There are so many fabulous Halloween children's books, so this week's book selection took a bit of thinking. Lately, I find myself saying to my students almost daily, "Today I'm going to read you one of my favorite stories." The truth is I'm not crazy about Halloween and I'm not a huge fan of scary things, but you say the word Halloween in Kindergarten and the kids get super excited. Their small little faces light up with glee at the mere mention of the word. I could be wrong, but I think it might have something to do with the candy. So even though, I'm not jumping for joy as Halloween approaches, I can appreciate a good holiday themed book. I also love the rhyme and repetition of this particular Halloween read. The illustrations are vivid and colorful as well (I'm a sucker for cutesy illustrations).
Room on the Broom, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, tells the story of a witch and her cat out for an evening ride on her broomstick. As the weather picks up, her things take flight. Some friends help her retrieve her things, but want a ride in return. Will the broom be able to carry all of her friends? What will happen when a dragon wants to eat the witch? You'll have to read to find out!