I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published October 14th 2021
It's that time of year again (well, almost). If you're looking for some family-friendly Halloween fun for kids, these three new picture books might fit the bill.
1. Halloween is Coming!
Halloween is Coming! is a simple picture book with words by Cal Everett and illustrations by Lenny Wren. It shows a group of children preparing for and celebrating Halloween together. Refreshingly, although one of the children is in a wheelchair, the text never makes a point of this. He is simply included in the fun.
The illustrations are cute and the simple rhyming text would work well for reading aloud. Halloween is Coming! would suit readers aged 4 and up for being read to.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by SOURCEBOOKS Kids, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Published: August 2, 2021
2. Halloween: My World in 100 Words by Happy Yak
This simple picture non-fiction children's book doesn't have much of a story but instead concentrates on expanding children's vocabularies. The brightly coloured illustrations show a family picking pumpkins and making them into Jack o' lanterns, with a mixture of action words (eg. 'running' and 'scooping'), feeling words (such as 'excited' or 'cold') and interesting nouns like "treats" and "eyeballs". The different expressions on the pumpkin faces illustrate emotions, to help develop emotional intelligence.
As non-fiction vocabulary books go, this picture book is a little different and fun. It is suitable for preschool or kindergarten-aged children.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Quarto Publishing Group, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Published: September 7, 2021.
3. The Secret Halloween Costume by Sophie Vaillancourt
Charlotte is a little witch who doesn't want to wear a scary costume for Halloween, but her mum tells her that witches must be scary for Halloween because it's traditional. Charlotte's eccentric Grandma Lily doesn't care what other people think and helps her granddaughter to make a costume that suits her better.
The Secret Halloween Costume has cute, not at all scary, illustrations and a wholesome message about standing up for yourself and how it's okay to be different. It's suitable for readers aged 5 and up.
I just read the e-book version, but apparently, the physical book has two-way sequins on the cover, which I know some people go absolutely bananas for, so that's a bonus.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by CrackBoom! Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Published: September 21, 2021