Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to work some fun read alouds into your lessons. Your students are already excited about the upcoming holiday, so you may as well use that to your advantage. Here are my favorite Halloween read alouds.
Halloween Read Alouds for Your Classroom
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No matter what your reading block looks like, you should try to work in some read aloud time. Not only do your students love listening to books, but you can use them to reinforce the reading strategies you’ve been teaching.
I also have a separate read aloud time. During those 15 minutes, I read a chapter book, and we use it to practice all the reading strategies we’ve learned so far. My students and I look forward to that read aloud time each day.
Here are some of my favorite Halloween-themed picture books and chapter books.
Halloween Picture Books
Let’s start with fiction picture books. These are perfect for practicing asking and answering questions, story elements, retelling stories, and sequencing. Choose a book that you enjoy and your enthusiasm will rub off on your students.
Here are some of my favorite fiction picture books for Halloween:
- Bonaparte Falls Apart
- The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
- Skeleton Meets the Mummy
- John Pig’s Halloween
- Frankenstein Takes the Cake
- Room on the Broom
- Turkey Trick or Treat
- The Autumn Visitors
Fall Picture Books
I know that some school districts frown on doing Halloween activities, so there are also lots of fun fall picture books you can use for your lessons.
Here are some of my favorites:
- Strega Nona’s Harvest
- Leaves, Leaves, Leaves
- Fall Mixed Up
- Too Many Pumpkins
- Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
- Pumpkin Soup
If you’re in the middle of a nonfiction unit, you can still include a Halloween theme. Just choose nonfiction books about Halloween or fall topics.
Bats, spiders, and pumpkins are all perfect topics for this time of year, and your students will love learning facts about them.
Halloween-themed chapter books are perfect for your whole class read aloud or for your students to read during independent reading time. I like to go to the library and check out a whole stack of chapter books for a special Halloween display. My students love choosing books from the seasonal display areas.
These are some of my students’ top picks.
- Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt
- The Haunting of Grade Three
- The Best Halloween Ever
- Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House
What Do You Think?
What are your favorite Halloween read alouds? Let me know in the comments below.
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