StudyDog Recommends Eight Stories for Halloween Reading

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‘Zen Ghosts,’ ‘Room on the Broom’ and ‘Creepy Carrots’ among the books recommended

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Parents should spend at least 15 minutes a day reading with their children and with Halloween just around the corner, there are lots of fun stories that they can read together in anticipation of the holiday.

October is the perfect time for spooky stories about ghosts, witches, monsters and more. With Halloween just around the corner, StudyDog, an online reading program geared towards elementary students recommended eight tales of frightening fun to help build excitement for the holiday.

“Parents should spend at least 15 minutes a day reading with their children and with Halloween just around the corner, there are lots of fun stories that they can read together in anticipation of the holiday,” said Deme Clainos, a spokesman for StudyDog.

StudyDog recommends the following books for Halloween reading:

I’m Looking for a Monster by Timothy Young – This fun and interactive pop-up book is the story of a boy in search of the perfect monster. His search brings him small, big, furry, scaly and horned monsters until he eventually finds the perfect monster.

Zen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth – After Addy, Michael and Karl finish trick-or-treatin; their friend Stillwater the panda introduces them to a mysterious storyteller with a spine-tingling story to tell.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler – A witch and her cat are out on her broomstick when the wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. Three friendly animals help return the missing the items, but leave the question of if there is enough room on the broom for all of them in this rhyming tale.

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley – Using die-cut pages a scary monster is created as each page is turned. Once the monster is created, the child destroys it as they turn the pages in this interactive tale that eventually shows the monster isn’t so scary.

The Boo! Book by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli – This book has a haunted ghost living inside that is full of surprises. He flips pictures upside down and rearranges words in this friendly ghost encounter that’s fun for all ages.

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper – Everyday a cat, squirrel and duck work together to make pumpkin soup in an old white cabin in the woods. Each friend is given a specific task to help, but when the duck wants to try something new it causes problems among the friends and the duck leaves angry. The cat and squirrel go out in search of their friend in this autumn tale that includes a recipe for pumpkin soup.

Halloween Mice by Bethany Roberts, illustrated by Doug Cushman – On Halloween a group of mice are out playing until a cat finds them. Using a flashlight and mask, they are able to scare the cat away with a spooky shadow.

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown – Jasper Rabbit enjoys eating carrots from a patch each day, until he begins to believe that the carrots are following him. Are they really or is Jasper just paranoid? This playful story builds up with elements of horror, without being too scary.

About StudyDog

StudyDog is a proven leader in helping children quickly learn to read and has helped more than 6 million kids master basics like phonics. The company creates interactive reading programs specially designed for elementary students. What sets StudyDog apart from other learning programs is how StudyDog engages future readers as young as three years old. Similar reading software is able to engage older students who already know how to read. But StudyDog uses games and other features to connect with younger children who haven’t learned to read yet. StudyDog’s Adventures in Reading series is used in more than 3,000 schools nationwide. The lessons were designed to meet state early learning standards and the guidelines of the National Reading Panel. Founded in 2002, StudyDog programs have been used in schools for the past six years. For more information, visit or call 1-866-643-4449.

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