Our family has a tradition of buying books as gifts for the holidays. When I was little, I received many books for various holidays like Easter, Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine's Day. Some of these books were ones that fit the holiday theme, while others were just books that the gift giver thought was cute and wanted to share with me. We have continued this tradition with our own children over the years and have quite a collection of holiday-themed books.
What are some of our favorite Halloween-themed books?
EEK! Halloween by Sandra Boynton
This is an adorable board book perfect for young readers. The chickens are all very nervous as they come across different animals dressed up in costumes. They do not understand what is going on until they find out it is Halloween.
It's Pumpkin Day, House! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
We love the little mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the other books in the series. So, this is a fantastic board book in our house during the month of October. Mouse has seven pumpkins he can decorate for Pumpkin Day and proceeds to paint them with different emotions like happy and sad.
This board book is the perfect tie-in with a visit to a pumpkin patch. Children can count pumpkins they see in the pumpkin patch and look for ones that are similar in shape and size to those in the book. They can also decide if they want to paint their own pumpkin like the one in the story.
Dracula - A Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams with art by Alison Oliver
This adorable BabyLit® book is the perfect board book to introduce your little one to numbers and a classic story. The drawings in the book of wolves, tombstones, rats, coffins, and letters are in grays, black, red, and white and help create a Halloween-feel. While reading the book, you can explain as much or as little of the plot as you wish. Dracula does not actually appear in the story except on the cover.
Happy Halloween, Biscuit! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli with pictures by Pat Schories
Do your children like the series of books about the cute puppy, Biscuit? This tale might be the perfect one to read this October as Biscuit learns all about events that are taking place prior to Halloween. There is a visit to a pumpkin patch, the creation of a jack-o-lantern, dressing in Halloween costumes, and trick-or-treating. This Biscuit book features flaps to life to find out what happens next in the story.
It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schultz
What Halloween book collection would be complete without the Great Pumpkin? This classic children's story and cartoon are perfect. Through it, we see Linus persevering as he waits for the Great Pumpkin - even if no one but Linus believes that he exists. I also love the fact that with older children, one can also discuss the adventures that Snoopy undergoes fighting the Red Baron. (I love any connection I can make to history!)