Peapod’s Picks: Halloween

I’m going to try and post a a Peapod’s Picks every Friday, or at least alternate Fridays. They’ll be picture, board or cloth books – some old, some new – that we’ve enjoyed or are looking forward to.

This week: Halloween

Ok, strictly speaking it’s more of a Halloween/Autumn mash up! And there are SO MANY more books I could have put in it! But here’s what we read over this Halloween week:

Who doesn’t love the Funnybones books – an absolute classic from the Ahlbergs! In a dark, dark street there was a dark, dark house and in the dark, dark house was a dark, dark bedroom…where we loved reading these for nap time!

Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul is another classic series. Winnie is such a crazy character with mishaps, adventures and chaos wherever she goes…along with her long suffering cat Wilbur. Winnie’s Amazing Pumpkin is one of my favourites – full of excitement, possibility imagination and colour!

Helen Cooper’s Pumpkin Soup books (Pumpkin Soup, APipkin of Pepper and Delicious) are beautifully illustrated and full of warmth – autumn in a book (well, 3 books!) With loveable characters, each with a distinct and familiar personality, these tales of friendship are read every October without fail! There’s also a third book – Delicious – but my copy has gone walkabout so I’ll have to order a new one sharpish!

Ten Little Monsters by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty As bold, funny and lively as you’d expect from this brilliant series! Count down from 20 with zombies, ghosts, witches and ghouls – wonderfully spooky fun!

The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen See this post for more on that!

A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown Wonderfully atmospheric, this is a great one for reading aloud and building suspense – can be made as scary as you dare!

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Another staple of October’s reading, this has to be one of my favourite Julia Donaldson books. I love it.

Meg and Mog by Jan Pienkowski is another classic particularly well suited to this time of year. But I’ve chosen a different Pienkowski book – Haunted House.

I had this growing up (I’m pretty sure I won it, though I don’t remember how) and LOVED it! It’s got moving parts, pop up pages, creepy creatures and slimy substances! So much disgusting, spooky fun!

What are your favourite Halloween reads?



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