Thursday, October 1, 2015

All Hallows Read: Read a Scary Book this Halloween

All Hallows Read was started by author Neil Gaiman (author of The Graveyard Book, Violent Cases, Coraline, and many more) in 2010 as an idea to start a literary Halloween tradition of giving someone a scary book.  We @khcpl have decided to take this idea to another level and include reading a scary book and recommending a scary book to your friends.

Too scared to pick out a book? Deciding on which book to pick could possibly be more daunting than actually reading the book. Listed below are a few staff recommendations along with the recommended reading level.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
The Historian by Elizabth Kostova
The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill
A Love Like Blood by Marcus Sedgwick
Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Young Adult
Amity by Micol Ostow
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto
The Infects by Sean Beaudoin
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
The Monstrumologist by Willian James Henry; edited by Rick Yancey
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Survive the Night by Danielle Vega
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
Jr. High
Coraline by Neil Gailman
Dead City by James Ponti
Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper
Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
Mountain of Bones by Christopher Krovatin
The Nightmarys by Dan Poblocki
Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill
Wolven by Di Toft

Juvenile Fiction
The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by Emma Trevayne
Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies by Andres Beaty
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Dare to be Scared: Thirteen Stories to Chill and Thrill by Robert San Souci
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost by Cornelia Funke
Into the Killing Seas by Michael Spradlin
The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant
Mothman’s Curse by Christine Hayes
The Witches by Roald Dahl

Middle Readers
Bunnicula by James Howe
Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House (Geronimo Stilton series)
Ghost Eye by Marion Bauer
A Haunted Halloween by Ray O’Ryan
Horrible Harry and the Hallway Bully by Suzy Kline
Mrs. Patty is Batty by Dan Gutman
The Onts by Dan Greenburg
The Red Ghost by Marion Bauer
Rise of the Balloon Goons by Troy Cummings
Sadie’s Story by Christine Heppermann

Easy Readers
EEK! Stories of Make You Shriek by Jennifer Dussling
A Ghost on the Track by Reverend W. Awdry
Grandmas Trick-or-Treat by Emily McCully
Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish
I Spy a Skeleton by Jean Marzollo
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater by Denys Cazet
Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt by Marjorie Sharmat
This Book is Haunted by Joanne Rocklin
Witches Four by Marc Brown

Picture Books
The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean (Pete the Cat)
It’s Raining Bats and Frogs by Rebecca Colby
Little Goblins Ten by Pamela Jane
Minerva Louise on Halloween by Janet Stoeke
Monster Mash by David Catrow
Ollie’s Halloween by Olivier Dunrea
Otter Loves Halloween! By Sam Garton
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
Turkey Trick or Treat by Wendi Silvano

Check out the library's Halloween Pinterest board to find creepy costumes, freaky foods, and many other Halloween related ideas.

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