With Halloween approaching, our EIJ forum is asking for Halloween readings, so here are our recommended picks below!

For advanced readers

Halloween: Customs, Recipes &
Spells
by Silver Ravenwolf

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This book will satisfy your curious ones on the origins of this harvest
holiday. Did you know it was originally called Samhain? Samhain means “the
end of summer”. The book reveals what the ancient people to celebrate this
holiday and how the ideas about it have changed over the years and
that Halloween has really become wildly popular in the U.S. only over the
last 100 years. Find out in this book why ghosts and skeletons,
jack-o’-lanterns and vampires are associated with October 31 of each year. *
Halloween* shows you lots of neat stuff you can do, either by yourself or at
a party…recipes and tricks and such.

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For intermediate readers:

Monster Museum by Marilyn Singer

Monster Museum

Heir of Mystery by Philip Aadargh

Heir of Mystery: The Second Unlikely Exploit (Unlikely Exploits)

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The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing

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In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting

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Here They Come! *
Here They Come!
David Costello
Illustrated by David Costello

Bright, energetic illustrations of some of the friendliest monsters
you’ll ever meet, along with amusing and descriptive rhyming text, make this
one party you won’t want to miss. Mommy monster tells her little monsters
about all the fun they will have and the great treat they can expect at the
annual Halloween party. Everyone who is anyone will be there, from giant
trolls and little woodland sprites to hopping hobgoblins and an ogre bearing
a plate of cinnamon rolls. And the great, scary treat Mommy told them about,
what could it be? Why children, of course, on their way to trick or treat!

(Ages: 4 – 7 years)

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For the even younger set
*The Witches’ Ball * David Steinberg
Illustrated by Liz Conrad


How can you not like a gaggle of witches who get together once a year and
cast a spell with words like

”Oogily-boogily biffly-bell!
Trickety-treat! Black clouds, run away!
Fizzily-sparkle! Full moon, come and play!”

Their big, round (green, purple, and chartreuse) faces and toothy smiles are
anything but scary, and their Halloween festivities involving pumpkin ice
cream with slimy green cake, musical broomsticks, and
pin-the-tail-on-the-newt make for a fun-to-read book that might just be read
more than you’d think to put it mildly (our Halloween books stay on the
shelves all year ’round because the children love reading them!). This
sturdy, colorful, and rambunctious book gets you in the Halloween spirit
from the very first words and pictures.

(Ages: 3 – 5 years) Available from CHINABERRY.COM

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Corduroy’s best Halloween ever! by Don Freeman

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Halloween Night by Elizabeth Hatch

(3-6 yr olds)

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For emergent readers on Halloween:

Halloween by Gail Gibbons

A Happy Halloween a rhyming picturebook from Lesruba Designs

In a Dark, Dark House by Jennifer Dussling (All aboard reading book)

Trick or Treat by Jr Bill Martin, et al.

The Story of Jack O’Lantern by Katherine Tegen, Brandon Dorman

The very best Pumpkin by Mark Kimball Moulton, Karen Hillard Good

Druscilla’s Halloween by Sally M. Walker

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

The best Halloween hunt ever by John Spiers

Runaway pumpkin by Kevin Lewis by (Scholastic)

The Little Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

Don’t Go Up Haunted Hill or Else! Swobud, I.K. (Random House version) Available from http://www.amazon.co.jp

Vunce upon a Time by J. Otto Siebold

The above are our picks, but below are some great booklists for Halloween for you to check out too:

Apples4theteacher.com list

About.com’s guide

Reader’s Digest’s 9 Great Halloween Books

Best Halloween Books

Best Halloween Classics and Spooky Stories

13 scary books for kids – this last one has assorted readings and has a higher scare-factor.

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