I had a wonderful time reading Halloween Pie by Michael O. Tunnell to the kindergarteners last week.
It's an oldie-but-a-goodie, published in 1999. I read it to my own children when they were little (the paperback copy is still on my home shelf), and was delighted to find it in the stacks at my school library.
The illustrations by Kevin O'Malley are appropriately dark and spooky, but somehow not scary! The story has so much to offer for a read-aloud:
- repeated phrases
- places to stop and make predictions and inferences, based on text and pictures (What do the creatures smell? Why did they fall asleep? How do you think the witch will react? What happened to the creatures? What do you think the witch will do next?)
- my favorite feature--lots of synonyms for "sleep", on the two-page spread where the graveyard creatures snooze in the witch's cottage
The kindergarteners were on the ball in the Book Nook, making connections with their classroom learning of separating fiction from nonfiction, connecting information from one part of the story to another, and gauging the efficacy of the witch's spell.
It's All Hallows' Eve! What spooky books are you reading with your listeners?