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.
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.
Question to you, dear readers: What is your favorite spooky, scary, creepy read? Let me know and I will check those out too!
Writing this post as a series for the Ultimate Blog Challenge and Write 31 Days. 31 Days, 31 Books! This is for Day Twenty Two(catching up is what I am doing)