For this week leading up to Halloween week I wanted to throw out some great spooky recommendations for kids.
I’m starting with the youngest and as they are meant for little kids these stories are not so scary, but star some of our favorite Halloween Horrors.
This one in particular is one of my favorites. Monsters of all shapes and sizes are staples this time of year and many kids can relate to the fear of the monster under the bed. This is a story of a young boy whose Monster is going to spend a week on vacation and he just can’t get to sleep without his monster’s usual slurps and groans. He spends the week testing different Monsters but in the end, there is only one Monster for him. If your kid is a Monster’s Inc fan, or is a little bit picky this story will definitely resonate with them. We all know what it is like to feel like something isn’t right, we just might not realize that the thing that the knowledge of the thing that scares us is the thing that makes us feel safest.
Some of you might recognize this author as none other than the chronicler of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Known for his melancholic nature it is surprising to read such an adorable story… even if it is about a dead fish. Goldfish Ghost is the story of … well a goldfish ghost trying to find the right place for him. He was lonely on the boys dresser and nobody seems to pay him much attention in the real world. You follow along on his journey to find a friend and get to see our world from an incredibly unique perspective. Definitely worth a read.
Zombies are a personal favorite this time of year. I think I was a zombie of a ghoul at least three Halloweens in a row (but then again I was a fan of scary things at Halloween rather than Princesses, Witches, or Dolls. I find this one super cute in general, but if you have a kid who feels a little unique or left out. When one little zombie wants a peanut butter & jelly sandwich … rather than brains. It shows how sticking to your opinions and being yourself is worth while. Even old … zombies … can learn new tricks.
My little sister dressed as a black cat one year, and my family has always raised black cats so this one is a favorite just for that. This is a story about fear, about overcoming fears and facing the world unafraid. This is the story about someone who thinks he is brave, even when he isn’t and is brave even when he thinks he isn’t. Cat owners will especially love this one, and the art style is very evocative and cute. Always a plus.
I know monsters can feel like a boys club, I certainly felt that way as a child, even as a tom boy I was frustrated that the things I liked seemed to be marketed exclusively at boys. Well, vampires have certainly become a beloved thing for young girls and this cute little one is no exception. It is hard to be a ballerina when you are also a vampire. Not all aspects of it match up with the vampire life style. Following your dreams is important and so she pushes through. Definitely a good choice for a little dancer or for a little darkling like myself.
Hopefully these guys sounded interesting. There are scores more great spooky picture books out there. Head to your local library and I’m sure the librarians will have some favorites for you to choose from. There are always interesting new ones coming out as well so its worth a trip to the book store to see what was released in that department as well.