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Halloween Books for Kids can be a turning point this season. With Halloween fast approaching, parents are torn between allowing their children to go trick-or-treating or staying in to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. As CNN points out, nothing is exactly back to 2019. Although children over the age of 12 can be vaccinated and going outdoors is considered safer, families with young children may put elderly, immunocompromised family members at risk through exposure.
If you’ve decided to stay indoors for another Halloween season, why not help your kids settle in for a spooky night with a good book and some candy? Reading together is a fun activity, and books with a Halloween twist can even help your children understand and overcome scary things. As we discussed in ‘Smart Goals For Kids: Fulfill Them with Smore Guide’, kids should be guided away from fears and imaginary scenarios so they can live a life without regrets. These halloween books for kids can be a turning point this season.
Here are three Halloween-themed books your children are sure to love:
According to Michigan State University, ‘fear reactions’ are a normal part of child development. Children should be aware of any threats in their environment and be prepared to respond to them — which is what author Rebecca Green sets out to do in her picture-book debut How to Make Friends with a Ghost
The book goes through instructions on what to do if you meet a harmless, friendly ghost. It highlights the dos and don’ts with sections like “Ghost Basics” and “Ghost Care,” as well as some issues kids may face when they grow up. The final section called “Growing Together” covers unfamiliar situations — moving to a new house, working, having a family, and growing old — and makes these easy for kids to digest. Above all, the book is a great read to inspire your children towards making lifelong friends.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline is a dark fantasy children’s novella by acclaimed British author Neil Gaiman. Published in 2002, Coraline has won several awards and was adapted into a stop-motion film of the same name in 2009. The story of Coraline begins when 11-year-old Coraline explores her family’s new flat and discovers a passage to a parallel world. In this other flat, the food, toys, and books seem so much better than they are in Coraline’s world.
However, there’s another mother and another father there too — and they want Coraline to stay with them forever. This novella is eerie and suspenseful, so it’s better suited for older readers. Plus, older kids may be able to relate to Coraline, who’s tired of her mundane family life, and learn that there’s really no place like home.
Kay’s Marvellous Medicine: A Gross and Gruesome History of the Human Body by Adam Kay
Kids over the age of 10 who have a strong stomach and enjoy reading about gross stuff will definitely appreciate Kay’s Marvellous Medicine: A Gross and Gruesome History of the Human Body. Written by former doctor Adam Kay, this creative book celebrates the horrors of the human body.
From nonsensical humor on snot, farts, and poop, to taboo issues like smoking, alcohol, mental health, and sex, older children will pick up a lot of new information in Kay’s Marvellous Medicine. They’ll discover how doctors throughout history studied the inner workings of the body and fixed its problems through gruesome treatments. It’s highly recommended for pre-teens interested in biology.