A roundup of spirited and spooky titles just right for autumn and Halloween sharing.
This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Boy, it truly was Devil’s Night yesterday. Actually, it appears that my calling October 30th “Devil’s Night” is a clear cut case of showing how Michiganian I am. Who knew? At any rate, I had a whole post written up and boy it was beautiful. Tons of videos and pictures. The whole kerschmozzle. Then it [...]
This holiday sampler features some familiar characters and an opportunity for kids use their math skills.
When kids have long outgrown the nightmare in their closet, they still clamor for a story that scares them into sleeping with the lights on. From zombies to murdering ghosts, the following new fiction titles, selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild will keep middle school readers looking over their shoulders.
All right. Me stuff off the bat. I was recently asked to moderate a panel of authors for the Children’s Media Association. The panel consisted of Ame Dyckman, Joanne Levy, Katherine Longshore, Elisa Ludwig, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Sarvenaz Tash. During the course of the evening it was suggested that we perform a Giant Dance [...]
On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Scary Stories for Elementary Souls
It’s the day before Halloween and things that go bump in the night are high on everyone’s reading list. Even at the age of five kids ask, “Where are the scary books?” Of course, their definition of scary differs widely from our fifth graders. So for those kids whose idea of frightening fare is a talking pumpkin, haunted cupcake, or plotting carrots, these books are perfect.
From witches and monsters to haunted houses and headless horsemen, there’s something for everyone this Halloween season.
Watch and Read: Spotlight on Media Tie-ins: ‘House at the End of the Street’ and Spine-tingling Thrillers for Teens
Fans of the The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence will be flocking to see her newest, The House at the End of the Street, opening September 21. Suggest these gripping tales as read-alikes, or consider making them part of a Halloween display or booktalk.