Top Children’s Halloween/Harvest Books in Our House for 2011

My Halloween post this year will be a listing of our Top Children’s Halloween and Harvest books, compiled by my children and I!  At our house, we love books this time of year that have to do with pumpkins, apples, Autumn, leaves, and spooky Halloween stories!  Autumn is a GREAT time to learn about the outdoors by coupling reading books with outdoor field trips to pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and leaf picking. I love to couple seasonal and holiday traditions with reading so my kids get the most out of each experience.

My little one really likes the spooky children’s stories (of course, they aren’t too spooky really), and lots of fun Scooby-Doo, and I have fun laughing at author’s imaginations and speaking in scary Phantom voices.

Hope your All Hallow’s Eve and Harvest season was as memorable and fun as ours. We’re a Christian family, but we still enjoy the creative mind of those writing spooky stories, hilarious witches and we love to learn about traditions and why people do them. 

Here is our Top Ten list for the Harvest/Halloween Season (the book cover is first, then its title):

1.)   Pumpkin Day by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace~
This one has some fun recipes and her 3-D art creation that was used for the illustrations is unique and creative. The cute bunnies were a hit with my four-year-old.

2.) The Perfect Pumpkin Pie, by Denys Cazet~
Hilarious story about a grumpy ghost who likes his pie perfect. Uses poetry and repetition and I loved reading this one out loud and using various voices.

3.) Scaredy-Cat, Splat, by Rob Scotton~
Of the Splat the Cat series, this is another fun adventure by this rotund black cat that will make your little ones laugh.

4.) Leaves, by David Ezra Stein~
Beautifully illustrated book about a bear who discovers the seasons by the falling of the leaves and his own hibernation.

5.) The Story of the Jack O’Lantern~by Katherine Tegen
Exciting story relating to the legend of how Jack O’Lanterns came to be tradition. The imagery is vibrant.

6.) Halloween by Harry Behn~
Gorgeously illustrated in moonlight aura, this book tells the story through whimsical art and poetic prose. An artfully crafted picture book about the adventures in Trick-or-Treating and how things can look different at dusk.


7.) Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills~
The cutest board book, this holiday pumpkin hunting book is part of the Duck and Goose series. Perfect for little hands. My four-year-old loves it because she is OBSESSED with ducks and geese.

8.) Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judy Schachner~
What’s not to love about Skippyjon Jones and talking in a mexican cat voice while you are reading?

9.) Trixie and the Halloween Fairy by Daisy Meadows~
A favorite of my eight-year-old, who loves this fairy series of books, but especially says she loves Halloween due to the color orange being involved.

10.) Halloween with Morris and Boris by Bernard Wiseman~
I had this book as a kid, and so did Tim. My brought a box of all my old children’s books in a few years back and this one was included. Tim and I both were so nostalgic about reading it as a kid. Our four-year-old latched on to it and we have to read it all year-long!

Happy Halloween, from Our House to Yours!
**And thanks to my wonderful Tim, who plugged in the photos for me while I made our spooky dinner with the kids!

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