Spooky and Mysterious Stories for October
October is always eagerly anticipated – who could forget Halloween? Students love to dress-up in costumes, carve pumpkins, trick or treat, and eat candy. It also just happens to be a fun theme for reading material with magic, mystery and make-believe! Students can unleash their creativity with so much rich imagery. Tap into the fun and find some books that bring Halloween to life. Here are a few picks to delight students of all ages: Herbert’s First Halloween Written by Cynthia Rylant, Illustrated by Steven Henry Ages 2 – 4 Are you looking for an intro to Halloween story? This is a great picture book for first-time little trick or treaters. Young readers will follow Herbert on his very first Halloween. While Herbert’s not sure how he feels about it, his father is ready to show him how fun it can be with a tiger costume, pumpkin carving, and candy, of course! Grimelda and the Spooktacular Pet Show Written by Diana Murray, Illustrated by Heather Ross Ages 4 – 8 Fans of magic and witchcraft will want to check out this picture book, which is also the sequel to Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch. It follows Grimelda from Cobweb town, who wants her cat Wizzlewarts to win the Spooktacular Pet Show. When she can’t find her spell book, she goes out on a quest to find a new pet. The rhyming verses and bright illustrations will be a hit with students. They may also learn a new spell or two! How to Make Friends with a Ghost Written and Illustrated by Rebecca Green Ages 4 – 8 Not your typical ghost story, this charming picture book will open your eyes to the joy of befriending a ghost. If you have no clue how to do this, do not fear. This guide book helps with tips and tricks on how to build a friendship with an apparition. This includes instructions on ghost basics, dos and don’ts, ghost care, and growing together. It’s a very funny book that adults will enjoy, just as much as the kids (if not more)! Connect the Scotts: The Dead Kid Detective Agency #4 Written by Evan Munday Ages 8 – 12 For students who like to sink their teeth into a good series, the fourth title in the Dead Kid Detective Agency comes out this month. This chain of chapter books follows heroine, October Schwartz, who likes to hang out in the Sticksville Cemetery and solve crimes with her ghost friends. This round finds October with more detective work to investigate the past death of Tabetha Scott, and a current robbery at a school concert. As an added bonus, author Evan Munday lives in Toronto! The Winnowing Written by Vikki VanSickle Ages 12+ Vikki VanSickle, a known Canadian author and resident of Toronto, has come out with an award-winning thriller for students. Not surprisingly, she was also a huge fan of The X-Files while growing up. This adventure follows Marivic Stone as she tries to uncover the truth about a secret procedure called the winnowing; a rite of passage for all adolescents that no one who experiences it actually remembers. A must-read for fans of mystery. What will you be reading with your little ghost or goblin?