Diseased bodies, blood, and bones

The Book of Blood

Sounds like the makings for a horror movie or witch’s brew. However, the topics covered in four new nonfiction books are less gory than they are invitations to broaden readers’ understanding of the history of humankind. HP Newquist’s The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins provides an intriguing, encyclopedic profile […]

Spooks, and ninjas, and vampires—oh my!

Trick or Treat

Who needs candy? These four new treats will satisfy picture book fans hungry for Halloween fun. While delivering invitations to his Halloween party, ghost Oliver, star of Leo Landry’s Trick or Treat, doesn’t notice when one slips away and floats down to two boys. When “a little cow and a little jack-o’-lantern” unexpectedly arrive at […]

Left-of-center supernatural fantasy

The Peculiars

This time of year, vampires, zombies, and other things that go bump in the night — already omnipresent in YA fantasy — get an extra workout. These new novels are no mere creature features, though, presenting carefully crafted dark fantasy worlds and nuanced “monsters” more like us than we might want to believe. In The […]

Books to give you chills

ghosts in the house

…and maybe chuckles!  Here are some of our favorite recent Halloween reads, including scary and not-so-scary stories alike.

Halloween Reading

The books recommended below were published within the last several years. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion.   PICTURE BOOKS Suggested grade level listed with each entry. Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara (Roaring Brook) After moving into a haunted house, a young witch hops on her broom […]

Boo to you!

The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories

Halloween’s not just for little boys and ghouls. Here are some funny, eerie, and downright creepy titles to scare up readers of all ages. The goofiest of the group is David LaRochelle’s picture book The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories. Ghost siblings Franny and Frankie demand a story before bed. Of course, one is […]

Bone Dog

Bone Dog

Knowing the mortality rate of dogs in books, it’s no surprise that turning the translucent cover of the title page reveals a “bone dog.” Using very thick black outlined panels and water colored relief prints, Rohmann tells a story of grief and canine loyalty on one Halloween night. The close connection between Gus and Ella is […]