Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween read-alouds for preschoolers

There are so many great Halloween books and scary stories (Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series comes to mind), but sometimes it’s difficult to find books for the littlest of listeners.

Here are some of my favorite read-aloud Halloween books for preschoolers and toddlers.  Enjoy!

Halloween by Harry Behn  -  simple poem, minimal words, spooky illustrations, sets a Halloween mood
Brooms are for Flying by Michael Rex - great for action, get the kids up and moving!
Boo Who? A foldout Halloween adventure by Lola M. Schaefer - fun for tiny tots

Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara - simple wording, easy to follow, great retro-look illustrations!

Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo - rhyming fun extolling the virtues (or flaws) of pumpkins, “Finally on a winding vine he spies a pumpkin fat and fine.”
Boo Who? A spooky lift-the-flap book by Joan Holub - an oldie, but goodie, another choice for tiny tots

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams - another old tale, this one’s a cumulative rhyme, great for participation
Halloween Night by Elizabeth Hatch - another cumulative tale in the same vein as “The House that Jack Built”

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  1. Great list. Don't forget THE HAUNTED HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT by Helaine Becker. Great surprise ending story.

    Monica Kulling

  2. I don't think that one's made it down here to the states yet, but here's the link if anyone wants to see a preview.


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