Are your kids avid readers? I’m always on the look-out for new books that my boys would enjoy as they are reluctant readers. But they do love a spooky Halloween-themed story!

Treat your kids this Halloween this spooky season with these new titles from Candlewick Press for kids ages 4 and up.

The Princess in Black

By Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyan Pham

HC: 9780763665104  ∙ October 2014 ∙ $14.99 ∙ 96 pages ∙ Ages 4-8

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

« “Action, clever humor, delightful illustrations and expectation-defying secret identities—when does the next one come out?” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

I’m My Own Dog

Written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein

HC: 9780763661397 ∙ August  2014 ∙  $15.99 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 4-8

 Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein has fans at his command with this comical dog’s-eye view of having a best friend.

“A sweet and funny role reversal…  An ode to the transformative joy of companionship.” — The New York Times Book Review

« “A witty and charming story. … Minimal text makes this a great read-aloud for listeners with short attention spans, while the humor will tickle older kids and grown-ups.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Season

By Jessie Haas, illustrated by Alison Friend

HC: 9780763664503 ∙ August 2014 ∙ $14.99 ∙ 56 pages ∙ Ages 5-8

Bramble, a persnickety but lovable horse, and Maggie, her patient owner, build an even stronger friendship as they brave the surprises of autumn.

“Clear, lively prose and soft, expressive gouache illustrations combine for a Halloween friendship story.” – The Horn Book

Halloween books for kids

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive

By Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

HC: 9780763663391 ∙August 2014 ∙ $12.99 ∙ 96 pages ∙ Ages 6-9

Yippie-i-oh! Saddle up for the first in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from Kate DiCamillo’s New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson books.

“DiCamillo … has always been at her best when dwelling on the good and the bad in relationships between humans and animals, and Van Dusen knows precisely how best to present Leroy to us.” — The New York Times Book Review

« “Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen strike gold again with this charming addition to the Mercy Watson story-verse. … As with her Mercy Watson books, DiCamillo manages something extremely difficult in an early reader series — a delicious sense of language that is playful and poetic while also staying accessible and appropriate.” — Shelf Awareness(starred review)

The Worst Witch to the Rescue

Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy

HC: 9780763669997 ∙ August  2014 ∙ $14.99 ∙ 176 pages ∙ Ages 8-12

Mildred Hubble, the worst student at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, returns in a new escapade for young magic lovers.

“Heartwarming magic with just the right touch of talking toads and tortoises.” — Kirkus Reviews

 “Featuring a lively, likable protagonist, humorous touches, and intricate black-and-white illustrations, this sixth Worst Witch title is another entertaining read in the enjoyable series.” – Booklist Online

Evil Librarian

By Michelle Knudsen

HC: 9780763660383 ∙ September 2014 ∙ $16.99 ∙ 352 pages ∙ Ages 14 and up

He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.

« “Terrifically entertaining from start to finish.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Snappily narrated, tightly plotted and generally just right. Forget paranormal romance; this horror-humor-romance pastiche is where those in search of hot nonhumans should set their sights.” – Kirkus Reviews


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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. Samantha D. Reply

    My daughters would love to read these! They love the mystery and illustrations in Halloween books.

  2. She loves the subject matter in general.
    It’s fun stuff overall 😉

  3. I just realized that this is for US only. 🙁 you can ignore my entry!

  4. my kids like to be ‘scared’ a little just enough to make them laugh

  5. He likes all of the pictures and spooky stories. Halloween is my favorite holiday so I enjoy reading them as well.

  6. Getting excited about going trick or treating when they read Halloween books!

  7. Holly Messana Reply

    My daughter loves seasonal books, when we get close to each holiday/event it allows us to bring out the books that we haven’t read since the previous year. It gets you into the spirit of things.

  8. My daughter loves the excitement in the books, she enjoys the movies too.

  9. It’s their favorite time of year, their favorite holiday, so of course they love to read about it!

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