Morris…the Downside-Up Bat by H.R. Karpes

Reading Age: 3 – 6 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 1

Publisher: Sky Pony

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

As a survival mechanism, Morris, a bat, learns to hang downside -up. Fellow bats find Morris odd and ostracize him. Morris keeps his spirits up and learns that he can sing. When it is time for the Halloween talent show, bats try to exclude Morris however he persists and steals the show. My Book Eyes thinks Morris is adorable in this picture book. Readers will be glad that Morris decides to be himself as he has contributions to share with the other bats.

My Baby Loves Halloween by author Jabari Asim and illustrator Tara Nicole Whitaker


Reading Age: Baby – 4

Grade Level: Preschool and Up

Publisher: HarperFestival

Publication Date: July 14, 2020

A child loves things associated with Halloween including the autumn season, pumpkin picking, jack-o-lantern, hayrides and costume parades to name a few. The repeat of the words “baby loves…” and the rhyming in this board book will delight youngsters. Illustrations include one family interacting with other families on some spreads. The pictures do not overwhelm and show just enough for young eyes to see.

23 Halloween Crafts for Kids: Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas and Spooky Decor Kindle Edition

Publisher: Prime Publishing LLC

Publication Date: August 25, 2014

This ebook offers a variety of costumes and Halloween decorations to make. Most people will have many materials for these items already in their homes to cut down on costs. The ideas are not complicated so adult beginner crafters should not feel intimidated. Children can also participate with adult supervision. Included are websites from the contributors to this ebook to gain more crafting ideas. My Book Eyes enjoyed the Spooky Clay Skeleton, Paper Mache Plastic Bag Pumpkin, Beaded Jack-O-Lantern Ornaments, Three Dimensional Monster Hands, Party Poppers, Foam Animal Masks, Menacing Monster Gloves, Fairy Princess Wand and Tutu and No Sew Monster Costume.

Happy Halloween Pirates!

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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

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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

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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

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Pick a Pumpkin by author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Publisher: Candlewick

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.