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The Best New Kids Books for Halloween 2020

The Best New Kids’ Books for Halloween 2020

The Children’s Book Review

From sweet to spooky and picture books to novels, we’re excited to share with you our list of the best new Halloween books for kids. Pumpkins, kitties, ghosts, monsters, vampires, hairy spiders, witches, and even mutant mushrooms (yes, that’s right, mutant mushrooms) star in this collection of books. With so many great choices, which Halloween book will you treat to your kids?

The Little Kitten

Written and Illustrated by Nicola Killen

Talk about sweet, charming, and autumnal! When Ollie and her cat Pumpkin head outside to play, they discover a lost little kitten. Ollie is determined to help the kitten find its way home. Things don’t go quite to plan, but of course, the story ends in pumpkin perfection.

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Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | ISBN-13: 978-1534466968

Gustavo, the Shy Ghost

Written and Illustrated by Flavia Z. Drago

The striking cover artwork alone stole our hearts. Plus, who can resist a story about a shy ghost? In Mexican artist Flavia Z. Drago’s debut picture book, readers are treated to a sweet tale of how Gustavo, a violin-playing ghost, finds the courage to make new friends.

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Ages 3-7 | Publisher: Candlewick | ISBN-13: 978-1536211146

Good Night Monster Gift Set: A Storybook and Plush for Sweet Dreams and Happy Bedtimes

Written by Ruth Austin

Illustrated by Katie Harnett

Here’s a story that addresses the childhood fears that often surround bedtime and monsters. This sweet gift set will have young readers feeling comforted and confident as they read the story and snuggle their new fluffy monster friend. The beautifully presented set even comes with tips for grownups seeking a happy and restful bedtime routine for their kids.

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Ages 3-8 | Publisher: Compendium, Inc. | ISBN-13: 978-1970147056

I Love My Fangs!

Written and Illustrated by Kelly Leigh Miller

This is a wholly original tale—a vampire loses his first tooth! When young Dracula loses one of his fangs, he is not happy about it. He tries all sorts of things to stick it back in and is quite distressed when the tooth fairy comes to take it away. Let’s just say this picture book has a sharp and on-point ending.

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | ISBN-13: 978-1534452107

Frankenstein Doesn’t Wear Earmuffs!

Written and Illustrated by John Loren

Bwa-ha-ha! This picture book is so fun and relatable. Nobody wants to have to put on a pair of earmuffs when you have a killer Halloween costume picked out. Frankenstein’s parents keep making him add warm clothing before heading out the door to trick-or-treat. Will he ever make it out the door? Don’t Worry, you’re bound to know the answer soon because kiddos will want this one read on repeat!

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN-13: 978-0062941145

Where’s Waldo? Spooky Spotlight Search

Written and Illustrated by Martin Handford

Once a Waldo fan, always a Waldo fan! We love traveling through the pages of a Waldo book attempting to seek him out. In this adventure, readers get to use a cool glow-in-the-dark wand to help find Waldo and friends in the dark and spooky-themed pictures. There are hours of fun packed into this book!

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Ages 5-9 | Publisher: Candlewick | ISBN-13: 978-1536211580

Stink and the Hairy Spider

Written by Megan McDonald

Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Science-mad Stink is not a huge fan of spiders—his fear is so great that he can’t even read about them! Will he be able to overcome his arachnophobia when he encounters one of these hairy creatures in the backyard? As always, Megan McDonald’s writing and Peter H. Reynold’s illustrations combine together to create an engaging tale for chapter book readers. Readers will also discover some fun facts about spiders as they read along.

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Ages 6-9 | Publisher: Candlewick | ISBN-13: 978-1536209204

The Haunted Lake

Written and Illustrated by P.J. Lynch

A picture book for older kids, The Haunted Lake is a beautiful and hauntingly illustrated love story that takes place both above and beneath the water. Filled with both sorrow and hope, this is an eerily moving tale that readers will readily plunge into and remain captivated from start to finish.

