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KidLit Picks October Round Up - Halloween

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 BookBairn 2 Comments

Broomsticks, jack-o’-lanterns, haunted houses, tricks and treats, ghostly games, neighbourhood parties, skeletons, Frankenstein, candy corn… the list goes on. All things fun and fearsome come out at Halloween. There are children who countdown the days until that frightfully fantastic night when they get to dress up as anything imaginable, hang out with family and friends, and eat bucketloads of candy. The build-up adds to the excitement—carving pumpkins, decorating your home with scary spiders, tombstones and fake zombie arms, picking out your costume, baking apple pies, watching spooky movies and reading Halloween stories.

Throughout October, @kidlitpicks shared standout Halloween-themed books for your children to enjoy. These are sure to delight kids eager for the festivities to start and ease the fears of others that may be a little anxious about the hair-raising holiday. Books are good like that. We hope that you too will dust the cobwebs off your favourite Halloween stories, those scary and those not so scary, and join us! Thanks to Arielle from @childrensbooksgalore for our spooky scary theme!

Bonaparte Falls Aparte, by Margery Cuyler and Will Berry
“Bonaparte Falls Apart, by Margery Cuyler and Will Terry, is a tender story with considered and playful words, one that kids will love because of its relatable subject matter, fun, spooky characters, humorous mishaps, and the sweetest resolve.” — Summer from @readingisourthing

Maurice the Unbeastly, by ​​Amy Dixon and Karl James Mountford
“Halloween means scary beasts, ghoulish hijinks, and . . . strange eating habits?" — Mel from @spiky_penelope

Spells, Baby Jesus, by Emily "Gribbitt" Gravett
"This book can be used as a seasonal book or a book on fairy tales. Leah from @astoryaday

Huge Makes a Change, by Scott Emmons and Mauro Gatti
“This is a beautifully designed book and a sweet story all about the world’s cutest little vampire and his adventure discovering fruits and vegetables.” — Clarissa from @book.nerd.mommy

Trick or Treat!, by Sarah Vince and Hayley Down
“It's ingenious and so much fun to read!” —  Kim from @bookbairn

One Spooky Night: A Halloween Adventure, by Kate Stone
“This festive read is perfect for preschoolers.” — Miranda from @bookbloom

Emu's Halloween, by Anne Mangan and David Cornish
“Emu's Halloween puts an Aussie spin on Halloween celebrations.”  Carissa from @bookskidslove_

Monster Needs a Costume, by Paul Czajak and Wendy Grieb 
“Monster needs to find a Halloween costume!”  Arielle from @childrensbooksgalore

Fright Club, by Ethan Long
This is a fun Halloween read with delightfully spooky illustrations that had my boys laughing throughout.” — Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

A Monster Alphabet: The ABCs of Screams!, by Gillia M Olson
From “A” for Afraid to “Z” for Zombies my little guys where howling in delight!” — Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

Goldfish Ghost, by Lemony Snicket and Lisa Brown
“This not-so-scary ghost story is perfect for kids who are spooked by the usual Halloween characters and also reminds us that we all need kindness, companionship and a place to call home.”  Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople

Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream, by Monica Brown and Angela Dominguez
“Can Lola learn from her mistake and still have a Happy Halloween?” — Charnaie from @hereweeread

Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World, by Joy Keller and Misa Saburi
“A perfect not-so-spooky tale for monster lovers, truck lovers, and those that just need a good bedtime story.” — Heather from @kidlitbookbits

No Such Thing, by Ella Bailey
“Hopefully your kids will have as much fun as mine did finding all the mischievous ghosts in this not-so-spooky book.” — Anna from @kidlitcrafts

First Day at Skeleton School, by Sam Lloyd
“What a great book to read for Halloween.” — Mel from

November is the month for counting up and counting down. Our theme, chosen and introduced by Kim @bookbairn (it's me!!!), is Counting and Numbers. 

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

We are fast-approaching the season of the countdown. Children are getting more and more excited counting down the days, lighting candles, opening advent calendars of all shapes and sizes – we will be having a book-a-day for our advent season. Parents are getting more and more frantic to get organised as the days disappear. It’s the time of year that everyone practises counting.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10…

A study several years ago by researchers from the Institute of Education in London found that children who receive bedtime stories from their parents as infants perform better in vocabulary and spelling but also in maths. Reading supports numeracy. Books are full of numbers and images for counting.

Next month the @kidlitpicks team will be sharing books about counting up and counting down. Join in by tagging your favourite Counting and Number books with #kidlitpicks_numbers

Happy Reading,
Mummy, BookBairn and The Wee Page Turner xx


  1. A great selection of books and as I commented before - I’m glad the spooks and monsters all seem to be friendly and funny characters. I like the next theme and I’m going to practice counting down with BookBairn.

  2. I do like Trick or Treat - it's the clever torch that does it for me - oh, and The Wee Page Turner likes to chew it if he can