Episode 74: Spooky Books for Kids

June 4, 2023

In episode 74 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Spooky Books for Kids

With Halloween approaching, spooky books for kids are flying off the shelves. Megan and Allison look at why kids love stories with a bit of scare and recommend titles from picture books to YA. Plus, Megan has tips for school reading readiness and Allison looks at improving writing skills for kids in light of recent NAPLAN results.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Dirt by Sea’ by Michael Wagner. Illustrated by Tom Jellet 

‘Moon Sailors’ by Naomi Woodward. Illustrated by Rachel Gregg 

‘Plume: Festival Seeker’ by Tania McCartney 

‘Plume: Global Nibbler’ by Tania McCartney 

‘Plume: World Explorer’ by Tania McCartney 

‘Frank’s Red Hat’ by Sean E Avery

‘Twice The Love’ by Inda Ahmad Zahri and Nabila Adam

‘How to make a picture book’ by Elys Dolan


Downloadable for ‘Moon Sailors’ here.

Spooky Books for Kids

Also refer to episode 47 of the podcast in which we talk about mystery books for kids – spook and mystery often go hand in hand. 

‘Is it Halloween Yet?’ by Susannah Chambers. Illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie 

‘Scary Night’ by Lesley Gibbes. Illustrated by Stephen Michael King

‘Boo! Haiku’ by Deanna Caswell. Illustrated by Bob Shea 

‘The House on Pleasant Street’ by Sofie Laguna. Illustrated by Marc McBride

‘Where’s Wally Spooky Spotlight’ by Martin Handford 

‘Ella Diaries: Spooky Surprise’ by Meredith Costain 

‘A World Full of Spooky Stories’ by Angela McCallister’

‘Solomon Macaroni and the Cousin Catastrophe’ by Ashleigh Barton 

‘Horror Heights’ by Bec Hill 

‘The Ghost Club’ series by Deb Abela 

‘The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle’ by Pamela Rushby. Megan’s full review is here.

‘The Ghost Locket’ by Allison Rushby. Megan’s full review is here.

‘Miss Penny Dreadful and the Midnight Kittens’ by Allison Rushby. Megan’s full review is here

10 Spooky or Scary Middle Grade Books by Allison Rushby

Spooky Stories for Kids 8+ by Allison Rushby

Quick tips

Megan’s Reading Ready webinar has a few updates. This webinar will help to demystify schools and reading, readers and library books – all things to do with early literacy. The reading journey a wonderful journey to be involved in and it’s an area of education in which  parents/caregivers can have an enormous impact and the results are so rewarding.

Your Kid’s Next Read Team: Megan Daley, Allison Tait, Allison Rushby

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Meet Allison Rushby, the third member of #teamyknr. Find out about Allison and her books here.