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Author Feature: Alvin Schwartz

Looking for some Halloween-y goodness the whole family can enjoy? Try something from every 90 kid’s favorite underrated horror writer/folklorist: Alvin Schwartz.

He is best known, of course, for Scary Stories to Tell in the Darkimages.duckduckgo.com.jpgThis middle grade collection of spooky folklore is meant to be read aloud, and even includes handy asides for how best to scare your listeners as you go. If the more horror-based stories get to be too much, try one of the sillier songs or poems, or even flip to the “Aaaaaaah” chapter at the end full of stories to make you laugh away your worries.

If your aspiring horror reader is looking for something of an easier reading level, try the delightful: In a Dark, Dark Room: and Other Scary Stories

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With far less scary pictures than it’s better known brother, In a Dark, Dark Room is written so that beginning reader can puzzle their own way through the spooky folktales told around Halloween. Many of these end humorously.

Of course, not everything Schwartz writes is spooky. Our collection does boast a copy of his delightful Ten Copycats in a Boat: and Other Riddles:

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Fun for the whole family! Easy to read riddles for beginning readers to try out on all their closest family and friends. Plenty of puns to make the whole family forget about how spooky Halloween can be.

For example: What does a cat have that no other animal has?

(The answer is: Kittens)

Because at the end of the day, Alvin Schwartz is a lore-ist. All of his books end listing the sources of each and every folktale he’s used to spook or amuse you. If you like a bit of history with your spooky stories, give him a try.

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Author Feature: Mo Willems

Looking for a laugh? Try something by the enigmatic Mo Willems. You probably know him for his series about Pigeons driving buses, or the Knuffle Bunny series, or maybe for his spectacular We are in a Book!. But did you know that he used to write for Sesame Street? Or that he once wrote to Charles Shultz and asked if he could take over writing Peanuts once he died?

Curious? You can read more about his Funny Failures, or maybe listen to one of his hilarious interviews.

Or better yet, come in and try some of his books for yourself!

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Because why have pigs when you could have dinosaurs?

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No seriously, they’re in a book. Just try not to laugh at their banana-tastic antics.

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That subtitle, though. Doesn’t that sound intriguing?

There are no pigeons featured in this post, but that’s just because they have their own website here.

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Author Spotlight: David Wiesner

Up for an unusual read? Try something from American illustrator and writer of children’s books, David Wiesner, whose award-winning books are known for their rich, hand-painted pictures. His whimsical tales leap right from the page, even though they feature almost no text.

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Try Tuesday: that time frogs mysteriously started falling from the sky.

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Try Mr Wuffles!: who finds aliens much more interesting than his usual toys.

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Try Flotsam: because you never know what you’ll find on the beach.

Try these, and other books by David Wiesner in our picture book collection. Don’t let the genre dissuade you: these books are great reads at any age.

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