Halloween books for toddlers and babies

What makes a Halloween book perfect for your toddler or baby? Well, to start, it’s durable. That’s one of my biggest criteria for a book right now. Yes, there are some gorgeous and amazing Halloween books out there, and I may purchase them, but those books are more for ME than my children. I want books my children can explore, “read” and examine multiple times a day where I don’t have to worry about pages going in their mouth or getting ripped. With a two-year-old and one-year-old twins, that’s just our reality right now. So if you’re in a similar reality, you’ve come to the right place!

You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie by Natalie Marchall

My son Lachlan LOVES this book right now, and for good reason. It has some adorable characters! He loves pointing out the ghost and spiders, he loves how the entire book rhymes, and it’s gorgeous on the shelf!

Room on the Broom Board Book by Julia Donaldson

We have so much fun with this story every year! Room on the Broom is also a cartoon on Apple TV and so we read the book, watch the cartoon, and acct out the scenes with a paintbrush as the broom and wooden peg people for each character! I love watching Lachlan’s imagination take off!

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

I love how this Halloween book for toddlers and babies includes apples and doesn’t just focus on pumpkins! We read it every year before and after going to the pumpkin patch. And if we had an orchard nearby, that would make it even better! Sadly, we don’t, but we still can get apples from the store and make apple cider or crockpot applesauce!

Fall Bright Baby Touch and Feel by Roger Priddy

This hands-on book is loved by all three of our kids right now! The babies love exploring the different textures and our two-year-old loves to identify the images in real life and compare the textures.

The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

I’m a sucker for educational books… so I love that this Halloween book for toddlers and babies talks about the weather changing and how important it is for some animals to prepare. The simple language and pictures are a great combo.

Halloween Baby Touch and Feel by DK

Another Halloween book that’s perfect for toddlers and babies. The puffy pages are so durable and the different textures and colors can entertain our littlest ones for at least 5 minutes. A HUGE win in the baby world!

The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry

For a child who loves the Itsy Bitsy Spider, this book is a hit! Lachlan loves it and therefore has been singing the itsy bitsy pumpkin all around the house.

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff

I have a soft spot for this book! It’s so great for teaching English to students and I loved using it this time of year when I taught in Spain and when I taught online. It’s also great for talking about emotions and feelings.

Other Halloween books for kids

Not quite as durable or entertaining for the youngest readers, these books are still highly recommended – but aren’t quite grabbed by me or the kids as much!

Eek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton

I love many of Sandra Boynton’s books and this one lives up to the hype! I know it’ll be a favorite in a year or two but even though it’s a board book, it doesn’t hold their attention as much quite yet.

Happy Halloween from the Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

We’re huge fans of anything by Eric Carle! But this lift-the-flap book has already had flaps ripped off… so it’s going to be taped back together and put on the shelf for a little bit. It’s fun for reading with an adult but not on the shelf every day with our other Halloween books for toddlers and babies!

Looking for more sugggestions? Here are a few more of our holiday favorites!

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