This is a list of my favorite Halloween books to use in my classroom. Just click on the picture to be taken to Amazon to learn more.
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
This book is about a square pumpkin named Spookley who is made fun of because he doesn’t look like the other pumpkins. Of course he saves the day when all of the other pumpkins roll out during a storm and he is square and is able to stop them from rolling away. It is an amazing story about how being different is good.
It’s not really a Halloween book, but it is creepy. Well not really, unless you think carrots following you are scary. I love the illustrations. They are in black and white with the carrots being orange. It reminds me so much of the Twilight Zone. My students love me reading this book to them. It is always checked out at the library.
My favorite Halloween book, The Hallo-Wiener! I just love Oscar. He just wants to make his mom happy so he wears the hot dog Halloween costume she got him. All the other dogs make fun of him. That’s ok, because when the dogs are scared by the monster (the cats dressed up) Oscar saves the day. This book also teaches a lesson to just be yourself.
The Spider and the Fly
A poem written in the 1800’s by Mary Howitt. Tony DiTerlizzi made the poem into a book with amazing illustrations. I read it to my kids every year and they love it. You can discuss rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. It has a great plot and theme.
This a great book of poems specifically for Halloween. They are silly poems that are fun to just read to your kids or they can be used as a teaching poem.
Non Fiction Books
This book by Gail Gibbons is an easy nonfiction reader. I love all of her nonfiction books and this book does not disappoint. It does a great job telling the history of Halloween.
This book is a great way to incorporate science into your lesson. This book is a little different because it explains what happens to our carved pumpkins after Halloween is over. Oh yeah decomposition is happening!