…kids of all ages!
This here is the KinderScares edition of our All Hallow’s Read book suggestions! Most of us have a little person or two in our lives we’d love to share some Halloween fun with, and All Hallow’s Read is the perfect tradition for it. Encourage literacy, get to shop for books, give a gift, and do something for Halloween…what could be better than that?!
I’ve been recommending spooky books for kids for a long time now, and I have a plethora of horror-themed suggestions floating around in my brain. But I’ve been procrastinating on this post for ages because the choices are killing me! I could have made a recommendation every day of this month (maybe I should do that next year?). Instead I have this one post to cram with beloved scary children’s books, and some guilt about all the awesome ones I won’t have space for. ;)
For a baby in your life, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Mouse outsmarts everyone in the deep dark woods and even shows up the terrifying gruffalo! Hilarious and cute as heck, it’s perfect for the tiniest monster-lovers and available as a board book!
For the picture book crowd (‘scary’ picture books are my favourite and I’m kind of hyperventilating having to choose just one!)…Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex. This book is as good as parodies can get. SO GOOD and so hilarious for those of us who have read Goodnight Moon one to0 many thousand times.
(Cheating here because I can’t suggest just one: if you’re the one who’s going to be reading the picture book to your little fiends, consider checking out my ‘picture books horror-loving PARENTS will love’ suggestions…kids will love them too, don’t worry!)
For younger novel readers (and older ones, it’s versatile!), Coraline by Neil Gaiman. This is one of my favourite children’s novels! Coraline is the kind of awesome heroine we’d love to see more often in children’s literature – she’s smart, resourceful, honest and courageous, not to mention creative and self-reliant. Combined with a seriously creepy concept and a great story, it’s a winner for sure.
For the middle-grade crowd, Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger. This is a scary book that is also plain old FUN as hell! Zombiekins is the middle-grade equivalent of all your favourite b-grade flicks on paper. Any kid with a penchant for thrills and big, vivid imagery will get a serious kick out of this book. Hell, the grown-up kids will too!
We hit up YA earlier this month, so I’m stopping at middle grade and resisting the urge to add extra titles to each category. But if there’s a kid in your life you’re looking to pick a book for and you’d like advice, don’t hesitate to drop us a line, we love to help! And I’d be thrilled to hear YOUR scary book suggestions for kids in the comments!
All Hallow’s Read is a book-giving tradition thought up by author Neil Gaiman. We’ll be making book suggestions all month long in case you need ideas!