Children love Halloween. It offers them the opportunity to stretch their imaginations and become something other than themselves for one special night a year.

Choosing a costume is a very important decision. Help your child embrace the Halloween season, inspire their creativity, and sneakily get them to read! How? Give them a bevy of stories under the guise of helping them pick the perfect costume for this year’s big event! Soon they’ll be turning pages, oohhing and ahhhing over the myriad of creatures they can become. If somewhere along the way they get lost within a spooky tale or two, we won’t mind.

Book Details

10timidTitle: Ten Timid Ghosts
Author/Illustrator: Jennifer O’Connell
Publisher: Cartwheel
Age Range: 4-8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Review Edition: Paperback
Pages: 32

Summary:  It’s Halloween, and ten timid ghosts in a haunted house have a problem: A mean witch is preparing to move in and scare them away, one by one! Young trick-or-treaters learn to count from ten to one as each ghost flies away from the witch’s spooky tricks. Will the ghosts figure out how to frighten the witch away in time for Halloween night?


Read Aloud

Normally I would have a section entitled, How the story begins and What I liked about this book, but for this week’s blog article I decided to include something a bit different. I love Read Alouds! Whether it is a parent and child reading together, a teacher with their classroom, or a YouTube video. As I began my research, I came across this video via Google. What a delight! I enjoyed it so much, I thought I would take the liberty of sharing it with all of you.


[Video Source:  YouTube, Babies and Kid Channel]

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In Summary

This is a cute story that young readers will enjoy. There’s not much I can tell you about the story, that you haven’t already seen for yourself. By now, you’ve formed your own conclusion and opinion. One thing I can tell you, is that I watched several different videos on YouTube about the book—one of which involved a teacher and her students. I absolutely loved the creative way the teacher brought this story to life with the children and how she got them all involved in this Halloween activity. You can see the video for yourself here:


[Video Source: YouTube, MissCerami]

It goes to show there are so many ways to inspire children to read! This simple book offered that opportunity—you could hear the excitement in their voices. This is what a good children’s book should accomplish. It is why I’m recommending that you add it to your child’s library.

As some of my dear writer friends recently reminded me at KidLit Parade, these Ten Timid Ghosts aren’t the only ones that may be a bit timid this Halloween season. Try using this book as an introduction to Halloween night’s festivities, and let your child know it’s okay to be a little timid and frightened. It’s also the perfect time to remind them that Halloween is supposed to be fun, and that the creatures they see are just make believe.

All books (except the Kindle versions) I purchased for this month’s selection of reviews have been donated to a classroom, including this one. Do you have children’s books that are no longer being read or enjoyed? Donate them today and share these precious stories with new, eager readers!

Happy Halloween,

K. Lamb