Must Read Kids’ Halloween Books | #Halloween

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Disclosure: Mama Smith’s Review Blog received these books in exchange for her honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% hers.

Halloween Books

My young daughters and I love to read and I usually try to theme our books around upcoming holidays. Halloween is one of their favorite holidays so we usually read spooky books starting in early September. I have put together a list of some of our favorites and where you can purchase them. These are great for any little one to help you get in the mood for Halloween!


Monster Trouble

Monster Trouble

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By Lane Fredrickson

Synopsis:

The rhyming story of adorable Winifred Schnitzel and the monsters who terrorize her each night. She’s not afraid, of course! She just wants them to leave her in peace so she can get some sleep. But scaring away monsters is no easy task. The fearless, African-American protagonist is sure to help children overcome their fear of monsters, and the delightfully sweet ending will have them begging for an encore. This wonderful addition to diverse picture books is the perfect bedtime story on Halloween night.

Thoughts:
This book is a lot of fun. As I was reading it, I was afraid it might scare the girls but it didn’t – they loved it! They both want to build “spiny bum chairs” now – read the book to find out about those!


MInd Your Monsters

Mind Your Monsters

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By Catherine Bailey

Synopsis:

Wally’s town is terrorized by vampires, zombies, werewolves, and the like, until finally he discovers the magic word—please!—to make them stop. Vidal’s bright, colorful illustrations has each monster baring a cheerful, toothy grin as they make a giant mess of the small town they’ve turned into their playground. Learning good manners has never been as monstrously fun!

Thoughts:
This book is so fun and has really helped the girls with their manners as well. Definitely a must read!


Dining With Monsters

Dining With Monsters

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By Agnese Baruzzi

Synopsis:

What do hungry monsters like to eat? 1 spider swallowed whole, 2 leaping frogs, and 3 entire whalesfor the ogre with gigantic claws and scales! And for Mr. One-Eye, four mice are very nice. Kids will enjoy this fun feast of a counting book, with 10 colorful creatures and their meals of grasshoppers, scorpions, owls, and prickly porcupines. Foldout pages and simple, humorous rhyming text make this a delight to read aloud.

Thoughts:
I love this book because my 2.5 year old is now counting to 10 no problem. I think this book had a hand in that!


The Color Monster

The Color Monster

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By Anna Llenas

Synopsis:

We teach toddlers to identify colors, numbers, shapes, and letters—but what about their feelings? By illustrating such common emotions as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm, this sensitive book gently encourages young children to open up with parents, teachers, and daycare providers. And kids will LOVE the bright illustrations and amazing 3-D pop-ups on every page!

Thoughts:
This is the first pop up book that the girls have owned and they cannot get enough of it. I think it is a great way to talk about feelings – and it is fun too!


Ava The Monster Slayer

Ava The Monster Slayer

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Written by Lisa Maggiore and Illustrated by Ross Felten

Synopsis:

Called “a triumphant sally in the long-running war against closet and other domestic monsters” by Kirkus Reviews, Ava the Monster Slayer tells the story of a young girl who rescues her favorite stuffed piggy from the monster-infested basement, all while donning her signature glasses, her brother’s superhero cape, her rain boots, and a sparkly princess crown. Why leave all the fighting and world-saving to the guys? Following in the footsteps of Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Black Widow from The Avengers, Ava the Monster Slayer teaches both girls and boys that females can be strong, be brave, and find their courage when needed.!

Thoughts:
After reading this book my girls want to be monster slayers. I will say that they got a little nervous about monsters in the basement, but told me they are brave enough to fight them if they have to.


I WANT TO EAT YOUR BOOKS

I Want To Eat Your Books

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By Karin Lefranc and Tyler Parker

Synopsis:

I Want to Eat Your Books is a delicious introduction to the value of books. When a hungry zombie stumbles into a school looking for books to consume, it’s up to the kids to teach him how books are for reading, not eating! This monster book is silly and fun with a strong message about kindness and friendship. The little zombie teaches kids not to jump to conclusions and to give everyone a chance. This is the perfect monster book for little ones who want a thrill but aren’t looking for anything too scary.

Thoughts:
This book is really silly. My 4 year old loves it because it has her favorite monster – a zombie!


THE RUNAWAY PUMPKIN

The Runaway Pumpkin

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Written by Anne Margaret Lewis and Illustrated by Aaron Zenz

Synopsis:

Inspired by the beloved children’s classic The Runaway Bunny, The Runaway Pumpkin is the next best Halloween classic. A cute little Halloween pumpkin announces that he is ready for a Halloween adventure. So he prepares to set out on the exploration of a lifetime. However, his ever-watchful and caring mother wants to make sure he’s prepared before he takes that first step outside. A book about a little pumpkin who is ready to tackle the holiday with gusto, this book encourages kids to use their imaginations and to go on adventures. It also teaches kids that having adventures and making memories with someone important to them can be extra fun.

Thoughts:
I won’t lie, the end of this book choked me up a little bit. It was hard to get that last sentence out without the tears flowing. I am a pretty emotional person though. What a cute book!


BELLA DONNA

Bella Donna: Coven Road

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Written by Ruth Symes and Illustrated by Marion Lindsay

Synopsis:

Princesses? Boring! Unlike all of her friends, Bella Donna dreams of becoming a witch. Ever since she was a baby, Bella Donna has suspected she has magical powers. Bella tries keeping her witchy tendencies a secret from her new foster family—and she stays on her best behavior—but when she comes home early one day from school, she stumbles upon something very surprising. Could Coven Road really be a road for witches? The first installment of the sweet, spooky Bella Donna series will captivate young, magic-loving minds. The text is broken up by adorable pen and ink illustrations that make this a good introduction to chapter books for reluctant or struggling readers, and the vocabulary is not too difficult or challenging.

Thoughts:
My girls and I love to read chapter books. Before bed each night we cuddle and read one chapter. Bella Donna has been a great addition to this tradition and I can already tell that it will be a repeat book! The girls love it!

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