Today on OOM we’re getting in the Halloween spirit by reading some of our favorite spooky books! From sweet and silly to downright scary, check out the list of Scholastic reads for all ages below.
You Are My Pumpkin (Ages 3 and under) by Joyce Wan: Fall in love with a happy pumpkin, sweet little candy corn, a giggly ghost, and more spookily adorable friends you won't be able to resist!
This Is the House That Monsters Built (Ages 3–5) by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Jared D. Lee: This Is the House That Monsters Built uses the building verse characteristic of the original nursery rhyme “This Is the House That Jack Built.” A vampire, a ghost, a zombie, a mummy, and more all contribute to the spooky fun in the house that monsters built.
Ghosts (Ages 8–12) by Raina Telgemeier: Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake—and her own.
The Gathering (Shadow House, Book 1) (Ages 8–12) by Dan Poblocki: From master spooky storyteller Dan Poblocki. Five children—Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi—each think they’ve been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there’s nothing innocent about Shadow House. Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing—and nobody—can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear. And the way out? That’s disappeared, too …
A Taste for Monsters (Ages 12 and up) by Matthew J. Kirby: London 1888—Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory with nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in London Hospital. When the murders begin, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper’s dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity’s worst nightmares.
Frost (Ages 14 and up) by M.P. Kozlowsky: Sixteen-year-old Frost understands why she’s spent her entire life in an abandoned apartment building. The ruined streets below are hunting grounds for rogue robots and Eaters. With her beloved pet dying, Frost embarks on a dangerous journey to save the only living creature she loves. Cinder meets The Walking Dead in this chilling, futuristic YA debut that will reboot everything you thought about family, love, and what it means to be human.