Spookshow ABC by Ryan Heshka
This gorgously painted spooky book offers thrills, chills and delight for little ones learning their letters. Forget A is for Apple – in this book mad scientists, ghosts, icky little spiders and other haunting creatures rule. With eerie pop-art illustrations reminiscent of old comics, this is an adult-pleasing book as well. Be honest, don’t you get tired of too cute ABC books?
Shadow by Suzy Lee
Shadow wins points for both enchanting illustrations – it won a New York Times best illustrated book award in 2011, and an exciting story. In Shadow, a young girl’s imagination takes on a life of its own, in shadow form. At first shadows prove a little scary for the girl, but later she learns to make those shadows her own in a way that will empower all young children. The pages of this book flip uniquely from bottom to top, which results in an entire shadow-filled world that kids will love.
What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss
In this classic Seuss story a young lad walks alone in the dark, scared of what he can’t see and doesn’t know. Later of course, in the book’s climatic final scene, we learn that the young narrator has no need for fear, as the spooky pants are actually just as scared of him. Finally, the two put aside their fears and become friends. The original What was I Scared of? can be found in The Sneetches and Other Stories, or you can purchase this story in a stand-alone glow-in-the-dark version.
In My Patch by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich
For the youngest of readers, or for young children who can’t take deal with too much spooky stuff, In My Patch offers some Halloween fun, with more sweet than spook. Your little one will love following along as this cute finger-puppet mouse explores his patch. Layered die-cut pages allow a peek at colorful things that make up each animal’s home and the mouse finger puppet adds playtime appeal as well.
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