While diversity in children’s literature has come a long way since my childhood, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. This couldn’t be more true when searching for diverse books based on specific holidays like Halloween. If you follow my blog or my Instagram page you’ll know I read a variety of books with my kids regardless of race, culture or religion. Yes, that includes animal books too on occasion- we’ll read just about anything. However, I also read lots of diverse books with my kids because it’s important for me to read books with them where they can see themselves being represented often.
So imagine my surprise when I initially started searching for diverse holiday books years ago when my daughter was born. I was disappointed that I found so few books where a diverse character was the main protagonist. This still remains true today although there are several books featuring diverse supporting characters.
Below you’ll find my list of diverse Halloween books that feature diverse supporting characters or main protagonists. I hope you enjoy this list and find a few books to read with your little readers for Halloween!
For Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers
For Preschoolers – 2nd or 3rd Grade & Up
Note: The book Dem Bones only features skeletons. I included it because it’s based on the traditional African-American spiritual, passed down by word of mouth for generations entitled “Dem Bones”.
Chapter Books For Tweens, Teens & Up
Your turn: Did you enjoy this post and find it to be helpful? Which books would you add to this list? Feel free to share in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!