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My kids are all grown, gone and way past the excitement and prep that goes along with All Hallows Eve. But I personally still enjoy every bit of the holiday through the eyes of young friends and neighborhood children. I also love seeing all of the new Halloween-themed books and activities that keep young minds exploring. Here are some excellent Halloween Books and Activities that I discovered via my recent interwebs travels:
The Best Halloween Books For Kids from I heart arts-n-crafts.
I simply love this idea of turning an old dictionary into a Spell Book! Brilliant!
How perfect is this?? Turn books INTO Halloween decor!
Here are some Favorite October Books for the Primary Classroom from What I Have Learned
How about a “bookish” twist on Trick-or-Treating? Book-or-Treat is something I dreamed up many years ago and the tradition has been live and well ever since. Book or Treat can be a great excuse to pass on all of the children’s your own kids have outgrown.
So how does it work? Place all the children’s books you don’t want into a box or basket. When Halloween night arrives, let the trick-or-treaters pick out a book and some candy.
Other versions of Book-or-Treat are:
- Have a costume book swap party. Have everyone come in costume with a bunch of books they’ve read and no longer want. Place them on the dining-room table. Let the kids wander around the table and pick a book and then out through the kitchen to pick up a treat bag.
- Have a neighborhood version of Book-or-Treat. Please feel free to use our Book or Treat 8.5×10 print (details below). Tape the posters to the outside of the mailboxes. Kids know that they will be able to pick a book and get some treats. Many parents pull wagons behind them to carry all the books.
At the end of the evening, any books we do have left over from our Book or Treat are donated to the Friends of the Library Book Sale.
I would LOVE it if you joined us in this movement to give your previously loved books to hopeful little goblins and princesses on Halloween. Join is in promoting some reading fun by giving away a book along with some sweet treats. Sign up below for access to your own Book or Treat Poster and Community Guide!
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The day has come! The much-anticipated release of Ascension by Hannah Rials is finally HERE!
Enter this world of vampires, set in the south, and realize you are being pulled in more—and deeper—with each page.
Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end.
What an extraordinary debut novel with new and intriguing twists on vampires—a strong female protagonist as one. I already can’t wait for book two.-Jill Murphy Long, author of The Conduit
This book is by the far the BEST YA/Adult fiction that I’ve read in a very long while. So exciting!-Rebecca F
The wait is over-Ascension is here! Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a crazy roller coaster. Hannah has grown into the most amazing writer. Watching her journey has been as much fun as holding the book in my hands. A “must read” for YA and thriller fans!-Valarie B