Read This! Little Goblins Ten


With Halloween around the corner, I recommend the mildly spooky, totally sweet counting tale, Little Goblins Ten, written by Pamela Jane and illustrated by Jane Manning. All manner of supernatural parents and their children (monsters, mummies, witches, goblins, etc) practice their skills (scaring, moaning, cackling, leaping, etc) before meeting up to Trick or Treat. I especially like how it alternates between mommies and daddies with their respective offspring. Perfect for preschoolers.

You may also enjoy these Halloween picture books that I wrote about a few years ago.

Read This! Little Goblins Ten

Read This! Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch


October is always a good time to read about witches! In this rhyming tale by Diana Murray, Grimelda believes that “messed is best”. However, when she can’t find the pickle root she needs for a recipe, she knows it’s time for drastic measures: CLEANING. Heather Ross’s illustration show us a witch who is friendly, not scary.

Read This! Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch

Toddler Reads: Halloween

Halloween is sneaking up on us! Here are few suggestions of seasonally appropriate, non-scary reads for toddlers.

My First Halloween written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola (1992).
This was in heavy rotation last year, when I secretly thought of it as “My Second Halloween”. That’s because it does a great job of introducing the basic concepts of Halloween to a kid who is old enough to notice that something different is going on. Costumes, pumpkins, trick-or-treating, Tomie dePaola has got you covered.

A Very Brave Witch written by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Harry Bliss (2006).
Did you know that witches are scared of people? This is the tale of one very brave little witch who befriends a witch-costumed human girl on Halloween. Halloween fun and a lesson in not being scared of those who are different than you in one.

Bats at the Library written and illustrated by Brian Lies (2008).
Only Halloween themed, in the sense that bats are associated with Halloween, but still great fun. When a window at the library is left open one night, the bats enjoy a Night at the Library, complete with book chat, story times, photocopier shenanigans and all the fun that the library has to offer.

Room on the Broom written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (2001).
A fun rhyming tale about a witch’s flight. She loses her hat, then her bow, then her wand, each found by a helpful animal who asks if there is room on her broom for them. When the overloaded broom breaks, with a dragon on the hunt, it looks like all hope is lost, but luckily her new animal friends come to the rescue.

One Halloween Night written and illustrated by Mark Teague (1999).
Three friends set off trick-or-treating, but everything goes wrong. Wendell’s scientist costume has been died pink, Mona has to dress up as a fairy princess, Floyd has to bring his little sister along. When a gaggle of witches start to tease the four trick-or-treaters, they find that they have special powers on this special night. Mark Teague’s great illustrations have made this a hit in our house since Frances’ first Halloween!

Toddler Reads are aimed at children 0-3. All of these books have been Frances-approved.

Toddler Reads: Halloween

Happy Halloween!


These aren’t our pumpkins, they are from our trip to PIttsburgh last weekend. We decided not to carve pumpkins this year. We do have a bowl of Halloween candy though, and I’m looking forward to sitting on the porch tonight and handing it out to the neighborhood kids. We don’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters in our little neighborhood, but we do get some and I really like it. It’s a good benefit of owning a house I think. Hope you are all enjoying the festivities!

Happy Halloween!