Monday, October 21, 2013

Favorite Halloween Literature

Last week I posted about a few of my favorite pumpkin books to use in the classroom. I wanted to share a few of my favorite Halloween books this time. I know many schools are not allowed to do anything 'Halloweeny'... So - if that is you - I'm sorry!
For those that are allowed....
 Here are a few of my faves... (I have almost 25 Halloween books.... so I picked a few...)

A cute book about different monsters throughout the town. This would be a great read-aloud followed by a monster writing activity! Students can cite information from the text to describe each monster and use this in their writing also! :) 

This is a fun Jack and Annie book that can be used as a read aloud over a week or two. Mary Pope Osborne provides a lot of opportunities for the children to practice visualizing since there are few pictures in the story. I can always find journal prompts from Magic Tree House books that the children enjoy completing quick writes about - so that is a great way to build writing endurance and practice writing about a given topic. 

Super cute story about a skeleton that is going trick-or-treating.... but gets a good scare! This can be used to practice sequencing and order of events. Point of view can also be discussed while reading this book, or in a mini-lesson before. As a response students can be asked who they would rather meet on a dark night in the forest and why - using some information from the text in their response. 

Here is a favorite character to follow through the holidays! Nate and Sludge are at it again... this time trying to help Rosamond find her cat. Lots of adventures and costumes along the way! This would be good for sequencing events in a story, or story structure of a fiction book.

This story follows two children as they explore a haunted house. The characters are rarely seen, mostly just their feet - so this would be a good story to incorporate character traits and inferring character actions or ideas - the children should be able to put themselves into the character's place fairly easily. 
This can also be used to practice identifying rhyming words! :) 

I love using this story for sequencing and a monster craft! Even though the story is about a monster, it is not very scary... pieces of the monster are introduced one page at a time... and build the while monster in the middle of the story. The children love getting to yell at the monster and watch as each turn of the page makes the monster disappear. This is wonderful for sequencing and making predictions! 

An illustrated nonfiction book to introduce children to the origins of Halloween. A KWL would be a good tool to use before reading this book, and then work in groups to compare and contrast what they thought Halloween was before reading, and what they know Halloween is about after reading. This is written by Gail Gibbons, she is one of my favorite non-fiction authors for little learners! 

Some other cute books that I love....
and of course...