I think the Holy Grail of Halloween picture books is the classic, Room on a Broom, which combines so many delightful elements into a Halloween themed book: counting, friendship, humor, and a search for missing objects.
Room on a Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
These Halloween picture books have some of these elements. What are your favorite Halloween books to read with kids? I’m giving away Pick a Pumpkin picture book. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
New Halloween Picture Books
Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Jarvis
Written in jaunty rhyme, this picture book takes the reader from pumpkin patch to pumpkin carving to Halloween trick or treating. The illustrations depict a family of color happily getting ready for Halloween. This would make a fun read-aloud [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Vlad the Rad by Brigette Barrager
This is more of a skateboarder book than a Halloween book though it does feature Vlad, a vampire. Instead of learning to be spooky, Vlad would rather learn gnarly tricks. At first, his teacher chastises him for skateboarding but when he lands the hardest trick ever, he earns the respect of everyone, including Miss Fussbucket. Add this picture book to the list of books for being your own true self. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
The Right One for Roderic by Violeta Noy
Roderic is a very small ghost who decides to use his fashion sense to stand out. His ghost family does not agree at first, but it turns out that sheets come in more colors than just white. Another Halloween book about being your own true self. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Hide and Seek by Katie May Green
I like the premise of this story of children in pictures coming out to play, but I found the rhyme scheme, which breaks beat, hard to read. The illustrations match the moodiness of the story really well though. Not my favorite book of this list but gets points for Halloween spooky illustrations. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Give Me Back My Bones! by Kim Norman, illustrated by Bob Kolar
The cover, unfolded on the backside, turns into a poster of a skeleton labeled with all its parts. Cleverly disguised as a pirate/skeleton picture book, this is actually a primer on naming the human skeleton! The rollicking rhymes make this a really fun way to learn anatomy! [picture book, ages 5 and up]
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