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.


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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


Top 10 of 2018: #6




The Bookshop Girl

by Sylvia Bishop

Property Jones was found in a cupboard at the Whitehart Bookshop.  Netty and Michael were fine with this.  When no one came to claim Property, Netty and Michael adopted her.  Everything is great except for the fact that the bookshop is losing money.  When a contest appears in the paper offering a chance to win the largest bookstore in England, it seems like all their dreams are coming true.  Unfortunately, their problems are just beginning and Property Jones has a secret that is in danger of being revealed.  This book has a bit of everything: quirky characters, tons of action, odd buildings, lots of mystery, suspense, forgeries and even danger!  This fun book is a great younger grade chapter book.  Black and white drawings are scattered throughout.


I’m Sad

by Michael Ian Black

A child, a sad flamingo and a potato are friends. Wondering why sad is a thing, the child and potato try to cheer flamingo up. It doesn’t work, but then a wise crack creates laughter and flamingo feels a bit better. Nice story letting children know that it is okay to be sad.



Prickly Hedgehogs!

by Jane McGuinness

Adorable illustrations of Hedgehog and her babies )did you know baby hedgehogs are called hoglets? I didn’t!) as they hunt for food and prepare for winter.  There’s plenty of information in easy, kid-friendly asides and it also contains a short index, more information about wild hedgehogs, and books and websites to find further information.  A lot of information about a super-cute animal packed into an equally charming picture book.


I Love You More Than…

by Taye Diggs

A sweet affirming story for kids and parents who don’t live together full-time.  The tone is just right – not too sad or cheesy – and I really liked Diggs’ style of writing.  Just a gorgeous way to remind kids that love crosses any distance.  I grew up living far away from my dad although we were very close, and I would have loved to read a book like this as a kid.


Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters

by Rachel Kolar

Judging a book by a cover sometimes does pay off.  Roland Garrigue’s cover illustration of a kindly-looking witch riding a bat pulled me right in with it’s charmingly dark, but not scary vibe.   The text and illustrations inside definitely did not disappoint.  Kolar’s rhymes, fractured versions of traditional Mother Goose rhymes, are perfect to share with prek through school-aged kiddos around Halloween (but could be enjoyed any time of year for those interested in ghosts, goblins, and a good laugh)!  Good for giggles in a group or one on one!