This week, my granddaughter was on a Hallowe’en kick. She wore a couple of costumes around the house and wanted me to read her Hallowe’en stories. She found these ones on my tablet and we read them together as well as with her brothers. They loved them all and we had a lot of fun with them. I know it is still six months to Hallowe’en, but they are not published for a few months so it will give you time to decide if you want to order any of them. All of these books were provided to me by the publisher upon request. The rating and opinions shared are our own.

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Halloween is Coming! by Cal Everett, Lenny Wen (Illustrator)

Expected publication: August 1st 2021 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a cute rhyming book sharing activities and events that occur before and during the Hallowe’en season. My four year old granddaughter loved the illustrations and the simple text. After we read the book, we went back through it talking about the vocabulary and the pictures. She loves to dress up in last year’s Hallowe’en costume and she put it on and we played trick or treat. The illustrations are wonderful with vibrant colours and lots of detail. I liked how this book showed what our community looks like with children from various backgrounds and cultures. There was even a young man in a wheelchair enjoying all the same events as the other kids showing acceptance which is also welcome.

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Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat by Tracy C. Gold, Nancy Leschnikoff (Illustrator)

Expected publication: August 21st 2021 by Sourcebooks Explore

4 Stars:⭐⭐⭐⭐

This looks like another Hallowe’en story, but it is actually a non-fiction story about bats. My granddaughter thought the little bat was cute and we enjoyed learning about his nighttime travels and what he eats. The illustrations are cute and well drawn with lots of colour to attract the eye. We both learned things from this book. She thinks bats are heroes because they eat wasps and she is afraid of wasps. The rhyming text makes this an easy book to read aloud. When we finished reading it, we went back through the book and talked about each page, the words and illustrations. I then showed it to my grandson, who is older and he really liked “the stuff at the back”. He liked to read the book to his younger sister and brother, but enjoyed learning about bats from the back pages. A great book to have in libraries, classroom, school and public.

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Happy Meow-loween Little Pumpkin by Rose Rossner, Gareth Williams (illustrator)

Expected publication: August 3rd 2021 by Sourcebooks Wonderland

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐

This is a short and sweet picture book full of Hallowe’en puns. First you see a page with a rhyming couplet giving a clue to what character is to be revealed, then the next page shows the character doing something. We had an e-copy of this book so we only saw one page at a time. We used it as a guessing game to see what the picture would show. My four year old granddaughter enjoyed our little game and I was surprised that she knew a couple of these. The illustrations were cute, a bit cartoony, but she loved them. I recommend this story to parents of toddlers or to pre-schools.

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Let It Grow by Mary Ann Fraser, Riley Samels (Illustrator)

Expected publication: August 1st 2021 by Capstone Editions

4 Stars:⭐⭐⭐⭐

My granddaughter was on a Halloween kick, so chose this book because it had a pumpkin on the cover. Although Jack-o-Lanterns are mentioned, this is so much more. This picture book is all about growing a giant pumpkin from a seed. It shows what it entails and discusses each step in the process such as sprouts, flowers, small fruit to make a pie, larger fruit for a jack-o-lantern and finally a giant, record-winning pumpkin that is then cleaned out and used for a pumpkin race. Then the process starts over with the seeds harvested from the pumpkin. The text was done in a question and answer format with the main character which was fun for my granddaughter. Of course her answer was usually yes. The illustrations are colourful and add interest to the story. At the end of the book, the author includes fun facts about pumpkins in general and also giant pumpkins. There are some pictures of giant pumpkins and people racing them in Oregon, although the sport began in Windsor, Nova Scotia. I recommend this book to teach about the process of growing things, learning patience and as an interesting book about pumpkins.

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Pumpkin Heads by Wendell Minor

Expected publication: August 10th 2021 by Charlesbridge Publishing (First published September 2000)

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was worried when my granddaughter wanted me to read this one to her, but I needn’t have worried. It is not as scary as the cover makes it look. In this book we see all kinds of pumpkins such as a pumpkin snowman, a cowboy and pumpkins that have scary or cute faces. The text is very simple and my 7 year old grandson read this to his sister a couple of times. The illustrations are wonderful. They complement the text as well as providing picture clues for young readers. They show even more Jack-O-Lanterns such as hot air balloons, in a haunted house and doing other creative things. A simple but imaginative book that I recommend to anyone who loves Hallowe’en and Jack-O-Lanterns.