Are you looking for some awesome fall and Halloween read-alouds? Here is my list of some of my favorites! They are in no particular order. My students have loved them and so will yours, enjoy!
Room on the Broom is an adorable rhyming story about a witch who makes “room on the broom” for several animals. After the broom breaks and a dragon threatens her, the animals come to her rescue.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! follows the traditional rhyming story with a Halloween twist! This is a forever favorite at home and school.
The farm animals think Hampire! is out to get them, but it turns out he is a vegetarian. This suspenseful rhyming book has a deliciously happy ending.
Look closely at the pictures in Funny Farm. All the animals give hints as to what Edward will do next on the farm. The animals are enjoying life on this farm!
Bats on parade is the perfect book for a math read aloud. The bats multiply each time showing doubles multiplication facts. Add all of the doubles facts together for an awesome cross curricular connection.
Those Darn Squirrels! is a funny book series. Old Man Fookwire goes to a battle of wits with the squirrels to keep them out of his bird feeders. The squirrels eventually feel bad that he is lonely and give him a gift.
Keeping with the squirrel theme…. Miss Suzy is an ALL TIME favorite of mine. It is an older book that I remember reading as a child. The mean bully grey squirrels kick Miss Suzy out of her tidy little home. She moves into an attic and befriends the toy soldiers. She cares for them and to repay her they help her get her home back from the grey squirrels.
Strega Nona’s Harvest is a classic that follows Strega Nona as she plants and harvests her vegetables. Big Anthony also plants a garden and secretly gives all the vegetables to Strega Nona. She doesn’t know where they came from but she feels good to share with the community.
Fall Leaves has beautiful pictures and vividly describes all of the changes that happen during the fall season. The language in this book is very rich.
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) is a fun and clever story about a boy and his teacher. They do not get along at school until they meet at the park one day. They finally bond and he starts to see that maybe she really isn’t a “monster”.
I Want To Be in a Scary Story is a cute book about a little monster who wants to be in a scary story until he realizes that he will be scared! Then he decides he wants to be in a funny story. In the end, it is a funny AND scary story. A fun story that can easily be incorporated into writing instruction.
Creepy Carrots! is a story about Jack Rabbit who loves carrots, until they start following him and become really creepy! Students will love this funny and creepy story.
Creepy Pair of Underwear! is about Jack Rabbit who is now older. He likes his underwear until he can’t get rid of them!
Stellaluna is a classic tale of a bat who gets separated from her mother. She falls into a bird’s nest and begins living with the family of birds. She feels bad because she cannot do the things that the birds do, until she realizes she is a bat. They accept their differences and remain friends. This is a funny and touching story.
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (I Can Read! Reading 2) This book is a compilation of “scary” stories that are not that scary, just a little spooky and weird. My first and second grade students enjoy this book without being scared. It may be scary for younger students.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything is walking through the woods. She hears a lot of sounds behind her, but will she get scared? The kids love making all of the sounds in this suspenseful book.
Arthurs Halloween is an all time favorite in my home. Everyone enjoys the story of how Arthur feels on Halloween.
The Littlest Pumpkin is the story of a pumpkin who is the littlest in the patch. The pumpkin is not chosen but ends up fulfilling it’s Halloween destiny in a celebration with the smallest guests.
Pumpkin Jack is about Tim’s pumpkin that he named Jack. He will watch his first pumpkin change after he carves it. The pumpkin rots but brings him a new pumpkin. A great addition to science lessons about pumpkins and seeds.
I hope you enjoy this list!! What others would you add? I would love to know!