Quick List of Halloween Book Treats for Kids

rothAges 3-7: ROOM ON THE BROOM by Julia Donaldson

This favorite story of a witch, her cat, her broom, and lots of room for friends is a delight. The repetition will make sure children “read along” and get familiar with the rhythm of the story. As a bonus, the animated short film is on Netflix, too!

halloween-activities-kids-classroom-books.jpgAges 4-8: BIG PUMPKIN by Erica Silverman

This is a fun story about a witch who wants to make pumpkin pie, and the friends who try to help her get a pumpkin off the vine. With a cast of traditional Halloween characters, children will find the story entertaining in the haunting spirit without being scary. As a bonus, lessons about cooperation are emphasized.


Following in the journal-entry style of many popular book in this age range, this book centers on Edgar, an uncool vampire who defies his family to bravely attend middle school. Bullied by a classmate and facing all the usual middle school challenges, Edgar has to navigate being uncool to humans and vampires alike. Or does he? Kids will enjoy the relatable problems and gross lunches as they follow Edgar’s adventures.

cast-no-shadow.jpgAges 12+: CAST NO SHADOW by Nick Tapalansky and Anissa Espinosa

This graphic novel hits all the adolescent pangs without being saccharine and predictable. The main character is dealing with loss, change, and generally eye-rolling at his hometown. His crush on a local ghost complicates matters considerably. The mystery of why the main character doesn’t have a shadow culminates in the novel’s climax, and while adult readers may feel it’s too crowded at the end, most teens will find a lot to relate to and recognize. The illustrations are at once simple and expressive, and the story and dialogue are touching and funny.

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8 Responses to Quick List of Halloween Book Treats for Kids

  1. I’ll have to check these out for my little monster. Thanks!

  2. Halloween and fall children’s books are the best. All three of my kids LOVED “The Ugly Pumpkin” the most at around age 3-5. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lauren Becker says:

    I think I’d like Cast No Shadow – I’m a big fan of graphic novels.


  4. Jessy says:

    These sound so cute and great options for different age ranges!

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