It’s almost that time of the year when the bats and cats come out to play, with the start of October the countdown to Halloween has begun!
I’ve put together a list of the top new children’s books that are a little bit spooky and a whole lot of fun, perfect for reading together with your kiddies this Halloween.
My kids love the Room on the Broom story by Julia Donaldson. If you have a Room on the Broom fan in your home, you must check the two new titles out. Twelve magical sound effects will bring the story of friendship and quick wits to life as the witch and her cat, a dog, a frog and a bird set out on a noisy bumpy broomstick ride in Room on the Broom Sound Book. Hear the whoosh of the witch’s broomstick, the tap of her wand, and even her cackle in this fun interactive story sound book.
You’ll also be able to plan a wonderful, witchy party with The Room on the Broom Party Book. Filled with lots of magical games and activities this is a great guide for themed birthday and Halloween parties. You’ll find ideas for a witch’s treasure hunt, broomstick games and magic bog slime, as well as inspiration for invitations and decorations, over 200 stickers and fun recipes.
Halloween Magic Painting Book is a frightfully fun activity for those children who love to be creative. We love the Magic Painting Books from Usborne Books, children just brush water over the black and white scenes in the book and watch as they magically transform into colour. The sixteen Halloween pictures include a haunted house, bats, pumpkins and even witches around a cauldron. There is a paintbrush included with the book, and a handy fold-out back cover prevents colours from seeping through.
That’s not my bat is a special Halloween addition to the popular series, which is celebrating 20 years this year. This new touchy-feely board book features bats with hairy ears, fluffy tummies and shiny eyes. The bright pictures, simple, repetitive text and different textures to stroke are designed to help very young children develop sensory and language awareness. Your little one will also love the pretty purple holographic page edges and enjoy spotting the familiar little white mouse which appears on each double page.
My Magical Witch promises to whisk your child away to a magical world and take them on a broomstick ride with a colourful witch. The sparkly foil cover wheel will capture their imaginations and the push, pull and turn mechanisms promise to keep them engaged. It features a gentle rhyming story and sturdy board pages, as well as four busy magical scenes with lots for little ones to spot.
A Peter Rabbit Tale: A Pumpkin for Peter sees Peter heading off into the woods with his family to get a pumpkin. The woods are windy and dark, and there are scary sights and sounds…will the rabbit family meet unexpected friends? Young readers will be encouraged to face up to their fears of the dark and be reassured by a comforting ending.
Peppa Pig: Spooky Fun Sticker Book will keep little hands busy with thirteen stickers scenes and over 300 stickers. Peppa and George are decorating pumpkins, dressing up in costumes and exploring for creepy creatures at night-time, guaranteed to bring your children hours of spooky fun!
Do you celebrate Halloween, and do you have any fun planned for your children this year? Helping your little one to get dressed up, making some spooky treats or creating some exciting decorations together, and enjoying a few not-so-scary stories are a few ideas to make this Halloween one to remember.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my selection of the top new children’s books for Halloween this year. Which is your favourite? The book details follow below.
Room on the Broom Sound Book (3 to 7 years, R299)
The Room on the Broom Party Book (3 to 7 years, R175)
Halloween Magic Painting (5 years and older, R130)
That’s not my bat… (6 months to 2 years, R150)
My Magical Witch (1 to 5 years, R95)
A Peter Rabbit Tale: A Pumpkin for Peter (3 to 5 years, R130)
Peppa Pig: Spooky Fun Sticker Book (2 to 6 years, R130)
Thanks to Pan Macmillan and Penguin Random House for the spooktacular books!