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Halloween Picture Book List/Picks

If you’re scouting for a nice Halloween treat for your little witch, ladybug, ghost, or cowboy, I found all of the following new picture books to be very impressive:

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying ParodyGoodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody

by Michael Rex

Reading level: Ages 3-6

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (August 14, 2008)

Synopsis: Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist!

“Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon.”

It’s bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest.

A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.

Boo, Bunny!Boo Bunny

by Kathryn O. Galbraith (Author), Jeff Mack (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2008)

Synopsis: Eeek! Squeak!

Halloween can be especially spooky for a shy bunny. But when that shy bunny bumps into another shy bunny, friendship scares away fear. Once they join forces, not even the darkest night can stop them two brave bunnies from having the best Halloween ever.

Full of sounds, spookiness, and sweetness, this dynamic picture book celebrates the best part of Halloween: friends!

Campfire Songs For Monsters (Sipping Spiders Through A Straw)Campfire Songs for Monsters: Sipping Spiders Through A Straw

by Kelly Dipucchio (Author), Gris Grimly (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 7-10

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 1, 2008)

Synopsis: In this howlishly fun collection of campfire songs, little monsters everywhere will love singing along to their favorite campfire tunes which have been altered for optimal gross-out effect by the ghoulish Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by the Master of Creep, Gris Grimly.

Disgusting highlights include “If You’re Scary and You Know It,” “99 Bottles of Blood on the Wall,” and the classic in the making, “Do Your Guts Hang Low?” Gather your creepy, crawly friends and get ready to slither and slink and howl and stink!

On a Scary Scary Night: Can You See What I See?

by Walter Wick

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books (August 1, 2008)

Synopsis: Co-creator of the popular I SPY series,Walter Wick is at it again. Mr. Wick dazzles the senses with spooky scenes that achieve new levels of aesthetic excellence! This book offers readers lots of search and find fun as they peer through pages and pages of brilliant photographic compositions looking for fascinating toys and objects.

This highly collectible book is a must.

Halloween NightHalloween Night

by Marjorie Dennis Murray (Author), Brandon Dorman (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Greenwillow (July 22, 2008)

Synopsis: ‘Twas Halloween night, And all through the house, Every creature was stirring, including the mouse . . .

The witch is cooking. Banshees are singing. The goody bags are oozing with ooey, gooey snacks. Everyone’s warming up for the best Halloween party ever.

Get ready for a frighteningly fun time, because you’re invited!

Here is one older book that I just had to include …

Room on the BroomRoom on the Broom

by Julia Donaldson (author) and Axel Scheffler (illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Puffin (August 25, 2003)

Synopsis: The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

Do you want to see more Halloween books? Check out the following links:

Kiddos and Books: A Very Looooong Halloween Children’s Book List

Wild rose Reader: Halloween: Book Reviews and book Lists

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