Halloween is almost here! But before I give you our “Halloween” book recommendation list (one Halloween book per grade K-grade 8), here’s a cute poem about skeletons. Enjoy!
(by Jack Prelutsky)
The skeletons are out tonight,
they march about the street,
With bony bodies, bony heads
and bony hands and feet.
Bony bony bony bones
with nothing in between,
Up and down and all around
they march on Halloween!
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1. Kindergarten: The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry
A little pumpkin is trying to find his way back home! And with a little help from a friendly witch, he is soon safe and sound, back on his porch—where there are no spiders to be seen! Little ones will love this fresh fall spin on a classic nursery rhyme!
2. Grade 1: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
This one is a halloween CLASSIC! After three different animals help a witch locate her missing hat, bow and want, she tries to return the favor by giving the animals a ride on her magic broom. But will there be room for the witch, the cat, and the three animals on the witch’s broom?
3. Grade 2: Monster Museum by Marilyn Singer
Welcome, brave souls, to the Monster Museum! On your left, see the Zombie do his walk.Look out for the mummy (she’s snapped and come unwrapped). Frankenstein’s grumpy-they gave him a bride, but never a name. Come in, if you dare, and meet all the slimy, screaming, slithery friends and fiends. They’re just dying to show you a good time! Gris Grimly’s colorful caricatures perfectly complement the playful beat of Marilyn Singer’s poems to create a ghastly good Halloween read.
4. Grade 3: Bone Soup by Cambria Evans
Bone Soup Halloween-themed variation of the popular folk tale Stone Soup (and extra fun if you know the original that this book spoofs!) The book stars Finnigin, who is known for his HUGE appetite and is never seen without his eating stool and spoon. What will he do when he’s in a new town and no one will share their food with him? Can he stir up a cauldron’s worth of Halloween magic?
5. Grade 4: Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex
Being a monster isn’t just about frightening villagers and sucking blood. Monsters have their trials, too. Poor Frankenstein’s cupboard is bare, Wolfman is in need of some household help, and it’s best not to get started on Dracula’s hygiene issues.
6. Grade 5: Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex
More clever poems about the secret trials of being a monster (ie: Poor Frankenstein just wants a happy wedding to his undead bride, but best man Dracula is freaking out about the garlic bread.)
7. Grade 6: It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green! by Dan Gutman
It’s Halloween, and you know what that means! Candy! Costumes! More candy! What would happen if a kid ate a million hundred pounds of chocolate in one night? One thing’s for sure – when A. J. and his friends from Ella Mentry School go trick-or-treating, it will be a Halloween to remember.
8. Grade 7: The Happy and Heinous Halloween of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert
The Happy and Heinous Halloween of Classroom 13 is the fifth title in a series about the students of a very unlucky classroom. The easy-to-read chapters are full of humor, action, secret codes, and fun-and will prompt hours of conversation among friends, families, and classmates. The final chapter encourages young readers to write their own chapter and send it in to the author, Honest Lee.
9. Grade 8: The Candy Corn Contest (The Kids of the Polk Street School) by Patricia Reilly Giff
It’s almost Thanksgiving, and Richard Best can’t stop thinking about Ms. Rooney’s Candy Corn contest. Whoever can guess the exact number of yellow-and-orange candies in the jar on Ms. Roney’s desk gets to keep them all. The only problem is Richard has to read a page in a library book for each guess.
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