Halloween Books

I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite Halloween-themed books.  Considering how we decorate our house (which you can see here), of course we have favorite Halloween books.  Thanks to their dad, my girls do have a pretty high tolerance when it comes to scary things.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Room on the BroomWe LOVE Julia Donaldson!  We’ve enjoyed every book we’ve read by her (The Gruffalo books and A Gold Star for Zog are two of our all-time favorites).  If you enjoy Donaldson’s creativity, repetitive text, and lyrical rhyming, Room on the Broom won’t let you down.  In it a witch loses her hat, bow, and wand and then meets a dog, parrot, and frog who help her find her items.  In exchange she gives them a ride on her broom and together they learn about friendship and teamwork.  And a dragon even makes an appearance!  What more do you want?Room on the Broom picture

Zombelina by Kristyn Crow

Zombelina

Zombelina
I wasn’t thrilled when my husband came home with this book but it quickly won me over.  Zombelina is the cutest zombie I’ve ever seen!  Her family is very similar to The Munsters or Addam’s Family.  She loves her ballet class that her mom signs her up for but at her recital she runs into a little trouble when she scares away the audience.  This is really cute and you don’t need to be familiar with scary zombies to enjoy it.

Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex

Goodnight GoonThis is a parody of Goodnight Moon and a welcome break if you are tired of reading the original (like I am).  It is a bit scarier than some of the other books on our list.  But if your kids are older or not too sensitive, the pictures and the text are hilarious.  It follows the exact same format and rhythm as the original just this time a goon, witch, monsters, and a werewolf are involved.Goodnight Goon

Where’s My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi

Where's My Mummy?
Where's My Mummy

The girls picked this one out.  I’ll be honest, it’s not my favorite but my daughters LOVE it!  I think it’s the repetitive text (what little one doesn’t like repetition?).  They also think it’s funny that Little Baby Mummy who is playing hide & seek with Big Mama Mummy is not scared of the monsters but is scared of a little mouse (oops, spoiler alert).  The monsters are shown in very friendly ways so the book is just the right level of scary and funny for toddlers and preschoolers without being too much.

 

Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day

P1010854For Christmas the girls were given Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis from their Nana.  They love this book!  And I do too because it does such a great job describing so many different emotions.  Besides the expected emotions (happy, mad, sad) there is also joyful, quiet, and discouraged.  The humorous text and colorful pictures keep my girls entertained.  They also enjoy the spinning wheel at the back of the book where they can change the girl’s expressions to match her mood.  And I’ve noticed that the book has helped the girls express themselves better (and has caused them to ask for more feelings cards for our daily calendar board).

They also received and really enjoy My Brave Year P1010856of Firsts–Tries, Sighs, and High Fives.  In it, Jamie Lee Curtis describes all different firsts that Frankie goes through, mainly during her first grade year.  Some are happy and others hard, but all the firsts are entertaining.  And all of them teach us that as hard as new experiences can be, they are always exciting and happen when you are “brave, true, and strong.”

 

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