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5 More Spooky, But Not-SO-Spooky Halloween Read Alouds for Children

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Oct 13, 2015 2:01:17 PM

It’s been a while since we put together a list of our favorite spooky, but not so spooky read-alouds for children. As always, it’s hard to narrow down our list to five, but here they are in no particular order!

5 More Spooky, But Not-SO-Spooky Halloween Read Alouds for Children

read_alouds_for_children_1Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Witch and her cat are flying around on their magic broomstick when a sudden gust of wind snags witch’s hat…then her bow…then her wand. Thankfully, three animals come to the rescue and help her find the lost items. All they want in exchange for their services is a ride on the broom. What follows is a rhythmically, romping ride for both reader and witch alike. Try saying that ten times fast!

bunnicula-1Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

We’ve recommended this book before, but it’s just so good that we have to talk about it some more.

Just when you thought that the vampire theme had been completely exhausted, Deborah and James Howe came up with this “spooktastic” read-aloud. In Bunnicula, we meet the Toby Monroe and his family, who decide to head to the theatre to see their favorite movie, Dracula. When Toby takes his seat, he accidentally plops himself down on top of a rabbit who is bundled up in the seat.

The Monroes love animals as much as they love horror movies, so what do they do? Why, they adopt the bunny and name him Bunnicula, of course!

But the family pets, Chester and Harold, quickly notice that something is amiss: Why does Bunnicula have pointy fangs, wear a cape, and have nocturnal habits? What happened to the once-red tomato in the kitchen? This read-aloud is as funny and “falltastic” as it is fast-paced. Enjoy!

read_alouds_for_children_3-1The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson certainly owes a great debt to Maurice Sendak's well-loved and well-read book, Where the Wild Things Are. Regardless of whether or not Donaldson is intentionally channeling Sendak, our students have never turned up their noses at The Gruffalo. In fact, it has become one of their all-time favorite Halloween read-alouds. So what’s it about? Here’s the skinny:

Mouse is walking through the woods when he encounters a fox…then an owl…then a snake. Knowing that he would make a tasty treat for these animals, he uses his imagination to create the gruffalo, a monster with “terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.”

The three animals never actually see the gruffalo (because he doesn’t exist of course!), but mouse’s description of his imaginary friend is enough to scare these pesky predators away!

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Reread_alouds_for_children_4-1x

If your students enjoy Goodnight Moon, they are certainly going to love the Halloween spin Michael Rex puts on that classic with Goodnight Goon!

The story takes place “in a cold gray tomb there was a gravestone and a black lagoon and a picture of Martians taking over the moon.” Werewolf is just settling down for bed, but will Goon and his antics keep him awake all night?

read_alouds_for_children_5-2Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Like candy, tacos and dragons are year-round treats—but we always like breaking out Adam Rubin’s and Daniel Salmieri’s Dragons Love Tacos in October.

How do we begin to describe this little book? Basically, it’s a hilarious and kooky story about what can go wrong when you decide to throw a taco party for dragons. We guarantee that this read-aloud will have your students rolling on the floor.

 

Spooky Story Starters Guide

 

Tags: read alouds, halloween read alouds

5 Spooky, But Not-SO-Spooky Halloween Read Alouds for Children

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Oct 15, 2014 9:35:06 AM

Last week, we put together a list of our favorite “falltastic” read-alouds, but looking back on it, our list just doesn’t seem complete without these five spooky, but not-SO-spooky read-alouds. As always, it was challenging to narrow down the list to five, but here they are in no particular order!

5 Spooky, But Not-SO-Spooky Halloween Read Alouds for Children

read_alouds_for_children_5Shake Dem Halloween Bones
We’re willing to bet the farm that your students won’t be able to keep “dem” tailbones in “dem” seats once you start reading Shake Dem Halloween Bones.

It’s Halloween night. But as the lights go down in the city, the music goes up at the Hip-Hop Halloween Ball! Students will enjoy seeing their favorite fairy tale characters—Little Riding Hood, Goldilocks, and others—come together to sing their favorite refrain: "Shake dem Halloween bones!"

read aloudsBunnicula
Just when you thought that the vampire theme had been completely exhausted, Deborah and James Howe came up with this “spooktastic” read-aloud. In Bunnicula, we meet the Toby Monroe and his family, who decide to head to the theatre to see their favorite movie, Dracula. When Toby takes his seat, he accidentally plops himself down on top of a rabbit who is bundled up in the seat.

The Monroes love animals as much as they love horror movies, so what do they do? Why, they adopt the bunny and name him Bunnicula, of course!

But the family pets, Chester and Harold, quickly notice that something is amiss: Why does Bunnicula have pointy fangs, wear a cape, and have nocturnal habits? What happened to the once-red tomato in the kitchen? This read-aloud is as funny and “falltastic” as it is fast-paced. Enjoy!

read_alouds_for_children_2Skeleton Hiccups
Who knew that skeletons could get the hiccups? Apparently they can, and this bony protagonist can’t seem to shake them. Taking the advice of his best friend, Ghost, Skeleton does everything in the book to get rid of his hiccups: He holds his breath, drinks water upside down, eats sugar, but nothing works…until Ghost holds up a mirror!

 

read_alouds_for_children_3Boris and Bella
Boris Kleanitoff is terrifyingly tidy and his neighbor Bella Lagrossi is monstrously messy, so it’s no surprise that these two don’t get along—that is, until a Halloween dance brings them together.

 

This is one of our favorite read-alouds and if you’re a fan of Tim Burton tales like the Nightmare Before Christmas and the Corpse Bride, you’ll surely love this one.

 

 

read_alouds_for_children_4Pumpkin Soup
This is one of the “unspookiest” books on our list, but we had to include it.


In an old cabin in the woods (where else?), three friends make their famous pumpkin soup—just like they do every single day. As usual, Squirrel stirs, Cat cuts the pumpkin and Duck drop in the salt. But Duck is tired of dropping the salt and wants to stir. What ensues is a hilarious and heart-warming story—or soup!—for the soul.

Spooky Story Starters Guide

Tags: reading teachers, read alouds, halloween read alouds

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