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7 Sensational Halloween Books Every Kid Will Love

7 Sensational Halloween Books Every Kid Will Love #halloweenbooks #hallooweenactivities

It's that time of year again- Halloween! Even though we have seen decorations since August, most teachers and parents aren't really ready for Halloween until around October 25th! LOL {I'm actually guilty of not even putting up decorations yet, and I might skip them altogether this year. Don't judge! My kids are 14 and 18. I promise I will decorate for Thanksgiving.}

I know Halloween can be a bit controversial in some learning spaces. So if it isn't your thing, skip this post. In fact, this is a great time to catch up on my post on 5 Meaningful Books to Teach Astonishing Matter to Kids.

For those of you who love all things Trick or Treat, this is for you! So let's get to some fun books to read to kids. I also love to use these sensational stories to take a further look at literature standards as well as create a fun, hands-on makerspace/STEM extension.

{The following books contain affiliate links. Which means that nothing happens to the price for you, but I earn a tiny commission on the sale if you choose to buy through my link.}

7 Sensational Halloween Books Every Kid Will Love

1. I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll

This adorable book is about a boy named Ethan who finds out his monster, Gabe, is missing from under his bed. Ethan interviews potential substitutes to see if they are right for the job. This book is the perfect balance of laughs and shivers. It isn't necessarily a Halloween book. So it does make it ideal for October if you are skipping the whole spooky aspect. This book works great with K-2nd grade. My third graders liked it, but it didn't go over as well as K-2.

Hey, That's MY Monster! By Amanda Noll

This is another book by Amanda Noll featuring Gabe and Ethan. Ethan might be losing his monster, Gabe, to his sister! Using a book by the same author with the same characters allows children to take a more in-depth look at the characters. Higher level skills such as compare and contrast as well as point of view are naturally discovered when we continue to focus on the same figures in new situations.

3. This is the House That Monsters Built by Steve Metzger

This cute story 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. This story is perfect for younger children.

4. Somethin' Pumpkin by Scott Allen

This story has some really spectacular solutions for utilizing pumpkins. This makes it perfect for a makerspace. Kids are posed with the problem of creating something useful out of a pumpkin, which is ideal for the engineering standards for K-2 (taking an already existing item and improving upon it or creating something new for a new use). This story also has plenty of vocabulary opportunities. This book is excellent for 2nd-4th or 5th graders.

5. Skeleton For Dinner by Margery Cuyler

Such a fun story! I love how the confusion of what Skeleton hears Big Witch and Little Witch say (let's have our friends for dinner!) causes quite a commotion. This misunderstanding makes for a fun story that ends on a happy note. Another whole problem to be solved with a makerspace. This book is great for younger students.

The Costume Contest by Trina Deboree (Me!) Digital Version and Print Bundle

This cute little reader is perfect for your emergent readers. All the kids are excited about being invited to a costume party at Steve's house. Some of the kids share what they will be dressing up as, but Marvin has a big surprise for everyone. This book is excellent for younger children. There are some writing, vocabulary, and sight word extensions included in the download.

7. The Halloween Party by Trina Deboree Digital Version and Print Bundle

Little Boo is having a Halloween Party. The house is all decorated and looks spooky and fun! The kids play fun games like pin the eyes on the mummy. The party doesn't go quite as Little Boo imagined, but it all works out in the end!

Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, most kids will be super hyped up during this time of year. The more engaging we can make learning, the better!

Enjoy the fun of it all! Happy Halloween!


P.S. Need a hands-on engaging extension for some of the titles above? Here are a few Makerspace Moments in Literature for Halloween.