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Halloween Books That Aren’t About Halloween


These books might sound like Halloween reads, but in fact, they’re not about Halloween at all. These books are fun Halloween alternatives for families who prefer fun, silly, or imaginative books in the Halloween season.

Creepy Carrots!
by Aaron Reynolds
Creepy Carrots! is a clever and funny Caldecott Honors picture book written for readers ages 4-8. Teaching the lesson that greediness isn’t good, Creepy Carrots is just a little bit scary and is a whole lot of fun.

According to the School Library Journal, “This age-appropriate horror story takes children’s fears seriously and then offers them an escape through genuine comic relief.”

The Monstore
by Tara Lazar
This funny children’s book about a young boy and his pesky little sister is filled with silly monsters for sale in a monster store. Zany and colorful illustrations make this imaginative book even more fun for 4-7 year-old readers.

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman reinvents The Jungle Book in his graphic novel, The Graveyard Book. Written for 9-11 year-old readers, Gaiman spins the tale of a boy named “Nobody” who’s raised from infancy by ghosts, ghouls, and other residents of a cemetery.

The Graveyard Book was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a 2009 Newbury Award winner, a Hugo Award winner, and a Locus Award winner.

The Princess Academy
by Shannon Hale
For all the little who wanted to dress up as a princess on Halloween, The Princess Academy is a more grown-up, young adult fairy tale of a prince, a young lady, adventure, strength, and friendship.

The Princess Academy is written for 9-11 year-olds, and was a 2006 Newbery Honors book.

The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root
by Christopher Pennell
This quirky and magical book is illustrated in pen-and-ink drawings. Written for kids ages 9-12, The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root is a good book for your son or daughter to try reading aloud to you.

Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt says that Pennel, “casts a spell with his irresistible adventure”, and Booklist calls the book, “An enchanting, fast-paced fantasy in the vein of E. B. White.”

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