Baby Horn BOO! 2014

In "Horn BOO!" we recommend our favorite new Halloween titles for big(ger) kids; here are some new festive board books for the littlest trick-or-treaters. For more Halloween board books, check out last year's "Baby Horn BOO!" — and for more great board books to share all year round, see our our fall board book roundup.

rockwell_apples and pumpkinsAuthor Anne Rockwell and illustrator Lizzy Rockwell's seasonal classic Apples and Pumpkins (1989) follows a pigtailed, rosy-cheeked little girl and her parents on a visit to a local farm, where they pick apples from the orchard and a pumpkin from the patch. On Halloween night, the family puts out their newly carved jack-o'-lantern, the girl's mother hands out the shiny red apples, and the girl trick-or-treats on their street. As in the original picture book, this new board-book edition showcases the spare text and autumn-hued illustrations with plenty of breathing room. (Little Simon)

dewdney_llama llama trick or treatAnna Dewney's Llama Llama Trick or Treat is one in a series of six board-book adventures starring the beloved little guy. Here Llama Llama, on a shopping excursion with his llama mama, excitedly scopes out Halloween decorations and other kids' ensembles. He test-drives costumes ("An astronaut? A bumblebee?") and picks out the perfect pumpkin. Back at home, he and his friends carve their jack-o'-lanterns and prepare candy to hand out. Llama Llama then goes trick-or-treating in vampire garb and with parents in tow. Dewdney's brief rhyming text and textured paintings — full of her familiar anthropomorphized animal characters — make for a toddler-friendly introduction to Halloween festivities. (Viking)

fry_itsy bitsy pumpkinIn The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin written by Sonali Fry and illustrated by Sanja Rescek, the titular jack-o'-lantern accidentally rolls away from home. A little-girl witch on her broomstick stops to give the pumpkin a ride back to his patch, where the warm-toned illustrations show him reunited with his smiling jack-o'-lantern family and several friendly critters in Halloween attire. The "Itsy-Bitsy Spider"–based verse may be a bit twee for parents, but toddlers will catch on quickly and sing along. (Little Simon)

 

Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, formerly editor of The Horn Book Guide, is a freelance children’s and YA editor. She's also a former bookseller who holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons University. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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