Happy Half Term!
This October half term we’re thinking about our favourite spooky reads. From classics to contemporary, here are some of our recommendations to visit and revisit this half term.
EYFS – Ages 0-5:
Funnybones – Janet and Allan Ahlberg
“In a dark, dark town, there was a dark, dark street…”
During the dark, dark night, the skeletons come out to play… in the zoo, in the park, and all the way home.
Meg’s Veg – Helen Nicholl and Jan Pienkowski
“Splish splosh, all awash, wellington boots and Macintosh!”
Meg, Mog and Owl work in their vegetable garden, planting peas, carrots… and a pumpkin!
Pick a Pumpkin – Patricia Toht and Jarvis
“Pick a pumpkin from the patch, tall and lean or short and fat.”
From picking the perfect pumpkin at the patch to presenting your perfect Jack-O-Lantern, this book captures all the magic of this holiday tradition.
Lower Key Stage 1 – Ages 5-6
Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
“Is there room on the broom for a frog like me?”
The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom.
I Want to Be in a Scary Story – Sean Taylor and Jean Jullien
“Little Monster? Are you out here?”
Little Monster wants to be in a scary story… but is he brave enough? Are you?
The Dark – Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen
“The voice of The Dark was as creaky as the roof of the house…”
Laszlo is scared of The Dark. But The Dark lives in the same house as Laszlo…
Upper Key Stage 1 – Ages 6-7
The Jolley Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon – Johnny Duddle
“Heave ho! Heave ho! Under the light of the moon we go!”
Join the Jolley Rogers as they investigate disappearing jewellery and a mysterious ship… can they solve the mystery before the moon goes down?
Daisy and the Trouble with Vampires – Kes Gray
“The trouble with vampires is people shouldn’t be allowed to dress up as them. Or talk about them. Or even think about them.”
It’s Halloween, and Daisy is going trick-or-treating for the first time… in the dark… in the fog… with a vampire!
How to Make Friends with a Ghost – Rebecca Green
“…if you are a person who is sweet, warm and kind, a ghost may come out and find you.”
A sweet and endearing story about friendship – and the only ghost-befriending-guide you’ll need this Halloween.
Lower Key Stage 2 – Ages 7-9
Nibbles the Book Monster – Emma Yarlett
“Oh no! Where’s Nibbles? He’s nibbled his way out of this book!”
Nibbles, the book-eating monster, has nibbled his way out of his own book and now he’s causing mischief and mayhem in other people’s stories. Look out!
Winnie the Witch – Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul
“Winnie lived in her black house with her cat, Wilbur. He was black too. And that is how the trouble began.”
Winnie is always tripping over Wilbur. Can she cast a spell to make it so she can always see him?
The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy
“I’m not sure how exactly, but things often go wonderfully right in the end for you.”
Join Mildred Hubble in her first year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches… but be prepared for the chaos which ensues!
Upper Key Stage 2 – Ages 9-11+
The Witches – Roald Dahl
“…this is not a fairy-tale. This is about REAL WITCHES.”
Bruno and his grandmother may be the only people left in the world who know how to spot a real witch. Can they get rid of them for good?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down – Jeff Kinney
“…the brain is like a muscle, and if you don’t exercise it by reading and doing creative stuff, it’ll get weak and mushy.”
The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. His mum thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his ‘creative side’. As if that’s not scary enough, Halloween’s just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle.
Skellig – David Almond
“Something,” he said. “Something like you, something like a beast, something like a bird, something like an angel.” He laughed. “Something like that.”
When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister’s illness, Michael’s world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain.Then, one Sunday afternoon, he finds something magical.
Thanks so much for reading and, as always, we’d love to hear your recommendations! Don’t forget to check out out Helping Hand resource pack for some fun activities to keep your young learners engaged in reading and writing over half term: click here.