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Ghouls and bats, witches and zombies, pumpkins and treats! Here is a selection of the best 2015 new book releases, 10 books for kids to celebrate Halloween! These books for all ages, from babies to tweens, will make bedtime rituals a lot more exciting than usual. Spooky nights are so much fun, some kids might even forget to go to bed ad keep reading under the covers! But rest assured, delicious Halloween dreams will come at night. Just grab a comfy chair, open a book and get carried away in stories where zombies like peanut butter and science kids turbo-charge brains at home.
[easyazon_link identifier=”0763663204″ locale=”US” tag=”frmo0a-20″]Boo! (Leslie Patricelli board books)[/easyazon_link]
When Halloween is here, what does Baby do? From picking a pumpkin to carving a jack-o’-lantern or choosing a costume, there’s so much to do! Never has Halloween been so cute and cuddly—silly, even. Toddlers will love pointing at the various jack-o’-lantern designs or costumes. If a pumpkin patch is in your future, let this book be your guide to spooky fun at bedtime.
Ages: 0 to 2 years
[easyazon_link identifier=”0062229168″ locale=”US” tag=”frmo0a-20″]Happy Halloween Witch’s Cat[/easyazon_link]
A little girl believes that her mother is a good witch and that she is a witch’s cat. When the duo walk to the costume shop to find a Halloween costume, finding the right one ends up being tricky. The artwork in this book is fabulous as the author created each scene in 3-D with mixed media. As a bonus, each costume comes in a different color and their sequence makes a fun color-learning scheme.
Ages: 2-5 years
[easyazon_link identifier=”0763676225″ locale=”US” tag=”frmo0a-20″]Ghost in the House, a Lift-the-flap Book![/easyazon_link]
There’s a ghost in the creepy haunted house and on this dark, spooky night, he wanders alone. Or, is he? First, a groan. Two, a growl. Third, a click-clack! One by one, the ghost counts different Halloween creatures who join the spine-chilling romp. That’s until they stumble upon the scariest creature of all. This rhyming counting book is sure to be a bedtime favorite.
Ages: 4 to 8 years
[easyazon_link identifier=”125004992X” locale=”US” tag=”frmo0a-20″]It’s Raining Bats & Frogs[/easyazon_link]
What’s a young witch to do when it starts raining on the witches’ parade? Why, a spell of course! Whipping her wand, Delia chants a spell that turns the boring pouring rain into… cats and dogs. That’s all fine until her fellow witches grow tired of cats and dogs. This great Halloween book will have kids in stitches as they try to figure out the perfect type of rain for weather-adverse witches.
Ages: 2 to 5 years
[easyazon_link identifier=”B014I8YISO” locale=”US” tag=”frmo0a-20″]Peanut Butter & Brains. A Zombie Culinary Tale[/easyazon_link]
Unlike his zombie friends, Reginald the zombie doesn’t want brains for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He craves a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! How is he to get his hands on a PJ&B sandwich and most importantly, how is he to stop his zombie friends from scaring the citizens of Quirkville? If only all zombies could be as self-confident and resourceful as young Reginald…
Ages: 4 to 8 years
[easyazon_link identifier=”0062338382″ locale=”US” tag=”frmo0a-20″]Backyard Witch, Sadie’s Story[/easyazon_link]
When Sadie’s two best friends go away on vacation leaving her home, Sadie is bummed. Little does she know that in her own backyard, a friendly witch has moved into the playhouse. With a pinch of natural magic and a lot of birdwatching, the witch enrolls Sadie to find her best friend, a witch accidentally turned into a bird. Fantastic for young Ivy & Bean fans, this book will have kids look at birds (and their backyard) differently.
Ages: 7 to 10 years
[easyazon_link identifier=”1419716433″ locale=”US” tag=”frmo0a-20″]Frank Einstein[/easyazon_link]
Nerdy science, cartoon-style illustrations and jokes make the Frank Einstein series a hit with school-age kids. The big question of this book is–what if you turbo-charged your brain? When you’re a science kid genius with a baseball-playing robot, that sounds easy enough. But wait! How does the brain exactly connect with the human body and what does it do? Young readers are about to find out and to learn a few useful facts without even realizing it. Just don’t try the experiments at home, OK?
Ages: 7 to 10 years
[easyazon_link identifier=”0763657646″ locale=”US” tag=”frmo0a-20″]Scream Street, Secret of the Changeling[/easyazon_link]
This is the 12th instalment in this hugely popular horror comedy series. Resus Negative (wanna-be vampire), Cleo Farr (mummy) and Luke Watson (half-werewolf) are three kids living on Scream Street and they find school with fairies boring. When they realize that a baby has been replaced by a fork-tongued changeling by dark fairies, they need to figure out a plan to get the baby back. Scary adventures ensue! Great for tweens.
Ages: 8 to 12 years
[easyazon_link identifier=”1419713795″ locale=”US” tag=”frmo0a-20″]The Creeps Night of the Frankenfrogs[/easyazon_link]
As punishment for creating a big mess at Pumpkins County Middle School, four kids (the Creeps) get to do the school’s janitor job plus a few other chores, including bringing frozen frogs to class for dissection. When the frogs go missing, it’s up to the Creeps to solve the mystery or get into more trouble. Blending gross fun, scary bizarre and real science, this graphic novel won’t gather any dust on your tween’s bookshelves. It reads real fast! Hurry and discover The Creeps, a young horror version of the Scoobidoo gang with scary weird adventures that don’t give nightmares.
Ages: 8 to 12 years
This monthly feature is also published in the Golden Gate Mothers Group Magazine in San Francisco, October 2015 issue, as the Books for Kids column. I’ve been writing this column since 2005 and love discovering new books for all ages.
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