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Halloween picture books

Four Silly Skeletons

These picture books, featuring witches, wizards and monsters, are perfect to share with little ones as the nights draw in and there's a touch of frosty magic in the air.

From classics such as Meg and Mog to wonderful new books like How to Make Friends with a Ghost, every one of these titles is sure to bewitch your child, whether they're just a baby or at primary school. 

  • I Love Halloween

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Orchard
    Interest age: 2-4

    This little boy has a brilliant time taking part in all the Halloween fun, but just like any other day, Mum and Dad are on hand to make sure his reliable nightly routine stays on track. The illustrations are sweet and the book has lovely singsong rhymes.

  • Bizzy Bear: Spooky House

    Author: Benji Davies
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 0-3
    Reading age: 4+

    Bizzy Bear adds a seasonal story to the range of interactive board books for very young readers. This time Bizzy Bear is exploring a very spooky house and he's all dressed up ready for Halloween!

  • Pick a Pumpkin

    Author: Patricia Toht Illustrator: Jarvis
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2-5

    Fans of Jarvis’ gorgeous illustrations won’t be able to resist this seasonal treat that celebrates all things Halloween and plays down the scary side for younger readers. A real treat of a book – as sweet as a toffee apple and as warm as hot chocolate. 

  • How to Make Friends with a Ghost

    Author: Rebecca Green
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 6+

    It might feel scary to imagine being friends with a ghost – but what if ghosts were quite sweet, really? A delightful how-to guide to ghosts, with some beautiful, retro illustration and plenty of funny details. Plus, Rebecca Green's little ghost is adorable!

  • Room on the Broom

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    From former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and longtime collaborator Axel Scheffler comes this much-loved tale about a witch and her gang of friends.

  • A World Full of Spooky Stories: 50 Tales to Make Your Spine Tingle

    Author: Angela McAllister Illustrator: Madalina Andronic
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Organised thematically, this delightful and truly diverse collection of international stories celebrate the spooky in all manner of different ways. 

  • Funnybones

    Author: Allan & Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    In the first book of this now classic series, we are taken down the dark, dark street to the dark, dark house and into the dark, dark cellar in which the skeletons live.

  • Grandpa Bert and the Ghost Snatchers

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Melanie Demmer
    Publisher: Little Gems
    Interest age: 6-9
    Reading age: 7+

    When Grandma Gertie visits Anna and Kasper from Barbados, they discover that the ghost of Grandpa Bert is in her handbag! Meanwhile, some ghost snatchers are determined to capture him. Fast-paced and funny.

  • The Very Busy Spider

    Author: Eric Carle
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 7+

    One morning in a farmyard a spider begins to spin a web. All the animals try to persuade her to stop but she doesn't answer any of them; she is too busy spinning her web.

  • Winnie the Witch

    Author: Valerie Thomas Illustrator: Korky Paul
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    This is the first of many stories about Winnie and her cat, Wilber. Winnie is a well-loved character, and the excellent illustrations are wild and wacky.

  • Hugo Makes a Change

    Author: Scott Emmons and Mauro Gatti
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 3-6

    A simple and accessible book with rhyming text and lovely, bright illustrations, all about the importance of healthy eating, having a balanced diet and trying new foods.

  • The Princess and the Wizard

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Princess Eliza is having a birthday party. But just as she blows out the seven candles on her cake, the wicked wizard arrives… uninvited.

  • Bedtime for Monsters

    Author: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Do you ever wonder if somewhere, not too far away, there might be monsters?

  • Angelina's Halloween

    Author: Katharine Holabird Illustrator: Helen Craig
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 7+

    Helen Craig's delicate and intricate illustrations beautifully conjur up the Halloween atmosphere and are full of detail children will love to explore

  • Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!

    Author: Amy Sparkes Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Red Fox
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Can our young hero take on a Monster Zoo full of naughty creatures - and survive to tell the tale?

  • Meg and Mog

    Author: Helen Nicholl Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    In this the first story about much-loved characters Meg the witch and Mog her cat, the pair go off to a wild Hallowe'en party with all the other witches

  • Nibbles: The Book Monster

    Author: Emma Yarlett
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press
    Interest age: 4-6

    This is a story about a little monster called… Nibbles. And with that, he nibbles his way right out of the book! This really exciting reading experience is sure to be a hit with the whole family. 

  • Four Silly Skeletons

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sue Hendra
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 6+

    This bold rhyming picture book features four accident-prone skeletons. Children will giggle at their various mishaps, making this an ideal book to share with little ones at Halloween.