Must Reads: Spooky Picture Books

When Halloween rolls around, folks dust off their scary picture books (they keep any season-appropriate spider webs intact) and get spooky with the littlest horror fans. When all the candy's been unwrapped and munched, the picture books get packed away with the styrofoam pumpkins and glitter skulls.


There are silly, spooky, and scary picture books you can enjoy all year. Every day, all day. Whether it be as a bed time story, a sleepover tale told with flashlights, or an energetic classroom activity after lunch--horror picture books can be enjoyed all-year-round. Here are some of my favorites:


Creepy Carrots
Aaron Reynolds, Illustrated by Peter Brown

Publisher's Description: In this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him.
Jasper Rabbit loves carrots--especially Crackenhopper Field carrots. 
He eats them on the way to school.
He eats them going to Little League.
He eats them walking home.
Until the day the carrots start following him...or are they?
Celebrated artist Peter Brown's stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold's text in this hilarious picture book that shows it's all fun and games...until you get too greedy.

School Library Journal Review: Creepy Carrots

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Skeleton Cat
Kristyn Crow, Illustrated by Dan Krall

Publisher Description: After nine lives, Skeleton Cat is back for his tenth. And he has big dreams: to be a drummer. So he rattles and shakes his way through town to find the perfect band. And this phantom cat cause quite a hilarious scene. Kristyn Crow's punchy beat, rollicking action, and clever rhyme paired with Dan Krall's ghoulishly charming art makes Skeleton Cat a perfect, catchy read-aloud for all ages.




      The Teeny-Tiny Woman
      Paul Galdone


      Publisher Description: Give me my bone! When a teeny-tiny woman finds a teeny-tiny bone in the teeny-tiny village churchyard, she takes it home to boil for her teeny-tiny supper. She never expects the bone will object. This old English ghost story, retold and illustrated with singular wit by Paul Galdone, is spine-tingling, funny bone-tickling fun. With hidden details to discover in the illustrations and plenty of repetition in the text, young children will enjoy joining in on this read-aloud. Now part of the Folk Tale Classics series, with gold foil stamping on the cover, this one is sure to become a story time favorite at Halloween or any time.

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