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Kids’ Halloween Books: Cats, Bats, & Skeletons

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 21, 2011

It’s time to start prepping for the holiday season. First stop: Halloween. No tricks here—only treats!

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

Our 2011 Halloween book list spotlights everything from growing pumpkins; overcoming fears (a great topic for youngsters that tend to get a little surprised when they no longer recognize their family and friends due to colorful costumes and scary masks); witches; skeletons; cats and bats; and plain-old, creepy stories that beg to be read on a dark night with a flashlight. From babies to beginning readers to middle graders to young adults, TCBR has you covered.

Board Books

Spooky Boo! A Halloween Adventure

by Lily Karr (Author), Kyle Poling (Illustrator)

Reading level: Baby-Preschool

Board book: 12 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Brdbk edition (July 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: What’s Halloween without a haunted house? Come inside SPOOKY BOO! A HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE – it’s filled with tons of Halloween fun! With spooky lift-the-flaps, icky touch-and-feels, and outrageous mirrors throughout, this is one haunted house that trick-or-treaters will want to visit again and again!

Add this book to your collection: Spooky Boo! A Halloween Adventure

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Little Black Book

by Renee Khatami

Reading level: Baby-Preschool

Board book: 14 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (July 26, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Black is the new black in this darkly tantalizing touch-and-feel extravaganza for the senses! Now babies can enjoy this daring color in a novelty board book chock-full of gorgeous, full-color photographs. There are textures to touch, a flap surprise, and the scratch ‘n’ sniff scent of sweet licorice that you can almost taste!

Add this book to your collection: Little Black Book

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Happy Halloween, Stinky Face

by Lisa Mccourt (Author), Cyd Moore (Illustrator)

Reading level: Baby-Preschool

Boardbook: 32 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books (July 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: It’s almost time to go trick-or-treating, but first Stinky Face has just a few questions for Mama. As always, Mama lovingly addresses each and every one of her child’s concerns. A sweet and reassuring Halloween tale from Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore!

Add this book to your collection: Happy Halloween, Stinky Face

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Picture Books

Little Goblins Ten

by Pamela Jane (Author), Jane Manning (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (July 26, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: From monsters to ghosties to goblins, everyone’s favorite beasties haunt and howl and rattle their way through their forest home in this silly, spooky twist on the beloved nursery rhyme “Over in the Meadow.”

Author Pamela Jane and New York Times bestselling illustrator Jane Manning have created a delicious Halloween treat for readers to enjoy.

Add this book to your collection: Little Goblins Ten

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Skeleton Meets the Mummy

by Steve Metzger (Author), Aaron Zenz (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Original edition (August 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: This spooky new read-aloud story is perfect for Halloween!

On Halloween night, Sammy has to make a quick trip through the dark woods before he can go trick-or-treating. But someone–or something–is following him. Scritch! Scratch! What could it be?

Bold, vibrant illustations make this spooky story a perfect Halloween tale that kids will want to read again and again.

Add this book to your collection: Skeleton Meets the Mummy

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Pumpkin Cat

by Anne Mortimer

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 24 pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (July 26, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Through the seasons, Cat and Mouse work together in the garden.

Together, they watch seeds that turn into plants in the spring,

and plants that turn into flowers in the summer,

and flowers that turn into pumpkins in the fall!

And when their pumpkins are finally ready, Mouse gives the best surprise of all to his friend, Cat!

Anne Mortimer’s charming story about friendship and discovery is perfect for any season.

Add this book to your collection: Pumpkin Cat

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Pumpkin Trouble

by Jan Thomas

Reading level: Ages 2-5

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (July 26, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Did that pumpkin just quack?

Add this book to your collection: Pumpkin Trouble

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Happy Birthday, Little Witch!

by Lieve Baeten

Reading level: Ages 3-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: NorthSouth (August 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: It’s Lizzy the Little Witch’s birthday, but Cat has gone missing. She’s not at the Witch Village Market, and she’s not in the Witch This-‘n’-That Shop, and she’s not in the Witch Pet Store. Can Lizzy find her in time for birthday cake?
You can search for Cat with Lizzy. Just carefully punch open the doors to the Village Market, the Witch This-‘n’-That Shop, the Witch Pet Store, and finally Lizzy’s own house and take a peek inside.

Add this book to your collection: Happy Birthday, Little Witch!

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Witches

by Cheryl Christian (Author), Wish Williams (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 2-5

Paperback: 24 pages

Publisher: Star Bright Books (August 15, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Little witches abound in this rollicking, rhyming adventure that features all of the fun, fantasy, and treats–but none of the tricks– of a Halloween night to remember! Whimsical, colorful illustrations overflow with charming details that will engage young readers to read the book again and again to discover all its charms!

