I’m breaking with my format on this post but I promise we’ll be right back to it on Monday. I love Halloween and I wanted to share some books that are fun, safe, and easy to share with little ones that can get grabby with pages but are still fun for slightly older kids. I was lucky to be given all of these books the first year we had Bug. I’m ashamed to say I was unprepared, literarily speaking. Thankfully my mother and an awesome neighbor had me covered. All these books are ranged Age 0-3. So let’s jump right in!
Here Comes Halloween by Caroline Jayne Church
This one is too cute and has the added bonus of being about a blonde haired little boy. There are sensory engaging pages that lead us through this tiny tot’s lyrical decision about what to be for Halloween. His small doll joins him on this process and imitates his dress which just adds another factor of cuteness to the whole thing. Bug loves the flaps and different textures even now.
This sweet story finish with a twist as the reader is told why the author loves them with the help of some friendly trick-or-treaters. The kids are dressed in atypical costumes, such as a sun, a monkey, a bunny, and a cat that assist with the story telling (mostly in providing appropriate rhymes). Each page has a flap, that when lowered, reveals the dressed-up child behind it. The last flap hides a mirror which delighted Bug as a baby and still tickles his fancy now.
Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry and Sanja Rescek
This is Bug’s favorite but I think that’s mostly due to the fact that it’s set to the Itsy Bitsy Spider tune. The story follows the pumpkin as he travels through a Halloween world only to become lost. With the help of a new friend he catches a ride home and the story ends happily. This is a basic, run-of-the-mill board book. No fancy flaps or textures but the sing song quality of it is what caught and keeps Bug’s attention and makes this a favorite. It’s sweet but slightly obnoxious, as I catch myself singing lyrics for hours, if not days, afterwords.