Alright, so I know reviewing baby books on my blog is a branching out a bit, but I couldn’t resist! After I posted yesterday’s book review blog post (for adults), I thought it might also be fun to share the Halloween-themed books that Kennedy is loving right now. I read a LOT of reviews online, and these seem to be the best for babies and kids! Obviously, my daughter doesn’t really understand the stories quite yet, but she does enjoy being read to. My husband and I love to get into character when we read her books, using all kids of different voices and sound effects! I really hope that reading to her when she’s young instills a lifelong love of reading in her. Maybe she will become a bookworm like all of us!
Without further ado, Kennedy’s favorite Halloween books…
Funny Little Ghost, by Rosa Vonfeder
This cute little book is all about a little ghost who wants to dress up to go trick-or-treating on Halloween night. What should the funny little ghost be? A witch? A monster? Or a scary vampire? With the help of his pet bat, he goes through quite a few festive wardrobe changes before finding the perfect costume. This book is not scary in the slightest, and Kennedy enjoys when I use a different voice for the ghost’s pet bat!
Spooky Pookie, by Sandra Boynton
We love all of Sandra Boynton’s books in our household – they’re super cute and whimsical, they often rhyme and have adorable illustrations to go along with the stories. Spooky Pookie is a Halloween classic! Similar to Funny Little Ghost, Pookie goes through a few outfit changes in order to find the perfect Halloween costume.
Boo! Baa, La La La!, by Sandra Boynton
This book is a fun take on Sandra Boynton’s classic book Moo, Baa, La La La. It’s all about a cow that says “boo” on Halloween instead of “moo.” I really get into character with this one, and the “booooo!” is super fun to read. This is one of our favorites!
Where is Baby’s Pumpkin?, by Karen Katz
We love Karen Katz books because they have flaps for Kennedy to lift! She is so intrigued by the flaps and loves lifting them over and over again. In this particular book, a baby searches throughout the house for her pumpkin. Is the pumpkin under the leaves, behind the curtain, or under the bed? There are some Halloween-themed surprises such as a witch’s hat, bats and candy apples beneath each flap.
A Very Brave Witch, by Alison McGhee
This is the cutest book about a witch who is scared of humans (because they’re not green, like her!). She decides to venture into the human world on Halloween, where she befriends a human girl who is dressed up as a witch to go trick-or-treating. This book has really cute illustrations and isn’t spooky or scary in the slightest.
Hardly Haunted, by Jessie Sima
This one honestly is a little spooooky, but I love it! Kennedy likes it too because there’s a lot of opportunities to get really into character with fun voices and sound effects. Hardly Haunted is all about a lonely house that desperately wishes for a family to live inside. At first, the house tries to be very quiet so that someone will want to live there…. but the house is very old, and cannot help the creaks and groans that occur whenever the wind blows! The story finishes with a family finally moving into the old house (but what the reader knows, and what the book does not explicitly state, is that it’s a family of ghosts!). This is a really fun book and I can see Kennedy enjoying it even more when she gets a bit older.
Pumpkin Soup, by Helen Cooper
If you get one book on this list, get this one! Kennedy is a little too young to really enjoy the story of Pumpkin Soup, but I have a feeling she will love it for many years to come. This book is beautifully illustrated and gives me all the warm, cozy fall feels whenever I read it. I like reading it out loud in Kennedy’s room as she plays simply because I enjoy it so much! Pumpkin Soup is all about a duck, cat and squirrel that live together in a little white cabin. Together they make pumpkin soup every night…. until one day the duck decides to change things up. I have heard from many of you that this is a household favorite!
Let me know if there’s any other books that Kennedy needs on her bookshelf!