Halloween book suggestions for younger children

Pumpkins by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House, for ages 0–2 years, available now)

Bright, detailed illustrations and easy, kid-friendly text will teach kids all about pumpkins: different kinds, how they grow, and how people use and enjoy them—especially at Thanksgiving and Halloween. Seeds turn into vines and flowers— and soon into round pumpkins, small and large, for people to sell, decorate, and cook! A great gift for curious toddlers or an ideal Halloween party favor, Pumpkins is perfect for very young readers, full of information and a huge helping of fun.

A Friend for Ghost by Suzanne Kaufman (Neal Porter Books/Holiday House, for ages 4–8)

For Ghost, it can be pretty hard to make new friends. Some people are frightened, and most don’t seem to realize Ghost is even there. One day when a bright red balloon wanders Ghost’s way, the connection is instantaneous. Together they do everything Ghost had ever hoped to share with a friend, but balloons rarely stick around for long. That’s when Ghost learns that when you’re looking for a friend, a friend might find you.

Boo Stew by Donna L. Washington, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler (Peachtree, for ages 4–8, available now)

Internationally known, award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington uses her tremendous skill to breathe new life into the classic Goldilocks tale. Curly Locks is a good-hearted girl, but she’s an awful cook. All the townspeople of Toadsuck Swamp know to steer clear of her culinary concoctions. So, when one of her dishes goes missin’, word spreads about how the Scares have been terrorizin’ the town. Can Curly Locks use her smarts and unique talents to help corral those Scares for good? This is a fun Halloween story, especially for ages 6-8! I loved the characters and the illustrations!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this book post. Cover images and information were also received.

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