Every year new children’s Halloween picture books get published. This year (2016) there are not as many standouts as in previous years. But there are a few, especially: Sandra Boynton’s Eek! Halloween, Nick Bruel’s Scaredy Cat, and Deanna Caswell’s Boo Haiku.
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2016 Halloween Books for Kids
Eek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton
Sandra Boynton’s board books are GENIUS and kids love them. The rhymes, perfect. The stories, hilarious. This new book about Halloween is no different. The chickens are nervous at all the strange things they see — a pumpkin, a wizard, a robot. So what do they do? Hide their eyes. Until someone explains what’s going on. . .
Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell, illustrated by Bob Shea
Simple haikus will get you thinking and guessing these Halloween things — a bat, a skeleton, a black cat.
Peep and Egg I’m Not Trick-or-Treating by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Joyce Wan
If you love these two friends, you’ll like this new, funny story about Halloween. Peep does an admirable job trying to entice Egg into being brave for trick-or-treating by sharing jokes, planning out the night, and talking about costumes. But Egg just won’t. (Yet.)
Bad Kitty Scaredy Cat by Nick Bruel
Bad Kitty didn’t use to be such a scaredy kitty but when one night frightening creatures appear (An Awful Alien, A Bizarre Bigfoot, A Creepy Clown, . . . ) she becomes very, very scared. But when Kitty sees the candy: Apples, Bubblegum, Candy Corn, Dried Fruit, . . ., her fears go away. Now she’s motivated to Attack the Alien, Batter Bigfoot, Clobber the Clown, and get all the candy for herself. Hilarious alphabetic fun!
Enzo’s Very Scary Halloween by Garth Stein, illustrated by R. W. Alley
Enzo isn’t sure about Halloween until he learns that it’s just pretend. Phew!
Grimelda The Very Messy Witch by Diana Murray, illustrated by Heather Ross
She needs pickle root but must clean her entire house before she can find it. Silly and fun — no scary stuff here.
Monster Trucks by Anika Denise, illustrated by Nate Wragg
Loud, frightening monster trucks clang, boom, bang before the big race but what a surprise! It’s the Little Blue Bus who beats them all.
Goblin Hood by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Piper Thibodeau
When a witch steals all the Halloween candy, Robin Hood steals it back. And her wand, too.
Who’s Who in the Woods? A Pop-Up Mystery by Eryl Norris and Andy Mansfield
Just who do the eyes belong to? Black and white pop-up creatures, that’s who.
A Teeny Tiny Halloween by Lauren L. Wohl, illustrated by Henry Cole
Fall is coming and the teeny tiny woman’s house is a bit scary when covered with so many leaves. So, she decides not to be afraid and bakes chocolate chip cookies. Outside, three costumed children play in the leaves then discover the house. Together they eat the cookies inside the warm, cozy house.
Gracie Meets a Ghost by Keiko Sena
Gracie’s about to go to bed when she realizes she doesn’t have her glasses. So, she goes outside to search — there she meets a ghost who wants to scare her but since she can’t see him, he doesn’t. The ghost looks everywhere for Gracie’s glasses so he can scare her. Ironically, Gracie thinks he’s so nice and doesn’t realize he’s not, but we the readers know.