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    A Halloween Book Giveaway: Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream

    Disclaimer: I’m delighted to partner with author Monica Brown and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to bring you this fun Halloween book giveaway!

    Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream by Monica Brown, illustrated by Angela Dominguez

    Age Range: 4 – 8
    Grade Level: 1 – 5
    Pages: 96
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Lola Levine is ready to celebrate her favorite holiday in the sixth book in this charming chapter book series by acclaimed author Monica Brown.

    It’s Halloween–Lola and Ben’s favorite holiday. She loves pumpkins, scary costumes, monsters, and ghosts–and she likes to scare people, too. But when Lola plays a scary joke on her super best friends, Josh Blot and Bella Benitez, it doesn’t go as planned.

    Can Lola learn from her mistake and still have a happy Halloween?

    About the Author
    Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of many award winning books for children, including Waiting for the Biblioburro and Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina. Her books have received starred reviews, Pura Belpre honors, an NCTE Orbis Pictus honor, Americas Awards, and a Christopher Award. Monica’s books are inspired by her Peruvian and Jewish heritage and her desire to bring diverse stories to children. Monica is a professor of English at North Arizona University, where she teaches multicultural literature. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two daughters, and she invites you to visit her website at

    Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City, grew up in the great state of Texas, and now lives in Brooklyn. She is the author of Knit TogetherLet’s Go, Hugo!, Maria Had a Little Llama, and Santiago Stays.

    The Giveaway!
    We’re giving away TWO (2) copies of this fun easy reader chapter book for kids!  Entering is easy just follow the steps listed below.  We’ll choose two (2) random winners by the deadline.  Books will ship just in time for a Halloween treat.  Open to US residents only age 18 and over.

    Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream Book Giveaway

    children's books, holiday books

    What the Kids are Reading (for Halloween)

    Since becoming a parent I’ve come to realize that having kids makes all of the holidays more fun, especially Halloween!

    All month long the kids and I will be reading several Halloween-themed books.  I want the kids to be familiar with some of the scarier aspects of Halloween including ghosts, witches, vampires, and goblins before the holiday rolls around.  Granted, they still might be frightened if they see some of the older kids dressed up in scary costumes, but I’m hoping over time they’ll learn to understand it’s just for fun.

    Below is a list of all the “not-too-scary” Halloween books we’re reading this month.  I think they’re all infant and toddler friendly for young trick-or-treaters.  Enjoy!

    Board Books

    Ghost in the House (A Lift the Flap Book) by Ammi-Joan Paquette

    Slip-sliding his way through a haunted house, a little ghost is joined by a shuffling mummy, a happy little monster, and other ghoulish friends before discovering the scariest creature in the house. (There is also a picture book version of this book available without the flaps.)

    Where is Baby’s Pumpkin? (A Lift the Flap Book) by Karen Katz

    Little readers can help baby find her pumpkin by lifting the flaps on each page. Look under the bed, behind the leaves, behind the curtain, and more! Will baby find her pumpkin in time to go trick-or-treating?

    Hush, Little Monster by Denis Markell
    A monster father softly sings his own version of a favorite lullaby, Hush Little Baby to his son. A screeching owl, a vampire, an ogre, and zombies are just a few of the creatures who will come to soothe Little Monster through the night.

    Jack and Jill: A Halloween Nursery Rhyme by Salina Yoon
    jackandjillhalloweenThe nursery rhyme may be familiar—but everything changes when “Jack” and “Jill” are jack-o’-lanterns! Salina Yoon takes a classic tale and gives it a fresh spin, brightly and boldly adorning the pages of this chunky board book with cheerfully grinning pumpkins.

    The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry

    In a variation of the nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” a jack-o-lantern encounters a goblin and a witch while trying to roll back to his family on Halloween.

    Popcorn by Frank Asch
    Sam’s Halloween party is popping — with a massive amount of popcorn! Find out how he and his friends handle the delicious surplus in this reissue of a classic picture book originally written in 1979.

    10 Trick-or-Treaters: A Halloween Counting Book by Janet Schulman

    Ten trick-or-treaters start out on Halloween night, but they disappear one-by-one as they encounter a spider, a vampire, a ghost, and other scary creatures.

    Picture Books

    Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson
    In this adorable book, little Winifred used to be afraid of monsters until she found out their secret.  The delightfully sweet ending will have every kid—and little monster—begging for an encore.

    Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli
    The leaves fall, the wind blows, and one little pumpkin seed tries and tries to be scary. But he doesn’t scare anyone…not the snowflakes in winter, not the bees in spring, not even the watering can!

    The wind tells him to be patient—he’ll be scary soon enough. But waiting is hard. Will the little seed ever be really, truly scary? This simple story is more than a fun Halloween read—it is a heartwarming tale perfect for any child who can’t wait to grow up.

    Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
    This isn’t actually a Halloween story, but since it’s a ghost story I included it anyway.  Plus, it’s such a great book!
    Meet Leo, a ghost who lives in a house all alone reading books and drawing pictures in the dust. One day a new family moves into Leo’s house. Leo tries to welcome his new family by being a gracious host, but ends up scaring them in the process. Leo decides to move out and go roam the city in search of a new home.

    The Bake Shop Ghost by Jacqueline K. Ogburn

    Miss Cora Lee Merriweather haunts her bake shop after her death, until the new shop owner makes a deal with her. A delightful story about friendship with a great message.

    Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
    This is a goofy story about a skeleton who has the hiccups! He tries many remedies to get rid of them and at the end when he looks in the mirror and scares himself, it is only then that his hiccups are gone!  Great for kids ages 2 – 7.

    Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
    This is one of my favorite Halloween books! A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.

    AlphaOops! H is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis
    We read the original AlphaOops! book so I was thrilled to come across this Halloween-themed one! While putting on a Halloween pageant, the alphabet mixes things up with some spooky, and funny, results.

    Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnufson
    Skeleton is dancing his way to a Halloween party, but as he grooves across town, he keeps stumbling, tumbling, and falling apart. But somehow he always manages to put himself back together – even using tape and rubber bands when necessary!

    Shivery Shades of Halloween: A Spooky Book of Colors by Mary McKenna Siddals
    Children will learn their colors as they follow a cute little creature on his adventure through haunted halls, moonlit forests . . . perhaps even a Halloween party!

    The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing
    A story in the style of the familiar poem, “The Night Before Christmas,” tells how a housefull of monsters, goblins, witches and the like prepare for Halloween. The monsters in this story are illustrated as friendly and cheerful creatures rather than as scary or spooky monsters, making this book appropriate for even very young children who might otherwise be easily frightened.

    Your turn:  What Halloween-themed books are in your stack?  Feel free to share in the comments.


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