Top Ten Tuesday – Halloween Picture Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the bookishly inclined team over at The Broke and the Bookish.


This week’s theme is a Halloween-freebie, so I’ve decided to share ten of my favourite picture books for Halloween picture books!

Go Away Big Green Monster – A perfect monster book for your littlest patrons. Even timid children will enjoy shouting out “go away!” as you disassemble the big green monster.

Click Clack Boo – A Tricky Treat – Those crazy farm animals from Click Clack Moo are back, and this time they’re planning a sneaky surprise for Halloween-hating Farmer Brown.


Creepy Carrots – Jasper Rabbit loves carrots. He eats them all day every day. But what happens when the carrots have had enough…..?

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? – Fall is all about pumpkins, and this great picture book, with its diverse cast of characters, introduces STEM themes in a fun fall way.


Pumpkin Trouble – Trust Jan Thomas to create a silly, simple pumpkin story that will have kids in stitches!

Where’s My Mummy? – This little baby mummy loves playing hide-and-seek, but who will comfort baby mummy when the deep dark woods spook him? Mommy mummy, of course!


Ghosts in the House! – I love Kazuno Kohara’s minimalist illustrations in this sweet and spooky story of a little girl and her haunted house.

Mouse’s First Halloween – A sweet, not-scary story perfect for the littlest ghouls and goblins.


Pumpkin Eye – A poetic Halloween celebration that’s a little bit spooky, but not too scary.

Peek-A-Boooo! – A fun lift-the-flap book that’s perfect for babies and toddlers.


Have a spooktacular Halloween, everyone!


Family Story Time – October 31, 2014

Boo! A packed house full of costumed boils and ghouls!

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends

Book 1: Ten Orange Pumpkins / Stephen Savage


Hand Rhymes

  • I wake up my hands
  • Wiggle your fingers
  • The itsy-bitsy spider
  • Open-shut them
  • Roly poly

Book 2: Go Away Big Green Monster / Ed Emberley


Action Songs

  • Bend and stretch
  • Zoom zoom
  • Twinkle twinkle little star
  • Tick tock tick tock (I’m a haunted cuckoo clock – “boo!”)
  • The elevator song

Goodbye Song: Goodbye, Friends!

I turned “tick tock” into a Halloween song by turning “I’m a little cuckoo clock” into “I’m a haunted cuckoo clock”, and having the kids shout “boo!” when they jump, instead of “cuckoo”. It was fun!

Also – no surprises here, Go Away Big Green Monster! was a massive hit. I think the entire library heard us shouting “Go Away!” at the top of our lungs. We even did a few practice shouts, just to warm up….

Baby Story Time – October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Here’s what we did at baby story time this morning!

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Wake up, feet
  • Everybody knows I love my toes
  • 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Fingers
  • Roly Poly

Book 1: Peek-A-Boo/ Marie Torres Cimarusti



  • Trot trot to Boston
  • Pop pop popcorn
  • Tick tock tick tock (I’m a haunted cuckoo clock – “boo!”)
  • Bumping up and down in my little red wagon

Book Two: Nighty Night, Little Green Monster / Ed Emberley


Movement Songs

  • Love somebody, yes I do
  • Up, up, up in the sky like this
  • Zoom, zoom, zoom
  • The elevator song

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

So many babies in costumes today, serious cuteness overload.