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Halloween is a rich tradition in our home. We love all things fall and particularly all things Halloween. Board books have become part of our Halloween tradition and the best way to introduce my little monster to Halloween, in a not so spooky way. Here are our favorite Halloween books for kids (that adults enjoy too!):
1. The Little Shop Of Monsters
Are you afraid of monsters? Originally purchased this book because of R.L. Stine as a tribute to my childhood love of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series. With amusing colorful creatures on every page, my favorite childhood author did not disappoint. We love the surprise twist, that you don’t choose a monster at The Little Shop of Monsters, a monster chooses you!
The Little Shop of Monsters By R.L. Stine
2. Bats At The Beach
It always brings a smile to my face when my son chooses this book to read. An original story about bats taking a fun trip to the beach under the moonlight. It inspires great questions from my son about bats, what they eat, and why they like to play volleyball at the beach!
Bats At The Beach by Brian Lies
3. Halloween Jack
My son enjoys this one because each clever character has googly eyes accompanied with catchy rhymes. From the crazy witch with purple hair to victor and his vampire bats, it is a great not so spooky introduction into the world of Halloween characters. Best yet, this now tattered book does not get old with my toddler.
Halloween Jack by Roger Priddy
4. Room On The Broom
This fun loving story of a generous witch on her journey ends up picking up some unexpected passengers. In the end, when she encounters a hungry dragon, she’s grateful to have friends! Room on the broom is a book I wish I had when I was younger, but it’s just as good to read to my son as he delights in seeing the plight of the friendly witch, who can’t seem to find enough room on the broom for all her unexpected passengers!
Room On The Broom By Julia Donaldson
5. The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
“The itsy bitsy pumpkin rolled down a spooky street…” A Halloween riff off the itsy bitsy spider. My son loves the familiar melody and sings along. The only thing that could make this book better is if I could carry a tune.
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin By Sonali Fry
6. Llama Llama Trick Or Treat
As much as I despise the Llama llama books, my son loves them. So I can’t help but continue to purchase and read them. Eventually he will grow out of them, until he grows out of them, I’ll channel my inner Ludicrous during readings.
Llama Llama Trick Or Treat By Anna Dewdney
7. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything
When this lady is confronted with some spooky objects following her path, she keeps her cool. She braves on and continues her journey determined to not be a afraid. My son loves joining along in this reading with the recurring CLOMPS, WIGGLES and SHAKES. A clever surprise ending, accompanied with the detailed illustrations, make this classic story a Halloween favorite.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything By Linda Williams
8. The Gruffalo
“Silly old Fox! Doesn’t he know? There’s no such thing as a gruffalo!” If you love Room On The Broom, you are guaranteed to also love The Gruffalo, as they are both by Julia Donaldson. The rhythm and rhyming structure of this book make it one of the most fun books to read out loud. The original story of the clever mouse’s journey through the woods and host of other characters, make this book an instant family classic.
The Gruffalo By Julia Donaldson
9. Goodnight Goon
“In a cold gray tomb, there was a gravestone, and a black lagoon, and a picture of…” A parody of Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Goon is a surprisingly fun read and also a #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, for a reason. Goodnight Goon stays true to the original rhythm but adds a Halloween twist with goons, creatures, and ghouls. My toddler delights in pointing out the different ghoulish creatures on each page.
Goodnight Goon By Michael Rex
10. Spooky Pookie
We are die hard enthusiasts of any book by Sandra Boynton. Spooky Pookie is a fun Halloween themed quick read. In this story, mom helps Pookie pick out the perfect Halloween costume, so Pookie can become Spookie Pookie.
Spooky Pookie By Sandra Boynton
Looking for more books to add to your home library? Checkout The Best Books For Toddlers.