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Recommended Books and Educational Resources

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Books for Very Young Children
Books in this section are appropriate for sharing with the youngest listeners -- toddlers and preschoolers. Many are in board book format, making them ideal for little hands. My personal favorites for this age group are interactive titles. Scratch and Sniff: Halloween is great for building vocabulary, as is Touch and Feel Halloween. After being introduced to these books in class, my preschool students thoroughly enjoyed flipping through them and "reading" them to one another during play time. Happy Halloween, Biscuit!, with its simple story line and lift-the-flap design, is another great read-aloud for young listeners.

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Books for Young Children
Books in this section are geared toward children with slightly longer attention spans and those who are beginning to read on their own. While listening and reading skills vary from child to child, most of the books in this group are appropriate for children in kindergarten through second or third grade. Halloween (Rookie Read-About Holidays) is one of the few non-fiction books geared toward beginning readers that provides information on the history of Halloween and holiday customs. It's Pumpkin Time! is a personal favorite. Following two children through the year, it shows them planting pumpkin seeds, caring for their plants, picking a prize pumpkin, and finally carving it into a jack-o-lantern. It's a great non-scary holiday book for those who would prefer to avoid tales of ghosts and witches and mummies and vampires in their classroom. The book is also nice and large -- great for reading aloud to a group of kindergarten or first grade students. Big Pumpkin does introduce the aforementioned creatures, but in a non-threatening way as all the typical Halloween creatures band together to help a witch pick a giant pumpkin from the patch. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything also merits mention as a personal favorite (and a favorite of every class I've ever shared it with!) and a fantastic Halloween story ... even though the word "Halloween" is never once used. Final honorable mention goes to two books featuring two of my favorite characters: Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia and Froggy's Halloween. Again, both are non-scary, but introduce children to characters and traditions commonly associated with Halloween.

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Books for Older Children

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Halloween Arts and Crafts

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