Librarian Abby Johnson suggests several chapter book series—paired with activities or lesson extenders—that deliver chills and thrills.
These Halloween titles from Sandra Boynton, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and others balance that often tricky line between fun and scary.
This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Along with all the tricks and treats that come with this time of year, there comes something else. Not something wicked, but something wonderful: Halloween ComicFest is back, and it’s taking place on the special day itself, October 31st! Like Free Comic Book Day, Halloween ComicFest is a day where participating comic shops give away […]
Halloween is here! From classic to contemporary stories (and a bit of augmented reality thrown in for good measure) we have apps for every age and sensibility.
Starring creatures that range from creepy to comical, these not-too-scary offerings are a treat for sharing at Halloween and all year long.
As the temperatures dip lower and pumpkins appear on front stoops, teens may want to turn to books that go bump in the night.
“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth suggests ways librarians can offer fiendishly fun Halloween programming for kids of all ages.
JENKINS, Emily. The Fun Book of Scary Stuff. illus. by Hyewon Yum. 32p. Farrar/Frances Foster Bks. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374300005.
K-Gr 2–A mop top child makes a list of everything that frightens him and shares it with his two dogs. The usual nebulous suspects such as monsters, ghosts, and witches are included, along with more specific terrors such as a nasty cousin who has a penchant for putting ice cubes down the boy’s pants, and a bossy crossing guard. The […]
Tag your photographs #FolklifeHalloween2014 to contribute to the Library of Congress’s live photostream of American Halloween images.
Check out SLJ’s current recommendations for Halloween reads, apps, and spine-tingling fun for all ages.
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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.