After the candy (OK, maybe before!), parents and caregivers may want to maintain bedtime routines and read to their children. In preschools and other early learning facilities, teachers and practitioners may want to do the say.
So do Halloween books for early learning have to scary?
Scholastic helps all audiences with “12 Not-So-Spooky Halloween Board Books for Toddlers.” As the post states: “Halloween is such a sensory feast for little ones and the board books in this collection are perfect for introducing babies and toddlers to the holiday. Featuring cute jack-o’-lanterns, fun costumes, and not-so-spooky ghosts and ghouls, the books in this collection also make reading together wonderfully interactive with opportunities to touch-and-feel, lift flaps, and peek into masks, mirrors, and more.”
Scholastic offers 12 suggestions, some of which include:
- “An adorable pumpkin shaped book, My Pumpkin by Lily Karr, tells the cheerful story of one very sweet monster’s quest to find the perfect pumpkin for his jack-o’-lantern.”
- “Halloween Faces by Nancy Davis features a series of brightly colored, die-cut masks for little readers to peek through and ‘try on’ in preparation for dressing up on Halloween.”
- “New from Sandra Magsamen, Peek-a-Booo! features a series of mirrored pages that invite little ones to imagine they are trying on a series of fun costumes for Halloween — after all, it’s Halloween and you can be whoever you want to be!”
- “Also by Sandra Magsamen, I Love You Little Pumpkin is a fun, interactive lift-the-flap book that reminds babies and toddlers how much they are loved.”
- “In Here Comes Halloween! by Caroline Jayne Church, a small boy imagines all the things he could be this Halloween as he plays with the fun-filled dress-up options in a box of costumes.”
- “Five Little Pumpkins by Natalie Marshall is a Halloween twist on a classic action song. This interactive board book features sweet illustrations, tabs to help little readers turn the pages, and suggestions for hand actions to try as you enjoy the book together.”
Meanwhile, Common Sense Media offers a list of “charming books about monsters, ghosts, vampires, and more have just the right amount of spooky fun for little kids. As the nights get longer, snuggle up with one of these great read-aloud stories and get in the Halloween spirit.”
On the local level, Darcie Caswell, a Youth Services coordinator for Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Virginia, highlights “children’s picture books that rhyme, and books that make me laugh. ‘Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters’ by Rachel Kolar checks all those boxes for me, and I just love it! Kolar takes familiar nursery rhymes and puts a ghoulish spin on them. ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ becomes ‘Mary Had a Little Ghost’ and ‘Little Miss Muffet’ becomes ‘Zombie Miss Muffet.’ While some, like ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Lantern Jack,’ are sweet rhymes that even toddlers will enjoy, others, like ‘Zombie Miss Muffet,’ are best suited for the elementary school crowd, who will better appreciate the slightly dark humor.”