10 Halloween Kids Books For All Ages

10 Halloween Kids Books For All Ages

With Halloween almost here, bedtime stories are definitely taking on a ‘spooky’ direction.

No matter what age, reading to children in bed is a special bonding time for parents as well as an educational opportunity. Younger readers love pictures and rhymes whilst older readers can enjoy a little scare from the safety of their bed with these books for Halloween bedtime stories.

We’ve collected 10 of the best Halloween kids books for all ages but don’t be surprised if older children enjoy some of the ‘younger’ children’s’ books. Create a new tradition of reading a classic Halloween book (or two) each year with your family and friends.

Books For children under 3 years

1. Peek-A Who? – Nina Laden

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This simple, colorful board book is excellent material for introducing a toddler to words and helps them to build their vocabulary. Created specifically for early learners, the book is a straightforward rhyming guessing game, accompanied by whimsical illustrations. Parents and caregivers can look forward to mentally stimulating and quality bonding time with a toddler, while at the same time, helping a child learn about animals in a fun way. Not strictly a Halloween childrens book it’s a worthy addition to your young ones’ library.

Books For children 3-5 years

2. The Night before Halloween – Natasha Wing

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Most people are familiar with Santa Clause and his elves preparing for Christmas, so how about a story of monsters and ghosts getting ready for Halloween? The story of this book is a creative take on Halloween, told in Dr. Seuss-style rhyming verses. The colorful illustrations are eye-catching and the prose is easy to read for kindergarten children. This book is also ideal for reading aloud to children as a bedtime story..

3. The Spooky Bus on Wheels – J Elizabeth Mills

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This is a humorous variation on the classic song Wheels on the Bus – with a Halloween twist. This wonderful book will get preschoolers singing along, learning numbers, simple Halloween vocabulary and onomatopoeia. It also helps that the book comes with cute illustrations that makes it a fun and educational page-turner.

TIP: Onomatopoeia: the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss). Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Books For children 6-8 years

4. The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat – Stan Berenstain

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Part of the Berenstain Bears family series, this is a Halloween story for children that has some depth and positive messages parents can talk about with the kids long after the reading is done. The story revolves around the Bear siblings on a night out trick-or-treating, along with a subplot of a creepy neighbor they are afraid of. The moral of the story is to convey the message of how appearances can be deceiving, and hence we should not simply judge others without getting to know them ourselves. It is well-written story that also reinforces certain messages to children, such as staying safe by not wandering too far from the neighborhood, and never eat the treat before you bring them home for mom or dad to inspect them.

5. Spooky Pookie – Sandra Boynton

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Here is a delightful story about Pookie the Pig, finding a resolution to a dilemma most children can relate to; deciding what to dress up as for Halloween. This is a simple story about being willing to try different things, set during a holiday most children look forward to. The charm of this book lays in the many different lovable animal characters. It is a book that will leave kids wanting to see more of the main character and its friends.

Halloween Books For children 9-12 years

6. The Halloween Tree – Ray Bradbury & Joseph Mugnaini

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When eight young boys go trick-or-treating on Halloween night and one of is pulled into darkness the rest have to set out on a quest to rescue him. That is the simple premise of this book. There is more to this kids’ book, though. Despite a target age range of 9 to 12, older children, teens and even adults who pick up this title will quickly find themselves engrossed in it. How can one not be? The story delves into morbid subjects like death and loss, with somewhat eerie and surreal illustrations that just begs you to keep on turning the page and keep reading. This is one of those books that will capture your imagination as a child and you will treasure it for life, re-reading it from time to time for the sake of nostalgia.

7. Kids Halloween Stories: 10 Halloween Stories for Kids (Ghost Stories for Kids): Scary Halloween Short Stories for Kids – Arnie Lightning

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Need some ideas for spooky tales to tell around a campfire? Arnie Lightning’s book will give you enough ideas. Here is a collection of easy to read, mildly bone-chilling Halloween-themed short stories for preteen readers that will make for an entertaining read, without actually scaring them from going to sleep. Adults may also find this book to be a valuable resource for stories they can read or tell to younger children.

Books For children 12+ years

8. Halloween Magic & Mayhem – Stella Wilkinson

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This is a cute coming-of-age teen witch story that adults who grew up with Sabrina the Teenage Witch will love as well. The premise is not really original; ordinary teenage girl discovers that she has witchy powers, so now she has to learn how to make use of her gift, deal with ghosts, zombies and – typical teenage girl drama – boy troubles. Still, it makes for a light-hearted and funny young adult novel, filled with likeable characters that show considerable development as the plot progresses. If you are hoping for a sequel by the end of the book, the good news is that this is in fact the first installment of the Magic & Mayhem series of paranormal romance comedy!

9. Halloween Party (Fear Street, No. 8) – R. L. Stine

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If a novel that is intended for a young adult audience can be enjoyed by more mature readers, there must be something outstanding about it. What would you do if you are given a party invitation in the form of a coffin with the words “reserved for you” inscribed? RL Stine’s horror thriller is one such book with a readership that extends beyond its target audience. Intriguing from the start, readers can look forward to interesting characters, shocking plot twists and an engaging mystery that keeps you turning the page. Tired of costume parties and trick-or-treating? Halloween Party is the perfect read for a quiet night indoors.

