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
One of my favorite things to with the kids before bedtime is to sing together. Paired with reading, it really calms them down and is just so soothing. I love when I find children’s books that I can sing to the kids. They often learn the words and sing along with me.
Let me preface this review by saying a) I have a horrible voice and b) my kids will only think this time is “soothing” until they realize how bad my voice is. I have to cherish these moments of cuddling, sweetness and sibling cooperation while they last!
Puff the Magic Dragon (the children’s board book by author Lenny Lipton) is by far the most beautifully illustrated children’s book we currently own. Vibrant, colorful, soft, and flowing imagery blend together to create a captivating experience for little ones. Filled with lots of visual details, each page has so much to see, and yet beautifully done without being too busy. Props to illustrator Eric Puybaret.
After singing along to this book for many nights, my kids now both know the words and often sing with me. This is often Layla’s first choice when she decides to pick a bedtime story. My son will often smile and say “oh no…not this one”, and yet he sings right along and often asks to read it again. He has such a sweet and sensitive side, and this book really brings that out. Available online and at many bookstores, I can guarantee you will cherish Puff the Magic Dragon as much as we already have.