I have some favourite stories that I read to my class coming up to Halloween. It is not too late to find these at your local book store or the Public Library. None are actually “scary” so there should not be any lost sleep ;). I do, however, like to read them to my class with the lights off for added “spookiness”.
Funnybones by Jane & Allan Ahlberg
A big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton live in the dark cellar of a dark house on a dark hill. The skeletons venture out one night to find someone to scare, but everyone is in bed so they amuse themselves by scaring each other and playing with the skeleton animals in the zoo. (courtesy of penguin.co.uk)
The Black Cat by Allan Ahlberg & André Amatutz
The skeleton friends go sledging – whee! And crashing – bang! They can’t see their bones in the white snow but they can see a black cat . . . until she slips into their dark dark cellar.
Another wonderful Funnybones adventure that teaches readers about contrasts (dark and light, big and little) while building reading confidence. (courtesy of penguin.co.uk)
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Deep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. The Cat slices up the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs in the water, and the Duck tips in just enough salt. But one day the Duck wants to stir instead, and then there is a horrible squabble, and he leaves the cabin in a huff. It isn’t long before the Cat and the Squirrel start to worry about him and begin a search for their friend. Rendered in pictures richly evoking autumn, Helen Cooper’s delightful story will resonate for an child who has known the difficulties that come with friendship. Included at the end is a recipe for delicious pumpkin soup. (courtesy of http://us.macmillan.com)
Do you have a favourite Halloween themed story? If you do please, please share! I would love to purchase something new for my class.
Miss Mernagh 🙂