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To Spook or Not To Spook

      October, October, how we’ve missed you…..hot cider and pumpkins, hayrides and costumes….everyone has a favorite activity to enjoy during this fall season. For some children, Halloween is an October highlight that provides a great opportunity to scare up some thrilling books from the library. Check out some of the featured titles below and discover stories for YOUR raring-for-scares reader—some are scary and some are sweet! Click on any cover to go to its entry in NPL’s catalog!

 For those young readers who want minimal chills…

Image                   I’m the Scariest Thing in the Castle by Kevin Sherry

This adorable board book is written by the same author who wrote the picture book, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean.


  Shake D’Em Halloween Bones by Nikola-Lisa

I’ve personally seen this book wildly entertain crowds in storytime and in the classroom, and it’s easy to see why—this colorful book is fun for all ages. The text can be sung, and children can clap along to the fun beat.Ghost Eats It All! By Janee Trasler.

Short and sweet, this book has a guaranteed laugh-out-loud ending!

        A Dark and Noisy Night by Lisa Thiesing

Follow Peggy the pig as she tries to discover the causes of some strange noises on Halloween night.  Kids will love making the noises, too!

For those chapter book readers who want spooky, not scary…

                                               Are you Afraid Yet? The Science Behind Scary Stuff by Stephen James O’Meara

  Discover facts about mummies and find out how the vampire myth began in this fascinating non-fiction book. They say that truth CAN be stranger than fiction.

    Halloween Night:  Twenty-One Spooktacular Poems by Charles Ghigna

      Get your poetry fix with these spooky poems that tackle all kinds of creepy subject matter.

                                                           The Boy of a Thousand Faces by Brian Selznick

What to do when you enjoy transforming your face into different monsters? Why, you send a picture of yourself to your hero, Mr. Shadows, that’s what you do! What happens next is anyone’s guess.

For those chapter book readers who want the scariest of the scariest…

          All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

      Get ready for chills in yet another fantastic ghost tale by the same author who brought you the   classic thriller Wait Till Helen Comes.


                                                                                                  Haunted Houses by Robert D. San Souci

Dive into 10 unique stories all focused around the theme of haunted houses. This is the first book in the “Are You Scared  Yet?” series. Don’t forget to check out San Souci’s other scary story titles.

   Ghost Liners:  Exploring the World’s Greatest Ships by Robert D. Ballard

     This intriguing non-fiction book is written by the man who rediscovered the Titanic on the ocean floor. Using stunning details and spooky photographs, Ballard tells the tales of doomed ships that never made it back to port. How can that NOT make anyone shiver?

          If you’re in grades 3rd-5th and you are looking to be spooked, come to the library for our Let Us Give You Goosebumps program. Get ready for scary stories and dastardly deeds. This program is NOT for the easily scared. No registration is required.

   When:    7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19th @ Nichols Library in the Storyroom

                   7:00 p.m. on Thursay, Oct. 25th @ Naper Boulevard Library in the Program Room

                  7:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29th @ 95th St. Library in the Program Room

                      ~~~~Amy, 95th St. Children’s Services


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