I can’t say it tops Christmas, but almost in our house. Our family has always loved (ok had an obsession) with Halloween. It starts in early September when we bring out the Halloween books, mid-September trips to the pumpkin patch, and then of course our decorations are always up before October. I love to bring out holiday books because they have a sort of unique novelty to them. The kids love to look through them, and say “oh I remember this one!”. It seems to also refuel their interest in reading, and most importantly, it’s FUN. I hope you will check out and enjoy some of our family favorites that our 8, 6, and 2 year old love! What are some of your Halloween Favorites?
The 13 Nights of Halloween by Guy Vasilovich
Max’s Halloween by Rosemary Wells
Skeleton for Dinner by Margery Cuyler
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell
Pete the Cat Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean
Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex
Witches Four by Marc Brown
Pop-Up Surprise Haunted House by Roger Priddy and Sarah Powell
Monster Needs A Costume by Paul Czajak
In last month’s post about Layla’s 3rd birthday, I mentioned this book was one of my favorite gifts she received. Since we read this every night, I thought it deserved a book review.
Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin follows the “kool cat” Pete as he strolls along in his new white shoes. But “Oh no!” Pete steps in a pile of blueberries, strawberries, and mud! Does he cry? “Goodness No!”. No matter what Pete encounters he keeps walking along and singing his song.
This interactive book is fun for both parents and kids! I love the question/response format and enjoy watching my kids laugh and shout out their answers. They actually stand the whole time I read this. I get a kick out of watching them sing and dance with Pete. The book also comes with a link to the Harper Collin’s website where you can listen to the author read the story and download the song and other Pete the Cat activities. The tune “I Love My White Shoes” is pretty catchy and probably what I enjoy most when reading this to the kids.
I can’t believe it took me so long to discover Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems. This brilliantly written book is one of the funniest I have read in a long time. There might be a chance I enjoy it more than my kids, but that can be our little secret!
A Caldecott Honor Winner in 2003, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, is an interactive book perfect for reading to two or more children at a time. Why? When the bus driver has to leave his post, he puts young readers in charge of watching the bus. In comes a sneaky pigeon who begs and pleads to drive the bus. The key to this book is to pause and allow your kids to respond (okay yell) at the pigeon. My little boy and girl love being in charge and being able to tell the pigeon “NO!”…followed by giggles and smiles.
Really it’s that simple – and so are the illustrations…but that’s what I enjoy most about it. So much I plan on checking out his other popular books including Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! and The Ducking Gets a Cookie!?.