Halloween is a national holiday that captures the imagination of children and adults alike!
Reading books to children is another excellent way to celebrate this holiday and teach a number of valuable lessons: the joy of reading, the value of the printed word, and the importance of listening carefully to the spoken word. Often Halloween is associated with a variety of somewhat frightening images and ideas as ghost stories or tales of witches and goblins abound. But Halloween can also be a time to share some wonderful picture books that highlight the holiday in fun and entertaining, rather than scary, ways.
Here is a list of some Halloween Stores captivating and entertaining picture books with a Halloween theme.
You may also enjoy visiting your school or community library to find additional Halloween stories.
- The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
- Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
- Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian
- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro
- Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
- The Hallo-wiener by Dav Pilkey
- Arthur’s Halloween by Marc Brown
- Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
- It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown by Charles Schulz
- The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk by Stan and Jan Berenstain
To hone auditory processing skills, ask your child questions about the characters and action in the story as you read and after the story is completed. Here are some tips and questions that can keep your child listening carefully and can also spark interesting conversations:
- Stop reading in the middle of the story and ask your child what he thinks might happen next.
- Do this again close to the end of the book and ask your child to predict how the story resolves.
- Question your child about the characters in the book, as well. Which is her favorite?
- Does she approve of the actions the characters are taking?
- Can your child guess how the characters are feeling throughout the story?
- Do those feeling change?
- How would your child feel in the same situation?
- If your child was writing the story, how would he write the ending?
- Does anything in the story surprise your child?
- What is your child’s favorite part of the story and why?
Have fun sharing some quiet time and delightful stories with your little trick-or-treater and have a wonderful Halloween!