Halloween is coming and we are reading. Reading lots and LOTS of books! From historically accurate to just plain fun, reading is a great way to introduce children to their imaginations. With a movie, everything is there in bright color, but in a book you have to imagine the scenery and the characters. Besides, reading is great for increasing your child’s vocabulary. 🙂 These Children’s Books about Skeletons are a fun way to get ready for Halloween.
Children’s Books About Skeletons
From stories to facts to coloring – these books will help you teach your kids everything there is to know about Skeletons!
1. Skeletons are a little less scary when they have the hiccups. This particular skeleton can’t seem to shake them–not in the shower (nice fuzzy bat slippers!), not while brushing his teeth (woops! there goes the bottom jaw!), not while polishing his bones, carving a pumpkin, raking leaves, or even when playing baseball with his friend Ghost. Ghost, instead of Boo-ing! away his buddy’s hiccups right away as we might expect, advises Skeleton to hold his breath and eat some sugar and drink water upside down. When he finally does Boo! it still doesn’t work. But when Ghost finds a mirror and holds it up to Skeleton’s face, he sees his reflection and screams in fright! The hiccups jump away, hic, hic, hic.
2. The first ever Funnybones book by the amazing Allan Ahlberg. In this, the first ever Funnybones book of all, we are introduced to the wonderful humour and fun of the much-loved series. The Funnybones books are a must for children just starting to learn to read – these funny skeletons are definitely not the scary sort! Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children’s books and with his late wife Janet, created many award-winning children’s picture books.
3. PreSchool-Grade 2–From skeletons to vampires, the creepy icons of Halloween are presented in this collection of short, engaging poems. Forms of poetry are varied; some selections are very short, others longer, most rhyming, and some draped across spreads. “What Should I Be?” sets the stage as the narrator must decide on a costume while voicing the ultimate goal of Halloween for most children: “…superhero,/wise old wizard,/goblin for a night./Whatever I decide to be/(monster, hero, beast),/I want to get an early start/collecting all the treats!” Each playful poem is placed on a textured, brightly colored collage created by beads and fabric on canvas. The result is appealing, animated, and appropriate for younger children. While the alliterative language in “Night Flight” is imaginative with its “Flip/flap/floom” and “Dip/dap/doom,” bats do not dive through the air “To land right in your hair!” This error is mitigated, however, by the overall appeal of the book and its potential use with a broad age range.
4. Sally Simplesmith’s life changed forever. She came face-to-face with death – a delightful, dearly departed little dog she lovingly calls Bones. But when the cadaverous canine is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Sally decides to solve the case herself!
5. This book is far from skinny — it’s the definitive nonfiction title about human and animal bones, delivered with in-your-face accuracy and intrigue. In this visually driven volume, kids come face-to-face with some head-to-toe boney comparisons, many of them shown at actual size. Here you’ll find the differences between a man’s hand and that of a spider monkey; the great weight of an elephant’s leg, paired with the feather-light femur of a stork; and rib-tickling info about snakes and sloths. How many bones are in the whole human body?
6. Meet Cinderella Skeleton, as sweetly foul as only a ghoul can be. Poor Cinderella has no one to help her hang the cobwebs and arrange dead flowers–certainly not her evil stepsisters. But the Halloween Ball is just around the corner. . . . Will Cinderella find happiness at last?
7. In the dark, a funky beat. Something white with bony feet. Skeleton dancing up the street, Doing the Halloween Hustle. Skeleton is dancing his way to a Halloween party—but as he grooves across town, he keeps stumbling, tumbling, and falling apart! Can Skeleton stay in one piece long enough to make it to the party?
8. Mr. Belgrave, the new band instructor, is teaching everyone even a skeleton to play intruments.
9. Enjoy this collection of skeleton jokes that are perfect for children (or adults) of any age.
I hope you and your kids have fun learning about Skeletons as you prepare for Halloween!
More Skeletons Educational Resources:
Learn the Skeletal System, Third Grade Curriculum