The Best Halloween Board Books and Picture Books
I’ve really grown to love Halloween the more I’ve found my niche within it (as our daughter says, cute spooky, not scary spooky). We’ve been enjoying all kinds of crafts, food, decorating, and, of course, books this spooky season and so hope you’ll find some to delight in below.
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- Flavia Z. Drago’s Leila the Perfect Witch
- Thank you, Candlewick! WE ADORE THIS ONE. Leila is a witch who likes to be good at everything, but when she starts practicing for a baking competition, finds out that everyone needs help sometimes. Drago is a favorite here and this is our new favorite with its baking element and fantastic details (that and our baby flips through it obsessively to find the pet frog over and over).
- Patricia Toht’s and Jarvis’s Pick a Pumpkin
- Wonderful rhyme and meter and feels like a how-to on having the most idyllic October. For me, this is the Halloween book I’d make sure to have.
- Erin Barker’s Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party
- My latest obsession. We got this from the library, but, once you see Mr. Pumpkin’s house and tea set, I think you’ll know why I’m considering buying this one for our collection.
- Riel Nelson’s and Byron Eggenschwiler’s The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt
- Adorable. One of those ideas that, once you see it and read it, stays with you.
- Flavia Drago’s Monsters Play…Peek-a-boo
- Thank you, Candlewick! If, like us, you’re a Drago fan, you’ll recognize some faces here. This board book with flaps and different sounds to make as you read is basically a guaranteed baby hit.
- Jonathan Stutzman’s and Jay Fleck’s Tiny T. Rex and the Tricks of Treating
- Thank you, Chronicle! This board book following the latest adventures of Tiny and Pointy is such a cute introduction to Halloween for little ones.
- Sandra Boynton’s Spooky Pookie
- I think Boynton has some kind of magical connection with kids. This is a cute one following Pookie trying out some costumes and after reading it I heard our toddler quietly saying “Spooky Pookie” to herself with a little giggle.
- Rebecca Green’s How to Make Friends with a Ghost
- I so enjoy the quirky humor of this one and Rebbeca Green’s illustrations are whimsically beautiful.
- Blair Thornbergh and Scott Campbell’s Skulls!
- Nonfiction that is so wonderful in the way that it makes kids not afraid of bones and, instead, learn about their importance.
- Olivia Aserr’s Halloween Treat Hide-and-Seek
- Thank you, Chronicle! Both of our kids regularly taking this one out to “read” on their own. The spinning and flaps and guessing make this one that they happily go through again and again.
- Flavia Z. Drago’s Monster’s Play…Counting
- Thank you, Candlewick! This board book is so playful with its cute monsters and fun rhyme. A fantastic staple.
- Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s Room on the Broom
- This one is a classic for a reason and we love the movie version of it, too.
- Flavia Z. Drago’s Gustavo the Shy Ghost
- Thank you, Candlewick! Gustavo, who wants to make friends with the other monsters, but feels too shy, is so sweet and the perfect example of how reads for this time of year can feel in the spirit of everything, but not scary. The vivid colors and playful details make this one we all happily pore over again and again.