Happy Halloween!

We love to explore our favorite books through music and interactive play at our Boogie Woogie Books classes! Below are some of our favorite Halloween books and suggestions on how to bring the book to life in your home!

AlphaOops! H is for Halloween 

Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween
Written by Alethea Kontis
Best for ages 3-8

Ack! It’s time for the show, and A isn’t ready. But then again, Halloween can only start with one letter, no matter how the A-B-Cs normally go! The misbehaving alphabet is back, and there’s no telling who will take the stage next. Z for zombie? P for pirate? Will X think of something good in time? Neon-bright, comically detailed illustrations show a cacophony of costumed letters, each with a mind and personality all its own. Along the bottom, tiny pumpkins arrange the players in proper order, making this alphabet story letter-perfect for Halloween.

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Interact with the Book

Ages 1 and Under

Get creative with how to read all the different words! Make a funny zombie voice for “Z is for Zombie” or howl like a werewolf for “L is for Lyncanthrope.” Emphasize the sounds of the letters so you can get extra practice on the alphabet.

Ages 2-5

Ask you little one if they recognize the letters or creatures in the book! Try playing dress up as some of the creatures as well!

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Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters
Written by Jane Yolen
Best for ages 3-8

Creep, gurgle, crawl, tumble! Meet two young monsters who are far from scary – they’re too busy having fun. They go to school, play outside with their friends, and eat after-school snacks. But they also have a bedtime, whether or not they’re ready for it! Young children and parents alike will find much to identify with as they follow these lovable little monsters getting ready for bed. With wildly colorful illustrations full of whimsy and warmth, Kelly Murphy brings Jane Yolen’s gently rhyming tale to rambunctious life.

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Interact with the Book

All Ages

Act out the actions on every page- wave, bounce etc.! Ask your little one to do the actions like a monster. What sounds does a monster make?

Try reading the bed before bed to get all the wiggles out before they go to sleep!

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Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead
Written by Tony Johnston
Best for ages 4-7

Above a small town in Mexico, the sun rises like a great marigold, and one family begins preparations for an annual celebration, El día de los muertos, the Day of the Dead. Soon they will go out into the night, join their neighbors, and walk to the graveyard to welcome the spirits of their loved ones home again. Framed by decorative borders and peppered with Spanish words, Day of the Dead is a glorious introduction to a fascinating celebration. A note at the end of the book provides factual information about the holiday.

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Interact with the Book

Ages 1 and Under

Act out the actions on each page with your little one. When the chile powder makes the children sneeze- act out sneezing! And when the children try to sneak or peak- play peek a boo! When the book talks about tasting, help your little one find their mouth and tongue.

Ages 2-5

Act out the actions on each page with your little one. When the chile powder makes the children sneeze- act out sneezing! In addition, see if your little one remembers some of the Spanish words from the book. Quiz them on what “tios”, “abuelos” and more mean!

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Ollie’s Halloween

Ollie’s Halloween
Written by Olivier Dunrea
Best for ages 1-5

This Halloween, Gossie is a wizard and Gertie is a chicken. Peedie is a dragon and BooBoo is a bunny. Ollie is a mummy who thinks sharing is more fun than scaring. Join the goslings as they hoot, howl, and haunt the night away. Goslings are on the prowl!

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Interact with the Book

Ages 1 and Under

Demonstrate the animal and creature sounds with your little one and do them with your little one!

Ages 2-5

Do the actions on each page with your little one. Such as, “creep behind the beehives” and “gobble treats”

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