November 27, 2015

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Halloween ComicFest 2015

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 […]

Haunted Houses & Headless Horsemen: Halloween Apps | Touch and Go


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.

Monster Mayhem | Great Read-Alouds for Inspiring Shivers and Giggles


Starring creatures that range from creepy to comical, these not-too-scary offerings are a treat for sharing at Halloween and all year long.

Dark Descents | Chilling Tales for Teens

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As the temperatures dip lower and pumpkins appear on front stoops, teens may want to turn to books that go bump in the night.

Spooktacular Halloween Library Programs for Kids, Tweens, and Teens


“Teen Librarian Toolbox” blogger Heather Booth suggests ways librarians can offer fiendishly fun Halloween programming for kids of all ages.

The Fun Book of Scary Stuff by Emily Jenkins | SLJ Review


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 […]

Library of Congress Seeks Halloween Photos for American Folklife Center Collection


Tag your photographs #FolklifeHalloween2014 to contribute to the Library of Congress’s live photostream of American Halloween images.

Halloween Roundup: Spooky Reads and Mysterious Apps


Check out SLJ’s current recommendations for Halloween reads, apps, and spine-tingling fun for all ages.

‘Tis the Season: Holiday Stories for Young Readers │ JLG’s Booktalks to Go

holiday books

In addition to the classic holiday books, these new, diverse selections from the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to please kids and can be used to celebrate upcoming festive occasions, such as Halloween, Nochebuena, Chanukah, and Chinese New Year.

Put a Little Spook On Your iPad | Apps for the Halloween Season

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Two iPad apps will put your middle grade students in the Halloween mood.

Seasonal Tricks and Treats | Halloween Roundup


A roundup of spirited and spooky titles just right for autumn and Halloween sharing.

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Happy Halloween: Boo!

Happy Halloween: Boo!

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 […]

Apps for the Halloween Season | Touch and Go

room on a broom

This holiday sampler features some familiar characters and an opportunity for kids use their math skills.

Ghosts and Other Things that Go Bump in the Night │ JLG’s On the Radar

Zombie BAseball

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.

Video Sunday: Robot, heck. You should see my krumping.

The Obsidian Blade

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 […]

Bewitching Tales | Great Books for Halloween


Perfect for sharing aloud, these captivating stories offer up ghosts, ghouls, and giggles galore.

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.

Ghouls, Ghosts, and ‘Frankenweenie:’ A Collection of Holiday Apps


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

Book cover with Jennifer Lawrence on black cover

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.