8 Spook-tacular Children’s Books for Halloween Ellie Thompson 23 October, 2019 Living, Toys & Books Have some skele-fun this Halloween and turn hugs and kisses into bugs and hisses and with a collection of the best children’s Halloween stories, as recommended by the UK’s largest children’s reading charity BookTrust. You’ll love these kids’ Halloween books at first bite, with just the right amount of ‘scary’ to have a ghouly-giggle with your little one. Emily Drabble head of Books, Promotion and Prizes shared her insights on Halloween reading, “Changing up your reading routine based on calendar events in the year is an easy way to keep reading time fun, exciting and engaging for little ones. It also helps children to understand the world around them a little more as you explain why everything is spookier around this time of year!” The Princess and the Wizard Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks Publisher: Pan Macmillan Summary: Princess Eliza is having a birthday party. But just as she blows out the seven candles on her cake, the wicked wizard arrives… uninvited. Bedtime for Monsters Author: Ed Vere Publisher: Puffin Books Summary: Do you ever wonder if somewhere, not too far away, there might be monsters? I Love Halloween Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Emma Dodd Publisher: Orchard Summary: There’s so much spooky stuff to do at Halloween. You can carve a pumpkin, bake ghostly cookies, go trick-or-treating in a brilliant costume – and eat plenty of yummy sweets! Finally, it’s time for some cuddles with Mummy and up to bed, because even little monsters need their sleep! Angelina’s Halloween Author: Katharine Holabird Illustrator: Helen Craig Publisher: Penguin Summary: Helen Craig’s delicate and intricate illustrations beautifully conjure up the Halloween atmosphere and are full of detail children will love to explore. Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo! Author: Amy Sparkes Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie Publisher: Red Fox Summary: Can our young hero take on a Monster Zoo full of naughty creatures – and survive to tell the tale? Meg and Mog Author: Helen Nicholl Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski Publisher: Puffin Summary: In this the first story about much-loved characters Meg the witch and Mog her cat, the pair go off to a wild Hallowe’en party with all the other witches. Nibbles: The Book Monster Author: Emma Yarlett Publisher: Little Tiger Press Summary: This is a story about a little monster called… Nibbles. And with that, he nibbles his way right out of the book! This really exciting reading experience is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Four Silly Skeletons Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books Summary: This bold rhyming picture book features four accident-prone skeletons. Children will giggle at their various mishaps, making this an ideal book to share with little ones at Halloween. For more Halloween fun, activities and recipes, click here.