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You could say I do a lot of research in my field……..and guess who benefits? Yes my children! Oh and of course I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get any enjoyment out of it too! So I chose 10 Halloween related picture books for 4 to 7 year olds, some new, some old. They are not listed in any particular order but they have been given two scores out of 10 as I asked my children to rate them from 1 to 10; 10 being the absolute best and 1 being rubbish. In each case the first rating is from my older child. I’ve made some comments myself but the general opinion from my boys were that the books were not scary enough!
Most children will love this one for the flaps alone and I generally found this kept them engaged.
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Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin – Valerie Thomas (author) & Korky Paul (illustrator). Publisher: OUP Oxford (4 Mar 2010). RATED: 10/10; 7/10
This is Winnie at her best, as a witch in the modern world. This book is packed with colourful illustrations and original amusing scenes.
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A sweet story and a great way to get children to laugh at their night monsters instead of being scared.
CLICK TO BUY The friendly monster
A counting book with an amusing rhyming story.
CLICK TO BUY Ten Timid Ghosts
Very easy to read rhyme, but the story is not that memorable.
CLICK TO BUY The Night Before Halloween
This is an alternative option to a story book as it is an activity book to hunt for all things Halloween. A fun way to make word recognition memorable.
Spookyrumpus – Tony Mitton (author) & Guy Parker-Rees (illustrator). Publisher: Orchard Books (25 Aug 2005). RATED: 8/10; 9/10
From the author of the Tough Trucks and Super Submarines series etc. Spookyrumpus has great rhythm making it a fun and easy read.
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This one amused me as I often make up strange food names when my boys ask me what’s for dinner. This might be why it wasn’t so popular with my boys despite them loving the illustrations and it provoking a variety of vocal reactions like YUK from them!
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No list would be complete without at least one acknowledgement to Julia Donaldson in my eyes and it looks like my boys agree. Full of her wonderful memorable rhymes and the haunting repetition children love and remain in your head long after you’ve read the book.
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A fun light-hearted take on a classic hungry wolf tale.
CLICK TO BUY Wolves by Emily Gravett (Aug 1 2006)
So these are the ones tried and tested by us. Which Halloween picture books are your favourites?
Where obtained: public or personal library.
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