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Fun Halloween reads for kids

Lisa Steinke, with Liz Fenton, is the co-author of the debut chick lit novel l'll Have Who She's Having and the popular Chick Lit blog chicklitisnotdead.com.

From the silly to the spooky, there are a ton of fun books you can read to your little ones this Halloween.
Where is Baby's Pumpkin by Karen Katz

Where is Baby's Pumpkin?
by Karen Katz

(0- 4 years)

From Where is Baby's Belly Button? to Where is Baby's Mommy?, Karen Katz's lift-the-flap books are always a big hit with babies and toddlers. Where is Baby's Pumpkin? is about a toddler, clad in a cat suit, in search of his pumpkin on Halloween. With each turn of the page, baby finds another Halloween-themed item. He discovers a pointy hat, a black cat, a candy apple and even a ghost, and finally, his big, orange friend. Now baby can go trick-or-treating.

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills

The Spooky Wheels on the Bus
by J. Elizabeth Mills

(3-5 years)

What child doesn't love singing "The Wheels on the Bus?" This Halloween, your little ones can take a haunted bus ride as they sing and count everything from the bus to 10 ghosts all while picking up unusual passengers along the way.

Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Too Many Pumpkins
by Linda White

(Grade K-2)

Kids will delight in this story about a cranky, but kind-hearted old woman, Rebecca Estelle, who despises pumpkins because when she was a little girl, her family ate nothing else. "Stewed, baked, steamed, mashed, boiled," you name it, she ate it. So, she vowed she'd never allow a pumpkin in her home. But when a giant pumpkin falls off a truck and smashes into her yard, the adventure begins. Before she knows it, too many pumpkins have sprouted up around her.

Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaima

Wolves in the Walls
by Neil Gaiman

(Grade 2-4)

The best part of Wolves in the Walls are its spectacular illustrations that will draw a child into the story immediately. This book, written by the New York Times bestselling author of Coraline, is perfect to read on Halloween because of it's creepy story line. It is about Lucy, who is sure she hears hears noises in her house. "Sneaking, creeping and crumpling sounds" are coming from within the walls of her family's home that she is absolutely sure are from wolves. Lucy's suspicions are accurate and wolves do come out of the walls, forcing her family to flee. But it is brave Lucy who returns home to get her pig puppet and talks the others into forcing the animals to leave.

More reading

Teen reads that go bump in the night
Must-read: Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace
Must-read: The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye

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