Editor's Pick: 12 Spooky Story Books For Young Readers
Scary stories, in particular, can bring people together — who doesn't remember the pleasure of huddling around a torch to tell ghost stories? Ghost story books may be an excellent approach for parents of hesitant readers to encourage their children to enjoy reading. When children face new events in books, whether frightening or not, it allows them to consider how well they would manage them and discover different emotions in a protected and fictional setting. Children learn how to deal with the actual world through scary stories. They're a means to accept that life isn't always straightforward and understand that it's OK to feel afraid. Monsters are exciting, but they also teach how to deal with frightening circumstances in life.
1. WHAT MAYA SAW - A TALE OF SHADOWS, SECRETS, CLUES BY HARPERCOLLINS CHILDREN'S BOOK
Almost from the moment, Maya steps into St Paul's College, she is afraid. Everywhere she goes she encounters questions and secrets. Not to mention the Shadows a bunch of drop-dead gorgeous students, who she realizes will do anything to keep their youth and beauty. Even kill.
2. VEE LOVED GARLIC BY PICKLE YOLK BOOKS
When Miss Vee Noonie falls in love with garlic, there is pandemonium in the house. She is a vampire, after all. Her parents do their best to urge her to stay away from it. Garlic, they tell her, is fatal for vampires.
3. THE GHOST OF THE MOUNTAINS BY KALPAVRIKSH
The residents of the village Ang find a strange visitor one morning, and want to kill it. A young lad feels differently.
4. LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD BY USBORNE
A beloved fairy tale, retold for young children in classic picture book format. Arriving at Granny's cottage, Little Red Riding Hood can't help but wonder why Grandma has such big eyes, ears and teeth. Could it be something to do with the wolf her mum told her not to talk to on the way?
5. MOIN AND THE MONSTER - MOIN BOOKS BY DUCKBILL
One night, in the dim darkness of his room, Moin heard something shuffling and sniffling under his bed...' It is a monster. Moin has to learn to live with the monster, which does nothing but eat bananas, sing silly songs and try out new hairstyles.
6. MONSTER TALES (THE M SERIES) (9 TO 12 YEARS) BY HARPERCOLLINS
A furry red monster called Ruffleclaw moves in with a family of humans after he tires of eating bugs and living under the tool-shed! He unabashedly climbs right into bed with a young boy named Tommy.
7. THE HAUNTING OF AVELINE JONES BY USBORNE
Turn on your torches and join Aveline Jones! Aveline loves reading ghost stories, so a dreary half-term becomes much more exciting when she discovers a spooky old book. Not only are the stories spine-tingling, but it belonged to a girl called Primrose Penberthy, who vanished mysteriously, never to be seen again.
8. HALLOWEEN (LITTLE FIRST COLOURING) (3 TO 6 YEARS) BY HARPERCOLLINS
From bats and cats to wizards' hats, this book is full of all kinds of Halloween-themed pictures to colour.
9. THUNDERS OF MONSTERS BY USBORNE
Return To A World Of Dragons, Song-Spells, Pipers Aand Battles...
Patch Brightwater and his friend Barver, the dracogriff, are trapped on a mysterious island full of monstrous beasts.
10. GHOST STORIES AND ADVENTURE STORIES - FLIPPED (9 TO 12 YEARS OLD) BY HARPERCOLLINS
The Flipped anthology series gives you two themes, two covers, and two sides to open the book from ... and you get to choose! Now you don't need to keep a book away if you don't like a story or a theme, you only need to flip the book over and start reading again!
11. NORTH CHILD BY USBORNE
Rose is an unusual child, a North Child. Rose was born facing north, and the old stories say she will venture far from home and embark on a dangerous journey. Making a pact with an enormous white bear, Rose travels on his back to a mysterious castle that holds a dark enchantment, a darker temptation, and the key to her true destiny...
12. SCAVENGER BY USBORNE
Landfill has lived his whole life as a scavenger, running with wooflings, swimming with turtles and feasting on whatever he can catch. Old Babagoo has always looked after him, on one condition.