Skeletons, Vampires and Pumpkins! Halloween Books.

In our last post we featured two books that I think are very scary but these books today are not , they a fun Halloween books to get excited ( like they need to get more excited!) about Halloween.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro was a huge hit! It’s a reworking of the classic song ” There was an old lady who swallowed a fly” only this one swallows a whole bunch of Halloween creatures, like a goblin, ghost and of course a bat.  She continues to swallow bigger and bigger things much to my son’s amazement! He was giggling through the whole book and the end when the old lay belches he laughed hysterically. It was predictable but I have to admit was a really fun , silly read.

Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler is a silly book about a skelleton who can not get rid of the hiccups. He tries all the old tricks , which probably won’t be old to your kids… I spent a lot of time explaining them to my son while we read . The story is simple and parents will find it predictable but kids find it silly and fun, and that is what matters.

Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin?by Karen Katz. This lift and flap book is the newest addition to our Karen Katz collection. My son adores these books. I read this in the check out line 3 times and he was asking for more before I could get my groceries in the fridge. I like this book because it’s a cute and gentle introduction to Halloween and all the creatures that go along with it. Also there are fun textures to many of the illustrations which help keep little hands busy! This book has been passed down to my daughter who likes it just as much as her brother who I thought would be too old for this book but somehow whenever his sister climbs into my lap with it he demands to lift every seconf flap!

Mouse’s Halloween Party by Jeanne Modesitt is a really sweet book, and I am glad I grabbed it at the library yesterday. Mouse is planning a big Halloween party but when he gets to his friend Pig’s house his plans go awry. This is a great book for kids like my son who get very very upset when something unexpected happens. We spent a long time talking about every stage of this story and felt great when it was done. I may have to buy this book, or at least renew it a few times! The text isn’t short but the story is interesting enough to keep your child interested. I love the discussion that this book prompted and would encourage anyone to read this book!

Vunce Upon a Time by J. otto Siebold and Siobhan Vivian is a cute story about a vegetarian vampire who has a weakness for candy. After he runs out of candy he decides to try trick or treating, although he is apprehensive because he’s afaid of humans. My son loved the story, laughing at the vampire being afraid of humans, throwing a tantrum when his parents said he couldn’t go trick or treating and wanting to dress up as  a clove of garlic .  He ends up going ( with parental blessing) and ends up getting so much more than candy.

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  1. says

    My preschoolers also loved, “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything”. I created a flannel story for it and it was super! They also liked, “Spooky Hour”. “Skeleton Hiccups” is one of my personal favorites.

  2. [email protected] says

    We love Skeleton Hiccups and There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! Great books! I’ve never seen Vunce Upon A Time! We’ll have to get that one! We’ve been looking for some more Halloween books. They’re our favorite kind in my house. 🙂

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