15 Books to Share With Your Young Reader During Halloween

Zakiya Jamal  //  Oct 5, 2021

15 Books to Share With Your Young Reader During Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner! What delightfully spooky reads are you sharing with your young readers to get them in the spirit? From board books with touchable witch’s hats to eerie short stories for newly independent readers, we’ve got you covered!

Happy Halloween, Clifford! Created by Norman Birdwell; Illustrated by Jennifer Oxley

It's Halloween! But before Clifford and Emily Elizabeth can go trick-or-treating, they need to find the perfect costumes. Can Clifford and Emily Elizabeth both find costumes that are just right?

I Love You, Little Monster, Five Little Pumpkins, and Boo, Boo I Love You! by Sandra Magsamen

Get into the spooky season with these sweet stories by Sandra Magsamen.

Teeny Tiny Ghost by Rachel Matson; Illustrated by Joey Chu

Join this teeny tiny ghost on a big Halloween adventure — a sweet and adorable friendship tale!

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by Elizabeth Mills; Illustrated by Ben Mantle

A haunted Halloween bus ride that will have children singing with excitement. The Spooky Wheels on the Bus is a humorous Halloween-themed version of the classic song "The Wheels on the Bus"...with a few ghoulish tricks and treats up its sleeves! Count from One Spooky Bus up to Ten Goofy Ghosts as this Halloween ride races through town picking up a few unsuspecting passengers along the way. 

Pig the Monster by Aaron Blabey

In the newest book in the Pig the Pug series by New York Times bestselling author Aaron Blabey, Pig, the world's silliest pug, is on the rampage for TREATS! TREATS! TREATS! But don't even think about being stingy with the goodies, because this candy-fueled glutton has some terrible tricks up his sleeve…

 Ten Spooky Pumpkins by Gris Grimly

Join goblins, ghosts, witches, and more in this spooky twist on a favorite preschool rhyme, traveling through the countryside and discovering more Halloween creatures along the way.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro; Illustrated by Jared Lee

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! — the old lady does just that — not to mention an owl, a cat, a ghost, a goblin, some bones, and even a wizard! As in the original, this version features repeating cumulative phrases that invite children to follow along, memorize, and even begin reading on their own.

I Spy Spooky Night with photographs by Walter Wick and riddles by Jean Marzolo

From its rickety gate to its cobwebbed attic, this haunted house contains 13 spooky environments. Readers will marvel at Walter Wick's beautifully executed photographs as they travel through each enchanting scene and solve the rhyming riddles, reading the story along the way. Over two million I SPY books have been sold to date.

Trick or Treat, Baby Shark! Illustrated by John John Bajet

Sing, dance, and read along to this Halloween song, featuring Baby Shark and his underwater friends! Kids and caregivers alike will delight in this silly illustrated story as Baby Shark and his friends try on a variety of costumes and go trick-or-treating, in this book full of funny, eye-popping illustrations and a catchy tune you won't be able to stop singing. Also features helpful picture guides so readers can dance along, act out the hand and foot movements, and develop their fine motor skills. Cuddle up with your little one and as you laugh, sing, and dance along to this charming and catchy read-aloud!

Dragon's Halloween by Dav Pilkey

Dragon loves spooky Halloweens! But when he buys six small pumpkins that his friends tell him will never be scary, Dragon must come up with creative ways to make this Halloween just perfect. Dragon's antics are endearing and silly, and Dav Pilkey's sweet illustrations will have readers laughing aloud and reaching for this story every Halloween.

Mister Shivers series by Max Brallier; Illustrated by Litizia Rubegni

The kids at school dare John to visit the old house on the hill at night. When he and his sister go in, they find dusty dishes set on the table, a book open like it is waiting for a reader, and something hiding under the bed in the attic — and that is only one of the five scary stories with unexpected twists that are included in this collection. 

Eerie Elementary series by Jack Chabert

Eerie Elementary is one scary school!In this first book in the series, Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is ALIVE! Sam finds this out on his first day as the school hall monitor. Sam must defend himself and his fellow students against the evil school! Is Sam up to the challenge? He'll find out soon enough: the class play is just around the corner. Sam teams up with friends Lucy and Antonio to stop this scary school before it's too late!

Pixie Tricks #4: The Halloween Goblin by Tracey West; Illustrated by Xavier Bonet

In this spooky installment of the Pixie Tricks series for newly independent readers, a creepy goblin named Bogey Bill is scaring people all over town! Plus, a pixie named Buttercup casts an annoying hiccup spell on the whole school! Can Violet, Leon, and Sprite trick TWO pixies at once?

 Diary of a Pug #5: Scaredy-Pug by Kyla May

Bub the pug, Duchess the cat, and their human, Bella, are visiting Bella's grandma in this installment of the Diary of a Pug series, part of the Branches line for newly independent readers. It's so much fun to build forts and play dress-up in her attic... until Bub and Duchess see a ghost up there! Now they have a duty to protect their girl. Can this scaredy-pug and scaredy-cat face their fears to keep Bella safe?

Fly Guy and Fly Girl: Night Fright by Tedd Arnold

Buzz and Liz go to the zoo with their pets, Fly Guy and Fly Girl. Little do they know that something scary is about to happen... GULPZ! GULPZIE!

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