Ghosts, Goblins, and Carrots? Top 10 Books for Kids This Halloween

Witches, bats, and carrots? Oh my! To get your kids excited for Halloween and all its festivities this year we’ve compiled a list of our Top 10 recommended books for ‘kids’ of all ages (yes, we’re including adults that are young at heart!):

1.     Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

Carrots may seem innocent and can even be a delicious after-school snack, but things suddenly turn creepy when carrots start following Jasper Rabbit home.

Recommended for Kids: 4 years old and up

2.     The Boo! Book by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

Most people have heard about haunted houses, but who has heard about a haunted book? The Boo! Book is exactly that and features fun surprises that will entertain your kids.

Recommended for Kids: 4 years old and up

3.     Goodnight, Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex

This petrifying twist is sure to delight fans of Goodnight, Moon by author Margaret Wise Brown and Illustrator Clement Hurd.

Recommended for Kids: 3 years old and up

4.     Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt and Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

This troupe of fifty five bats will keep your kids entertained with its whimsical rhyme and can assist in developing your kids’ mathematical skills.

Recommended for Kids: 4 years old and up, Kumon Reading Level 4A

5.     Monster’s Mash Picture Book – Halloween Book Illustrated by David Catrow

The classic 1962 Halloween hit written by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and Lenny Capizzi has now been developed into an amusing picture book that’ll have your kids singing and dancing along. Recommended For Kids: 4 years old and up

6.     Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola

This enchanting tale of a grandma witch and her magical pasta pot will become a firm favorite of your kids for years to come. Recommended For Kids: 4 years old and up, Kumon Reading Level 3A

7.     The Monster’s Monster by Patrick McDonnell

This charming book about three bad monsters creating a bigger monster will make your little monsters want to read it again and again.

Recommended For Kids: 5 years old and up

8.     There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

This heartwarming story about a young boy who confronts his fears and learns is a perfect read for kids with fears of their own.

Recommended For Kids: 3 years old and up, Kumon Reading Level BI

9.     The Phantom Toll Booth by Norton Jester and Illustrated by Jules Feiffer Centering around Milo, a bored 10 year old who goes on a fantastical adventure with help from a tollbooth, this book is perfect for older, independent readers or as a book parents can read to their younger children.

Recommended For Kids: 9 years old and up, Kumon Reading Level D

10.     The Witch of Black Bird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Set in a colonial Connecticut village in 1667, this story of Kit Tyler, a 16 year old girl torn between her quest for belonging and a desire to be true to herself, is the perfect read to help transition your kids from ghoulish Halloween to pilgrim-filled Thanksgiving.

Recommended For Kids: 9 years old and up, Kumon Reading Level H

What are some of your recommendations for the best Halloween books for kids? And how about Thanksgiving – any recommendations for children’s books about fall holidays? We’d love for you to share with us in the comments.