Happy Halloween Pirates! by author W. Harry Kim and illustrator Inna Chernyak
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publisher: Clever Publishing
Publication Date: August 13, 2019
In this rhyming board book, pirates are invited to a Halloween party. They think about costumes to wear. The reader can generate discussions about past costumes worn and/or costumes to be worn. There are flaps to lift which unveil surprises. This feature can encourage turn taking if read to a group of children. Illustrations are colorful and invite youngsters to read on. Good book to read as a precursor or during a Halloween party. The sturdiness of the book will ensure that it can be pulled off the shelf and read for years to come.
Zip! Zoom! On a Broom by author Teri Sloat and illustrator Rosalinde Bonnet
Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Publisher: LB Kids
Publication Date: July 2, 2019
This rhyming board book begins with one witch flying on her broom when she encounters witches two and three. Their numbers increase to ten while they continue to do witchy deeds like haunt and chant for just two examples. Eventually all ten decide to ride one room which is catastrophic. One by one they leave the broom in different ways until only one witch is left. A Halloween way to reinforce counting skills for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Illustrations are appropriate and give children more to count than witches on some pages i.e. skeletons and spiders.
Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories by author Max Brallier and illustrator Letizia Ruegni
Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Five eerie stories are in this early chapter book. These short tales are bone chilling enough to appeal to older reluctant or struggling readers in addition to the age range mentioned above. Illustrations frequently support the ghastliness. Good stories for those looking for a startle anytime.
Pick a Pumpkin by author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Publication Date: July 9, 2019
This rhyming picture book begins with a mom taking two children pumpkin picking. They return home to dad and youngest sibling. The family participates in Halloween hoopla including making treats, carving pumpkins and trick or treating. Friends also get involved in the experience. Detailed descriptions in the text make this a good book to read around pumpkin carving time. Vivid illustrations set the autumn and Halloween mood.