Story time is my children’s favourite time of the day – even as very young children I always encouraged their love for stories and reading. Reading encourages imagination, language development, concentration and a myriad of other developmental benefits. Besides from the benefits, I love this special time together, sharing a story at the end of the day. Halloween is around the corner, so we decided in the lead up to it, to read some of our favourite stories as a TREAT.
Here are five Halloween-inspired books we have read in the last week, for pre-schoolers or newly independent readers:
Tappity-Tap! What Was That? by Claire Freedman and Russell Julian
On a dark and stormy night, Owl, Mouse and Rabbit hear a knock on the door. Petrified, they think it’s The Monster Of The Woods. The friends soon discover that the creature outside is actually not a monster at all. This is a wonderful story about friendship and facing up to your fears.
Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler
From the author of The Gruffalo, comes a story of a witch and her cat who go flying on her broomstick. As the wind picks up, it blows away her hat, bow and wand. Each item is retrieved by a dog, bird and frog, who in turn ask for a ride on her broom – but is there room on the broom for them? The broom snaps in two and they tumble into a bog meeting a hungry witch-eating-dragon. The witch’s new found friends save her from the dragon, and in return, she performs a magic spell to create a broom big enough for all of them! Written in rhyme, this book is a favourite in our home!
The Great Monster Hunt by Norbet Landa and Tim Warnes
Early one morning, Duck wakes up to hear a peculiar ‘pshh pshh!’ noise from under her bed. Too scared to have a look, she jumps out of bed and goes to find some friends to help. Pig, and a bunch of friends bravely go to help Duck, to save her from the terrible monster. There is lots of room for conversation to happen when reading this book. It teaches children not to make something out of nothing, as the monster turns out to be a mouse, and demonstrates the power of friendship.
There’s a Monster Under My Bed by Lee Robinson
Billy hears a strange noise coming from under his bed – he peers underneath and is confronted with the sight of a fuzzy, red monster!! Billy hides in fear of being eaten, only to be told by the monster he doesn’t want to eat him, he wants something NICER to eat. After eating everything in the kitchen and messing up the house, Billy reprimands him and goes about making up for everything, proving how handy it could be to have a monster around. A fun, non-spooky read for little ones!
Witches and Fairies by Eva Montanari
A beautiful story about witches and fairies and, Clotilda – she looks a little bit like a witch and a little bit like a fairy. The tale is about acceptance and the importance of being yourself – very simply told for younger children, with beautiful illustrations, this was Sophie’s favourite of the five books.
My favourite place to buy books in Johannesburg
Readers Warehouse – I go to their store at the Lifestyle Garden Centre in Randpark Ridge, or you can buy online from RW here.
Exclusive Books, at Hyde Park Corner – their flagship store – is beyond beautiful, I could literally browse there for hours on end whilst sipping on delicious coffee or ordering a meal to eat at the EB Social Kitchen & Bar. This is such a unique experience for book lovers – trust me, go! You can go the online route here.
Takealot – their book section is great, and they are fantastically priced – definitely worth checking out here.
What are you reading at home with the kids right now?