10. The Book of Hallowe’en: The Origin and History of Halloween – Ruth Edna Kelley

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We commonly associate Halloween with costumes, candies, carved pumpkins and office parties; a celebration that is more rooted in commercialism than tradition. The Book of Hallowe’en is an informative guide into the origins, customs and beliefs of the holiday observed on October 31st each year. There is a wealth of information in this book, tracing the history of Halloween celebrations in various parts of the western world, from its pagan roots to Christian influence and subsequently its adoption into mainstream North American culture. It an educational compendium worthy of adding to one’s personal library, especially if you have an affinity for the supernatural and occult.

Books for Young Boys That Will Entertain Parents Too.

Books for Young Boys That Will Entertain Parents Too.

Many parents read aloud to their very young children as a bonding experience. Bed time stories have been around for centuries.

Research shows that reading aloud to young children is important to develop their reading and thinking skills.  Often as children start to develop their own reading skills, parents stop reading aloud to them.

Yet young boys often struggle more with reading and frequently lag behind in literacy skills. They are much more interested in physical activities like football.  Finding books to interest them can be a challenge.

This list is guaranteed to bring back story time for young boys (and girls – our daughters loved these too) and entertain you as a parent.  Don’t stay up too late finishing these books.

1. The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 1)John Flanagan


Originally written to encourage his own ten year old son to read, the series (now 13 books) follows Will, who is apprenticed to Hal, a Ranger.  The mysterious cloaked Rangers are trained to be independent and resourceful, protectors of the kingdom.

These books have also caused a renewed interest in archery so be prepared for a few trips to the range. Guaranteed to make bedtime story time a daily highlight.

 

 

2. The Outcasts: Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1John Flanagan

An offshoot from the Ranger’s Apprentice series, the Brotherband series has it all with a viking flavor. A group of outcast misfits come together with teamwork and adventure where brains and skill beat brawn and bullying.

Parents will sneak off to finish them after lights out.

 

3. Redwall (Redwall, Book 1)Brian Jacques


Animal stories have long been popular with young kids. Magical & mystical with a quest for a legendary weapon, these stories are humorous medieval-style adventure where good triumphs over evil.

Quality writing, in depth characterization and language will develop the young reader and entertain the parent at the same time.

 

 

3. The TwitsRoald Dahl

Anything by Roald Dahl is excellent bed time story material and should be read by all ages regardless. The Twits, with their gross hygiene issues, practical jokes and monkeys will appeal especially to young boys, hiding an underlying moral that it doesn’t matter what you look like, true character/beauty will shine through (and the reverse too).

 

 

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneJ. K. Rowling

 

A bedtime story list for boys wouldn’t be complete without the most famous young wizard of our time, Harry Potter.

Even if you’ve seen the movie, reading the book aloud will help literacy skills and make the characters grow in their (your) imagination. Don’t skip this one either.

Roald Dahl | 6 Best Books To Read

Roald Dahl | 6 Best Books To Read

When it comes to children’s books, Roald Dahl has written some of the most significant in the genre. His books have influenced a generation, and continue to inspire young people to read. Roald Dahl books are guaranteed to get someone into reading, and many of his books have been turned into popular movies.

This book list is dedicated to Roald Dahl and the best books he has written in his long and successful career.

Roald Dahl | 6 Best Books To Read

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

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Roald Dalh’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stands at the top of the heap when it comes to children’s books. This is a pure classic of imagination, storytelling and magic. Charlie, who lives with his four ancient grandparents and his mother in a one-room house, is the kind of child who can only dream about his future, since his family has barely enough money to survive.

When the Wonka chocolatier announces that five golden tickets to visit the aged factory have been carefully tucked inside chocolate bars the world over, Charlie’s dreams are suddenly wide open.

2. The BFG – Roald Dahl

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Dahl’s superb imagination has created a character, the BFG, who talks so whimsically that you will laugh out loud while reading this book. His child friend, Sophie, has no trouble understanding him, however, although she sometimes has to translate for less flexible or more pompous adults. The BFG’s interactions with his fearsome peers demonstrate a high level of courage, particularly for a comic figure, and his nighttime activities indicate a delicacy of perception that few of us could attain.

3. Matilda – Roald Dahl 

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Originally published in 1988, Matilda was one of the last books author Roald Dahl wrote before his death in 1990. Here we have a sweet charming little piece of literature about a girl that is both good and interesting. Creating characters that you identify intrinsically with is not only difficult but (in children’s books) sometimes near impossible. Reading Matilda, it becomes clear that Roald Dahl never lost his touch for creating wonderful original characters and situations.

