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Whether you’re looking for books to use in speech therapy or for books to read to your own little pumpkin, here are some of my absolute favorite Halloween-themed books for babies, toddlers, and kids! Scroll down for descriptions of each book and some of the ways I use them as a speech-language pathologist and as a mom.
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Perfect for preschoolers and elementary-aged students, this book follows the story of a witch and her cat. The witch drops her hat, her bow, and her wand, but animals help her find each one then join her on the broom. Is there room on the broom for each animal? Suddenly the broom snaps in two and the witch needs the animals to help rescue her from the hungry dragon! There’s a cool surprise at the end! I use this book to target sequencing and answering WH questions.
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Jeffrey Burton
Instead of just reading this book, I sing it to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”! Noelle adores this book and it is almost always her first choice when we pick books for the night. The story and illustrations are precious. I also use this book in speech therapy with my youngest clients! We target tolerance for booksharing, joint attention, and requesting (they usually want “more” since it’s quick little read).
The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing
The “Night Before” series is my favorite for getting in the holiday spirit– no matter what holiday you’re celebrating! This story follows the structure of the traditional “Night Before Christmas” story, but with a Halloween flair! Make a list of the rhyming words that are sprinkled throughout the book or target answering questions once you finish reading.
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle
It’s Halloween and Little Blue Truck is picking his friends up for a costume party. Lift the flaps to see which animal is wearing each costume. Use this book to target verbs like “open” or describe what the animals are doing. You could also target expanding utterances by cueing your student to say what each animal is dressed up as, like “The cow is a clown,” or target answering WH questions.
Hoot Howl Halloween by Becky Wilson
On Halloween the moon shines bright and spooky noises full the night! This interactive sound book has buttons for 10 spooky sounds. Explore the haunted house as you press the buttons to hear ghosts wailing, witches cackling, bats flapping and bones jangling. The story is in a rhyme format so it would be another great book to use to make a list of rhyming words to discuss after you read. You could also use this book to target joint attention, WH questions, and action words. My patients ask to read this book all year long because they are so interested in the different sounds!
Pop-Up Peekaboo Pumpkin by DK
This rhyming book allows you to lift the flaps and big, bright, adorable spooky animals pop up at you! These “Pop-Up Peekaboo” books are truly the BEST pop-up/lift-the-flap books I’ve ever found! We have so many of them in our library at home. This book is best for toddlers and could be used to work on joint attention, imitating sounds, action word “open,” greeting and bidding farewell to the animals, and asking and answering “who” and “what” questions. It was Noelle’s favorite last year when she was 11 months but she’s still enjoying it this year!
Boo! by Leslie Patricelli
This short, engaging story is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. The baby goes to the pumpkin patch, carves a pumpkin, picks a costume, and goes trick-or-treating. This book is like a little exploration of all of the fun Halloween activities there are to do! You could use it to target vocabulary, imitation, action words, WH questions, use of exclamations, and more! This book has been my 22 month-old Noelle’s favorite book this Halloween season!
Spooky Pookie by Sandra Boynton
This sweet little book is another great one for toddlers! Pookie is trying to figure out what to be for Halloween. He tries on lots of different costumes and reveals the final choice at the end. This book would be useful for targeting answering questions, labeling, and expanding utterances.
The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills
I’m always a fan of a book that you can SING instead of just read. It’s a game-changer for working on joint attention. I use this book to work on imitation!
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