Last week I browsed my kids’ book shelves and pulled out all of the fall and Halloween-themed storybooks that we own. It turns out we don’t have very many, so I got to browsing online for Halloween books written by Canadian authors, and thought I’d share with you a list of the stories that I’m particularly excited to read this October.
I’ll be sure to follow up with a review of the ones that we end up reading. Feel free to leave your reviews in the comments if you’ve read any of these, or tell us about a great one that I’ve missed!
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Funny Halloween, by Dominique Jolin
Recommended for children between the ages 2-6. It’s Toopy and Binoo! While my children have mostly outgrown the tv show, this cat and mouse duo were a longtime favourite in our home. I can’t wait to see what kind of antics they get up to for Halloween. I’d be willing to bet that their adventures are as funny as the title implies.
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween, by Melanie Watt
Recommended for children between the ages of 4-8. If you read my previous article about Mélanie Watt’s books, and already how beloved she is in our home, you won’t be surprised to see this one at the top of the list. I expect that this book will be just as cute and funny as her other quirky stories.
Franklin’s Halloween, by Paulette Bourgeois
Recommended for children between the ages of 4-8, Franklin’s Halloween is a story about an upcoming Halloween party, and Franklin’s fear that there may be a real ghost there. Franklin the turtle is a character that brings back treasured memories from my own childhood. I used to love his tv show, and my old copies of some Franklin Classic Storybooks now grace my oldest daughter’s bookshelf.
13 Ghosts of Halloween, by Robin Muller
Recommended for children between the ages of 5-9, 13 Ghosts of Halloween is the story of ten children, two dogs, and one cat, taking a stroll through a spooky haunted house. Apparently the story can be read (or sung) to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas. I don’t know about you but I find stories that can be sung out to familiar tunes hard to resist, and that’s why this one makes my “want to read” list.
A Bad Case of Ghosts, by Kenneth Oppel
Recommended for children between the ages of 7-9, A Bad Case of Ghosts tells the story of Giles and two newly-made friends as he works to solve the mystery behind the strange sounds that he keeps hearing in his new room. This book is the first of several stories written about Giles Barnes and his buddies, and each is rated highly by customers in their respective review sections on Amazon. I can’t wait to read these quirky sounding tales with my eight year old daughter.
Scary Science: 25 Creepy Experiments, by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone
Recommended for children between the ages of 7-10. The experiments in this book sound ooey and gooey, and maybe even a bit gross, but who doesn’t look for a bit of that around Halloween!? My kids love to experiment so I know they’ll be excited to get their hands on this one. Worth noting – the description states that ingredients are easy-to-find. I wouldn’t have it any other way!
101 Creepy Canadian Jokes, by Stella Partheniou Grasso
Recommended for children between the ages of 8-12. My eight year old daughter will probably go nuts for this book. It takes two of her favourite things – Canadian trivia and jokes – and mashes them together. I bet we’ll both learn something new about our country while we laugh our way through this one.
More Halloween Books by Canadian Authors:
Fred’s Halloween Adventure, by Marie-Danielle Croteau
Monster Manners, by Hazel Hutchins
Pumpkin People, by Sandra Lightburn
Benny Bensky and the Great Pumpkin Heist, by Mary Borsky
Boo!, by Robert Munsch
The Haunted House that Jack Built, by Helaine Becker
The Ghosts Go Spooking, by Chrissy Bozik
Black and Bittern Was the Night, by Robert Heidbreder
Bob’s Hungry Ghost, by Genevieve Cote
Sam’s First Halloween, by Mary Labatt