Are you looking for a spooky story to thrill your students this Halloween? From festive farm animals to witches-in-training, we’ve got frightful suggestions for every grade level:
- Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat
Written by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. $12.98.
If you’re students are fans of Cronin’s striking farm animals, they’ll love this Halloween take on Farmer Brown’s crew, which sees the cows, pigs, and sheep trying to convince their curmudgeonly owner to take part in celebrating the holiday. Best for grades PreK-2.
- The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble
Written and illustrated by Frank Cammuso. $11.35.
We quickly fell in love with the spunky heroine of this new graphic early reader series. Salem Hyde is an impulsive witch-in-training, who, along with her cat Whammy, finds herself in both magical and ordinary dilemmas with which students will no doubt relate. Best for grades 1-3.
- Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic
Written and illustrated by Mark Tatulli. $9.37.
Calling all impish-but-clever kids who can’t seem to stay out of trouble: Meet Desmond Pucket, a sixth grader who’s obsessed with recreating gory scenes from the horror movies he loves. After getting framed for incidents happening around school, Desmond must restore his reputation or else lose out on a much anticipated class trip. Best for grades 3-5.
- The Grimm Conclusion
Written by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hugh D’Andrade. $13.16.
We adored the firsttwo installments of Gidwitz’s twisted fairy tale trilogy, and so we were relieved to have the series end with a bang rather than the often occurring third book whimper. Here, a new brother-sister pair (Jorinda and Joringel from the story “The Juniper Tree,”) tramp through sinister versions of favorite fairy tales, climaxing in a surprising ending.Best for grades 6-8.
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Written by Holly Black. $14.19.
Forget everything you thought you knew about vampire lit—in Holly Black’s world, vampires don’t sparkle in the sunlight, they live a sequestered, seedy existence in quarantined cities called Coldtowns. Both fans of Twilight and those new to paranormal romance will be entranced by Tana, Black’s take-no-prisoners heroine and a welcome antidote to Swan-like leading ladies of yore. Best for grades 9-12.
What Halloween tales will you be sharing with your students?