Most kids love a good scare, and Halloween is the perfect time to give it to them. Find these spooky stories at a library near you, and let us know in the comments if we missed any of your favorites!
Truly Frightening (for older readers):
Vivid. Colorful. Captivating. Nic Bishop’s nature photography is all this and more! His exciting insect and animal books, effectively designed for young readers, feature eye-popping images that satisfy children’s curiosity about the natural world. These are, quite simply, some of today’s best science books published for kids, and they’re available at your local library!
Bishop has been creating kids’ books for over 25 years, and is an experienced photographer both in the studio and in the field. Check out the trailer for his book, Spiders, for a glimpse into his creative process:
Animals and Insects
Chameleon, Chameleon / story by Joy Cowley
Red-eyed Tree Frog / story by Joy Cowley
Scientists in the Field series
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot / text by Sy Montgomery (2011 Sibert Medal winner)
Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes / text by Ellen Jackson
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea / text by Sy Montgomery
Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia / text by Sy Montgomery
Snake Scientist / text by Sy Montgomery
Tarantula Scientist / text by Sy Montgomery
Come explore real-life ghost stories and other paranormal mysteries at the library…if you dare! They’re shelved together at the very start of the non-fiction section – look for the 001s and 133s or ask a staff member to point the way.
Ghosts: a nonfiction companion to A good night for ghosts / by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce; illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Are you afraid yet?: the science behind scary stuff / written by Stephen James O'Meara; illustrated by Jeremy Kaposy
Haunted histories: creepy castles, dark dungeons, and powerful palaces / J. H. Everett and Marilyn Scott-Waters
Beastly tales: Yeti, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster / written by Malcolm Yorke
The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle / Chris Oxlade
Are you psychic?: the official guide for kids / Helaine Becker; Claudia Dávila, illustrator
The mystery of UFOs / by Judith Herbst; illustrated by Greg Clarke
Can you believe that the first Harry Potter book is now celebrating its 15th anniversary of publication in the U.S.? Go ahead and celebrate by reading the whole groundbreaking series! Or, if you're craving something similarly awesome, check out the first book in another excellent fantasy series:
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Half Magic by Edward Eager
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Magyk by Angie Sage
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Leguin
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
When kids have questions, the books of David Macaulay are a solid place to start seeking answers. Macaulay’s nonfiction explores the art, design, and mechanics of buildings, technology, the human body, and more. His books are heavily illustrated and visually engaging, with clear writing that respects the interests and abilities of children. Come to the library to browse his fascinating work for yourself!
New and exciting -- for early readers!
Can’t get enough? Look for David Macaulay’s award-winning picture books on our shelves, and check out this awesome TED talk for a glimpse of his creative process: