Erik’s Halloween Book Picks!

For Halloween I thought I’d list a couple of books I think are 5 book worm books if you are looking for something special for the day!

If you have young kids and don’t want them to be up all night having nightmares, I would suggest –

Splat the Cat in Good Night Sleep Tight (an I Can Read! Book level 1)

Based on the Creation of Rob Scotton

Ages 4-8 -32 pages

Published by HarperCollins June 14, 2011

Splat the Cat has a camp-out with some other cats that his mom invited over. Splat has to deal with his “friends” that he doesn’t like too much and a spooky camp out. This is great for kids just starting to read.

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters – a lullaby

By Jane Yolen

Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Ages 4-8 – 32 pages

Published by Candlewick July 12, 2011

This book has awesome illustrations and a kids imagination can take over! The illustrations aren’t scary because the monsters are nice. The story tells about the monsters day in a  rhyme. This is a great book for a parent to read aloud to a kid.


If you have a little older kids that can take a bit of a scary story, I would suggest –

A Big Spooky House

By Donna Washington

Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Ages 6+ – 32 pages

Published by Hyperion Books June 20, 2006

He was a BIG man. He was a STRONG man. He wasn’t afraid of NOTHING….or was he?

This book has been out for a few years but it was the first “scary” book that I really liked so I am recommending it! The story is great and the reading level is a little harder. It is also a little more spooky of a tale. I really like this book!

The Monstrous Book of Monsters

By Libby Hamilton

Illustrated by Jonny Duddle and Aleksei Bitskoff

Ages 9-12 – 20 pages

Published by Templar September 13, 2011

“Whatever so-called sensible people may tell you, there are such things as monsters.” “All my tips on monster identification and avoidance are contained in this book. Reading it may save your life”. I’m quoting Dr. Thomas Jelly from the first page of The Monstrous Book of Monsters.

This book just came out this year and I think it is really cool! It’s not a scary book but it is about monsters so I’m including it in this list. The format of the book is like a pop-up book like I remember from when I was younger. It has pop-ups and flip-up tabs, but trust me it’s not baby-ish. The book is also made to look like a spiral notebook and it even looks like some of the monsters have taken bites out of the book. The illustrations are awesome and the whole book is really unique and imaginative. Take a peek at a couple pages so you can see how cool it is!


For older kids who you want to scare the pants off, I would suggest –

3:15 Season One Things That Go Bump In The Night

By Patrick Carman

148 Pages (plus some extra features) – Ages +10

Published by Scholastic Press September 1, 2011

A super creepy awesome collection of short stories that uses web-based videos to tell the ending of the story. See my complete review of this one HERE. Don’t read it with the lights off!

What are your Halloween book suggestions?


Categories: Age 1-5, Age 12+, Age 6-9, Age 9+, Good Books, Other Stuff Related to Books and Reading

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2 replies

  1. I’m going to have to pick up the Monstrous Book of Monsters. That looks like a great one!! Thanks for the post, Erik! Entertaining and informative, as always!

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