A Scare-Free Halloween

FredRogers

“It can be fun to be scared, as many of us will recall from Halloweens past. But if we think back, we’ll probably agree that there were two things that made it possible for that scariness to be fun. First, that we knew we were safe because someone we loved was nearby. Second, we knew that whatever was scaring us was only pretend.” ~Fred Rogers

Smart words from Mr. Rogers! Many small children don’t find Halloween fun at all!…the masks, the jumping out surprises and all the ghosts & vampires & scary looking pumpkins. Below are several stories that can help kids turn their Halloween fears into Halloween fun. If Arthur & Scaredy Squirrel can do it, so can your child!

Also consider a trip to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Haunted House, Oct. 7–31, 2017 – but go during lights ON hours. The volunteers go out of their way to be extra friendly as your child walks through.

 

 


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Scare-Free Stories:

HalSquaredySquirrelScaredy Squirrels Prepares for Halloween – Scaredy Squirrel puts together a collection of helpful safety tips and step-by-step instructions to guide you through common Halloween obstacles such as carnivorous plants, haunted houses and encountering the infamous Frankenstein.

HalDragonScaredMe and My Dragon Scared of Halloween – A boy tries to find the perfect Halloween costume for his pet dragon, so they can go trick-or-treating together.

HalBooBunnyBoo Bunny – Two small bunnies face their fears while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

HalGoAwayGo Away Big Green Monster – A scary green monster begins to disappear, piece by piece and page by page, in a die-cut picture book that lets youngsters take control of the monsters in their lives.

HalOldLadyThe Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – A brave little old lady who was not afraid of anything receives the scare of her life and comes up with an ingenious solution to conquer her fears.

HalArthurArthur’s Halloween – Arthur finds everything about Halloween scary, including his little sister’s costume, his morning snack, and the big house on the corner.

HalNeverBooNever Say Boo – When Gordon, a ghost, moves to a new school, everyone is afraid of him until they learn that he is not as scary as they thought he was.

HalGeorgieGeorgie – Georgie the friendly ghost is happy living with the Whittakers, but then things change and he decides to find a new place to haunt.

HalWinifredOne Wish for Winifred Witch – In this rhyming story, little Winifred Witch is excited about enjoying Halloween night with the big witches, but she has one small problem–she is afraid of the dark. Her secret wish is never to be scared of the dark again. She asks her Aunt Broomhilda, who owns a shop of spells, to help. When magic fails, Broomhilda shows her another solution to her fears.

HalHumbugWitchHumbug Witch – A little girl tries unsuccessfully to do all the tricks of a witch.

Favorite Teachers in Picture Books


We love teachers! Today is a great day to remember favorite teachers, both real and imagined. Talk to your child today about his or her teacher. What is a teacher’s job? What might a teacher ask you to do while you are at school? How does the teacher know if you have a question?

Ask about your child’s day at school. I bet you will hear a lot, “My teacher says…”! Stories about what happens in the classroom will help you understand what your child’s day is like away from you. Maybe this is the year for a favorite teacher who will be remembered for a long time! Here are some of our favorite storybook teachers. We love them all for so many reasons. They all care, plus they’re clever and funny!

You might also like Favorite Teachers in Chapter Books.


The Art LessonMrs. Brown in The Art Lesson – Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. He can’t wait to get to school and have real art lessons. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of “rules”, he is surprised and dismayed. How the wise art teacher finds a way to give Tommy the freedom to create and stay within the “rules” makes a wonderfully perceptive picture book about growing up and keeping one’s individuality.


Arthurs Teacher TroubleMr. Ratburn in Arthur’s Teacher Trouble – On the first day of school Arthur discovers he’s got the toughest teacher in the third grade! The pressure is on to study hard for the all-school Spellathon. Can Arthur beat last year’s champion speller? Or will he let Mr. Ratburn d-o-w-n. Also: Arthur’s Teacher Moves In 


ChrysanthemumMrs. Delphinium Twinkle in Chrysanthemum – Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect–until her first day of school. “You’re named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let’s smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?


The DotThe Art Teacher in The Dot – Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher’s encouragement leads her to change her mind.


