When I first started teaching, holidays took on a whole new meaning for me. I quickly learned to use all of the anticipation and excitement of approaching holidays to my advantage, by incorporating some of the ideas and symbols into practical learning experiences for my students.
In case you missed them in past years, I am going to share again a few of my favorite Halloween picture books, lessons, activities, and organizers.
I have a bundle of Halloween Reading Resources you can download to strengthen reading comprehension.
The first worksheet lists my favorite Halloween books and then gives suggestions for using The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons for a reading comprehension activity.
The second printable worksheet is a Pumpkin Template I use after reading The Pumpkin Book to have students record their favorite pumpkin facts.
The third Halloween reading comprehension worksheet is my Haunted House Graphic Organizer. This graphic organizer can be used as a pre-writing brainstorming session, before having your students write a spooky story — or it can be used as a story map to identify the main characters, problem, plot events, and solution after reading one of their favorite Halloween books.
Download my Halloween Reading Resources now!
A frequently-visited section in any classroom library is often the “Holiday Collection” of books. Children just love to read holiday-inspired books. It seems that holiday magic can be enjoyed at any time of the year!
Here are a few of my favorite Halloween picture books. Please note that some books are not specifically about Halloween, but rather are on Halloween-related topics, such as bats and spiders.
If you don't already have these books in your classroom library collection, I recommend you order them new online or check out eBay!
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat by Lucille Colandro
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies
The Spider and the Fly by Tony DiTerlizzi
The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg
The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons