As Halloween quickly approaches, it is the perfect time to have nightly story time with your kids. It is so important to instill a love of books and reading beginning at a young age. There is no better to way to get your kids attention than to use a topic they enjoy such as Halloween.
There are several Halloween books that I love to read to my children this time of year. Here are four selections that my family has really enjoyed over the past few years:
Halloween Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
1. Five Little Pumpkins. This book can be found in a variety of printings, but we love the board book illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. This story is also easy to memorize and recite even when you don’t have the book around. Five Little Pumpkins is written in rhyming format which is a great way to increase language development as well as help children enhance their memory skills.
2. A Halloween Alphabet Book: H is For Haunted House by Tanya Lee Stone and Illustrated by Scott Burroughs. This is a great rhyming book that takes readers through spooktacular Halloween fun from A to Z. It helps encourage learning the alphabet, rhyming and letter-sound relationships. It is a perfect book for children first learning their letters and letter sounds.
3. The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing and Illustrated by Cynthia Fisher. This story is a fun twist on a holiday classic. It is an enjoyable tale of children getting ready for Halloween and their trick-or-treating adventure to the scary house at the top of the hill. The colorful and whimsical illustrations help children become engaged in this adorable story.
4. The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills and Illustrated by Ben Mantle. My family really enjoys this story because it can be sung or read. Fun dance moves and silly voices can also be incorporated into this spin on a classic kids song. This story is a perfect way to teach counting skills. The colorful pictures also provide an opportunity to review colors with your child.
These are just four examples of fun Halloween books for toddlers and preschoolers. Check out your local library for additional selections as well as story times that can be enjoyed by your entire family.
If you are really looking for a fun story time night with your family, here are a few suggestions to make it even more spooktacular:
Make a blanket fort or use a pop up tent and read the stories with a flashlight.
Make a craft that goes along with the story. For example, for Five Little Pumpkins, you can cut out 5 paper pumpkins and glue them to popsicle sticks. Then use the pumpkins as little puppets as you read the story.
Make a yummy snack that relates to the story such as mummy hot dogs (crescent rolls wrapped around hot dogs) or jack-o-lantern pizzas on english muffins
Invite your children’s friends over for a group story time. They can even all come dressed in costumes.
I hope you all enjoy this special time with your children. Remember they are only this little once so embrace and enjoy every moment!
For your own copy of these books
- Visit your local New Jersey library to borrow a copy.
- Purchase your own at Amazon.
- Purchase your own at Books A Million.
To learn about other great books check out a Story Time at your local library. We list Story Times in New Jersey on our Calendar of Events.
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