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Looking for books to recommend to your 3-5 grader? Celebrate Halloween with 9 Spooky Stories perfect for your upper elementary reader.

Each year by October, I have discovered who loves reading and who is reluctant to even touch a book. To resolve this, I create lists of recommendations of books for my students to try. Each list is short so if they don’t like those selections they can grab a different one. 

Some of my most reluctant readers love a good spooky story. I get out these lists each year and watch as the books are devoured. These are good for any time of the year but Halloween is when they are wanted most of all. 

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9 Spooky Chapter Books




Deborah & James Howe’s Bunnicula is a creepy series about a vampire rabbit. The rabbit sucks the blood out of the vegetables turning them white. This is a creepy series that will have your students begging to read the next book. 



A Tale Dark & Grimm

Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm is the story of Hansel and Gretel walking into the Grimm Fairy Tales. They meet many creatures and learn the true meaning behind the classic fairy tales. There are 3 books in this series. 


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a collection of ghost stories and urban legends that is sure to leave your spine tingling. If one collection isn’t enough for your student, there are 2 more books in this series. 


The Pumpkin Code

Martin Smith’s The Pumpkin Code tells the story of Artie who stumbles upon a plot to steal children. The Pumpkin Code tells on the grisly details and he must save his friends and family before it is too late. 

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The Night Gardener

Jonathan Auxier’s The Night Gardener is the story of Molly and disabled brother Kip. Molly keeps the secret of her parents death and their status as orphans a secret from him by telling him elaborate tales and gaining employment in an old manor far away. Securing a job is just the beginning as all is not as it seems in this cursed home. 



Neil Gaiman’s Coraline tells the story of a young girl whose parents struggle to find time for her. She finds an alternate world with alternate parents just like her own. She realizes she misses her own parents and goes back only to find they have been kidnapped by the alternate parents. 


The Doll House Murders

Betty Ren Wright’s The Dollhouse Murders is about a little girl named Amy who finds a dollhouse in her aunt’s attic. The dolls inside the dollhouse move on their own and Amy has to discover the story they tell of the murder of her great-grandparents. 



The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book is about a boy named Bod whose parents were murdered when he was a toddler. He was raised by the ghosts and other inhabitants of a graveyard who warn him he must never leave the graveyard but why?


Doll Bones

Holly Black’s Doll Bones is the story of Zach, Poppy, and Alice who play a make-believe game with a china doll who believes she is queen. Once they hit middle school, it is time to give up childish games and bury their childhood. But the simple adventure to bury the china doll in her grave is anything but simple. 

Why Purchase Books

Reading is essential to academic and personal success. It is the number one thing we can do as teachers and parents to help the children in our care reach their full potential. Research has shown that the more access one has to a book, the more likely the are to read it.

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Why is reading important?

Reading is the number one thing you can do as a parent to help your child become a successful adult. As teachers, we know the importance of reading but struggle conveying this importance to parents.

The post below shares the latest research from 2016 about who is reading, how often they are reading, and discusses the decline of reading within our society. In addition, you will discover a freebie about 9 ways to help support reading in the home.