Halloween books (and our favorite bilingual books for toddlers!)

When I decided to write this post I imagined myself gathering a small stack of Halloween books from our shelves, but quickly realized that we only have two!

Oops. As anticlimactic as that may be, it was a good reminder that I need to finally order the two that have been sitting in my shopping cart: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara. Are there any others that you would recommend?

In the meantime, here’s a bit more about the two that we already have:

Happy Halloween, Curious George is an oversized boardbook with tabs on the side that indicate what each page is about. Honestly, I think the rhyming is a little cheesy, but I like the wide variety of Halloween traditions that it introduces. Things like visiting pumpkin patches, bobbing for apples, or even trick-or-treating are activities my kids may not experience growing up in Tokyo. Since George is a popular little monkey around our house, this book gets pulled off the shelves year-round.

Our version of Maisy Dresses Up is bilingual, which is maybe the best part of the Maisy books for me. Bilingual books are so hard to find! The Maisy stories are always cheerful and simple enough for a toddler to follow – the length is just right for their attention span and the bold photos keep them focused. Since we speak American English, I also like reading books that introduce alternate ways to say things, like “fancy dress” instead of “costume party.” At 4-years old my little guy is starting to notice the differences and books can be a great conversation starter. Specific to this Maisy book, we like that she makes her own costume and considers dressing up as a pirate.

As tempted as I am to skip straight into Christmas, the next holiday is Thanksgiving and I don’t have a single book on that topic! Please let me know if theres a title or two that you love.

kuri xx


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