With that news, we thought we would give you a monster of a blogpost: a collection of our favorite books–some scary, some not so much, and some downright funny. All of them are great for entertaining others on an eerie autumn evening… Drop into your favorite St. Louis Public Library Branch and take a few home today!
Frankenstein by Ludworst Bemonster (Rick Walton with illustrations by Nathan Hale)
A hilarious, rhythmic parody starring a scientist who sleeps on a gurney and a castle full of headless monsters.
A Big, Spooky House by Donna Washington with illustrations by Jacqueline Rogers
What happens when the big, strong man stays a night in a big, spooky house? Find out in this great picture book, perfect for read aloud storytimes.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, pictures by Axel Scheffler
What could be the the most fearsome creature in the forest–the big, bad Gruffalo or a tiny mouse? Try this picture book for great adjectives and learning to use your wits to steer clear of trouble.
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
A perfect hands-on picture book that challenges children’s’ fears. The reader can banish the monster away forever, or until they’re ready to read again.
Where’s My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi, with illustrations by John Manders
The monster version of Are You My Mother?Find out what happens when Baby Mummy demands one more game of “hide and shriek” and meets many things that go bump in the night.
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illustrations by Peter Brown
A silly and funny picture book about a rabbit that fears his favorite treats may be out to get him.
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
What could possibly go wrong when it comes time for Cow, Duck, Pig, and Mouse to celebrate Halloween? Everything? Yep.
Did that Pumpkin just quack?
Trapped by James Moloney
Skateboarding and suspense make this a great choice for reluctant readers.
School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari
This book is loaded with terror, though it’s not scary. Each child at a special school has a terrible debilitating phobia of one kind or another, and the school is dedicated to putting those fears to rest with unconventional methods.
Whisper in the Dark by Joe Bruchac
Maddie loves scary stories, but suddenly the terrifying tales are too close to home–and she fears the “Whisperer” is coming for her… What can she do to keep from being the next victim?
Abduction by Peg Kehret
Matt is kidnapped by his father and told that his mother and sister are dead… Matt’s mom and sister are terrified not knowing where he is… And what’s going on with Dad?
All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
Two siblings visiting Grandma for the summer play pranks to make people think the old inn is still haunted… Then find out it really is and that ghosts are not happy about being disturbed…
Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex
Great poetry and art liven up the Halloween mood as disasters befall our favorite terrors. We hear the Phantom still has “B-I-N-G-O” stuck in his head. Oh yeah, and watch where you park in Tokyo…
The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright
A spooky tale of a young girl visiting her aunt who finds a dollhouse with figurines that look just like her family members… and reenact the murder of her great grandparents. Special bonus: join us for the movie version at Carondelet Branch Library! Thursday, October 25th at 4 p.m.
The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia McKissack with illustrations by Brian Pinkney
A great collection of short and scary tales, with enough elements of reality to take a second listen for that late-night train whistle.
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
Fantastic illustrations and a single caption line of text for each invite the reader to create stories behind the stirring images.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Volumes I, II & III) collected and edited by Alvin Schwartz
A classic collection for around the campfire, in a darkened corner of the house, or depending on your preference, a bright sunnyafternoon where monsters could be seen coming a mile away…