April 9, 2014

Halloween Books

I love to buy one or two new books or DVDs each "holiday" to help set the tone and add excitement to the celebrations, create happy childhood memories and slowly build up a collection of fantastic books to share with our children and one day pass on to our grandchildren.  My favourite place to purchase our books from is The Book Depository.  They are a UK based website with almost every book title imaginable in their catalogue.  Their prices are super reasonable (much cheaper than you'll find in store) and they ship all orders free worldwide.

I spent a couple of evenings last week scouring blogs, book reviews and reading lists to choose a couple of new Halloween stories to share with Madeline this year.  There were so many to choose from but there were some absolute clear winners that came up again and again.  All of these books are available from The Book Depository, some from as little as $4 each and of course all orders ship free.

By Marjorie Dennis Murray

 I'm quite traditional so I find the classic illustrations of this story really appealing.

"Trick or treat! It's Halloween night and all are preparing, for a wickedly wonderful evening of scaring. With zombies and banshees and mummies galore, read this book once and you'll come back for more!"

By Julia Donaldson 

 A great book for reading aloud - clever rhyming and a subtle lesson in cooperation.

"The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?"

By Linda Williams

A classic tale which can begin reading readiness with preschool aged children due to its simple and repetitive text.

"Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . CLOMP, CLOMP, SHAKE, SHAKE, CLAP, CLAP. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!"

By Natasha Wing

A bright colourful and fun read written in the same tone as the Night Before Christmas.

"Little monsters and goofy goblins prepare for Halloween in a silly, spooky spin on Clement C. Moore's "Night Before Christmas."

The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree
By Stan and Jan Berenstain

I loved the Berenstain Bears when I was little so was thrilled to see this old title is still as popular as ever.  The fun and simple rhyming makes the books a pleasure to read and fun to listen to.

"The small Berenstain Bears go out on a daring nighttime adventure in The Spooky Old Tree and find thrills and shivers in just the right measure before returning to the safety of home."

Angelina's Halloween
By Katharine Holabird

This book was consistently described as a visual feast.  As well as a lovely story with the right mix of scary and sweet, each page is full of beautiful bright coloured pictures to pour over.

"Trick-or-Treat with Angelina Ballerina! For Halloween, Angelina and her friend Alice make glorious firefly costumes—complete with delicate wings and tiaras. Angelina's little sister, Polly, wants to be a pretty firefly too. But Angelina thinks she's too little. Polly settles for dressing up as a ghost, and on Halloween night, gives Angelina a surprise scare!"

Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin
By Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious is a popular choice at bed time in our house so Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin was a must add to our Halloween Reading List.

"Pinkalicious is on a search to find a pink pumpkin in this pinkerrific new lift-the-flap book! With 13 flaps that open to reveal hidden surprises on every page."
By Lauren Cecil

The Lalaloopsy Girls are another popular choice in our house and the Lalaloopsy Halloween Surprise is a very sweet, friendly take on Halloween.

"Patch Treasurechest has planned a spooky Halloween scavenger hunt for all his friends. As the girls solve each riddle and get new clues, they get closer and closer to a very special Halloween party!"

Fancy Nancy Halloween... or Bust!
By Jane O'Conner

I have loved Fancy Nancy since Smith and Caugheys Fancy Nancy "Splendiferous Christmas" inspired Santas Grotto last year.  The books are a visual delight of detail!

"No one knows Fancy like Nancy. . . and no one knows Halloween like Nancy!"

1 comment:

  1. off to check out those sandals now they look great! love the book choices too :)