Add this book to your collection: Witches

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The I’M NOT SCARED Book

by Todd Parr

Reading level: Ages 3-6

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 3, 2011)

Source: Bookstore

Publisher’s synopsis: With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity, Todd Parr explores the subject of all things scary and assures readers that all of us are afraid sometimes.

Add this book to your collection: The I’M NOT SCARED Book

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Early Readers

Inside a House That is Haunted: Scholastic Reader Level 2

by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Author), Tedd Arnold (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-7

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Cartwheel Books; Reprint edition (July 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Bestselling author, Alyssa Satin Capucilli, and two-time Geisel Honor winner, Tedd Arnold, team up for this hilarious halloween tale that is just as much trick as it is a treat. Previously published as a paperback, this classic is now available as a Scholastic Reader. With illustrations that make the scariest creature look extremely funny and romping repetitive text, readers will never expect what happens when this haunted house has a trick-or-treater knock on its door. Ghosts, spiders, owls, skeletons and monsters take turns accidentally scaring each other in this silly, slapstick story.

Add this book to your collection: Inside a House That is Haunted

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Never Kick a Ghost and Other Silly Chillers: I Can Read, Level 2

by Judy Sierra (Author), Pascale Constantin (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (July 26, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Yikes! This collection of easy-to-read, silly, spooky tales features a pirate bride, a ghost that grows and grows, and a big slobbery monster.

Add this book to your collection: Never Kick a Ghost and Other Silly Chillers

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Scooby-Doo Comic Storybook #1: A Haunted Halloween

Alcadia Snc (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 32 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Original edition (July 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Zoinks! Someone in Banning Junction is burning creepy patterns in the cornfields. Seems like a ghost is out to ruin the annual Halloween party! Can Scooby and the gang solve the case and save the celebration?

Add this book to your collection: Scooby-Doo Comic Storybook #1: A Haunted Halloween

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Chapter Books

Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead

by Francesca Simon (Author), Tony Ross (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 7-10

Paperback: 112 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Reprint edition (August 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Henry will do anything to win the grand prize at this year’s talent show…even wake the dead! Plus three other stories that will leave you screaming for more.

Add this book to your collection: Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead

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Scary School

by Derek The Ghost

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (June 21, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Join Charles “New Kid” Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends—including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf—and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky!

Add this book to your collection: Scary School

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The Dragon’s Tooth: Ashtown Burials #1

by N. D. Wilson

Reading level: Ages 8-12

Hardcover: 496 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 23, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room.

Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world’s secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.

N. D. Wilson, author of Leepike Ridge and 100 Cupboards, returns with an imagination-capturing adventure that inventively combines the contemporary and the legendary.

Add this book to your collection: The Dragon’s Tooth: Ashtown Burials #1

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3:15 Season One: Things That Go Bump in the Night

by Patrick Carman

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 176 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (September 1, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Read, watch, and listen to each chilling story in 15 minutes or less! 3:15 means several things. It’s a time when things go bump in the night. A place where spooky stories find a home. A feeling . . . that chill running down your spine.

Add this book to your collection: 3:15 Season One: Things That Go Bump in the Night

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A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie

by Matt Blackstone

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (July 5, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Rene, an obsessive-compulsive fourteen year old, smells his hands and wears a Batman cape when he’s nervous. If he picks up a face-down coin, moves a muscle when the time adds up to thirteen (7:42 is bad luck because 7 + 4 + 2 = 13), or washes his body parts in the wrong order, Rene or someone close to him will break a bone, contract a deadly virus, and/or die a slow and painful death like someone in a scary scene in scary movie. Rene’s new and only friend tutors him in the art of playing it cool, but that’s not as easy as Gio makes it sound.

Add this book to your collection: A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie

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Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow

by Katy Towell

Reading level: Ages 8-12

Hardcover: 272 pages

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 23, 2011)

Source: Publisher

Publisher’s synopsis: Twelve years ago, for 12 days straight, the town of Widowsbury suffered a terrible storm, which tore open a gate through which escaped all sorts of foul, rotten things. Strange things and strange people were no longer welcomed in Widowsbury, for one could never be sure of what secrets waited under the surface . . .

Adelaide Foss, Maggie Borland, and Beatrice Alfred are known by their classmates at Widowsbury’s Madame Gertrude’s School for Girls as “scary children.” Unfairly targeted because of their peculiarities—Adelaide has an uncanny resemblance to a werewolf, Maggie is abnormally strong, and Beatrice claims to be able to see ghosts—the girls spend a good deal of time isolated in the school’s inhospitable library facing detention. But when a number of people mysteriously begin to disappear in Widowsbury, the girls work together, along with Steffen Weller, son of the cook at Rudyard School for Boys, to find out who is behind the abductions. Will they be able to save Widowsbury from a 12-year-old curse?

Add this book to your collection: Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow

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Want to see our picks from last year? Best Halloween Books for Kids: Scary, Spooky, and Silly

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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