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On Susan Kusel’s “Book or Treat!” (from 2016)

“Over the years, I’ve been amazed at the number of kids who arrive at my house looking forward to selecting their book.”

In “Book or Treat!,” librarian and “frequent book-award committee member” Susan Kusel writes about the genius way she divests herself of the many review copies she receives throughout the year. On Halloween, she gives out books (in addition to candy because she’s no dummy). In true librarian fashion, she lets trick-or-treaters choose a book themselves:

“This has resulted in teenagers selecting board books and preschoolers picking up novels (both of which sometimes end up with younger or older siblings). More importantly, though, I think it stops me from being a gatekeeper and allows the kids to choose what appeals to them the most.”

I loved this idea a year ago, and I still love it. Take a look at Susan’s tips for having your own successful Halloween book-giveaway. And have a happy, safe, and spoooooky Halloween!

About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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