I can't believe it's already Halloween time again! Last year I highlightedfive awesome Halloween books that Eleanor was enjoying; but this year I had to add to the mix, because she likes reading more, and she's into longer stories. So here are nine great books (I promise! Nothing banal or boring!) that your toddler or preschooler will enjoy.
Ages 1 - 4
Clifford's First Halloweenby Norman Bridwell. Emily Elizabeth is trying to find the perfect costume for her tiny puppy Clifford. Cute as Clifford books usually are. Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkinby Tad Hills. Bright, happy illustrations that toddlers will love and an ironic text that will make parents chuckle. Win-win. Rating: 5 out of 5
Halloween Mice!by Bethany Roberts. This one is cute - and the mice are clever as they scare away a cat. Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Spot's Halloweenby Eric Hill. Spot and his friends are trying to find the best costumes to wear for Halloween. Perfect for younger toddlers. Rating: 4 out of 5
What Is Halloween?by Harriet Ziefert. Little Mouse goes trick-or-treating for the first time, and the lift-the-flap adventure lets toddlers participate in her excitement about the holiday. Rating:4 out of 5
Corduroy's Halloweenby B.G. Hennessy. Adorable lift-the-flaps follow Corduroy and his friends as they decorate for Halloween and go trick-or-treating. There's one random moment - when the trick or treaters show up at Corduroy's door, and say "Trick or Treat for UNICEF!" I just leave the UNICEF out though, and Eleanor loves searching for the black cat hiding on every page. Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Ages 3 - 6
It's Pumpkin Time!by Zoe Hall. I really, really love this one. It shows pumpkins growing from seeds to jack-o-lanterns, explaining the whole growing process and then going into Halloween traditions. Rating: 5 out of 5
Angelina's Halloweenby Katherine Holabird. Eleanor loves Angelina Ballerina anyway - but Angelina Ballerina in a firefly costume?! 3 year old bliss. Rating: 4 out of 5
Monster Mathby Anne Miranda. This one isn't a Halloween book per se - but it's full of monsters arriving in increments at a birthday party; teaching addition and subtraction along the way. There are Frankensteins and skeletons among the monsters, so it feels Halloween-ish. Rating: 4 out of 5