4. Fantastic Mr. FoxRoald Dahl

Roald Dahl booksRoald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox tells the story of how Mr. Fox and his family fend off an assault by farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Losing his tail to the farmers’ bullets, Mr. Fox tries to wait out the farmers’ vigil but Boggis, Bunce and Bean have other plans. They try to dig up the Fox family’s den with steam shovels, forcing Fox and family ever farther underground. Derided by the townspeople for flattening a whole mountain just to catch a fox, the farmers decide to see who can last longer, them or Mr. Fox.

5. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl booksAfter his parents are eaten by a rhinoceros, young James Henry Trotter has to go live with his two mean aunts named Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, who treat him very badly. Poor James has to live with his aunts for three whole years until one day a mysterious man gives him a bag of magic things, resulting in the giant peach and Roald Dhal’s amazing book.

6. The Twits – Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl booksThe Twits is the story of a couple of, well, twits! Mr Twit is has a nasty, unhygenic, ugly beard and Mrs Twit could be recognized by her glass eye, who lived in a windowless house. They have four pet monkeys, and a huge dead tree where they catch the birds for their weekly bird pie. to past time, they love to play tricks on each other.

Kids Books: 12 Best Books For Children to Read

Kids Books: 12 Best Books For Children to Read

Anyone who appreciates the importance of books and why reading is important, passing on this tradition to a child is an important and difficult task.

There are some amazing kids books to get children interested in reading, and the children’s books on this list are the best books to get your young one fascinated with the world of literature.

1. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

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Fern Arable has always been an animal lover. However, she had never saved a pig from an untimely injustice until the day she learned that her father planned on shooting a runt, just because he had been too small. Begging her father for a chance to save the little oinker, Fern wins the battle, and is given the opportunity to raise the wriggling piglet as her own.

2. The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

Kids Books Best Books For ChildrenThe story follows the journey of Milo, a boy bored of everything around him. One day he receives a mysterious package that turns out to be a tollbooth. For lack of anything better to do, he puts it together and begins to play, only to find himself driving in an entirely different world.

3. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein 

Kids Books Best Books For ChildrenThe Giving Tree is a beautiful book about a tree who loves a little boy. In the beginning, the love the two share is enough to make them both happy. As the boy grows older, his needs change and the tree gives him everything in order to help him achieve happiness. When the boy is gone and the tree is left with nothing, she is happy, but not really.

Eventually the boy returns and the tree has nothing left to give, but the boy has changed and no longer wants anything from the tree other than the companionship they once shared, and both are happy once again.

4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

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(As featured in 14 Best Books of the 20th Century)

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

5. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter

Kids Books Best Books For ChildrenBeatrix Potter is regarded as one of the world’s best-loved children’s authors of all time. Youngsters love the naughty rabbit who is always getting into scrapes and the beautiful but simple illustrations are timeless masterpieces.

6. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

Kids Books Best Books For ChildrenThe book nicely balances the child’s need for imaginative thinking with a sense of limits, and the pleasures of home. The illustrations clearly make this kids book great by providing a launch pad for this imaginary place. This is one of the kids books that will bond you with your child for the rest of your lives.

7. Green Eggs and Ham – Dr. Seuss

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This children’s book has been around for such a very long time and it is still going strong. Aside from the simple words, the book portrays a very important message – do not be afraid to try new things. A very important message portrayed in a simple way for all kids to understand.

8. The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams 

Kids Books Best Books For ChildrenThe Velveteen Rabbit is beautiful. The Rabbit who yearns to be Real and whose love for the boy was unconditional is both imaginative and sad.

9. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne

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Unlike the modern Disney tales, the original Pooh stories aren’t vehicles for teaching lessons or imparting values. Instead, the original stories about the adventures of the Bear of Very Little Brain and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood are simply delightful tales about well-meaning, though slightly addle-brained characters. One of the best kids books for many generations and its still going strong.

10. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Kids Books Best Books For Children(As featured in 8 Most Influential Books Under 100 Pages)

The narrator is a downed pilot in the Sahara Desert, frantically trying to repair his wrecked plane. His efforts are interrupted one day by the apparition of a little prince, who asks him to draw a sheep. “In the face of an overpowering mystery, you don’t dare disobey,” the narrator recalls. “Absurd as it seemed, a thousand miles from all inhabited regions and in danger of death, I took a scrap of paper and a pen out of my pocket.” And so begins their dialogue, which stretches the narrator’s imagination in all sorts of surprising, childlike directions.

11. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass – Lewis Carroll

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(As featured in 8 Outstanding Classic Books Which Are Easy To Read)

The classic children’s book about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Reading the Alice kids books as an adult is quite a different experience than it is as a child. The books’ complexity really stands out on a careful reading. In fact, what are generally regarded as children’s stories can be amazingly frustrating to read due to the complexity of the language and the almost constant stream of puns that are sometimes lost on a modern audiences.

12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Kids Books Best Books For ChildrenRoald Dalh’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stands at the top of the heap when it comes to children’s books. This is a pure classic of imagination, storytelling and magic. Far superior to the film, the book tells the story from Charlie Bucket’s point of view.