Thursday, October 13, 2011

Spooky Reads

Ah, Halloween! Of course, the stores have had their Halloween candy since, I don't know, the Fourth of July? Nevertheless, costumes are being prepared and Halloween books are flying off the shelves. Here are a few of my favorites:

Piper Reed, Campfire Girl

Piper Reed is a lovely series for young elementary students. You don't really need to read them in order (but many kids are fussy about that, and sometimes, especially in fantasy series, you really do need to read them in order). In this fourth book of the Piper Reed series, Piper goes on a camping trip at Halloween (which she's not too thrilled about!). Not only is Piper Reed a cute series, it also features the everyday life of a military (Navy) family, which we don't often see in children's books.

If You're a Monster and You Know It

This isn't specifically Halloween-oriented, but it works if you need a read aloud for toddlers or preschoolers. As you can guess, it's a takeoff on "If You're Happy and You Know It." Rebecca and Ed Emberley's picture book contributions are fun and clever; this is no exception.

Ant and Honeybee: A Pair of Friends at Halloween

The Ant and Honeybee books are perfect for beginning readers (the books are a little over 40 pages). Ant and Honeybee decide to dress as appliances for Halloween.

And Then Comes Halloween

And Then Comes Halloween isn't just about trick-or-treating; it's also about the fun of creating costumes and decorating for Halloween. A good emphasis on the creative side of the holiday!

A Creepy Countdown

If you want something that's a little shivery but not too scary, check out A Creepy Countdown. This Halloween counting book has deliciously spooky illustrations.

I'm looking for a really good scary audiobook. Adult fiction. I'm thinking about Carrie (oooh, narrated by Sissy Spacek....I do have a cassette player) or something else by Stephen King (listening to Christine while driving might be interesting). Or maybe Interview With the Vampire. There's also this Classic Tales of Terror that I have my eye on. Any recommendations?

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