Tis’ the season for ghosts and ghoulies and creepy crawlies, but these books about bones and skeletons can be read and shared all year round.
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales
In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle’s door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.
Skelly, the Skeleton Girl by Jimmy Pickering
Skelly the skeleton girl finds a bone lying on the floor of her house and wonders where it came from, and when she finally finds the answer she is pleasantly surprised.
Billy Bones: A Tale From the Secrets Closet by Christopher Lincoln
The secrets of High Manners Manor, carefully guarded in a closet by Billy and his skeleton parents, begin to unravel when the orphan Millicent arrives and the two children start uncovering ghosts, apparitions, and scurrilous lies that have been festering in the house for far too long.
Dem Bones by Bob Barner
Paper collages revive a classic African-American song, as frolicking skeletons sing along to the well-known spiritual, accompanied by interesting, informative “bone facts”.
Bones: Skeletons and How They Work by Steve Jenkins
Featuring intricate, collage-style cut-paper images by a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator, a guide to human and animal skeletons provides informative comparisons while sharing such facts as the number of bones in the human body and the ways that skeletal structures work.
Try your hand at assembling animal skeletons with this fun build a skeleton game: