Nicole Says…Read These Books to Your Kids

By Nicole McManus

Happy Halloween! Growing up, I was always a fan of the cute and fun Halloween books. I never got into the gory stories. My favorite, of course, is the classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. In fact, still to this day, it isn’t officially Halloween until Charlie Brown makes an appearance. Below, I share another one of my childhood favorites with the Berenstain Bears family. There are several new, cute, children’s books, including Llama Llama Trick or Treat. (I think it is safe to say, the Llama Llama series will be known in the future as classic children’s books!) Below are two other relatively new  books that I think will be fun for the entire family.

Mickey’s Halloween, A Spooky Fun Lift-the- Flap Book, by Disney (Board book, Toddler to Kindergarten)

All of Mickey’s friends are ready for Halloween. This is an adorable board book. The sing-song rhythm and bright pictures will capture the young children’s attention. The scavenger hunt for objects and guessing who is who will entertain older readers, while adults will enjoy reminiscing with Mickey and his friends! The pages are big enough for the whole family to gather around and have fun discovering what is under each of the 40+ flap



Sleepy Hollow Sleepover, by Ron Roy (A-Z Mysteries Super Edition #4)(2nd to 5th grade)

Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are staying in a spooky cabin in Sleepy Hollow. They are excited for the hayride through town to the bonfire. Mysterious things happen that night and it is up to the trio of friends to solve the crimes!

This is a fantastic series of mystery books. This story has several pictures that have a hidden message in them, so readers have a bonus puzzle to solve. Perfect for children who love to discover their inner detective skills.


The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat, by Stan and Jan Berenstain (Kindergarten to 2nd)

Brother and Sister Bear are excited to go trick or treating by themselves. However, when the neighborhood bully joins them and wants to play tricks on the grouchy, older neighbor, Brother and Sister aren’t sure what to do. When Miz McGrizz catches them, will they all be in trouble, or will a sweet treat be in their future?

I remember reading numerous Berenstain Bears books, as a child. I loved them all! This story teaches children not to judge appearances. Fans of the series will enjoy seeing all the favorite characters, and this is the perfect book for young elementary students. This deluxe edition even includes stickers to count down to the holiday, stick on tattoos, and a memory card game for children to play.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at

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