If you know me from Twitter as Just Call Me Jeff, you know how I support authors. I chose Halloween books for kids as my topic today for parents and grandparents, and the reason is reading needs to be encouraged in a child’s life even before they are able to talk or walk.
The Importance Of Children’s Books
You might be curious why this might be such an important topic to me, and I am going to share my story with you. You see when I was growing up I was not encouraged to read, and in fact, I can’t remember anyone in my family ever reading to me. To be completely honest with you, I don’t think my parents ever sat down and read a book as far as I can recall. Anyway, the point I am going to make is this experience prevented me from reading any more than I absolutely had to, and that was only for school because I had no choice in the mater.
Why Reading To Babies Is So Important
For one thing, this can become a special time for you to bond with your baby, you also will find many mothers and fathers who read to a baby learns to talk sooner. This simple activity provides calmness for the majority of infants, and some say this calms their child down even better than just rocking them. Bright Horizons provides in their article more benefits you might be interested in knowing, so below I have listed some of them for you. I have included a link above to their article, so if you wish to read their entire blog post you are able to.
- Good time to cuddle with your baby, and also the perfect time suggested in this article is right before bedtime. This is a good pre-bedtime ritual, to begin with, a newborn baby, so this first tip I am very impressed with and maybe you are as well?
- Allow your infant to hold and explore what you are reading to them, and it is not important to complete the entire story. You are providing a great asset to their life by allowing them to explore, so maybe allowing them to chew on their storybook is not such a bad idea after all?
- Even though this might sound strange at first, you should point out pictures and say their names out loud to your little one. This helps them to learn not only the names of the pictures earlier but also they say it helps many infants start to speak sooner.
- By gradually lengthening your family time activity as your child grows is recommended, and as your little boy or girl shows more interest and can pay better attention this will help them learn.
These are the highlights of the article by Bright Horizons, and again you can visit the website by using the link above I shared with you.
Books To Read To Your Infant
With tons of books available it could be overwhelming for new parents to choose from, so what I suggest is you focus on the ones that are going to help your little one to learn. You can find a very large selection to choose from, and here are some that Care.com shares in their article. You can use the link I provided to read their entire list, and because their blog post list contains 30 of the best to consider, I am not even going to list them in this article.
Historical Animals By Moberg, Julia
I have chosen this book simply because animals are naturally an interest to us even as babies, so I think this would be a nice learning book to read to your infant. You can point at each animal and say its name, and this will get them to a good start at knowing the different ones. Being this is a historical themed book, you might even find this interesting to read yourself.
The Dogs, Cats, Horses, Snakes, Goats, Rats, Dragons, Bears, Elephants, Rabbits, and Other Creatures that Changed the World
Julia Moberg, Jeff Albrecht Studios
It is a fact many of the famous people in history have owned animals and pets, and even though we have never really mentioned these as often as we should, this could be a very good lesson for anyone of any age, even if you are an adult. I really feel this would be a good choice to add to your child’s library, and we all know how children love animals, so how can you go wrong with reading this to your baby boy or baby girl?
- Meet Alexander the Great’s horse Bucephalus
- Mozart’s starling bird that helped him write music by singing along as he composed.
- Ethiopian goats that discovered the coffee bean
- Marco Polo seeing dragons in China
- A dog named Boatswain that saved Napoleon’s life
- The cobra that killed Cleopatra
- Cairo, the dog that helped hunt down Osama bin Laden
About The Author
Julia Moberg grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Southlake, Texas. She attended New York University where she received both her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing at Tisch School of the Arts. She is the author of Skies Over Sweetwater, a young adult novel. She currently splits her time between Paris, France, and Nashville, Tennessee.
Sure this is not your ordinary baby storybook for sure, but imagine how much your little one can learn from you sharing history with them? The animals will be what interests them the most, but they will naturally learn simply by you reading this to them. If my sons were babies once again, I would seriously consider adding this to their library.
I know what you might be thinking this is not a Halloween book, but I just could not help myself to share this one with you. I promise you if you keep reading I will keep my promise, and you will receive my list before you finish this blog post.
Busy Toddlers Recommended Books
Next, we are going to talk about the terrible toddlers, and honestly, I have never met a toddler that was terrible in my entire life. This list is from a website that is dedicated to this age group of children, so let’s see what they suggest for parents and grandparents to choose for a child.
