I am starting a new tradition this year to teach my young daughter (Miss L) all about Halloween and to get her into the spirit of the holiday. As soon as Labor day is over, I plan to introduce Miss L to a new Halloween book each week until the holiday arrives at the end of October. Since Miss L is not even 2 years old yet, Halloween is less about costumes and candy and more about pumpkins and family time. And nothing creates better family time than reading a new, good book together, especially at bedtime. I have already gathered the books I plan to read to Miss L this Fall, and I am excited to share them with you. Here is my list of the perfect Halloween books for baby or young toddler (ages 0-2).
Mom+Carrot’s List of Halloween Books for Baby or Toddler (Ages 0-2)
I have gathered a total of eight (8) Halloween books that I plan to read to my daughter in September and October. Most of the books are hard board books so you don’t have to worry about little fingers ripping pages. Below, I am listing the books in the order by week that I plan to introduce them. I hope this helps you to start a new tradition too.
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Week 1: Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
I chose to read Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin first because it is more about Fall and pumpkins and less about Halloween which is still a few weeks away. I know Miss L will love this book because she can practice saying the word “no” over and over and practice shaking her head on almost every page. The little duck and goose take turns asking each other where a pumpkin is until they find one. Miss L loves books where you have to hunt for things. She will be looking for the pumpkin on every page too.
Week 2: Little Cat Finger Puppet Book
We are a cat family. We have 3 cranky old men cats, including a large, black and white cat named Oreo. Miss L and Oreo are good friends so I know Miss L will enjoy petting the Little Cat Finger Puppet popping out of this book just like she tries to pet Oreo. And nothing says Halloween time more to me than black cats!
This book is also a really good one for babies, you can use your fingers to twist the little cat in many different directions to keep your little one entertained.
I have also found finger puppet books are great for car trips.
Week 3: You’re Purrfect to Me by Sandra Magsamen
To keep the black cat theme going, I plan to read You’re Purrfect to Me next. To clarify, this book is not a Halloween book. It is more of a love story to your child, but the message is a good one. It is a calming, not scary way to end the day.
If you plan to dress your child up as a black cat or little witch for Halloween, this book would be a great compliment to his or her costume. The book even looks like a black cat with two fuzzy years popping out the top. It is a great Halloween gift for the special kid in your life!
Week 4: Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney
The Lama Llama series by Anna Dewdney is amazing for little ones. These books have simple rhymes and phrases that are fun to say again and again. We received this Llama Llama set of four when Miss L turned one, and she has been hooked ever since. I read a Llama Llama book every night. I have read them so much that I now have them memorized. Surprisingly, they have been a great parenting tool for me. I recite the books when we are out and about to calm Miss L down when she is angry or crying; they always bring a smile and a clap.
I am excited to read Llama Llama Trick or Treat to Miss L. I know this will be a new favorite, especially as she starts to understand more and more about picking out a costume and going trick-or-treating. She can follow along with her favorite Llama as he does the same tasks and experiences other Halloween events for the first time.
Week 5: Clifford’s First Halloween by Norman Bridwell
Clifford the red dog is just such a classic character. I can’t wait to introduce my daughter to some of the same characters that I enjoyed as a kid.
With Clifford’s First Halloween, you can read an actual story to your child versus the simple phrases or words that make up a lot of the other board books. In addition, I really like how this story introduces tots to the concept of a Halloween party with a Haunted House, a good way to prepare your little one if you plan to attend a similar party yourself. Plus, what kid doesn’t want to dress up his or her lovable pet and take them trick-or-treating too?
Babies will love the bright red color of Clifford in this book.
Week 6: Boo! by Leslie Patricelli
We currently use several of Leslie Patricelli’s books to introduce manners and potty training to my daughter (especially this one). When I saw Boo! at Target recently, I was really excited to get it for her. Boo! is the perfect Halloween book for baby. It covers picking out a pumpkin, making a jack-o’-lantern, choosing a costume, and going trick-or-treating all which such cute, colorful images. I especially love the range of emotions the little boy experiences; I am sure Miss L will experience the same emotions on Halloween. This book will help us talk about it in advance.
Week 7: Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bear books are loved by many for their great stories and lessons. But, many people probably don’t know that those same authors also created a series of books for the youngest readers, with a simple writing style similar to Cat in the Hat. One of these books is called Bears in the Night, and it is a book I remember well from when I was a kid. I even have the same copy I read all those years ago, with my name scrawled in big letters on the inside of the front cover. This book will introduce my daughter to her very first spooky, almost scary story, especially if I dim the lights and lower my voice when reading. We may even read it by jack-o’-lantern light. I can’t wait!
If your child loves this book, another similar story to collect is The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree. Both of these books are perfect for Halloween time. They are also both full of “first” words, like out, in, down, and up, that are great for teaching your child to speak (and later to help them learn to read).
Please Note: This book is not a board book, it has pages that can rip.
Week 8: Sesame Street Happy Halloween!
The last book in the list of perfect Halloween books for baby or toddler is a goody from Sesame Street simply called Happy Halloween! I may give this book to Miss L as a present the day of Halloween. It is the perfect gift because it covers Halloween night while still being bright and cheery. I love how this book shows all the current Sesame Street characters, including Elmo and Abby, dressed up in their Halloween costumes. Plus, it tells a story with lots of great rhymes. Miss L will love finding and counting all the characters in this book. It will very quickly be a classic in our house. We will probably still be reading it on Christmas 🙂
Please Note: This book is also not a board book, it has pages that can rip.
Well, that is the list of all the perfect Halloween books for baby or toddler that I have lined up for this Fall season. I am very excited to get reading and to start a new tradition with my daughter. I hope that you will join in the fun too! Now, I just need to find a few good books about football…
Shopping List of Halloween Books for Baby or Toddler (Ages 0-2)
For your convenience, here are all the books I mentioned in the post above for your enjoyment.
- Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills
- Little Cat Finger Puppet Board Book
- You’re Purrfect to Me by Sandra Magsamen
- Llama Llama Trick or Treat by Anna Dewdney
- Clifford’s First Halloween by Norman Bridwell
- Boo! by Leslie Patricelli
- Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- Sesame Street Happy Halloween!
Thank you and Happy Reading!
Happy Halloween to you and your family!
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