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COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN
Halloween is one of the best times of the year! The costumes, the spooky music, the treats…preschoolers just LOVE the excitement surrounding this holiday!
Check out some of our favorite preschool Halloween books that you can read in your classroom or at home with your own littles during this time of year.
HALLOWEEN BOOKS FOR PRESCHOOL
Turkey Trick or Treat: If your kiddos love reading Turkey Trouble during Thanksgiving, they’re sure to love this Halloween version! The animals on the farm see kids dressing up in costume and getting treats on Halloween, and they want treats for themselves. Since Turkey is soooo good at dressing up in costume (which he does in Turkey Trouble), they nominate him to be the one to trick or treat. After trying and trying (and getting nowhere), Turkey finally finds the right person to give him treats. Kids will LOVE this hilarious book and laugh at all of the trouble Turkey gets into.
Skelly’s Halloween: This is such a fun and silly book that preschoolers are sure to love! Skelly is a skeleton who loves Halloween. But after an accident leaves him broken, different animals help put him back together. The only problem is that the snake makes him look like a snake, the ants make him look like an ant, and the chicken makes him look like a chicken! Finally, some children come by and save the day.
Snowmen at Halloween: If you’re a fan of the popular winter book Snowmen at Night, then you’ll for sure be a fan of this Halloween version! In this story, two kids build snowmen on Halloween, and they dress them up in spooky costumes. After the kids come home from a Halloween party, they wonder if the snowmen had fun on Halloween, too. And the rest of the story tells all about what the snowmen might have done to celebrate! This author-illustrator team create the most magical books with easy rhyming text and beautiful illustrations.
Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! We love the adorable character Corduroy, and this Halloween version has a great message about being selfless. Corduroy spends a lot of time making the most perfect costume for Halloween…but he ends up giving it away to Puppy since Puppy’s costume fell apart. Corduroy has no idea what he will wear to go trick or treating, but at the last minute, he creates a ghost costume that everyone loves. I love the message that Corduroy is sending to our kiddos…when you think of others before yourself, everything works out.
The Littlest Witch: We love all of the books in the Littlest series, and this one is just as good! In this story, Wilma is feeling sad that she’s too little to do anything special on Halloween. But when the director of the broom demonstration goes missing, Wilma fills in and is able to conduct the performance perfectly!
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin: I had heard so many good things about this book recently, so I knew I needed to buy a copy for my own library…and it did not disappoint! Spookley is a square pumpkin who wishes he could be round like all of the other pumpkins in the patch. But one dark and stormy night, Spookley’s shape is the reason he saves all of the pumpkins from rolling out of the patch and into the bay. The farmer realizes what Spookely has done, so he plants an entire pumpkin patch filled with Spookley’s seeds…and the pumpkins grow in all different shapes and sizes! This book has the best message for kids about beauty in diversity and being unique.
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween: Who doesn’t love the Little Blue Truck series?! My own son is obsessed with these books, and he especially loves the Halloween version. In this version, Little Blue Truck is driving down the road to a Halloween party, and he keeps running into friends who are dressed up in costume. Little ones will lift the flap to see who’s hiding under each mask. At the end, Little Blue Truck is the one who’s dressed up as a ghost!
Nella the Princess Knight: Halloween Tricks and Treats: This book tells the story of Nella and her friends at the royal Halloween party. They have a great time eating treats, playing games, and telling spooky stories!
Inside a House That is Haunted (Level 2 Reader): This is such a fun book for Halloween! This book is a repeating book that builds on each page. It starts with “Here is a house that is haunted.” The next page says, “Here is the hand that knocked on the door outside a house that is haunted.” And this pattern repeats until the monster inside the house opens the door to see a trick or treater…but the monster is the one who gets scared and runs away!
Halloween Surprise: This book tells the story of Lily, a girl who isn’t sure what she should be for Halloween. Should she be a ghost? No, too scary. How about a pirate? No, too mean. Finally, Lily makes the best costume of all and shares it on the last page!
