It’s important to make sure book recommendations are engaging, have good descriptive language or images, and have other great reviews from their target audiences. October in particular can have a multitude of book recommendations for any age, so this criteria was very important to follow. If your child is looking for some new reading material, you’ve come to the right place:
Primary Grades K-5:
Bone Soup by Cambria Evans: A good compare and contrast lesson, Bone soup is about a new creature in town.
The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz: A great tale about self image, acceptance, and growth.
From Seed To Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer: Teaching children about the life cycle of a pumpkin, you’ve guessed it, from seed to fruit is always a great read.
Middle School 6-8:
Gloomtown by Ronald L. Smith: When 12 year old Rory starts a new job in Goom Town, he stumbles into a mystery he wasn’t prepared for.
Midnight At The Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley: An all-expenses-paid vacation turns into a crime scene where JJ and his new friends have to solve a murder and clear his mom’s name.
The Forgotten Girl by India hill Brown: A couple of kids working on school project, wake up a forgotten ghost and have to put her to rest,
High School 9-12:
Coraline by Neil Gaiman: When Coraline's neglectful parents move their family into a creaky, old house, Coraline finds her way into a beautiful world all her own, that she has the chance to move to instead.
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe: A maddening narrator telling the tale of an unsuspecting neighbor’s cold-blooded murder makes for a perfect chilling tale for mature high school students.
Carrie by Stephen King: A gorey tale about some clique cliche high school bullies and how a prom night was turned upside down.
While arts and crafts, costumes, and movies make for a fun-filled October, reading some classics with your student can bring on a whole new level of excitement. Don’t forget to plug in the night light, and make sure you read the end of the story.
What are your favorite spooky stories?