Five on Friday: Halloween Picture Books

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October is hands down my favorite month of year and it’s all because of my favorite holiday, Halloween. So for this month’s Five on Friday, I chose five of my favorite Halloween picture books (plus one board book) to share with you. Click on the book title to go to the catalog.

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Pick a Pumpkin – Patricia Toht

Going to a pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin and carve it into a jack o’lantern is one Halloween tradition I always look forward to. This delightful picture book has beautiful, vibrant art and rhythmic text perfect for reading aloud. It’s a fun celebration of every step in creating the perfect jack o’lantern on Halloween night.

 

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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – Linda Williams

little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods trying to scare her. This isn’t very Halloween specific except for the jack o’lantern head, but I like the interactive aspect of this book; kids can nod, wiggle, and clap along with all the creepy disembodied clothes following her through the woods.

 

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I Spy Spooky Night – Walter Wick

Rhyming verses instruct readers to find hidden objects on each page. I remember poring over the wonderfully detailed and spooky photographs in this fun Halloween addition to the classic picture book series.

 

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Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich is the funniest book about monsters you’ll ever find. Older kids will probably understand the references better, however, but these illustrated poems are still a delight to read out loud and even the pictures have funny little Easter eggs hidden…or whatever the Halloween version of an Easter egg is. I loved the running joke about the Phantom of the Opera having a song stuck in his head. The follow-up, Frankenstein Takes the Cake, is just as great.

 

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Mother Ghost – Rachel Kolar

As you might be able to guess from the title, this book adapts common nursery rhymes into spooky ones! I think “Twinkle, Twinkle, Lantern Jack” and “Mary, Mary, Tall and Scary” were my favorites.

 

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And as a bonus, I have to mention Dracula: A Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams. It’s not technically about Halloween and it’s a board book besides, but it’s adorably spooky and perfect for Halloween. She has an entire series of these primers with classic literature, so if Frankenstein is your literary monster of choice, she has that as well!

And that’s it for this month! I hope you check out some of these picture books the next time you’re looking for some spooky fun books. Be sure to check back in November, same bat time, same bat channel for the next Five on Friday.

Miss Jessica

 

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy, mateys! Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. If you landlubbers be lookin’ for some books worthy of the saltiest dog on yer crew, look no further than these lists.

 

PICTURE BOOKS
The Pirate Jamboree – Mark Teague
Best Pirate – Kari-Lynn Winters
How I Became a Pirate – Melinda Long
Pirate Jack Gets Dressed – Nancy Raines Day
The Pirate Cruncher – Jonny Duddle

 

CHAPTER BOOKS
Ghost Pirate Treasure – Geronimo Stilton
Race to the Bottom of the Sea – Lindsay Eagar
Pirate Queen – Marci Peschke
Peter and the Starcatchers – Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Magic Marks the Spot – Caroline Carlson

 

NONFICTION
Who Was Blackbeard? – James Buckley Jr.
Swashbuckling Scoundrels – Arie Kaplan
How to Live Like a Caribbean Pirate – John Farndon
Pirates – E. T. Fox
Pirateology – Dugald Steer

Fortnite Books

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With its combination of the excitement of shooters and the creativity and construction of sandbox games like Minecraft, Fortnite has taken the video game world by storm and it doesn’t seem like its popularity is letting up anytime soon. These books full of tips and tricks will help readers become the last one standing in the Battle Royale, plus an art book if they want to learn how to draw their favorite characters.

 

 

Fortnite Battle Royale Hacks : Advanced Strategies – Jason R. Rich

Fortnite Battle Royale Hacks : Secrets of the Island – Jason R. Rich

Fortnite Battle Royale Hacks : The Unofficial Gamer’s Guide – Jason R. Rich

Fortnite Battle Royale Hacks : Building Strategies – Jason R. Rich

The Fortnite Guide to Staying Alive: Tips and Tricks for Every Kind of Player – Damien Kuhn

Official Fortnite Battle Royale Survival Guide

Unofficial How to Draw Fortnite for Kids : Learn to Draw 40 of Your Favorite Fortnite Heroes by Andrew Howell

An Encyclopedia of Strategy for Fortniters : An Unofficial Guide for Battle Royale – Jason R. Rich

An Unofficial Encyclopedia of Strategy for Fortniters : ATK Driving Techniques, Challenges, and Stunts – Jason R. Rich

Miss Jessica

 

Spooky Series!

There’s something about summertime that always puts me in the mood for spooky stories. Maybe I’m just gearing up for autumn and Halloween early? Or maybe it’s the rolling thunder and cracks of lightning during summer storms that remind me of mad scientists and haunted houses. If you’re also looking for some beach reads that tend towards the spooky and spine-chilling, then any of these series are sure to satisfy your kiddo for awhile. These short, illustrated chapter books are perfect for those who are just branching out into chapter books on their own. All of the links go to the first book in the series.

 

Ghost Detectors – Dotti Enderle

Monster Hunters – Jan Fields

Graveyard Diaries – Baron Specter

Eerie Elementary – Jack Chabert

The Notebook of Doom – Troy Cummings

Lucky 8 – Lea Taddonio

A Deadly Fall – Rich Wallace

Scream Street – Tommy Donbavand

Ursula’s Funland – Johanna Gohmann

Miss Jessica