Librarian Prep List for Halloween

by Lara Neel, Trade Marketing Manager

Hands up if All Hallows’ Eve is your favorite holiday of the year! Now, lower your hands and pick up a pencil, you might want to use some of these for book display ideas, featured reads, or as questions for your readers advisory board for the spookiest day of the year.

¡Es Noche de Brujas! (It’s Halloween!)

Interest Level: Preschool – Grade 1
Con texto cuidadosamente organizado en niveles y fotografias frescas y vibrantes captamos la atención de los jóvenes lectores para que aprendan sobre las tradiciones y celebraciones del Día de Brujas. Además de tener un glosario con imágenes, ayudamos a desarrollar habilidades de lectura informativa con preguntas de pensamiento crítico apropiadas para esta edad.
Carefully leveled text and fresh, vibrant photos engage young readers in learning about why and how we celebrate Halloween. Age-appropriate critical thinking questions and a photo glossary help build nonfiction learning skills.

My Family Celebrates Halloween

Interest Level: Kindergarten – Grade 2
Why do we dress up on Halloween? Why do we carve pumpkins? Learn all about the history of this holiday with short text and engaging illustrations. Critical thinking questions encourage engagement from young readers.

Coming Soon! – Dino-Halloween

Interest Level: Kindergarten – Grade 3
Trick or treat! Join your favorite dinosaurs as they visit a haunted house, carve pumpkins, make costumes, and more! Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott come together again to show how these fun-loving dinos celebrate Halloween.

A Valentine for Frankenstein

Interest Level: Kindergarten – Grade 3
Frankenstein isn’t your typical monster. For starters, he only has one head, just two eyes, and no tail. And worst of all, he’s sort of nice! Frankenstein quickly realizes his friendly behavior is out of place at the Valentine’s Day Bash.
There’s one monster, though, who likes that Frankenstein is different. Can Frankenstein figure out the identity of his secret valentine? And can the other monsters finally accept Frankenstein for the monster that he is?

The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems

Interest Level: Grade 1 – Grade 4
A zombie family reunion, a “Jekyll lantern,” a giggling undertaker, a telekinetic warlock . . . are you scared yet? Sure to induce shrieks and giggles in equal measure, Calef Brown’s poems present a wonderfully creepy cast of characters. Richly detailed paintings add to the frightful fun!

Little Kitchen of Horrors: Hideously Delicious Recipes That Disgust and Delight

Interest Level: Grade 2 – Grade 5
Would you like Maggot Burgers for dinner? How about some Crispy Fried Mice for appetizers and Gooey Alien Limbs for dessert? You’ll squeal with happy horror at the disgusting, terrifying (and totally tasty) recipes in this book. Clear step-by-step instructions and helpful photos make it easy to cook up each horrifying dish. With frightful delicacies like Bulging Cake Eyeballs, Juicy Bat Wings, and more, will you dare take a bite?

Ghoulish Ghosts

Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 6
Examine the evidence that makes the case for the existence of ghosts, from historical records to popular theories. High-interest subject matter and eerie images will keep readers engaged until the final page.

Coming Soon! – Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters

Interest Level: Grade 4 – Grade 8
Could Dr. Frankenstein’s machine ever animate a body? Why should vampires drink from veins and not arteries? What body parts are best for zombies to eat? (It’s not brains.) This fascinating encyclopedia of monsters delves into the history and science behind eight legendary creatures, from Bigfoot and the kraken to zombies and more. Find out each monster’s origin story and the real-world history that informed it, and then explore the science of each creature in fun and surprising ways. Tips and infographics—including monster anatomy, how to survive a vampire attack, and real-life giant creatures of the deep sea—make this a highly visual and fun-to-browse book.

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2 thoughts on “Librarian Prep List for Halloween

  1. Marta Magellan

    AMAZING, MISUNDERSTOOD BATS is another good choice for Halloween. It’s nonfiction, yet it gets into vampire bats, superstitions, and other eerie things bats can do. Published May, 2019 by Eifrig Publishing.

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