Fun Halloween Booooks…

It’s time for some good ol’ Halloween reading, don’t ya think?

I’m a sucker for all things Up With Paper*, and it’s not just because I used to work there, or the fact that they’re still a client of mine. It’s because all of their stuff is so absolutely COOL!

Their book imprint, Jumping Jack Press, is no exception, and they have a couple of fun Halloween pop-up books out that would make excellent last-minute gifts, if you can get your hands on a copy. (Silly Skeletons is available on Amazon; you can use overnight shipping, and have it on Halloween!)

Both Silly Ghosts and Silly Skeletons are sweet—not scary—titles, perfectly suitable for the wee ones.

Silly Ghosts was written by Janet Lawler, illustrated by Anna Chambers, and engineered by Yevgeniya Yeretskaya.

"Silly Ghosts," Jumping Jack Press

Silly Ghosts,” Jumping Jack Press

Silly Skeletons was also written by Janet Lawler and illustrated by Anna Chambers, but was engineered by Renee Jablow.

"Silly Skeletons," Jumping Jack Press

Silly Skeletons,” Jumping Jack Press

Here are a few other titles worth checking out:

Room on the Broom, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. (This dynamic duo have penned and drawn two of my very favorite kids’ books: The Snail and the Whale, and The Gruffalo.) I tend to be a little hesitant when it comes to rhyming copy in kids’ books, but Donaldson’s rollicking rhythm is so perfectly done, it adds to the copy, versus subtracts. This story is “goriously” suited for reading aloud.

The Little Pumpkin Book, by Katy Bratun. If you can find a copy of this simple, lovely little book, which follows the “pumpkin process” through the seasons—from planting the seeds, to tending the garden, to harvest, carving, and baking—snap it up! It’s fun to read all year long, and is a favorite in our household.

For the older set—definitely not for the littler kids—there’s Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree, Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, and a book I’ve held on to for decades, now: 13 Horrors of Halloween. This spooky collection of thirteen Halloween-themed short stories (by various authors, including Asimov, Wharton, and Bradbury) looks to be out of print, so it’s another one of those “if-you-see-it, snag-it” situations.

Hopefully, this list helps soothe your candy-jacked young’uns’ post-trick-or-treating. Just sit them down in a quiet corner and enjoy a good Halloween read, together. Who knows? It might be calming enough to counteract the chocolate, and help them fall asleep before the witching hour.

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