Top 10 Halloween Books for Preschoolers

Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Kristin Rude | Preschool ChildrenMy children ages 3 & 4 love Halloween!  It is one of their most favorite times of the year.  One of our Halloween traditions is collecting Halloween books to read each Halloween holiday season to teach not only my own children but the preschoolers at FasTracKids about Halloween.

Top 10 Halloween Book Picks for Preschoolers

I Like Pumpkins
Jerry Smath

A little girl tells her favorite things about pumpkins–like pumpkin masks, pumpkin seeds, and scary jack-o’-lanterns.  But her favorite of all is . . . delicious pumpkin pie!

On Halloween Street
Matt Novak

Who’s trick-or-treating on Halloween Street?  Lift the flaps of each costume and find out!

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet
Diane deGroat

Gilbert wants to be a Martian Space Pilot at the school costume parade, but a mix-up leaves him with nothing but his little sister’s ballerina tutu to wear! In this hilarious follow-up to the best-selling Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, everyone’s favorite porcupine learns all about the ups and downs of being different.  Here is a madcap masquerade that will leave school-age children in stitches.

Franklin’s Halloween
Paulette Bourgeois

The turtle hero of Franklin Goes to School dresses up as Frankenstein and goes to a Halloween party, where he participates in games, sees a parade of costumes, and goes into a haunted house.

My First Halloween Board Book
DK Publishing

Providing parents with the necessary tools to give their children a head start, DK’s award-winning, best-selling My First series are the essential preschool learning tools for young children.  Specially designed with large, colorful photographs and simple labels that introduce first words and concepts, My First books make learning easy and fun for children from birth to five.

The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
Stan & Jan Berenstain

As Brother and Sister Bear don their costumes to go trick-or-treating by themselves for the first time, they plan to avoid Miz McGrizz’s spooky home.

Arthur’s Halloween
Marc Brown

Halloween has Arthur spooked!  When his little sister wanders off into the scariest house on the street, Arthur has to find the courage to go in and save her.

Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Kristin Rude | Children ReadingA Pumpkin for Pooh
RH Disney/Frank Berrios

What is Pooh to do?  He has four friends, but only one pumpkin to share.  Fortunately, Piglet has the answer – they can make a pumpkin pie!

There Was an Old Lady That Swallowed a Bat
Lucille Colandro

What won’t this old lady swallow?  This time around, a bat, an owl, a cat, a ghost, a goblin, some bones, and a wizard are all on the menu! This Halloween-themed twist on the classic “little old lady” books will delight and entertain all brave readers who dare to read it!  This spooky twist on the wildly popular “There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly” is perfect for fun Halloween reading!

There Was an Old Lady That Swallowed Some Leaves
Lucille Colandro

This isn’t a Halloween book but it is one of my favorites about Fall.  That wild old lady is back swallowing fall-themed items.  What can you make from leaves, clothes, a pumpkin, and rope?  That’s right, a scarecrow!

Happy Halloween Reading!!!


Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Kristin Rude | Kristin Rude PhotoKristin Rude is the Owner and Center Director of FasTracKids, Del Mar. She previously taught in the Del Mar Union School District. Kristin obtained her teaching credential from the University of San Diego and has her Masters degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on second language learners. When Kristin is not working, motherhood keeps her plenty busy with her 2 children, Connor, age 3 & Katherine, age 2. She looks forward to having her own children benefit from the FasTracKids program. Spending time with her family, golfing, traveling, and continuously learning are among her favorite activities.


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