This is a guest contribution from Families Magazine – a print and online resource for parents of children aged 0-12. The magazine promotes creativity, resilience, literacy and education for families with young children.
A dark mist falls over the street as the littlest ghosts and goblins wander outside to play. Scary (or not so scary) costumes on and hopeful faces painted with ghoulish glee – these tiny terrors are ready for a good scare!
Reading to children can be a fantastic way to not only make the most of your special time together but to also link them to early years literacy. Recognising words and letter patterns, learning about phonics and pronunciation and just enjoying reading are the building books for literacy in the later years.
Looking for a way to capitalise on Halloween fever in your house? Why not invest in some spooky tales to read after the lights go out? Come down in the dark, light a candle and be prepared for a fright! (Not really!)
Spooky House, by Roger Priddy, is a gorgeous book designed for babies and toddlers. Follow the adventures of different characters through the Spooky House and lift the flaps to reveal spooky surprises. It’s rhyming, it’s fun and it’s short. Perfect!
Room on the Broom
A classic tale (and a gorgeous 25 minute cartoon currently on ABC Kids)! Room on the Broom follows the adventures of a witch who keeps picking up strays who have to cram for space on her broom. When they are confronted by a terrifying dragon, all the animals must work together to protect their heroic witch from danger! Great for the 4-8 year old crowd.
Trick-or-Treat: A Happy Haunter’s Halloween
Trick-or-Treat, by Debbie Leppanen is a collection of 15 funny Halloween poems that will engage young readers and elicit giggles like you’ve never heard before! A ghoulish good time for young readers.
The Goosebumps Series
Who among us doesn’t remember being scared silly by R.L Stine’s GOOSEBUMPS series? Share the joy with your older children and watch their toes curl in terror as they read about kids just like them battling haunted houses and moody monsters. A spooktastic choice!
This is Halloween!
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