Skip to main content

On the Shelf: Celebrate Halloween with a good book

Create your own Halloween story time with new and classic books for all ages. Emerging readers have their own choices this season with beautifully illustrated stories that enhance vocabulary – all within the context of fun and engaging tales. Long before it is time to don the costume and ration the candy, these books can get you ready for fall. And don’t miss our bonus books online at 

SKULLS! by Blair Thornburgh, illustrated by Scott Campbell (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ages 4 – 8)

This fun – and not at all scary – book will make kids appreciate just how important skulls are. With some cool skull facts included, young readers will think more about protecting the thing that keeps their brain in a safe place, while learning some anatomy that will dazzle teachers and friends. 

Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Little Simon, all ages)

Those Cows That Type are at it again. This time, a farmer who does not like Halloween learns how to celebrate with candy, dancing and some of his favorite animal friends. This board book gets the youngest readers in on seasonal story time with a beloved classic.

Bunnicula – 40th Anniversary Edition by Deborah and James Howe (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ages 8 – 12)

Halloween is the perfect time to introduce kids to the true (according to Harold the dog) story of Bunnicula. And this velvet-covered anniversary edition captures all the magic of the story. It even includes notes from beloved children’s authors telling your children why they love this story as well. 

The Most Terrible of All by Muon Thi Van, illustrated by Matt Myers (Margaret K. McElderry Books, ages 4 – 8)

Who is the most terrible monster of all? Looks might be deceiving. This tale of wild beasts and not-so-scary monsters might give little ones a case of the giggles and also tame some imaginary monsters in the process. 

Hardy Boys Clue Book #10: The Great Pumpkin Smash by Franklin W. Dixon, illustrated by Santy Gutierrez (Simon and Schuster, ages 6 – 9)

Perfect for readers who are beginning chapter books, little sleuths have to follow the clues here to solve the mystery of who smashed the painted pumpkins at the zoo’s Halloween carnival. Before they find out the answer, readers are encouraged to grab a piece of paper and answer some questions that can help them solve the puzzle. 

Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol: Campfire Stories by Andres Miedoso, illustrated by Victor Rivas (Little Simon, ages 5 – 9)

This book for young readers is loaded with fun illustrations and an engaging story that allows children to determine what is real and what is just part of the tall tales told by Desmond and Zax. What happens – besides s’mores –when the kids spend some time around the campfire without the adults? Stories rule the night.