Lillys Purple Plastic PurseMr. Slinger in Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse – Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later. Also: Lilly’s Big Day


The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field TripMiss Frizzle in The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip – Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a field trip through the town’s electrical wires so they can learn how electricity is generated and how it is used. Also:

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
The Magic School Bus and the Time of the Dinosaurs
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks
The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth
The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane
The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive


Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for KindergartenMiss Bindergarten in Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten – Introduces the letters of the alphabet as Miss Bindergarten and her students get ready for kindergarten. Also:

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten
Miss Bindergarten Stays Home from Kindergarten
Miss Bindergarten Plans a Circus with Kindergarten


Miss Foxs Class Shapes UpMiss Fox in Miss Fox’s Class Shapes Up – When Miss Fox realizes that her students do not have healthy habits, she teaches them that healthful living is fun and rewarding, which they find to be true on Field Day. Also:

Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green
Miss Fox’s Class Gets It Wrong
Peace Week in Miss Fox’s Class
Miss Fox’s Class Earns a Field Trip


Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader BehindMiss Malarkey in Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind – Miss Malarkey vows to find each of her students a book to love by the end of the school year, but one video-game loving boy proves to be a challenge. Also:

Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10
Miss Malarkey Won’t Be In Today
You’re a Good Sport Miss Malarkey
Miss Malarkey’s Field Trip
Testing Miss Malarkey
Congratulations, Miss Malarkey


Miss Mingo and the First Day of SchoolMiss Mingo in Miss Mingo and the First Day of School – Miss Mingo helps all of the animal students in her class overcome their shyness on the first day of school by encouraging them to share something special about themselves. Includes facts about animals. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2011-2012, K-3 Nominee. Also: Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill and Miss Mingo Weathers the Storm


Miss Nelson is MissingMiss Nelson in Miss Nelson is Missing – The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute. Also: Miss Nelson is Back and Miss Nelson Has a Field Day


My KindergartenMiss Cribbage in My Kindergarten – Through a month-by-month review of a year in kindergarten, Emily shares the stories of the many happy experiences she has at her school with her new classmates, including first day introductions, a review of the changing seasons, learning how to read a map, and taking a special field trip to the local library.


My TeacherThe Teacher in My Teacher – A student wonders why her teacher has chosen to teach in her school for so long, and highlights all the special things her teacher does for her class.


My Teacher is a MonsterMr. Kirby in My Teacher Is a Monster (no, I am not) – Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.


Olivia and the Best Teacher EverMrs. Hoggenmuller in Olivia and the Best Teacher Ever – Mrs. Hoggenmuller is being considered for teacher of the year, and Olivia goes all out to see that the class performs its best. Will her favorite teacher get the award?


You Are My WondersThe Teacher in You Are My Wonders – Illustrations and rhyming text combine in a celebration of the relationship between teacher and student.


Substitute CreatureMr. Creacher in Substitute Creacher – Mr. Creacher, a multi-tentacled substitute teacher, warns his prankish students not to misbehave, recounting rhyming cautionary tales of the weird, spooky, and unexpected.


Teach Us Amelia BedeliaAmelia Bedelia in Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia – The very literal-minded Amelia Bedelia is up to her ears in trouble when she becomes a substitute teacher for a day, and her confused antics include handing out lightbulbs to the children when she is told to “plant bulbs.”


The Teacher From the Black LagoonMrs. Green in The Teacher From the Black Lagoon – On the first day of school, a young boy expects only the worst when he discovers that his new teacher is the “monstrous” Mrs. Green.


Thank You Mr FalkerMr. Falker in Thank you, Mr. Falker – At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.

