Halloween Books for Kids

Everybody loves a good book, especially teachers and parents! But when it comes to Halloween, selecting the right books can be a bit “tricky.”

Here are some of my favorite Halloween books for young children in preschool and kindergarten that are full of opportunities for teaching and learning.

The Best Halloween Books for Preschool and Kindergarten
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The Best Halloween Books for Kids

A good, high-quality read-aloud not only captures the attention of the audience through the illustrations and text, but also provides a variety of opportunities for young children to develop important emergent literacy skills such as rhyming, concepts of print, alliteration and many more.

All too often, books are chosen because of the character on the cover instead of the content on the pages.

Some of the books on this list were written by notable children’s authors known for their high-quality content.

Big Pumpkin

A Halloween version of the cumulative Russian folktale, The Turnip, Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman is big fun! The characters in this story work together to pull a pumpkin off the vine. This book would make a wonderful addition to any classroom library. After reading the story, make pumpkin pie with your children.
Skills: Rhythm, Repetition, Sharing, Teamwork

Boo to You!

Lois Ehlert is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children’s books. In Boo to You! Ehlert’s signature mixed-media collage style art work utilizes items found in nature and helps to capture the attention of the reader.
Skills: Rhyming, Point of View (mice vs. cat)

Dem Bones

Bob Barner, renowned children’s author and artist has taken the classic African American spiritual Dem Bones and turned it into a fabulous book by the same name. Dem Bones combines the rhythmic song with Barner’s signature torn paper collages. If the lesson about the bones of the skeleton are beyond your kids the illustrations and the rhythm of the main text is more than enough to keep them engaged.
Skills: Rhyme/Rhythm, Fluency, Vocabulary, Oral Language Development, Author’s Purpose (entertain and teach), Science (anatomy)

Five Little Pumpkins

Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino is the traditional version of this classic early childhood rhyme. Invite your children to act out the rhyme using their hands and fingers and you’ve got their attention for sure!
Skills: Rhyming, Fine Motor Skills, Oral Language Development, Vocabulary

Little Boo

Young children will definitely relate to the sweet story of Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli. This gentle tale recounts the life cycle of a seed and also serves as a metaphor for growing up.
Skills: Life Cycles, Patience

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams is a classic tale with many opportunities for learning. Young children love to retell this favorite and sequence the events in order. This is one book your kids will beg you to read over and over again!
Skills: Predictions, Sequencing, Retelling, Vocabulary, Oral Language Development

Moonlight the Halloween Cat

Moonlight the Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant offers a cat’s eye view of Halloween. An award winning author, Cynthia Rylant’s Midnight the Halloween Cat is sure to be a big hit with young children everywhere!
Skills: Rhyming, Vocabulary, Inferences, Perspective

Pumpkin Eye

Award winning children’s author and illustrator, Denise Fleming pairs rhyming verse with creative images hand crafted from paper in her book Pumpkin Eye. Told from the perspective of the pumpkin, the author uses carefully crafted rhymes that encourage the reader to make inferences throughout the story.
Skills: Rhyming, Vocabulary, Inferences, Perspective

The Three Bears Halloween

This Halloween twist on the classic tale of Goldilocks is absolutely adorable! The Three Bears Halloween by Kathy Duval follows the bear family as they go trick-or-treating on Halloween. They discover an empty house and decide to go inside. No spoiler alerts here, you will have to read it on your own to find out what happens next! This is a must-read for anybody who loves Goldilocks or Fairy Tales in general.
Skills: Sequencing, Sizes

Who Will Haunt My House on Halloween?

Who Will Haunt My House on Halloween? is part of the popular “Who Will…” series by Jerry Pallotta. The vibrant, detailed illustrations that fill the pages completely are captivating. Your kids will love searching for the mouse and cat hiding within the book on certain pages.
Skills: Sequencing (who rings the doorbell first, second etc.)

More Halloween Resources:
Fun with Pumpkins and Markers
Halloween Visual Discrimination Printable
Halloween Classroom Party Treats
Healthy Halloween Party Treats Printable
Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play
Halloween I-Spy Bottle Activity Printable
10 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Alternatives
Teacher Halloween Costumes
Spider Activities for Kids
Printable “You’ve Been Boo’d” Sign

Halloween Ideas for Preschool and kindergarten
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Apple Visual Discrimination

Do your kids need help developing their visual discrimination skills?

