There’s a recent proliferation of board books for really young children, and the Halloween display table in The King’s English Bookshop is sporting a lot of great holiday-themed ones. With these books, you can introduce your toddler to the ghosts, witches, and mummies of the season in a friendly, non-scary way. You’ll also find books that feature trick-o-treating, jack-o’-lanterns, and other Halloween activities. Here are some of my favorites:
Seven Orange Pumpkins
By Stephen Savage
One by one pumpkins disappear in a Halloween countdown. The bold, bright, Halloween colors divide the pages in a clever way. This is an artistic, playful, and surprisingly sophisticated counting book.
By Roger Priddy
A brightly colored lift the flap book, Spooky House lets kids explore from the witch’s kitchen to the vampire’s crypt.
By Dav Pilkey
A longtime favorite of mine, The Hallo-wiener is now in board book format. It features little Oscar the Dachshund, whose mother makes him dress for Halloween in a hotdog bun “complete with mustard.” The other dogs laugh at Oscar, but eventually his good heart and bravery win the day.
By Sandra Boynton
Fans of Sandra Boynton will enjoy the story of little Pookie the pig, as he tries on different costumes deciding what to be for Halloween.
By Leslie Patricelli
Little baby helps daddy carve the pumpkin and gets ready for trick-o-treating in this colorful book for very little ones, by the author of No No Yes Yes and Potty.
Room on the Broom
By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
The classic Halloween book Room on the Broom tells the story of a witch who loses her hat, her bow, and her wand, and the friendly animals that help her find them. Not to mention a hungry dragon.
By Charles Reasoner and Steven Wood
Charles Reasoner has a new series of Halloween board books, including Pumpkin Shapes, Owl’s Halloween, Little Monster, and Scaredy Cat. Children will enjoy the die-cut shapes of the books and rhyming text.
By Salina Yoon
Little ones can search this book for Boo the black cat, who’s hidden among familiar Halloween characters and objects. But they won’t find him until the very end.
This article was first published in The Daily Herald, Books and Babes on October 13, 2015.