Halloween 2017: 5 Best Children’s Books

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I love Halloween! There are so many things to enjoy at this time of year with your kiddies, and it marks the start of several months of events and celebrations. It’s a great excuse to dress-up, and there are lots of toddler and children’s parties to attend. Pumpkin picking is something I’m really excited about this year, as we’ve never done it before! It’s also a lovely time for snuggling up at home with a film on, enjoying hot chocolates as a family, and reading some great ghost stories. Here are our favourite children’s books for Halloween 2017…

1. Little Monster’s Day Out With Dad – Pippa Goodhart & Nick Sharratt

Suitable for: Children aged 3 – 6 years

This is a lovely book about lots of kind and friendly monsters and ghouls! Little Monster is desperate to go by train to the funfair, but Dad insists they go by car. They have a few hiccups getting there though, as they break down on the way! They finally make it to the fair, and Dad has a surprise for Little Monster… The pictures are so bright and appealing (drawn by Nick Sharratt, illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson’s books), and there are fun flaps on every page to reveal secrets and surprises.

To win a copy of ‘Little Monster’s Day Out With Dad’, enter the competition running on my Facebook page. 

2. Four Silly Skeletons – Mark Sperring & Sue Hendra

Suitable for: Children aged 3 – 7 years

This book is pretty addictive in its silliness! It’s all about 4 skeletons who go out dancing in the moonlight, only to fall down a big steep cliff…. Luckily, their Auntie June is on hand to put them back together again. The layout of this book is very fun, with lots of colours on a black and white background. There are lots of cool music references:

‘So, four silly skeletons shimmied down the hill with a SWISH and a SWAY and a LEAP and a TWIRL. Rhumba, samba…well, look at them all go, bone-rocking, high-kicking TO and funny FRO.’

The dancing rhythms are enough to make you want to jive around the room with them!

3. Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Suitable for: Children aged 3 – 7 years

This is one of our favourite Julia Donaldson books! It is about a witch who gets more and more passengers on her broomstick, until it snaps. It is a hilarious account of her outing, featuring some lovely pictures and very funny rhymes. There are also lots of opportunities for different voices, as you speak on behalf of the witch and all the creatures.

4. Boo Haiku – Deanna Caswell & Bob Shea

Suitable for: Children aged 5 – 9 years

This book introduces children to the ‘haiku’ – a style of Japanese poetry. Haikus have 3 lines. The first line has 5 syllables, the second has 7, and the third has 5. Traditionally they have a element of fun, often used as riddles or jokes. This book is a great guessing game for slightly older children, as each haiku provides clues to the halloween feature lying over the page. There are ghosts, witches, scarecrows, bats…it has them all covered! This is a lovely first collection of poetry!

5. Ready Steady Ghost – Elizabeth Baguley & Marion Lindsay

Suitable for: Children aged 3 – 5 years

This is a very cute story about a ghost called Bertie, who really isn’t very scary! He is desperate to find a nice cosy house to haunt, but he has lots of spooky things to face on his journey. Bertie is really loveable, and it’s a very gentle story – featuring all the fun of Halloween, without frightening the little ones.

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