I always love finding new children’s books to read especially ones written by our favorite authors. This collection includes new Halloween books for kids. These books were released in 2015 or 2016. I’ve also included a list of our favorite Halloween books for kids as well. Affiliate links are included in this post.
New Halloween Books for Kids
Brand new for 2016 Eek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton tops my list. I love all of Boynton’s board books and this one doesn’t disappoint. It’s cute and funny just like you would expect. It starts, “There’s a big round moon in a dark, dark sky. The chickens are nervous. Do you know why?” Read more to find out what’s really going on. This one is the perfect book to read before your little ones go out and see all of the strange costumes and decorations on Halloween.
Spooky Pookie by Sandra Boynton features her lovable little pig, Pookie. Pookie is trying to decide what to be for Halloween. Just like most toddlers, he doesn’t know what to choose. He tries on several costumes before finding the right one. This book came out in 2015. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ll want to put it on your library list for sure.
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle. Everyone’s favorite Little Blue Truck is back this year in a fun Halloween board book. Follow along as Little Blue picks up his friends for a costume party. Lift the flaps to see who is dressing up as what. At the end you’ll see Little Blue’s costume, too.
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean. It’s Pete the Cat’s version of the popular Halloween rhyme. You can read along to music in the publisher’s book trailer. Check it out below.
It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown 50th Anniversary Edition – That’s right. This year marks the 50th anniversary for this classic story. The limited edition comes with a speacial PEANUTS trick-or-treat bag and Halloween stickers of the PEANUTS gang.
Peek-a Boo! by Nina Laden. From the author of Peek-a Who? and Peek-A-Zoo! comes a Halloween themed die cut board book with bats, jack-o’-lanterns, and ghosts. The rhyming text help you guess who is peeking through the window. This series is always full of fun for little ones.
There Was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider by Jennifer Ward is a Halloween version of the classic “Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” song. The silly mummy keeps eating all kinds of creepy things as he walks through the graveyard and haunted castle. Jennifer Ward and Illustrator Steve Gray have several books with similar titles like There Was an Old Martian Who Swallowed the Moon and There Was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog. They are always fun reads.
Favorite Halloween Books for Kids
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson is a story about a witch and her cat flying through the air. When the witch loses her hat, bow, and wand, a dog, a bird, and a frog help her out. And then along comes a dragon. Will the witch be eaten or will the animal friends help her out?
Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin. Farmer Brown does not like Halloween but the barnyard animals do. They host a costume party and find a way to get Farmer Brown to show up in his pajamas no less! Duck is always the star of this series and Click, Clack, Boo is one of my favorites.
Happy Halloween, Daniel Tiger! is the newest edition to our Halloween library. Daniel Tiger and his friends are getting ready for Halloween. Lift the flaps to see what they are wearing. Katarina Kitty Cat keeps changing her mind. In the end, she creates a special costume. I like how this book shows simple costumes – make a robot from a box or a stop light from a piece of paper. Dressing up and pretending is so much fun.
Ollie’s Halloween Board Book (Gossie & Friends) by Olivier Dunrea. I find all of Dunrea’s gosling books quite adorable. In Ollie’s Halloween, they are dressed up in costumes looking for adventure and candy. They race for the barn as a storm approaches. Here they learn that Halloween is a night for sharing with friends.
Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney is one of the short Llama Llama board books. Llama Llama chooses a costume, makes a jack-o’-lantern, and goes trick-or-treating with his friends.
What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt s a lift the flap book with a special twist. The way you open the flap (left or right; up or down) will determine what you find in the witch’s kitchen. Open the refrigerator. Will you find tasty cheese or bats with fleas? Open the flap to the left, you will find one; open the flap to the right, you will find the other. It is a cute book that kids will love to read again and again.
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff – author of the If You Give A Mouse series. Mouse is painting pumpkins with different faces. One pumpkin goes missing. When it returns, it has a scary face. “Eek!” Out jumps Dog from behind the scary pumpkin. Mouse and Dog paint the last two pumpkins with friendly faces.
The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills takes the classic song and gives it a spooky Halloween twist. As the noisy bus drives through the town, count from one spooky bus to ten goofy ghosts. My kids get a kick out of all of the chaos on the bus.
What Halloween books for kids would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments so we can check them out!
More Halloween Ideas for Kids
- Room on the Broom Activities – play a broom race reading game and make a witch’s potion
- What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen – practice making observations with a tasting lab
- Halloween Science: Dancing Ghosts and Bats – use static electricity to make paper ghosts and bats dance
- Pumpkin Oobleck Made with Real Pumpkin – its’ an ooey gooey squishy pumpkin sensory experience
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