Kiddopshere: Happy Halloween!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year….seasonal books! From now until the end of the year, it’s boom time for library book displays. Just as soon as we take down the Halloween book displays, we’ll put out the Thanksgiving books (and keep up our general fall books). After Thanksgiving break, we break out the kings and queens of seasonal books: our Christmas, Hanukkah and general winter books! Until then, here are some of my favorite Halloween books published in the last year.

Poor Bad Kitty. She doesn’t like the scary monsters who came to her door one October morning! However, once she discovers that tasty treats are involved, she decides to no longer be a scaredy cat! Bad Kitty, Scaredy-Cat is similar to the other Bad Kitty picture books in that it is an alphabet story; if you’re looking for an ABC book that goes beyond “A is for apple,” check this out.

Herbert is ready for his first trick or treat outing–maybe. Luckily, Dad is right there to help him make a tiger costume, practice a fierce roar and fill his bucket of candy! Herbert’s First Halloween is a sweet story about an exciting but potentially intimidating rite of passage.

Mouse’s First Halloween is one of my favorite toddler Halloween read-alouds; Mouse explores the sights, sounds and smells of Halloween, including glowing jack-o-lanterns, flying bats and children shouting “trick-or-treat!”

If you want a Halloween-ish story that doesn’t focus on supernatural elements, Pumpkin, Pumpkin is a first-rate choice (there is mention of the holiday). It’s a very simple story about a young boy who plants a pumpkin seed and observes it changing through the growth cycle until it is ready to pick and carve for Halloween (he replants the seeds in the spring).

Trunk or Treat is a charming look at a church’s trunk-or-treat/harvest celebration. A young girl and her brother enjoy carnival games, a bounce house and “trunk-or-treating” among the many cars parked for the celebration!

“Galaxy Zack” is one of my favorite easy chapter book series; it’s a funny series about a boy who moves to planet Nebulon. Galaxy Zack: A Haunted Halloween is a special Halloween edition, complete with spooky ghosts and all.

I have a special fondness for beginning chapter books, especially series; Monica Brown’s “Lola Levine” series, starring an adorable Latino Jewish girl, is a treasure in our collection. Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream finds Lola playing Halloween tricks on her friends! Her friends aren’t too happy with the surprise; can Lola mend their friendship?

Monsters Unleashed isn’t a Halloween story, but anything monsters-related is popular right now! What happens when two boys use their school’s 3-D printer to (accidentally) bring their monster creations to life? Mass chaos, of course! Can they stop them before they take over the entire town? This is #1 in a new series, so we can bet that the monsters will be back to wreck havoc once more.

National Geographic’s Holidays Around the World is a superb nonfiction series about holidays commonly celebrated in many countries. Celebrate Halloween:  With Pumpkins, Costumes, and Candy looks at Halloween’s origins and the different ways it is celebrated, complete with fine photography as is expected from National Geographic.

If “Celebrate Halloween” is too much for your reader to comprehend, The Tricks and Treats of Halloween, part of the super fun “History of Fun Stuff” series, is a good choice for independent readers. From intriguing ways that people carve pumpkins to the staggering amount of money spent on Halloween, young readers will love the cool facts presented throughout this reader.

Have a fun–and safe!–Halloween!

Fauquier County Public Library will host Halloween programs on these dates:

John Marshall Library: Monday, October 30 from 4:30-5:30

Warrenton Library: Tuesday, October 31 from 4-5

Bealeton Library: Tuesday, October 31 from 4-7 (DIY Halloween crafts)

All ages welcome for Halloween stories, crafts, and activities. Come in costume!

For program highlights and staff suggestions for children and young adult readers, make Kiddosphere your source for all the latest on what to read and what to do for kids!

Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Library, Fauquier County Public Library

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