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October 7, 2012
Renae Ault - Children’s Librarian, Salem Public Library , Salem News

The days are getting shorter, the nights colder, and the leaves are starting to change. Everything is perfect for curling up with a great new Halloween book and sharing it with your children. At Salem Public Library, we have tons of fun Halloween books for our youngest readers. This month I wanted to share some of our new favorites, just in time for the fall season.

A friendly ghost sleeps all year but he wakes up on Halloween and starts to prepare for a party, inviting all of his witch and skeleton friends. But when he drops an invitation and two human children find it, the paranormal party becomes much trickier. In Trick or Treat, by Leo Landy, the ghost and his friends must decide what to do with the young human intruders. Can a cow and a pumpkin make friends at this strange party? This cute, fun book should have lots of appeal to the preschool set who love a non-scary ghost story.

The Monster's Monster, while not strictly about Halloween, will have young readers giggling over the adorable illustrations, the monster's frustrations with their Frankenstein-esque creation, and all of the monster antics they get up to. When the three little monsters decide they need to cause more trouble and make a big monster, they are very surprised to discover that monsters don't always behave quite the way their creators expect them to. Patrick McDonnell's newest picture book is a great story with a sweet ending that will have readers wanting more.

Most of the new Halloween books are picture books but Stephanie Green's newest Princess Posey book is perfect for the new chapter book reader looking for a fun Halloween book. Princess Posey and the Monster Stew tackles such difficult topics as trick-or-treating, eating monster stew, the perfect costume, and trying new things with friends. Will Princess Posey be able to face her fears of pumpkin guts and enjoy a fantastic Halloween with her friends and family? You'll need to read this one to find out!

As always, we have plenty of ghostly tales of the paranormal, horror stories, and novels to you a fright, if that's what you are looking for this October. To put a hold on any of these wonderful books or others from our Halloween collection, visit our website , give us a call at 330-332-0042, or stop by Salem Public Library.



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