Saturday, October 30, 2021

Mother Ghost

 Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters
by Rachel Kolar, illustrated by Roland Garrigue


I love creepy rhymes, as demonstrated in my video review of Your Skeleton is Showing. Twists on Mother Goose rhymes are always engaging because most kids know what the original rhyme is, so they can appreciate the satire.

My son and I read this all the way through, then talked about our favorites and went back to re-read them. I could see using these as quick breaks for use in the school library, though. They're fun to read aloud and can be shared without having all of the students sit and listen to an entire story. It'd be fun to recite them before and after books during the week leading up to Halloween. Make sure you share the illustrations for each, though - they're so cute!

Friday, October 29, 2021

The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky

 The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky
by Jory John and Pete Oswald


Who doesn't love the Bad Seed and his friends? In this book, he's grumpy that no costume seems to suit him. It's Halloween night and everyone else looks amazing, so he decides that he has to cancel the holiday. Everyone is so disappointed, but with a little help, the Bad Seed realizes that Halloween is a chance to have fun. Once he lets go of his bad mood, he's able to find the perfect costume. Can you guess what it is?

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Pick a Pumpkin

Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Toht, illustrated by Jarvis


This fun picture book tells the story of Halloween traditions like visiting a pumpkin patch, carving a Jack-o-lantern, and trick-or-treating. The rhymes make the story nice to read aloud, and there are natural pauses built in where your kids can guess what comes next. The illustrations are gorgeous and depict diverse children.

We read this before decorating our pumpkins, but it’s one we’re sure to re-read once or twice more before Halloween!