MAMA PICKS: best books for halloween

We know Halloween isn't every mama's thing, but if your kids are fans of all this ghoulish, here are some fun books to get them in the mood:



Trick or Treat? by Melanie Walsh (age 3 yrs - 5 yrs)Where is the bat, and what is the spider doing? What could be in the cauldron, or rattling in the closet -- or outside the door? For young children awaiting Halloween, here is the perfect board book, full of bright colors, bold illustrations, and ever-so-slightly spooky surprises waiting beneath sturdy flaps. Trick or treat!

Tucker's Spooky Halloween by Leslie McGuirk
(age 2 yrs - 5 yrs)Tucker’s owner always dresses him as something cute for Halloween, like a pumpkin with a little orange hat. But this year Tucker doesn’t want to be cute -- he wants to be spooky! Looks like it’s time for Tucker to put his paws to the cause and turn into something scary before the trick-or-treaters arrive! Little ones will laugh at this earnest pup’s efforts to make just the right statement on Halloween night.


Where's My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by John Manders
(age 4 yrs - 7 yrs)
Little Baby Mummy wants just one more game of hide-and-shriek with Big Mama Mummy before bedtime. The night is deep and dark, full of friendly creatures that click their clacky teeth and whoosh past on flippy-floppy wings. But who will comfort Little Baby Mummy if a small, scritchy-scratchy someone gives him a scare? Big Mama Mummy, of course! Fresh, comical illustrations complement this ever-so-slightly suspenseful story with a satisfying ending.

And Then Comes Halloween by Tom Brenner, illustrated by Holly Meade
(age 4yrs - 7 yrs)
As soon as geese fly south, children take autumn's cue to start their preparations: it’s almost Halloween! With poetic language and vivid collage illustrations, Tom Brenner and Holly Meade follow all the familiar rituals, from hanging paper skeletons to carving pumpkins, from costume-making to trick-or-treating. Halloween lovers will be eager to grab a bag or bucket and join them on this lively and lyrical journey.


The Bag of Bones by Vivian French, illustrated by Ross Collins
(age 8 yrs - 12 yrs)
When the quill writes GO GO GO frantically on the wall, and the House of the Ancient Crones heaves Gracie Gillypot outside onto the path, it can mean only one thing: there’s Trouble in the Five Kingdoms. This time it’s in the form of a beady-eyed, green-tongued witch named Truda Hangnail, who with her banished Deep Magic has vowed to succeed Queen Bluebell on the throne. Will the strengths, smarts, and charms of a spunky trueheart, a sweet-natured orphan, a scruffy prince, a substantial troll, and two squabbling bats be enough to foil her insidious plot?

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