favorite Halloween books for children




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favorite books for children halloween
We love seasonal books, especially on such a fun holiday for kids. We have collected dozens over the years, here are our favorites:
1. Witches Four by Marc Brown. My mom used to read this to us -- LOVE it.
witches four



They brush their teeth with spider paste, they eat bat wing sandwiches, they like the taste. Do you recognize Marc Brown? He is the author/illustrator of the Arthur book series.
witches four illustration


2. Too Many Pumpkins - Linda White & Megan Lloyd -- Rebecca Estelle hates pumpkins, but she makes the best of things when they overtake her yard. This has classic New England countryside illustrations -- I love it.
too many pumpkins


3. The Littlest Pumpkin R.A. Herman and Betina Ogden -- all of the pumpkins get chosen at the farmstand except one. A sweet story of a pumpkin’s dream coming true. Now we all feel sorry for pumpkins left on Halloween night.
littlest pumpkin


4. It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: With Sound and Music -- is has the actual sounds and voices from the movie, my mom gave it to us and they push them over and over…if you are a fan of the movie, you’ll love it.
great pumpkin


5. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Megan Lloyd -- classic and just scary enough. I love how she takes something that scares her and puts it to good use.
little old lady


6.The Halloween Play by Felicia Bond -- I don’t see this one around anymore, but my kids LOVE it. Sweet, simple but so cute and funny. This is the same author/illustrator that does the If you give your mouse a cookie series.
the halloween play

7. Franklin's Halloween by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark -- I don’t know what it is about this one, but we all love it. The getting ready, the party, the “mystery” and kindess for a friend.
franklin halloween

And this last one isn't really a book, but my Grandma had one -- does anyone remember these Hallmark pop up Halloween houses? They are going for a cool $100 on Ebay, I hope to find one randomly at a yard sale one day:
halloween house pop up
We are always on the lookout for good books to add to our collection. Please tell us your favorites!
Here are the other book posts:

20 Favorite Christmas Stories and Books

Our Favorite Children's Books

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10 comments:

  1. the cape on the corner10/14/14, 10:28 AM

    i love childrens halloween books! there's one called popcorn, by frank asch, about a little bear whose parents go to a halloween party and he has friends over. they pop too much popcorn and it comes out the doors and windows and then they're sick from eating it all. i scour flea markets and library sales for this book, but i haven't found it, and i am too cheap to buy it on ebay for 45 bucks. sigh. happy (early) halloween!



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  2. absolutely love your book round ups for kids, Melissa! We bought Santa Mouse from your Christmas list and its one of our new favorites! I especially love seeing some of the out of print titles that are a little harder to find. These posts always feel like your authentic favorites - really appreciate that!

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  3. I love the branches! Sometimes you have to stop thinking about the better deal or you'll go nuts.
    I wanted to know if you are still finding great thrift shop/garage sale finds now that you live in Utah?

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  4. melissa*320 sycamore10/14/14, 12:39 PM

    Is this the one? Amazon has it for $6 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1442466634/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1442466634&linkCode=as2&tag=320sycamore-20&linkId=2KZYY2ZIKLW7NV76 Sounds so cute!

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  5. melissa*320 sycamore10/14/14, 12:40 PM

    Thank you, Chris! We love Santa Mouse ♥

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  6. melissa*320 sycamore10/14/14, 1:06 PM

    Yes! There are great finds here, except I do find that they seem more expensive. I need to do a thrifty treasures post soon...

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  7. What a great list! We love The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll and The Trouble With Mom by Babette Cole

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  8. We love room on the broom!

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  9. Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman. Its a great book about working together and sharing in the rewards of it!

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  10. I LOVE Halloween!! We started a collection right after my second child was born and now our Halloween/Fall book collection is nearly as large as our Christmas one :) We have The Halloween Play and The Littlest Pumpkin and love them but I've never seen Witches Four. We are huge Marc Brown fans--I'm excited to get it! Our favorites are Room on the Broom, Skeleton Hiccups (my 7 year old's favorite!), Miss Fiona's Stupendous Pumpkin Pies and of course The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything--but HANDS DOWN, the most favorite Halloween book, especially for the girls in my family is a little book called Humbug Witch. It came out in 1965 and was out of print for awhile but came back about 10 years ago--check it out on Amazon, it is absolutely precious and I promise you will not be disappointed! SO darling. Also wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and express gratitude for how "real" you are. I have never, not even once, left your blog and felt unhappy or inferior. You inspire and uplift and make me wish I could know you in person (not to mention the fact that I too believe that IAWL is the greatest movie to have ever been made :) Happy Halloween!

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