Vampirina Ballerina

By Anne Marie Pace, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

LeUyen Pham’s watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations are entertainingly adorable! With chubby little thighs, big wide eyes (and a hint of sparkle on the striking cover), she captures the sweetness and awkwardness of a new ballet student, Vampirina Ballerina. It can be hard to curtsy while wearing a cape; however, the ever-smiling vampire practices, practices, practices and becomes a real ballerina along with all of her fellow human classmates.

Disney-Hyperion | August 7, 2012 |  Ages 2 and up | 40 pages

Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin

By Tad Hills

Duck and Goose are so endearing, especially as they take readers on a lighthearted guessing game of “find the pumpkin.” With lovely Autumn colors, this oversized board book edition will be a favorite amongst toddlers and babies.

Schwartz & Wade | July 10, 2012 |  Ages 0-3 | 22 pages

Working Mummies

By Joan Horton, Drazen Kozjan

This is a book for all you hardworking mummies mommies out there! Simple rhyming text, verbal puns and ghoulish illustrations shed light (and shadows) and humor on the grueling life of a mother and her lasting devotion to her families. From coffin-syrup to graveyard shifts, you’ll be all wrapped up in this entertaining romp.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux | July 17, 2012 |  Ages 3 and up | 32 pages

Whatcha Wanna Be? A Halloween Story & Song

By Amy Rogell; illustrated by Monica Suska

A novelty board book shaped like a pumpkin, which captures the fun decision-making process of which costume to wear for Halloween. The bright, colorful, and cheery illustrations and the rhyming text make this is a fun choice for the littlest ones—not to mention the sing-along song that comes with the free, east to download e-book.

Palm Publishing | July 30, 2012 |  Ages 0-4 | 18 pages

Horns, Tails, Spikes, and Claws

A board book mix-and-match bonanza, of, you guessed it, monsters with horns, tails, spikes and claws. There are loads of zany die-cut pages to flip through. Thirty different monster combos can be created. Fun!

Cartwheel Books | July 1, 2012 |  Ages 3 and up | 10 pages


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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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