This apple printable fits nicely with a fall theme and will help young children in preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten develop those tricky visual discrimination skills.

Keep reading to grab your copy!

Free Printable Apple Theme Visual Discrimination Activity for Preschool and Kindergarten
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Visual Discrimination Activities

Have you ever shown a child a letter, like uppercase F and the child has identified the letter as an uppercase E? This is an example of a child who may be struggling with visual discrimination skills.

Letters that have similarities like E and F can be confusing for many young children who are being introduced to the letters of alphabet for the first time.

Visual discrimination is the ability to correctly identify the similarities and differences in objects or symbols by sight.

Developing visual discrimination skills will help young children be able to identify letters and numbers quickly, or fluently.

Supplies Needed:
You will need small manipulatives for this activity such as flat floral marbles, bingo chips, or Unifix cubes.

Preparing the Visual Discrimination Activity

First, print out the pages on cardstock.

Next, laminate the pages for durability and cut each page in half, there are two task cards per page.

Apple Visual Discrimination Activity

Place your manipulatives like bingo chips, floral marbles, or Unifix cubes in a container in the middle of your small group area so all children will have easy access to the materials.

Show the children how to look at each card and find the two images that are the same. Demonstrate how to place one manipulative on top of each of the images that are the same.

Ask the children to tell you how the other images are different.

Give one task card to each child in your small group and invite the children to place the manipulatives on top of the images on their cards that are the same.

This is a quick activity so be sure to explain that they can trade cards with a friend after they have finished each card.

Another idea is to make an entire set of cards for each child in your small group. Use a hole punch and a book ring to create a booklet of task cards for each child. As the child completes a card he or she can flip to the next page to continue.

Visual Discrimination Printable

Printable Apple Visual Discrimination Activity for Preschool and Kindergarten
Click on the picture above to download the apple visual discrimination activity.

More Visual Discrimination Resources:
Halloween Visual Discrimination Printable
Thanksgiving Visual Discrimination Printable

Fall Theme Pinterest Board
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Dramatic Play Apple Activities

These apple activities for your dramatic play apple orchard center are both fun and educational.

Your kids will love to pretend baking apple pies, cooking apple butter and applesauce and more!

Apple Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten
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Apple Activities for the Dramatic Play Center

I used brown pom-poms that are similar in color to cooked apples. Invite the children to use the pom-poms to cook and bake apple goods to sell in the dramatic play apple orchard market stand.

Include mixing bowls, rolling pins, measuring cups and spoons in your dramatic play center to encourage scooping, pouring and rolling. As children cook they are using math skills such as:

  • Estimation: How many more pom-poms will fit in this jar?
  • Counting and Measuring: How many scoops of apples will fit in the pie?
  • More and Less: Which jar of applesauce has more apples? Which jar has less?

In the picture above you can see the plastic containers I used to hold the pretend apple butter and applesauce. The children scoop and pour pom-poms into the containers to create apple butter and applesauce to sell at the apple orchard market.

I also created a free set of labels for you to use in your dramatic play apple orchard, keep reading to grab your copy!

Dramatic Play Apple Orchard Video

I created a video tour of my apple orchard dramatic play center, I hope you like it!

Felt Apple Pie for Pretend Play

Felt Apple Pie Supplies

Here are the supplies you will need to create your own felt apple pie.

How to Make Felt Apple Pie for Play

How to Make a Felt Apple Pie for Pretend Play

To create an apple pie for pretend play, first use the marker to trace around a small paper plate on the felt. Trace two circles, one for the top crust and one for the bottom crust.

Next, cut out the circles and make a few small cuts in the top crust to resemble the vents in the top of a real pie.

Then, place the pom-poms, felt crust, pie pans, and cooking utensils in your dramatic play center and watch the kids have tons of fun creating apple pies!

Free Printable Apple Labels for Pretend Play

Free Printable Apple Labels for Pretend Play
Click on the picture above to download the free printable apple labels for your dramatic play center. Just print the labels, cut out, and attach to the front of plastic containers.

More Dramatic Play Ideas:

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Dramatic Play Pinterest Board

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