Kids crave scary stories. During my time as librarian for four elementary schools and two middle schools the most popular request was, "Where are the scary books?" The second most popular request was, "Where are the Christmas books?" And they read them all year round, not just at Halloween or Christmas! It was a challenge to me to decide what "scary book" I could give to a 5 year-old. There are degrees to scary. Fortunately, there are plenty of scary books for children of all ages. Here are 20 of the latest spine-tingling titles. A word of caution: Read them yourself first to determine the right scary-factor for your child!
Being a children's book collector, a bookseller and former "librarian" children's books are a major part of my life and I think about them and about literacy often. Inspiration usually comes to me while I'm in the shower and is promptly washed down the drain. I'm finally going to try to write down some of these pearls and share them!
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