Author and illustrator Elizabeth O. Dulemba shares her favorite
Halloween picture books, including her very ownLula’s Brew.
Halloween is my favorite
holiday. There are no family obligations or expectations beyond the directive
to have fun. I’ve always preferred the cuddlier side of Halloween as opposed to
the gruesome side, so for years I hosted a pumpkin carving party to celebrate
the date. I served fun holiday fare such as swamp sticks, a pumpkin cake, and
ghost treats. So it's no wonder my writerly brain leaned toward witch hats and
bubbling potions when I created my Halloween picture book, Lula’s Brew, about a
young witch who would rather be a famous chef.
This rhyming tale began its life as an app before
finally coming to Kindle and to print. It transcends the typical Halloween
story to appeal to cooks and "foodies" throughout the year.
Along with my own book, I also love Who’s There, Little Hoo? by Brenda Ponnay. Toddlers and preschoolers will love picking
out Little Hoo’s friends from their costumes in this sweet picture book.
And of course, Halloween wouldn't be complete without a
vampire. Check out Gibbus Mooney Wants to Bite You! written by Leslie Muir and
illustrated by Jen Corace. Speaking of vampires, bats are a perennial Halloween
favorite. For that you can't beat Brian Lies' "Bats" books, such as
Bats at the Library. Instill a love for books and reading while joining these
web-winged critters on their search for the perfect story time.
Monsters are another fitting theme for Halloween, but as I
mentioned, I'm not so into the scary, gory side of the holiday. So how about I
Need My Monster, written by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliam,
about a little girl who's not only made peace with the monster under the
bed—she's made friends!
One more oldie but goodie which I
treasure is Los Gatos Black on Halloween written by Marisa Montes and
illustrated by Yuyi Morales. If you can get past staring at the lush and
vibrant illustrations, you’ll enjoy the bilingual story.
Whichever books you read this Halloween, share them with
love, because there are no tricks in these sweet reads.