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Rather than instilling fear in them, spooky reads actually build emotional resiliency and encourage children to overcome the fears they already have. What’s more, they’re so thrilling and fun, that these stories can inject children with the love of books and reading.
To help you find the right reads, we’ve asked our educational advisor, Lelia Ingram – mother of two little ghouls – to share with us her favourite spooky tales.
By Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Schaeffer
A favourite for anytime of the year but particularly Halloween. This is a wonderfully funny rhyming tale with lots of unexpected twists and turns along the way that will have your child begging you to read it again and again…
By Eve Bunting, illustrated by Jan Brett
If Halloween for your little devils is all about the joys of trick-or-treating then this is the perfect book. A band of trick-or-treaters and a mother cat and her kittens spend a very scary Halloween together.
By Helen Nicoll, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski
This is a fantastic tale to read and share with young children. Meg is a cute well-meaning witch who lives with her cat Mog. In this story they fly off to meet some witch friends for some spell making at a Halloween party but it doesn’t all go according to plan.
By Janet & Allan Ahlberg
A classic spooky tale about the adventures of a skeleton family including a skeleton dog. This story is funny with just enough spookiness to appeal to young children and the accompanying illustrations are bold and vivid.
By Linda Williams, illustrated by Megan Lloyd
This is a great rhythmic read-aloud tale about a brave little old lady who was not afraid of anything until one Autumn night when she goes walking in the woods.
I’m Hopster’s Head of Learning. I have over 15 years’ experience in teaching, across the Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 and as an Assistant Head Teacher. I specialise in literacy with a focus on developing teaching and learning within the Early Years and Key Stage 1. For me, working alongside Hopster is a perfect opportunity to be involved in developing specialist technology that delivers education in a fun and entertaining way.