It is that time of year again where ghosts and goblins come out to play and creepy things howl in the night. We have all kinds of books at the library that will terrify and scare you, but if you are looking for something “not so scary” to read this month, then check out the books below.  

Kindergarten-3rd Grade

I Want to be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor  

Little Monster wants to star in a scary story, but starts to think differently when confronted with a spooky house, a dark forest and a creepy witch. The bright, simple illustrations and the back and forth conversation between the narrator and the monster make it a delight to read. An amusing story that is sure to spark any child’s imagination.  

Everything about the house at the end of Daffodil Street is beautiful, bright and cheerful … except for the room on the top floor with the round window. This is Franny’s room.  Franny’s room is filled with bats, snakes, tarantulas, flying piranha and science experiments. One day, Franny attempts her most challenging experiment ever – fitting in with her peers. She and her classmates learn an important lesson about what it genuinely takes to “fit in” and about appreciating who you really are. The Franny K. Stein series are great beginner chapter books for early readers. 

Lunch Walks Among Us (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist) by Jim Benton

4th Grade – 8th Grade

Scary School by Derek the Ghost (Derek Taylor Kent)

Fans of the Wayside School series will love the teachers and students of Scary School. The author, Derek the Ghost, is an eleven-year-old boy who wanders the halls after his untimely demise during a school science experiment that went terribly wrong. Derek records all of the frightening and hilarious things that happen at the school including the story of a teacher named Dr. Dragonbreath, who likes to eat his students and Principal Headcrusher, who has a unique and devastating way to keep order at the school. This cleverly written and amusingly illustrated book will bewitch and enchant all who dare to read it. 

You’ve seen the show on Netflix … now read the book! This funny, fast-paced, and sometimes frightening adventure is told through the eyes of 13 year-old foster kid, Jack Sullivan. The monster apocalypse has descended upon his town of Wakefield turning ALMOST everyone into zombies. Jack has holed up in a tree house armed with catapults and an endless supply of Oreos and Mountain Dew, but he can’t last long. Jack enlists three of his friends to wage battle against winged wretches, vine thingies and the most evil creature of all, Blarg. A fantastic read for fans of chapter books and for those who enjoy graphic novels.  

The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier

For more scary and not-so-scary books and movies for the season, check out our holiday selection in the Children’s department. Look for the orange and black witch stickers.

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