Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson

Room on the Broom shares the evening adventure of a friendly witch who is more than happy to share her broom with her cat as well as a number of other animals she encounters during her outing.  An unexpected encounter with a dragon appears to potentially put the witch in harm’s way, but her animal friends save the day.  Filled with engaging, colorful illustrations, this is a book sure to capture the attention and interest of young readers.  A great Halloween selection that focuses on the whimsy rather than on the scary of Halloween.


Room on the Broom Book Cover Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson
Juvenile Fiction

Way Back Wednesday ~ Mouse’s First Halloween – Lauren Thompson


This post was originally published on October 31, 2012.

Lauren Thompson is a great author.  Her Mouse series highlights the many firsts encountered by a little mouse.  Mouse’s First Halloween follows inquisitive little mouse through all sorts of Halloween experiences which in the end all prove not to be so scary after all.  This is a gentle Halloween tale that would make a great read aloud.

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Pumpkin Cat – Ann Turner

Pumpkin Cat is a sweet story that features a ginger cat who finds safety at the library.  Although the library is safe and warm and children come to visit during the day, it still doesn’t feel like home to the ginger cat.  The unexpected arrival of Halloween Cat, a baby kitten left in a basket at the library, gives ginger cat the new role of mother to the kitten and a true sense of being home.

Pumpkin Cat Book Cover Pumpkin Cat
Ann Turner
Juvenile Fiction
July 5, 2004

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin – Joe Troiano

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin is one of my favorite Halloween books! It is a delightful Halloween story which reminds readers that being different is not only ok…It can be a true blessing. This is a great read-aloud book that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of ages.

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin Book Cover The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
Joe Troiano

The Bumpy Little Pumpkin

The Bumpy Pumpkin is an extremely sweet tale about a little girl who thinks a small bumpy pumpkin would make the perfect jack-o-lantern.  Her sisters do not agree and are quick to tell her that the pumpkin she wants is too small, too bumpy, and too ugly to be any good.  Left alone and feeling sad, she is soon greeted by a number of animal friends who understand the beauty she sees in the small bumpy pumpkin.  They help her transform the pumpkin into a darling jack-o-lantern.  Ultimately, Little Nell and her sisters realize that jack-o-lanterns can come in all shapes and sizes.

Just Say Boo! – Susan Hood

Just Say Boo! is a perfect choice for a Halloween read-a-loud.  The book tackles how to deal with Halloween situations little ones might find a little scary…”Just say boo!”  The refrain is repeated throughout the book and children enjoying the story will no doubt be able to help the reader with the verbiage as they become familiar with the pattern.  Just Say Boo also tackles basic Halloween etiquette including saying “Trick or Treat” and “Thank You”.  This a great little Halloween tale that is targeted to early elementary children.

Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween – Alethea Kontis

For those of us who thought all alphabet books need to begin with the letter A and end with the letter Z, Alpha Oops!  H is for Halloween provides proof that alphabet books can begin as well as end with non-traditional letters and be entertaining as well as informative.  Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween includes awesome illustrations which feature each letter of the alphabet in a Halloween costume.  This one is just plain fun!