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Last updated on November 3rd, 2022 at 01:08 am
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Kids LOVE Halloween, and why shouldn’t they? Could it be the tons of free candy, dressing up as their favorite characters, all the tasty treats, pumpkin carving, and Halloween parties? There’s so much for them to love!
Keep the fun going at storytime too with 15 of the best Halloween books for young children. These titles are perfect for babies to elementary-age, and include favorite authors and characters your child is already familiar with.
And, check out our article, Tips for Reading Aloud to Your Kids, for ideas to make storytime with your kids extra special.
Best Halloween Books for Young Children
Too Many Pumpkins
Rebecca Estelle has hated pumpkins ever since she was a girl when pumpkins were often the only food her family had. When an enormous pumpkin falls off a truck and smashes in her yard, she shovels dirt over the pieces and forgets about them. But those slimy pumpkin smithereens sprout up in autumn, and Rebecca Estelle finds a sea of pumpkins in her garden.
The Scariest Book Ever
Reader beware! This is the scariest book ever! Or so claims its melodramatic ghost narrator. You can go ahead and turn the page, but don't expect him to come with you. Anything might pop out of that black hole in the middle of the forest. What do you mean it's just a bunny? Well, it's probably a bunny with big fangs. Watch out, it's -- picking pumpkins with its friends, you say? Actually, despite the ghost's scare-mongering, none of the animal characters in the illustrations seem scary at all. . . . What's up with that? Many delights, such as surprises after the page turn, an alarmist narrator, and punch lines to anticipate make this book a scream for both kids and parents.
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete
Join Pete the Cat from New York Times bestselling artist James Dean as he goes trick-or-treating in this lift-the-flaps book!
Pete loves Halloween and candy but not so much scary surprises. Follow Pete as he goes trick-or-treating from house to house and discover what is waiting behind each door.
With over ten flaps that open to reveal fun spooky surprises, this book is spooktacular!
My First Halloween
Tomie dePaola’s warm illustrations capture the fun moments of Halloween that become wonderful memories for the family. This is an irresistible addition to every child’s bag of treats.
It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give...)
Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he decorates all the pumpkins in the patch in this sweet board book from Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.
Mouse is excited for fall because that means it is time to decorate pumpkins! But one is missing. Where could it have gone?
Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch
What will Biscuit find in the pumpkin patch? The perfect pumpkin and some friendly surprises! Join Biscuit for some Halloween fun in this holiday board book.
Eek! Halloween! (Boynton on Board)
Eek! Halloween! is all treat and no tricks, a journey with Boynton and her nutty characters through the tradition of Halloween.
It starts with an uh-oh—the chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!”
Babies Love Halloween: Lift-a-Flap Board Book (Babies Love Children's Interactive Chunky Lift-A-Flap Board Book)
Introduce your baby or toddler to classic Halloween traditions like costume parties and trick-or-treating, with this adorable lift-a-flap board book. Simple sentences reinforce future language structure, and grasping and lifting the sturdy flaps helps develop fine motor skills. A perfect first Halloween book!
The Little Kitten (My Little Animal Friend)
Ollie and her cat Pumpkin are out frolicking on a beautiful fall day when they come upon a tiny kitten shivering in a pile of fallen leaves. Ollie warms the kitten up and the three become fast friends, but when Ollie sees “Lost Kitten” posters hanging on the trees in the forest, she knows she has to help her new friend get home. As Halloween draws nearer, magic is afoot, and Ollie’s good deed is rewarded in an unexpected way.
Llama Llama Trick or Treat
In Llama Llama Trick or Treat, little llama finds the perfect costume, picks out a pumpkin for a jack-o’-lantern, and then goes trick-or-treating with Mama and his friends!
Little Critter: Happy Halloween, Little Critter!
Join Mercer Mayer’s classic and beloved character, Little Critter®, at a haunted house party for Halloween!
This storybook is complete with gatefold flaps that readers can pull back to reveal the monsters, mummies, and skeletons that lurk in the shadows!
Little Critter and Little Sister dress in fun costumes, bob for apples, play pin the broom on the witch, and much more. There are plenty of surprises to be had, even if some of them are just a little spooky!
Spooky, Spooky Little Bat (Finger Puppet Board Book)
Play along with this "spooky" story an adorable little bat puppet! This Halloween story features a fun finger puppet toy built into the book, encouraging interactive play, hand-eye coordination, and language development in your little one. Babies and toddlers learn best when they are playing, especially when their grown-ups in the fun!
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
A little pumpkin is trying to find his way back home! And with a little help from a friendly witch, he is soon safe and sound, back on his porch—where there are no spiders to be seen! Little ones will love this fresh fall spin on a classic nursery rhyme!
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Peanuts)
It’s Halloween night, which means costumes, trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples…and waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Linus is certain that the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch to bring toys to all the children of the world. Could this be the year that it finally happens?Find out in this stunning storybook with an embossed cover with holographic foil!
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat (First Time Books)
Come for a visit in Bear Country with this classic First Time Book® from Stan and Jan Berenstain. It’s Halloween and Brother and Sister can’t wait to go trick-or-treating with all of their friends, but when someone in the group encourages the kids to play a trick, things don’t go as planned. Includes over 50 bonus stickers!
Which of these Halloween books is going on your child’s book shelf?
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I love seeing new “if you give a mouse” book. When my kiddo was younger, there was only the cookie one. So glad to see it continues as it’s so cute!
How fun! What a nice list of Halloween books for children.
These should make for a fun Halloween.
These books would be perfect to read with my grandchildren this month. ‘The Scariest Book Ever’ sounds so cute!
I love watching Halloween cartoons and movies with my kids.They have quite a lot of Halloween books . I read to the twins at nap time .They know when the books come out during the day it’s time for a nap. I will take out some of the Halloween books next month.