- The Hallo-Weiner
- Happy Halloween Stinky Face
- Big Pumpkin
- The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
- The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything
- Ten Little Mummies
- Mouse’s First Halloween
- Ten Timid Ghosts
- The Night Before Halloween
- There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat
- The Spooky Smells of Halloween
- Five Little Pumpkins
- Pumpkin Jack
- Room on the Broom
- Even Monsters Need Haircuts
- The Haunted Ghoul Bus
This is the entire list from the website Busy Toddlers, and if you are interested in purchasing any of these books I hope you will go to the website and order from Busy Toddlers. Even though I am not going to receive anything for referring you there, I feel I owe the site that much since using their article to share with you. If asked how you found them, I would be grateful if you mentioned Free Family Solutions.
I must admit I have never heard of these Halloween books for kids before now, but they sound to be quite interesting to read to your toddlers. Even if they are able to read them for themselves, I suggest you coax them to read them to you. This is a great family time activity, and the entire family could participate in this to form an everlasting bond. As a freebie, I included a link to some coloring pages you can print and color with your little boy or girl, and this is another good activity to consider doing regularly as well.
We Are Teachers Best Halloween Reading
My next stop was a website by the name of We Are Teachers, and they have taken the time to provide us with an article with the 20 best Halloween books for older children. These are scarier than the ones I have been sharing so far, so these are suggested to be for boys and girls who love to be scared.
Grade School Children
- Please Scare My Kids With No Words
- The Pomegranate Witch
- The Short Straw
- Flashlight Night
- Leo a Ghost Story
- The Hoodoo Nik Naks Volume 1
- School of the Dead
- The Last Kids On Earth and the Nightmare Kings
- A Halloween Carol
- Lilac Skully and the Haunted House
Middle School Kids
- Nightmares The Lost Lullaby
- Scary Stories for Kids
- Library of Souls
- The Carnelian Crow
- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
High School Students
- What Waits in the Woods
- The Girl From Rawblood
- Under a Watchful Eye
- The Things in the Woods
I must say We Are Teachers did an excellent job with this article, you now have some very good choices to consider for all ages of children. This list I am sure you will agree with me is the best Halloween books for kids I have shared so far with you.
Prayer For An Unborn Infant
You have created in me new life, a little baby, unique and perfect and so full of joy! Each time I feel this little one with me I am more excited! I feel such wonder and such blessings.
I ask for your Almighty hand to hold and keep us as we carry this precious gift. I trust in your care and protection and look forwards to watching this little person grow more on earth.
Halloween Book Recommendations
I have shared from some of the websites that are known to specialize in children and reading, and now I am going to share with you what Free Family Solutions recommends. So once you read my list you will have many awesome choices, and I am happy to be able to provide you all this information in this article.
- Good Night Halloween provides children their favorite Halloween traditions and may even learn a few new ones, all while being gently lulled to sleep. Talk about a steal, you can add this to your library for $3.99.
- It’s Halloween, and the Cat in the Hat is taking Sally and Nick on a trip to find costumes, but Have No Fear Halloween is Here is a winner at the price of $4.99.
- “There can never be enough Halloween stories. This one is appealing, participatory, fast-paced and a delight in the telling.”—Children’s Book Review Service, you will love the mystery of the Vanishing Pumpkin at the cost of $6.99
- From the creators of the New York Times bestsellers How to Catch Santa and How to Babysit a Grandpa comes a silly (and not-too-spooky) send-up of Halloween…and ghosts! How To Scare a Ghost is another goodie in my book, and you can start reading this one at $7.99
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Haunted Ghost Recipe
Better Homes and Gardens provided this easy recipe, and as they said they will disappear just like real ghosts by your family. Great idea for a Halloween party as well, so if you are up to making some scary and yummy ghosts let’s get started.
What You Need
- 114.3 Ounce Package of Oreo Cookies- Substituting Brands is Optional
- 18 Ounce Package of Cream Cheese
- Pinch of Salt
- 18-20 Tiny Marshmallows
- 8 Ounces of Vanilla-Flavored Candy Coating Melted
- 36-40 Miniature Semisweet Chocolate Pieces
Ready To Conjure Up Some Ghosts
- Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set it aside
- In a food processor, you want to process your cookies until finely crushed.
- Once your cookies are finely crushed add your cream cheese and salt, and process this mixture until combined.
- Now you are going to shape 2 tablespoons of the mixture around one of your little marshmallows, once you do this with all your tiny marshmallows place them in a single layer about 1-2 inches apart on your cookie baking sheet.
- Chill them now about 1 hour or until they are firm
- You now will carefully pour about 1 tablespoon of the candy coating over the chilled balls one at a time, and then place two chocolate pieces in place for their little ghostly eyes.
- Just let your ghosts stand until they are set, and then they are ready to start disappearing
Halloween Books For Kids
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