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Well, October has arrived, are you ready?
Course we're still in 90 degree weather (le sigh), but we can take heart that by Halloween time the temperatures should be a lot cooler!
Today I have not 1, but 4 lovely books to share with you for some great Halloween reading for, and with, the kiddos!
THE RUNAWAY PUMPKIN: A HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE STORY
Written by Anne Margaret Lewis and Illustrated by Aaron Zenz
Inspired by the beloved children’s classic The Runaway Bunny, The Runaway Pumpkin is the next best Halloween classic. A cute little Halloween pumpkin announces that he is ready for a Halloween adventure. So he prepares to set out on the exploration of a lifetime. However, his ever-watchful and caring mother wants to make sure he’s prepared before he takes that first step outside. A book about a little pumpkin who is ready to tackle the holiday with gusto, this book encourages kids to use their imaginations and to go on adventures. It also teaches kids that having adventures and making memories with someone important to them can be extra fun. It is a lovely book, perfect for reading aloud , over and over before Halloween, or for sharing on Halloween Eve!
I WANT TO EAT YOUR BOOKS
by Karin Lefranc and Tyler Parker
Booksis a delicious introduction to the value of books. When a hungry zombie stumbles into a school looking for books to consume, it’s up to the kids to teach him how books are for reading, not eating! This monster book is silly and fun with a strong message about kindness and friendship. The little zombie teaches kids not to jump to conclusions and to give everyone a chance. This is the perfect monster book for little ones who want a thrill but aren’t looking for anything too scary. I wold lean toward 5-6 for this one though, as sometimes Zombies can be scary, even in this adorable form, where he eats books! Your bookaholic child will love this one!
AVA THE MONSTER SLAYER
Written by Lisa Maggiore and Illustrated by Ross Felten
Called “a triumphant sally in the long-running war against closet and other domestic monsters” by Kirkus Reviews, Ava the Monster Slayer tells the story of a young girl who rescues her favorite stuffed piggy from the monster-infested basement, all while donning her signature glasses, her brother’s superhero cape, her rain boots, and a sparkly princess crown. Why leave all the fighting and world-saving to the guys? Following in the footsteps of Buffy Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayerand Black Widow from The Avengers, Ava the Monster Slayer teaches both girls and boys that females can be strong, be brave, and find their courage when needed. Miss Grace declared Ava a girl after her own heart, and she wanted all the moms to know to buy this one for their girls, so they know it's ok to be brave and fight for what is important! And yes, older kids will get a hoot out of reading this one to younger siblings (because they'll love the comic book appeal of it!)
and not to leave out older kids:
BELLA DONNA: COVEN ROAD – The first book in a new series!
Written by Ruth Symes and Illustrated by Marion Lindsay
Princesses? Boring! Unlike all of her friends, Bella Donna dreams of becoming a witch. Ever since she was a baby, Bella Donna has suspected she has magical powers. Bella tries keeping her witchy tendencies a secret from her new foster family—and she stays on her best behavior—but when she comes home early one day from school, she stumbles upon something very surprising. Could Coven Road really be a road for witches?
The first installment of the sweet, spooky Bella Donna 4 book series will captivate young, magic-loving minds. The text is broken up by adorable pen and ink illustrations that make this a good introduction to chapter books for reluctant or struggling readers, and the vocabulary is not too difficult or challenging The book is really more about adoption and finding your place, and I would liken it to a similar Harry Potter version for girls. The 'witching' is mild and similar to Potter, and 2nd-4th graders will love it!
Miss Grace and I decided that Ava the Monster Slayer isn't really about just Halloween, but slaying your fears year round, so we decided to offer it up for a giveaway, so one lucky BTHM can share it with their favorite little girl!
Note: Giveaways mailed out at end of the month.