Chapter Book Read Alouds for Preschoolers

AmeliaBedeliaMed Amelia Bedelia – A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.
AnnaHibiscusMed Anna Hibiscus – Anna lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a party, sells oranges, and hopes to see sweet, sweet snow!
BeezusRamona Beezus & Ramona – Beezus’ biggest problem is her 4-year-old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knows sisters are supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seems impossible.
BoxcarChildren The Boxcar Children – Because they do not want to be separated, four orphaned children run away and live in an old abandoned boxcar.
Bunnicula Bunnicula – When the Monroes go to see the movie Dracula, Toby finds a baby rabbit he takes home and names Bunnicula. Chester the cat soon decides that there is something odd about the newcomer. For one thing, he seems to have fangs. And the odd markings on his back look like a cape. Also, Bunnicula sleeps from sunup to sundown and is awake only at night. Is Bunnicula really a vampire?
CamDiamonds Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds – When Jennifer “Cam” Jansen and her friend Eric are at the mall, they witness a robbery at the jewelry store! Can Cam’s amazing photographic memory help catch a thief?
Catwings Catwings – Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hands.
Clementine Clementine – While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.
CricketTimes A Cricket in Times Square – The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.
DaysFrogToad Days With Frog and Toad – Frog and Toad spend their days together, but find sometimes it’s nice to be alone.
DinosaursDark Dinosaurs Before Dark – A tree house that travels through time? Not possible, says Jack. But he has to admit — when he and his younger sister, Annie, start running into dinosaurs — that they’re not in Frog Creek, PA, anymore.
EnormousCrocodile The Enormous Crocodile – The enormous crocodile devises secret plans and a few clever tricks to secure his lunch only to have them foiled by his neighbors.
FreckleJuice Freckle Juice – Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon’s freckle recipe for fifty cents.
FrogToadYear Frog and Toad All Year – Five enchanting tales about the friendship of Frog and Toad depict the lovable creatures engaging in varied activities throughout the seasons of the year.
FrogToadFriends Frog and Toad are Friends – From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other–just as best friends should be.
FrogToadTogether Frog and Toad Together – Frog and Toad are best friends — they do everything together. When Toad admires the flowers in Frog’s garden, Frog gives him seeds to grow a garden of his own. When Toad bakes cookies, Frog helps him eat them. And when both Frog and Toad are scared, they are brave together.
AwayLake Gone Away Lake – Portia and her cousin Julian discover adventure in a hidden colony of forgotten summer houses on the shores of a swampy lake.
GooneyBird Gooney Bird Greene – A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name.
HomerPrice Homer Price – Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage.
IvyBean Ivy & Bean – When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.
JamesPeach James and the Giant Peach – A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.
JudyMoody Judy Moody – Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.
JunieBus Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus – In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.
MercyRescue Mercy Watson to the Rescue – After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.
MouseMotorcycle The Mouse and the Motorcycle – A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.
MrPopper Mr. Popper’s Penguins – The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
PiggleWiggle Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children’s diseases as Won’t-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.
SarahPlain Sarah, Plain and Tall – The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
Saturdays The Saturdays – Four New York City siblings decide to pool their resources so that each can do a special thing on the Saturday that is his turn to receive the combined allowance.
SophieAwesome Sophie the Awesome – Sophie feels average, but wants to stand out from the crowd, so she changes her name to Sophie the Awesome and tries to find something to prove she is awesome.
TrumpetSwan The Trumpet of the Swan – Knowing how to read and write is not enough for Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter Swan; his determination to learn to play a stolen trumpet takes him far from his wilderness home.
WaterHorse The Water Horse – In 1930, on the coast of Scotland, eight-year-old Kirstie finds a large egg which hatches into an unusual sea creature, and as he grows her family must decide what to do with him.
Humphrey The World According to Humphrey – Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

Book Recommendations by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services For more great read-alouds check

Read Right Now! BEARS

When a sandwich goes missing from someone’s lunch, a dog tells how a bear wandered out of the woods, got lost in the city, got hungry and ate a sandwich before returning home. Riiiiiight! Your child will enjoy this silly explanation for the missing sandwich from a very guilty dog! This one is a  Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee, 2017-2018, K-3. You can listen to it online right now! Listed below are even more stories, activities and printables about bears.

FREE Online eBooks about Bears:

Berenstain Bears Go Fly a KiteBerenstain Bears Soccer StarBerenstain Bears To the RescuePolar Bears RockTales From Winnie the Pooh 150

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eBooks:

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A Bear and His BoyA Pocket for CorduroyA Visitor for BearBaby Bear Baby Bear What Do You SeeBig Bear HugBlueberries for SalCorduroyGoldi Rocks and the Three BearsPolar Bear Polar Bear What Do You See?I Want My Hat BackPaddington Sets Sail

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Read Right Now!: FALL

Join Clifford and Emily Elizabeth for the online read aloud story Leaf of Absence. Listed below are more free eBooks to read online as well as several printables and activities to fill a beautiful fall day. You will also find links to eBooks and printed books you can check out with your library card.

More FREE Online eBooks about Fall:

Natures ColorsItsFall

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Fall Printables, Crafts & More:

Clifford Leaf MatchLetter L alphabet tracing pageI look Football TracerLeaves Tracer

eBooks:

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A Leaf Can Be Book JacketClifford's First Autumn Book JacketFall Leaves Colorful & Crunchy Book JacketFall Book JacketFrom Apples Trees to Cider PressHello FallLittle Tree Book JacketMy Leaf Book Book JacketSophie's SquashThe Fantastic Gifts of Fall Book JacketThe Mutts Autumn DiariesThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some LeavesWhat Happens to Leaves in Fall? Book JacketWhy Do Leaves Change Color Book JacketAutumn Book JacketAutumn AcrosticAutumn Orange Book JacketLeaf Jumpers Book Jacket

Print Books:

Arthur Jumps into Fall Book JacketAutumn Book JacketAwesome Autumn Book JacketCount Down to Fall Book JacketFall Ball Book JacketFall is for School Book JacketFall is Fun Book JacketFall Leaves Book JacketFall Mixed Up Book JacketFancy Nancy and the Fall Foliage Book JacketGoodbye Summer Hello Fall Book JacketHow Do You Know It's Fall Book JacketKevin Discovers Autumn Book JacketLeaves Fall Down Book JacketLittle Frog and the Scary Autumn ThingPeppa's Windy Fall Day Book JacketRaggedy Ann and Andy Leaf DanceSay It Book JacketThanking the Moon Book JacketAutumn Visitors Book JacketThe Fall Festival Book JacketThe Fall Gathering Book JacketWe're Going on a Leaf Hunt Book JacketWonderfall Book Jacket

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