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Ages 7-10 | Publisher: Candlewick | ISBN-13: 978-1536200133

The Little Witch’s Book of Spells

Written by Ariel Kusby

Illustrated by Olga Baumert

So lovely is this enchanting, illustrated book of spells for aspiring witches. It’s filled with all sorts of activities—including spells and potions. Readers will be charmed into everything, from making wands to reading tea leaves to practicing self-love to engaging in the natural world. Readers will be empowered and inspired when they immerse themselves in this book!

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher:  Chronicle Books | ISBN-13: 978-1452183619

Beetle & the Hollowbones

Written and Illustrated by Aliza Layne

If you’re a fan of graphic novels, you’ll love this playful debut about a young goblin trying to save her best friend from the haunted mall! It’s set in a perfectly eerie backdrop for young readers that love to dabble in a little spooky storytelling. Ghosts and goblins, the afterlife, and learning to ride a broom without crashing make for a highly entertaining tale.

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers | ISBN-13: 978-1534441538

Weird But True Halloween BookWeird But True Halloween: 300 Spooky Facts to Scare You Silly

Written by Julie Beer

Illustrated by Michelle Harris

The popular National Geographic Kids Weird But True! series has added this fab new book filled with 300 all-new spooky facts about candy, costumes, pumpkin carving, and more! Kids will have so much fun whipping through the pages discovering all kinds of facts, stats, tidbits, and trivia about Halloween! The best part about the book is that everything inside is true. Fun and bold fonts pop from the pages filled with photographs and Halloween inspired artwork. Did you know that it’s actually considered good luck in Germany if a cat crosses your path from right to left?

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher: National Geographic Kids | ISBN-13: 9781426338281

The Girl and the Witch’s Garden

Written by Erin Bowman

Described best in the publisher’s synopsis as The Secret Garden meets Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This middle-grade novel stars a twelve-year-old protagonist spending the summer in a grand house with a garden filled with secrets. Filled with magic and new friends, readers are bound to be charmed by Erin Bowman’s enchanting story.

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | ISBN-13: 978-1534461581

Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow

Written by Jessica Townsend

If you haven’t read Nevermoor or Wundersmith, stop what you’re doing right now and start with the first two books in the New York Times bestselling series of Nevermoor! We are huge fans and can’t wait to see what danger Morrigan Crow finds herself in this latest installment.

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | ISBN-13: 978-0316508957

The Weirn Books: Be Wary of the Silent Woods

Written and illustrated by Svetlana Chmakova

Written in a voice perfect for the tween-set, Be Wary of the Silent Woods is the first to come of a series of entertaining, spooky graphic novels by Svetlana Chmakova. The winning combination of mystery, spook, sass, and humor will have readers willingly turning the pages to the end. The creepy and perilous moments—including kidnappings, a masked night creature, a mysterious evil villain, and a ghostly old mansion—are infused with just enough humor to take the scare factor down a bunch of notches.

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Ages 8-12 | Publisher: JY | ISBN-13: 978-1975311223

The Mutant Mushroom Takeover

Written by Summer Rachel Short

Spooky and mysterious is this debut novel perfect for readers that love a little spinetingling action! Maggie—who loves nature—and her best friend Nate—an aspiring YouTuber— discover a rare bioluminescent fungus that’s threatening the town. The pair put their brains together to attempt to solve this scientific mystery that is becoming more and more dangerous to the inhabitants of Shady Pines.

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Ages 9-12 | Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | ISBN-13: 978-1534468658

Old Mummy Card Game

Created by Chronicle Books

Sometimes our fave publishers go beyond their books and release fun extras like this Old Mummy Card Game. It’s a spooky twist on the classic game Old Maid and adds a little seasonal boost to family game night. We love that the cards—featuring a deck of werewolves, zombies, vampires, and more—come stored in a sarcophagus-shaped box!

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Ages 4-10 | Publisher: Chronicle Books | ASIN: 1452174865

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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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