5 Diverse Picture Books for Halloween

The spooky season has arrived! Below is a list of 5 diverse picture books for Halloween to help you diversify your read alouds both at home and in the classroom. We hope you enjoy these slightly scary books and leave a comment below with any further book recommendations for our KidLitTV community to enjoy.

5 Diverse Picture Books for Halloween

BOO STEW

Here is a list of 5 diverse picture books for Halloween to enjoy during the spooky season and help you diversify your read alouds.

Curly Locks is a good-hearted girl, but she’s an awful cook. All the townspeople of Toadsuck Swamp know to steer clear of her culinary concoctions–like the batwing brownies and toad eye toffees. So when one of her dishes goes missin’ from her windowsill, word spreads like a kerosene fire about how the Scares have been terrorizin’ the town at mealtime. They shriek “Gitchey Boo, Gitchey Bon! Gitchey Goo, Gitchey Gone!” and send folk runnin’ from their dinner plates.

With everyone else tremblin’ and squawkin’ about the Scares, Curly Locks gets an inklin’. Can she use her smarts and unique talents to help corral those Scares for good?

Internationally known, award-winning storyteller Donna L. Washington uses her tremendous skill to breathe new life into the classic Goldilocks tale. Her clever, can-do protagonist and joyful language paired with Jeffrey Ebbeler’s charming, imaginative illustrations will tempt readers into a ghostly, yet enchanting landscape that they won’t want to leave!

BOO STEW by Donna L. Washington
Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
Published by Penguin RandomHouse/Peachtree Publishing Company


LOOKING FOR A JUMBIE

Here is a list of 5 diverse picture books for Halloween to enjoy during the spooky season and help you diversify your read alouds.

New York Times bestselling author Tracey Baptiste and acclaimed illustrator Amber Ren take readers on a fun, creepy, storytime-ready romp through a forest filled with creatures from Caribbean folklore.
I’m looking for a jumbie, I’m going to find a scary one.
But Mama says jumbies exist only in stories. So Naya sets out on a nighttime adventure to find out for herself.
No such thing, say the friends she makes along the way.
But Naya is sure that jumbies are real. Some have big mouths. Or thick fur. Or glowing skin. Or sharp teeth. Kind of like her new friends….
Looking for a Jumbie is a gentle, bouncy, and creepily fun read-aloud inspired by traditional Caribbean tales.

LOOKING FOR A JUMBIE Written by Tracey Baptiste
Illustrated by Amber Red
Published by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen


MONSTER TROUBLE

Here is a list of 5 diverse picture books for Halloween to enjoy during the spooky season and help you diversify your read alouds.

MONSTER TROUBLE by Lane Fredrickson 
Illustrated by Michael Robertson
Published by Sterling Children’s Books


GUSTAVO, THE SHY GHOST

Here is a list of 5 diverse picture books for Halloween to enjoy during the spooky season and help you diversify your read alouds.

GUSTAVO, THE SHY GHOST Written and Illustrated by Flavia Z. Drago 
Published by Candlewick Press


LOS GATOS BLACK ON HALLOWEEN

Here is a list of 5 diverse picture books for Halloween to enjoy during the spooky season and help you diversify your read alouds.

Follow los monstruos and los esqueletos to the Halloween party in this bilingual poem written by Marisa Montes, with illustrations by award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales.
Under October’s luna, full and bright, the monsters are throwing a ball in the Haunted Hall. Las brujas come on their broomsticks. Los muertos rise from their coffins to join in the fun. Los esqueletos rattle their bones as they dance through the door. And the scariest creatures of all aren’t even there yet!
This lively bilingual Halloween poem introduces young readers to a spooky array of Spanish words that will open their ojos to the chilling delights of the season

LOS GATOS BLACK ON HALLOWEEN by Marisa Montes
Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Published by Square Fish/ Macmillan Books


Bonus 
KidLitTV Halloween Special 

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The KidLit TV Halloween Special with Margery Cuyler & Will Terry!

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Bethany Edwards is an elementary educator as well as a reading and literacy
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