Here is a list of books for you today. Some books that I have read and enjoyed, and others that I have been meaning to for a while now. Some of the books are for younger readers, while others will be enjoyed by older teens. The one common thread among them – they are all perfect for those nights around a camp-fire outside or huddled cozily inside with just the right amount of light – they are all spooky reads, or reads about witches and monsters and things that go bump in the night.
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10 Halloween Reads Old and New for Young and Old
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Age level 8 – 12 years (and more – I read it as an adult). Neil Gaiman never fails, and while it was the movie I saw first, I knew why I loved the movie when I read the book (and loved it even more!).
- Doll Bones by Holly Black – Age level 10 – 14. The cover frankly creeped me out but after seeing so much talk about it everywhere, I had to read it. Adventure dusted with the ash of spookiness!
- I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll, Howard McWilliam. Age level 5 – 8 years. And you will say, I need this book. It is adorable and a wonderful twist on stories about monsters lurking under the bed and in the cupboard.
- Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems. Age level 3 – 6 years. This reminded me of those monsters in the Monsters University movie series and I would not mind befriending Leonardo.
- Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn. Age level 10+. I am reading this book currently and totally want to keep reading, it is definitely a page-turner – hauntingly so!
- Mommy? by Maurice Sendak (Illustrator), Arthur Yorinks (Author), Matthew Reinhart (Illustrator). Ages Kindergarten and up. What I have seen and heard of this book makes me want to read it now! And it is a pop-up book too, and better yet, a boy intent on his mission and adorably so. I love pop-ups and the art and craft behind it fascinates me.
- Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator). Ages 3 – 7. A witch
- Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe , Jessica Spotswood – Age level 12 and up. I discovered this book on another book bloggers post here, and knew I wanted to read it. I will post a review when I do finish it.
- A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. Age level 10 and up. I approach retellings with caution for a couple of reasons. One, I do not want the retelling to spoil the original for me, and two, I have had bad experiences with some retellings before. But this one, it is a delightful twist to the Grimm tales.
- The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. Age level – teen and up. Granted, this is a short story but it packs a punch, and a powerful one at that, in 30 pages. Read it if you have not yet.
and for further reading, here are 13 reads in last year’s Halloween selection and a few more in this post as well.
Question to you, dear readers: What is your favorite spooky, scary, creepy read? Let me know and I will check those out too!
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13 thoughts on “10 Halloween Reads Old and New for Young and Old”
I haven’t read Coraline but the animation really freaked me out. (as an adult.) I’ve read Room on The Broom with younger family members and they have all loved it. The other books are all new to me.
i agree with the animation of Coraline but i still loved that thrill of the book and the movie
Good selections. Coraline is one of my daughter’s favorites.
my daughter’s too!
Great list. I reread Coraline recently for bookclub by listening to the audio read by the author and it’s fantastic. I am currently reading Toil and Trouble, which is also a bookclub pick! So far I’m really enjoying it. I look forward to seeing what you think.
I will surely post a review for that as well soon
Great selection! Because of you, I have started back reading!!
thank you Martha, a better late than never reply to my comments
Scary Stories to tell in the dark by Alvin Schwartz. I’ve loved these since I was a kid. The illustrations are haunting and amazing!
i saw this book on many lists of scary books but have never read it.. though my kids say they have so not sure how i missed it 🙂 am going to read it soon, have it on my to-read
I’ve not read any of those books. Great post.
Great post and great list of books I absolutely love and enjoy Coraline by Neil Gaiman and I love the film as well. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.
thank you Kati