Room on the Broom: This book tells the story of a witch riding her broom with her cat. The two of them pick up new friends during their adventure, but soon, the broom can’t carry all of the weight and it breaks! Once it does, the friends face a terrible monster and must figure out how to save the witch! *If you love this book, check out these activities we’ve paired with it to bring it to life!*
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! This is one of the If You Give a Mouse a…. books, which started with the class If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. In this story, Mouse is decorating seven pumpkins for Halloween. He makes each pumpkin have a different face showing a different emotion. In the end, Mouse and his friend are ready to celebrate Pumpkin Day!
Sammy’s Spooktacular Halloween: In this book, Sammy and his family have the best haunted house every year for Halloween. But Sammy wants to make it even better, so he practices tricks and pranks all year long…on Thanksgiving, on Christmas, even on Easter! When his family finally has enough, Sammy wonders if he’s ruined Halloween forever.
Herbert’s First Halloween: This book is about a pig named Herbet, who isn’t so sure about Halloween. But his father is very excited about it, so he helps Herbert pick a not-so-scary Halloween costume that makes the night perfect!
Happy Halloween, Witch’s Cat: This is a great story for practicing colors! The mom in this story is a good witch, and the daughter is her special cat. Together, they try to find the best costume for Halloween. The illustrations in this story are the most unique part…they are made with fabric, watercolor, pen and ink, and a variety of media to create flat images and three-dimensional scenes. Very cool!
Five Little Pumpkins: This is a classic! This book is based on the poem “The Five Little Pumpkins,” and is great for finger-plays, acting out, and counting practice.
Pippa the Pumpkin Fairy: This is a great rhyming book for preschoolers! In this story, Pippa uses her special wand to make pumpkin lanterns with “Boo” faces for the fairies’ annual party. But when it all goes wrong, Pippa doesn’t tell the truth and lets everyone believe the lanterns will be the best ever. Pippa has to own up to her mistake if she’s going to save the annual party.
Halloween Trick or Treat: Another great book for working on colors! This one is better for younger kids. Each page shows a different color and a different Halloween costume that is that color. It would be fun to have your students make their own version of this as a class book!
Mouse’s First Halloween: This book tells the story of Mouse, who sees strange things on Halloween night. But every time he sees something strange and feels scared, he discovers that what he saw is not so scary at all. The story has a repeating structure and would be great for any little ones who feel nervous about Halloween.
Pout-Pout Fish Haunted House: We love all the Pout-Pout Fish books! In this story, Mr. Fish is feeling a little scared about going to visit a haunted house on Halloween. But his friend helps him face his fears and he sees that it’s all just make-believe! Another great one for little ones who feel nervous about Halloween.
I’m Feeling Outrageous Orange: A Halloween Book (Crayola): This is such a fun book for any of your littles who love to color with crayons. The friends are all dressing up for Halloween, and each costume is inspired by a different crayon color: outrageous orange, screamin’ green, shadow, black, and royal purple. Pull out these colors after you read and have your little one create a Halloween masterpiece to go along with the story.
Holidays: Halloween: This is the only nonfiction book on the list, but it’s great for those little ones who like facts and information. This book tells all about the ways people celebrate Halloween, and it includes real photographs showing these celebrations.
Olivia Loves Halloween: This book tells all about Olivia’s Halloween. She has to find the perfect costume that goes along with the perfect color (red), and she wants to help with the perfect Halloween decorations. She has a great time at her Halloween party and then has fun trick-or-treating!
One of our favorite things to do is to pair books with treats, and this Halloween treat is perfect to pair with any of these books! You can create witch broomsticks with pretzel sticks and mini Reese’s peanut butter cups. Lay them over a plate of candy corn for a Halloween treat that’s sure to be a hit!
Need a fun Halloween-themed freebie to use with your preschoolers? Then make sure you download this FREE Halloween Rhymes game. Click here to read more about it and grab a copy for your kiddos!
HALLOWEEN MATH & LITERACY PRINTABLES
I hope this book list helped you fill-in your Halloween lesson plans for your preschool classroom or homeschool. If you want an entire pack of printable math & literacy centers for this theme, check out my Halloween Preschool Activity Pack.
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