Sunday, October 11, 2009

Spooktacular Halloween Books for Kids!

With Halloween right around the corner, a fantastic way to get into the spirit is to read a Halloween book with your children. The best Halloween picture books mix vibrant colors with spooky tales, sparking little imaginations and stirring up big excitement for a fun night of trick-or-treating. There are so many wonderful books you and your children will appreciate reading together. Here are just a few Halloween books to get you started:

Willa is not your ordinary scary witch. In fact, she is quite the opposite. She quivers in fright at the sight of every creepy, crawly critter, much to the chagrin of her beloved cat Kitch. But the endearing witch learns face her fears head-on when she finds Kitch in danger. A happy ending to a not-so-scary story is perfect for little ones who get the Halloween jitters.

Goodnight Moon may be the quintessential bedtime story, but you may want to read the parody, Goodnight Goon, earlier in the day. A cold grey tomb with a black lagoon replaces the cozy green room and all of its creature comforts. And then enters the Goon who does everything in his power to prevent the werewolf from falling asleep. You and your little ones who are familiar with the original will especially enjoy this spooky take on a classic tale.

Spanish words and phrases are interjected throughout this rhyming Halloween story. Las brujas, los monstruos, and many other creepy Halloween creatures attend a

Halloween Ball not meant for the easily frightened. So snuggle up and enjoy this delightful Halloween story and teach your nieces and nephews a new language along the way.

After a comical mishap, Rebecca Estelle finds it impossible to rid her property of the pumpkins she so despises. Yet not wanting to waste the (albeit annoying) abundance, she finds a creative way to turn the situation into a positive experience for the whole town. This colorfully illustrated tale has a good moral and offers lots of great recipe ideas for pumpkins.

True to his humorous form, Dav Pilkey tickles the funny bone of young readers with his story about Oscar the dachshund. The poor dog is subject to incessant teasing due to his short stature, and the situation is further exacerbated with his ridiculous Halloween costume. When Oscar rises to a challenge by performing a heroic deed, children learn that they can overcome any shortfall.

A great Halloween Gift for Kids is a gift of books from The Lollipop Book Club. We offer the Halloween books reviewed above as well as numerous other popular books for this spooktacular holiday!

Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Just a Blog Hop Away from a Free Gift!

The Lollipop Book Club is participating in its first ever blog hop sponsored by My SEO Gal! We invite you to join in the fun and take a stab at winning some fantastic prizes from the many wonderful boutiques and specialty stores. Just visit the blogs listed below and enter their individual contests. The blog hop goes until 10/21/09.

The Lollipop Book Club will be giving away a prize as well to a very lucky winner! The gift will consist of a Halloween book, a Halloween lollipop, and a gift note printed on a sticker. This Halloween treat will be delivered in a bright red envelope to the doorstep of a special child of your choosing.

To enter The Lollipop Book Club giveaway, you can do one or more of the following. Each step you take below counts as a separate entry, so you have a chance to enter 5 times. After completing each one, post a comment back here. Make sure to include your email address so that we can contact the winner, who will be chosen randomly. The contest ends on October 21, 2009.

(1) Visit The Lollipop Book Club and find your favorite picture book!
(2) Tweet about The Lollipop Book Club giveaway.
(3) Post a comment on your Facebook page about the giveaway.
(4) Follow our blog.
(5) Sign up for the newsletter at The Lollipop Book Club.

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Sweet Reading!
Karen Gallagher