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I love being able to combine music and books! There are so many ways to make music, and recreating stories is one of my favorite.
As Halloween is this week, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Halloween books. The great thing about these books is that they are not really scary!
Go Away, Big Green Monster
Go Away, Big Green Monster, by Ed Emberley, is a fun book. This is probably my son’s favorite book right now. You can read along with the book on the author’s website. The book can be sung, and you can find different versions online. I like this fun song from Super Simple Songs.
The book tells the story of a big green monster and each page adds a different attribute of the monster. He has a big red mouth, and scraggly purple hair, among other monster-like features. But then, the book gives children the opportunity to tell the monster he doesn’t scare him, and to go away! That part is the most popular part of the story in my house. My three year old proudly proclaims “but, you don’t scare me…”
Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat
Click, Clack, Boo! A Tricky Treat (written by Doreen Cronin) is from the author of the hit book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type, which I love. This book also features the typewriter, but not as prominently. The story is really cute. The farmer is scared by the different spooky sounds he hears, but it turns out to be the animals inviting him to a Halloween party. You can make this a sound story by using different instruments to represent the different characters. You can also use The Typewriter, by composer Leroy Anderson, to represent the typewriter, or have it playing as background music.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat
And last on our list: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat, by Lucille Colandro. I had to add this book. I love these books because I get to use my fun old lady puppet. I just need to print off some clip art to go along with the story, and she’ll be ready for her Halloween feast.
This book was very popular at school last year. Kids think it’s hilarious to see the different things the old lady eats. The old lady never seems to learn… Anyway, you can use the tune of the original song and just change the words. I found some fun activities to do along with the book.
Hopefully that gives you some inspiration for your Halloween week book list!