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Reading Suggestions for A Spooky Story Hour

By Anika Denise

Halloween is one my favorite holidays. It must be because when I was little, my mom pulled out all the stops: Parties with haunted caves to explore, spooky games, hand-sewn costumes, homemade treats–she was the ‘Queen of Halloween’ long before Martha Stewart’s reign, and so even as an adult, when this festive time of year rolls around, I tend to revel in the season’s spooky delights!

One such delight is reading the latest, greatest Halloween books to kids in the story corner.  Here are some festive reading suggestions for a “not-too-scary” story hour sure to please the wee witches, ghosties, ghoulies, princesses, butterflies and superheroes in your life.

Sweetest, cutest Halloween book:
“Ollie’s Halloween,” by Olivier Dunrea

Most evocative, eerie, poetic language:
“The Crow, A Not-So-Scary Story,” by Alison Paul

Funniest, silliest Halloween story:
“Scardey-Cat, Splat!” by Rob Scotton

Most old fashioned Halloween fun:
“Vampire Boy’s Goodnight,” by Lisa Brown

Best Halloween read-aloud for the preschool set:
“The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything,” by Linda Williams

For a fun and simple seasonal craft, try one of these project ideas:

* Painting sugar pumkins, like the ones pictured here, painted at legendary pumpkin farm: Jack Creek (http://www.allaboutpumpkins.com)

* Scarecrow paper plates like this one, with instructions at e.how.com

* Foam Halloween kits from Michael’s crafts.

Anika Denise is the author of “Pigs Love Potatoes” and “Bella And Stella Come Home.” (Philomel Books) She lives in Barrington, RI with her husband, Christopher — a children’s book illustrator — and their two daughters.  In addition to writing children’s books, Anika is the host of a popular Thursday morning story hour series at Barrington Books.  You can read more of her children’s book reviews and story hour suggestions at www.bookmarks-ri.blogspot.com and at www.anikadenise.blogspot.com.  For information on her books, visit www.anikadenise.com.  When not writing or reading to kids in the story corner, Anika can be found cooking, gardening, carting little girls to and fro, or strolling the beach near her house with her family, thinking up ideas for new stories.

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