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By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 12, 2011

Looking for some spooky good reads this Halloween? Below is our family’s list of all-time favorites. Have a Happy Halloween!

A cautionary tale from 1829 The Spider and the Fly will capture your children’s imagination. Tony DiTerlizzi spins a masterful retelling of Mary Howitt’s poetic fable with his perversely charming pictures. It’s such fun and best read with a wicked voice… Ba ha ha ha ha! (Ages 6-9)

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.

Link and a Quote is my version of a coffee break with a good piece of cake …

Link: The 20 best picture books for children – a list of (completely subjective) books, posted on the School Gate, Times’ Education blog, just in time to celebrate the UK’s, Children’s Book Week. I had to share this because it contains a bunch of my favorites:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson
  • Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
  • Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Where’s Spot by Erik Hill