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Devon Corneal


Books For Kids To Read In October

Posted: 10/05/2012 7:08 pm

As the days get shorter and the air cooler, I start looking for books about ghosts, ghouls, witches, demons, vampires, and disturbing vegetables. Yes, you read that right -- disturbing vegetables. Because even the littlest kids like goosebumps every once in a while, my recommendations for this month include books that are a little bit creepy, scary or just plain weird. These books, for everyone from preschoolers to teenagers, provide a full set of aliens, monsters and bright green pants with nobody inside them. Be brave!

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  • "Creepy Carrots!" by Aaron Reynolds

    Jasper Rabbit has a thing for carrots and doesn't mind taking as many as he likes from Crackenhopper Field. Jasper Rabbit is happy. The carrots are not. Are the carrots stalking Jasper, or is he imagining creepy carrots around every corner? This is a <a href="" target="_hplink">perfect picture book</a> for younger Halloween readers with moody black, white and grey illustrations with pops of orange. Not too scary, but definitely edgy, you may find that even your vegetable-averse little ones ask for a second helping of these inventive carrots. <a href="">via Amazon</a>

  • "The Boo! Book" by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

    It's the time of year for haunted houses, and maybe haunted books? Get ready for ghosts who meddle with stories, scramble words, and move pages when no one is looking. But don't be afraid, <a href="" target="_hplink">"The Boo! Book"</a> will give you all the pointers you need to know to keep your book ghosts happy. Beautifully illustrated with dreamlike scenes, you'll get sucked in (literally and figuratively) to this magical story. <a href="" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

  • "The Monsters' Monster" by Patrick McDonnell

    I love, love, love everything Patrick McDonnell writes. Quirky characters, clever stories, unexpected plot twists -- all in picture books that everyone from preschoolers to adults can enjoy. In <a href="'s+monster" target="_hplink">his latest</a>, McDonnell presents us with three ornery monsters whose favorite word is "No!" When the trio creates their own monster, they learn a charming lesson in what is really important. <a href="'s+monster" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

  • "Hush, Little Monster" by Danis Markell

    Set to the tune of Hush, Little Baby, <a href="" target="_hplink">"Hush, Little Monster"</a> is an adorable introduction to all the Halloween monsters one expects to see lurking around corners at this time of year. There's nothing scary here -- just bright colorful illustrations and welcoming werewolves and vampires. <a href="" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

  • "What Was I Scared Of?" by Dr. Seuss

    Who wouldn't be scared by a pair of pale green pants with no one inside them? I, for one, would run the other way if I ran into empty trousers walking down the road. But your kids won't run away from this unexpected <a href="" target="_hplink">glow-in-the-dark</a> treat. Complete with the clever rhymes you expect from Dr. Seuss (and gloom that you don't), this is a fantastic addition to your Halloween bookshelf. <a href="" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

  • "Mommy?" by Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorinks and Matthew Reinhart

    When a little boy goes looking for his mother at Halloween, you get "Are You My Mother" for the creepy crowd. Dracula, Frankenstein, a mummy, and a werewolf are no match for a clever kid as he wanders through this brilliantly constructed pop-up haunted house. <a href="">via Barnes & Noble</a>

  • "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson

    Witches <a href="" target="_hplink">don't need to be scary</a> -- sometimes they're just a bit unorganized. When this particular witch loses her hat, bow and wand, she gains three new friends. But when they all try to take a ride on her broom, disaster strikes. Find out how these new friends overcome a dragon, fix a broom and make the most of Halloween night. <a href="" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

  • "Goodnight Goon" by Michael Rex

    I've never loved "Goodnight Moon," although I appreciate its classic simplicity. I love <a href="" target="_hplink">"Goodnight Goon"</a> because it is everything its classic counterpart is not. It is icky and sticky, slimy and grimy, bubbly and troubly and perfect for late October bedtimes. The pictures are green and ghoulish, but not too scary, so even your preschoolers can get in on the fun. <a href="" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

  • "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" By Charles Schultz

    I always miss this when it comes on TV -- things were so much easier back in the day when there were only three networks and your local listings were printed in the newspaper -- so last year I bought the book. I miss the characters' voices, but you lose nothing else in this gorgeous version of one of the Peanuts' <a href="'s+the+great+pumpkin+charlie+brown+book" target="_hplink">timeless holiday classics</a>. If you haven't yet spent time in the pumpkin patch with Sally and Linus, this is your year. <a href="'s+the+great+pumpkin+charlie+brown+book" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

  • "Bunnicula" by Deborah and James Howe

    I have always loved this tale of a vampire bunny who feasts on vegetables, leaving them white husks of their former selves. The Monroe family had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they brought an abandoned rabbit home with them. The fact that they found him in the local movie theater during a showing of Dracula should have been a clue, but humans aren't all that bright. Thank goodness the Monroes' pets, Chester the Cat and Harold the Dog, are paying more attention. A great chapter book for bedtime, <a href="" target="_hplink">"Bunnicula"</a> is creepy, but not scary. Which is as it should be given that the vampire in question is a vegetarian. <a href="" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

  • "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman

    I only recently discovered this gem of a book, despite its release ten years ago and its recent transformation into an animated movie. I'm sorry it took me so long. <a href="" target="_hplink">"Coraline"</a> is the story of a young girl who, while exploring her new home, finds her way into an Other World, oddly similar to her own, but far more sinister. There she meets her Other Mother, who does not want Coraline to leave. The story of Coraline's escape is clever, disturbing, eerie, charming and a tad old-fashioned, without feeling stilted. Prepare for goosebumps, and a new view on buttons. <a href="" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

  • "Claws" by Mike and Rachel Grinti

    I'm allergic to cats, so I'll never own one, but I love a good cat story. So welcome to a world where trailer parks are inhabited by hags, nagas, talking cats and one human family whose eldest daughter has gone missing in a mysterious forest. <a href="" target="_hplink">"Claws"</a> is an engaging tale of a sarcastic and possibly duplicitous feline, a girl in search of her sister and the problems that arise when the magical and the mundane live (not quite harmoniously) side-by-side. <a href="" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

  • "Mothership" by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

    Aliens, teenage girls and a spaceship turned into a home for the knocked up high schooler -- what could be better? How about <a href="" target="_hplink">baby daddies from outer space</a>? Sounds crazy, I know, but somehow, it all works. I can't explain it, you'll just have to trust me. <a href="" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

  • "Magisterium" by Jeff Hirsch

    For every teenager who feels they live in the dark ages, denied of technology by overly controlling parents, a short trip to Glenn Morgan's world will put an end to their complaining. Glenn lives on one side of the Rift in a world filled with advanced technology. What lies on the other side <a href="" target="_hplink">is a mystery</a>. When Glenn and her best friend are forced to cross the divide, armed only with a metal bracelet, they are thrust into a world of magic and frightening mysteries. In a unique cross of science fiction and fantasy, there's a little something for everyone. <a href="" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

  • "Carnival of Souls" by Melissa Marr

    Melissa Marr's <a href="" target="_hplink">"Carnival of Souls"</a> blends witchcraft, demons, humans, the ancient Roman Coliseum, and the normal everyday life of a teenage girl in a fascinating tapestry of deception, intrigue and brutality. In The City, demons are the elite and vie for victory in the Carnival of Souls -- a once in a generation fight to the death that is the only means of upward mobility in a rigidly structured society. In the human world, 17-year-old Mallory lives the life of a normal teenage girl -- except that she's a lethal demon killing machine being raised on the run by her witch father. Perfect reading for dark October nights. <a href="" target="_hplink">via Amazon</a>

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