I feel it's my duty to warn you, the holidays are coming and I happen to be a completely insane holiday lover. I actually refer to them as the "HOLLA-days!!" :) So, I hope I don't scare you off with my intense crazy obsession ;)
There, I feel better with that off my chest. I don't know how it works at your library, but at our library you have to reserve holiday books waaaaay ahead of time in order to get your mitts on any at all. Because of this, I pour over other amazing blogs' booklists ( ahem, Cutting Tiny Bites) get out my phone and reserve away.
We've discovered a bunch of new favorites this year and we are still a couple of weeks, and a whole bunch more reserves, away from the big spooky, amazing day!
Before I get into it, I guess I should confess one more thing. I am a book addict and Kinley seems to share my love of all things written. We go to the library at least twice a week and I plan on sharing nothing but the best of the hundreds and thousands we devour.
Here goes, ultimate favorites first:
The Spooky Wheels on the Bus is definitely our number one pick! More and more adorably spooky creatures board the bus as the book moves along and they all do some kind of wiggly dance. We wiggled and shook right along with them 10 or 12 times :) It's adorable and you can sing the entire thing to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus", of course! Preschool perfection.
Melly is heading to her cousin's house for a Halloween party, and luckily she's a super brave little monster. Nothing scares her! Not skittish skeletons or goblins or creepy black cats. Okay, so maybe she's a teensy bit scared...but you guys won't be because Greg Pizzoli's illustrations are the cutest! (We've been obsessed with that guy since The Watermelon Seed!) Love this one :)
Poor cute little Skeleton overhears the witches talking about having him for dinner, and he runs Chicken-Little-style all over the forest warning the other creatures about their plans. But, they don't want to eat him and the other creepy critters, they want to invite them to their dinner party! How can you not love a book with a skeleton as cute as this one? :)
Skeleton's mommy sends him on an errand to his grandma's house before he can meet his buddy and head out to trick or treat, but on the way there he hears creepy noises and realizes someone, or something, is following him! I won't tell you what happens cause that's part of the awesome, but this is a great one for reading aloud and it's easy to get all "WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN?!" Trust me, it's a good one :)
Lots of spooky creatures live in the mansion! This is a counting book and Halloween book all rolled into one. You get to count the spooky critters as trick-or-treaters show up and go inside for a Halloween party.
This is another great read-aloud story! Don't blame me when it gets stuck in your head for days ;) The rhythm is just so dang catchy! The little band of trick-or-treaters is headed to trick or treat at the witch's house and they run into lots of spooky critters along the way and they are more than a little freaked out. Good news though--when they finally make it to the creepy old witch's house, things take a much friendlier turn :)
Just in case you need a few more recommendations, here are a few more that we loved! I've got about 12 more (yes, 12 more. I told you. I have a problem!) reserved at the library, so I'll add to the list if any of them are winners! Hope you found a new one (or fifteen) to try out :)