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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)

The Children’s Book Review | November 12, 2009

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.”
~ W. T. Ellis

Families thrive on special moments and memories, the kind that are shared and made together. Creating family traditions is an important part of a child’s life, helping them to feel connected and important. One of the most simplest family traditions is reading a book together. Many families enjoy reading the same Christmas books each year to announce the arrival of the “Christmas Spirit”; others enjoy the act of introducing a new holiday tale to their library each year; and even more magical is choosing a holiday book to donate to a child in need, because after all … the holiday season is about giving.

Christmas is a special time and calls for special stories. I am sure you will find the magic you are looking for in these wonderful books.

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

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 3, 2008

Where's My Mom?

Where’s My Mom?

by Julia Donaldson

Reading level: Ages 3-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Dial (March 27, 2008)

Julia Donaldson, an English writer and playwright, is one of my favorite children’s authors. Her latest book to be published in the US is Where’s My Mom? Initially released in the early 2000’s in the U.K., Donaldson’s rhythmic and engaging style combined with Axel Scheffler’s cartoon illustrations, make for a very charming addition to your child’s library.