Updated October 20, 2021
Reading aloud to your child is important for their development and helps with language acquisition and literacy skills. It stimulates their imagination and creativity beyond their own experiences. By starting to read to your child at a very young age, you are helping to set your child up for academic success in school. The more a child is read aloud to, the larger their vocabularies grow and the more they understand about the world around them.
Reading together also gives you the opportunity to set up a regular, shared event where you and your child can look forward to spending quality time together each day. Make that time together extra special during the holiday season by reading some festive books that celebrate the season we are in. Grab your blanket, snuggle up and read some of our favorite Halloween books.
One, Two…Boo! is a board book that will be a hit with your littlest trick-or-treaters. They can lift the flaps to reveal pumpkins, owls, spiders, and ghosts while practicing to count from one to ten.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything follows a cheerful old lady on a walk through the woods and the eerie surprises she finds. The conclusion shows children that facing fears often turn something that seems scary into a delightful surprise.
Room on the Broom is a classic book about a witch who loses her hat, bow, and wand. Some animals help her find them and all they want in return is a ride on her broom. This book has a good message about friendship and helping others.
Stumpkin is a sweet story told from the pumpkin’s point of view. Stumpkin is a stemless pumpkin who dreams of becoming a jack-o-lantern. Will anyone give Stumpkin his chance to shine?
The Little Kitten is a charming story about a girl, her cat, and a lost kitten. This book teaches children good deeds are always rewarding.
Five Little Pumpkins is perfect for toddlers. The rhyming story is a great way to practice counting.
The Halloween Tree has a clever storyline about a grumpy, would-be Christmas tree that is determined to be different and decides to be a Halloween tree.
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin teaches kids that being different can be good. In this book there is a very unusual square pumpkin in the patch named Spookley who is teased because he is different from the other pumpkins. Find out if during a storm Spookley is able to save the day.
Halloween Hustle is a silly book that will have your child giggling. A skeleton is dancing down the street on his way to a Halloween party, but he keeps stumbling and falling apart. Children will be intrigued to get to the end of the book to see if he stays in one piece to make it to the party.
Big Pumpkin is about a witch who grows a pumpkin to make a pumpkin pie. The pumpkin grows so big that she can’t get it off the vine. This book teaches teamwork.