Halloween Picture Books

Wow!  I can't believe fall is here!  Yesterday in Southwestern Virginia, it was quite warm, but today it is a gorgeous 70 degrees!  I am wearing shorts, but I may change into jeans pretty soon! 

Fall and the opening of the pumpkin patches make me think about the holiday coming up ~ Halloween!  The students love this holiday almost as much as Christmas, and many of them have already started talking about what they will be and where they will go to Trick or Treat.  Being rural, many students end up at churches or nearby neighborhoods.  Since I am about 10 minutes away in a different county, they come to our neighborhood.  I saw many of them last year as I handed out candy!

Anyway, I was looking through book orders the other day, and I noticed a lot of Halloween books.  It got me thinking about those that I love to read with my students.  Since I work with so many grade levels, here are my favorites for each:

Since I have a toddler at home, I love the first book, Halloween Bugs.  The pop ups are great fun.  We read it, and she laughs!  There is no sound as beautiful as a toddler laughing!
Halloween Bugs
For kindergarten, we are still focusing on learning those ABC's.  I love to read ABC's of Halloween with them.  Another fun one is H is for Haunted House.
 ABCs of Halloween   H Is for Haunted House: A Halloween Alphabet Book
With first grade, I love to read one of my brother's favorite books, The Teeny Tiny Woman.  It is a classic with a funny ending.  I remember laughing with my brother when we read it.
The Teeny-Tiny Woman
Second graders enjoy the story Spookley, the Square Pumpkin.  It is a wonderful lesson about how we need to include everyone, no matter how different they are.  It is perfect for teaching making connections and tolerance.
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin (with CD)
Third graders spend a great deal of time with life cycles.  Two of my favorite books for teaching life cycles are  Pumpkin Circle and Pumpkin, Pumpkin.  The second book I can use with many grade levels, since it is taught all throughout the school years.
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden  Pumpkin Pumpkin
With 4th grade and above, I love to use the short stories for the Nighttime series.  I actually have a set of these that I used for guided reading when I taught third and fourth graders.  I love the stories in these.  Nighttime:  Too Afraid to Scream is actually in the September Lucky Scholastic book order for $3.
And who can forget read alouds?  I love to read The Best Halloween Ever by  Barbara Robinson.  The Herdmans make us all laugh and then teach us all a lesson about ourselves. 
The Best Halloween Ever

I am linking up with Chrissy at First Grade Found Me for her Holiday Picture Book Linky Party.  I know it says picture books, but I can' resist the read alouds or fun stories!

So, what are your favorite Halloween picture books?  Let us know by linking up!

Until next time!


  1. I found you through the linky. I love all these books! There were some I have never heard of which I am excited about! Thanks for sharing!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  2. I'm so glad you joined up, Andrea. And I love that you were able to recommend books for all grade levels. Spookley looks perfect for my first graders too. Thanks from your newest follower- ME!
    First Grade Found Me

  3. Thanks for sharing your favorite books. I found a few new ones to add to my collection. I found your blog through the linky and am now a new follower!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am so glad you could find some new books. I loved checking out yours and remembering some books I had forgotten about!

  4. Oo I'm going to go check out all of those! I've never read them before. Thanks for the recommendations!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  5. Spookley looks super cute! And I LOVE a good alphabet book as well! Thanks for the recommendations!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  6. Love these ideas--I can't wait to read the books I haven't read before! I am your newest follower--if you have time, come by and visit my blog!



Leave a comment, tell me your thoughts!