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6 Fun Books for Kids to Read for Halloween

#1 Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins

Pete the Cat - Five Little Pumpkins book cover

Title: Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
Written & Illustrated by James Dean
Publisher’s Synopsis: New York Times Bestseller! Bestselling author and artist James Dean brings us a groovy rendition of the classic favorite children’s song “Five Little Pumpkins,” sung by cool cat Pete and perfect for Halloween. Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins is in a sturdy paper-over-board format and filled with vibrant, engaging illustrations for even the youngest of Pete fans.
Recommended Ages: 4 – 8 years
Published: HarperCollins Publishers (July 21, 2015)

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#2 The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat book cover

Title: The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
Written & Illustrated by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Publisher’s Synopsis: It’s time for Halloween in Stan and Jan Berenstain’s beloved classic, The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat. Featuring stickers, temporary tattoos, and a memory card game, this deluxe edition is the perfect way for all little cubs to celebrate Halloween.
Recommended Ages: 3 – 7 years
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers; Deluxe edition (August 1, 2017)

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#3 Spooky Pookie

Spooky Pookie book cover

Title: Spooky Pookie
Written & Illustrated by Sandra Boynton
Publisher’s Synopsis: Pookie gets dressed up for Halloween in this silly board book from beloved and bestselling author and illustrator Sandra Boynton. It’s Halloween! What will little Pookie decide to be this year? Pookie tries on costumes one by one, but somehow can’t find just the right thing. The resolution to Pookie’s dilemma will delight toddlers and their caregivers alike. Told and illustrated with Sandra Boynton’s celebrated charm and pizzazz, Spooky Pookie has all the makings of a beloved Halloween classic. Boo!
Recommended Ages: 1 – 5 years
Published: Little Simon; Brdbk edition (July 25, 2017)

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#4 Clifford’s Halloween

Cliffords Halloween book cover

Title: Clifford’s Halloween
Written & Illustrated by Norman Bridwell
Publisher’s Synopsis: It’s Clifford’s favorite day of the year-Halloween! Out of all the holidays, Emily Elizabeth and Clifford like Halloween the most. They play games, trick-or-treat in the neighborhood, and tell ghost stories. Best of all, they can wear costumes! Clown, witch, knight, or ghost — what will Clifford decide to dress up as this year?
Recommended Ages: 3 – 5 years
Published: Cartwheel Books (July 1, 2011)

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#5 Goodnight Goon

Goodnight Goon book cover

Title: Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody
Written & Illustrated by Michael Rex
Publisher’s Synopsis: Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist!
Recommended Ages: 1 – 3 years
Published: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers; Brdbk edition (August 16, 2012)

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#6 Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom book cover

Title: Room on the Broom
Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Publisher’s Synopsis: The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch’s hat, then her bow, and then her wand!  Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.  But is there room on the broom for so many friends?  And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?
Recommended Ages: 3 – 7 years
Published: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 25, 2003)

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Cave Baby Book Review

Title: Cave Baby
Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Emily Gravett
Recommended Ages: 3-5 years
Published: Macmillan Children’s Books (May 6, 2011)

This is a cute story about a cave baby and the difference a response & encouragement can make.

The cave baby is full of curiosity and creativity leading to a bunch of paint scribbles on the wall, but cave mum and cave dad are not impressed. They tell cave baby that the big brown bear will eat him and now he is afraid. Late in the night a mammoth comes into the baby’s cave and the baby is worried he will be taken to the big brown bear.

Instead, the mammoth takes him to his own cave where the baby can freely express his imagination with paint. Afterward, the mammoth and the rest of the mammoth family are impressed with cave baby’s wall scribbles. At the end, the baby is back in his cave happy dreaming of his masterpiece in the mammoth cave. This story written by Julia Donaldson of the Gruffalo has the same charming rhyming and delightful repetition. Emily Gravett’s illustrations make you feel like you are in a cave with this mischievous baby.

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