Tag: Halloween

Poetry and Picture Books for Little Ghosts and Goblins

Poetry and Picture Books for Little Ghosts and Goblins

Lynn and Cindy: Are you looking for some Halloween fun for pre-schoolers and early elementary-school students? Look no further! Here are some new books for little ghosts and goblins. Start your story time with Boo! Haiku (2016), Deanna Caswell and Bob Shea’s follow-up to Guess Who, Haiku (2016). A haiku riddle and a small, circular picture […]

Happy Halloween from the Black Cats of Booklist!

Happy Halloween from the Black Cats of Booklist!

Evidently, black cats have the lowest adoption rate and highest euthanasia rate in shelters. One possible reason is because they’re kind of hard to see, so they’re harder to make a connection with at, say, a poorly-lit kennel. If these photos are any indication, yes, they’re kind of hard to see. Unless flooded in natural […]

Scarred for Life: Scary Books from My Childhood

Scarred for Life: Scary Books from My Childhood

I’m in the midst of packing up my apartment to move, and by far the biggest undertaking has been boxing up my books. It is a fun chance to look through everything—I’ve even convinced myself to donate at least a few of the books I’d forgotten about entirely. But one book that surfaced is one that […]

Evil Corn: A Literary Subgenre Worthy of Serious Study

Evil Corn: A Literary Subgenre Worthy of Serious Study

I know what you’re thinking: There’s a book about evil corn? Oh, you sad, ignorant human. How do you get up each morning, with all that sadness and ignorance? Here, let me help. We are all aware of evil corn movies. The ur-text, of course, is Children of the Corn, though things don’t really get swinging on the […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Drew Weing’s The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo

Webcomics Wednesday: Drew Weing’s The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo

I’ll admit it, this week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick, Drew Weing’s delightfully eerie The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo, is about a week late. Lurking monsters in haunted, abandoned buildings is perfect Halloween fare, after all, but in my book, as long as there’s trick-or-treat candy in my desk drawer (there is, and there’s a lot of it), spooky stories are […]

Austin Almanza Wins #CostumesforBooks!

Austin Almanza Wins #CostumesforBooks!

We have a winner of this year’s #CostumesforBooks! Congratulations to Austin Almanza of Harbor Lights Middle School in Holland, MI for “A Clockwork Clown.” Austin, you’ll receive the Booklist Mystery Box on your doorstop next week (then you can tell us what’s in it)! Judge Dan Kraus had this to say about Austin’s entry: “A […]

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May the Best Costume Win!

May the Best Costume Win!

We’ve received a stunning variety of submissions for our Halloween #Costumesforbooks competition thus far—from library assistants to candy-hungry-middle schoolers. There’s still time to submit your costume. Post your picture to Booklist‘s facebook page, or tweet using the hashtag #costumesforbooks by noon on Friday, October 31st for a chance to win the Booklist Mystery Box. Author and […]

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The Booklist Mystery Box: Enter #CostumesForBooks to Win!

The Booklist Mystery Box: Enter #CostumesForBooks to Win!

Look at that box! Don’t you want to know what’s in it? Aren’t you just dying for a peek? Well, we’ll never divulge the contents, but we can tell you it’s worth having—and, if you can use scissors, construction paper, and a glue stick, you have an excellent chance of having the Booklist Mystery Box delivered […]

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Skin-Crawling Reads: When Horror Is Nonfiction

Skin-Crawling Reads: When Horror Is Nonfiction

Yeah, yeah, sure. It’s one thing for an author to scare you stiff with stuff that might happen, that could happen—when we know it probably won’t. This Halloween, let’s scare ourselves with skin-crawling reads that are terrifying precisely because THEY ARE TRUE. (This all started, by the way, with Booklist editorial assistant Sarah Grant, who had us all dancing […]

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The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge

It’s hard to believe that the first 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge was -> five -> long -> years -> ago. You know what I could have accomplished in five years? Why, I could have a strapping five-year-old child by now. Or two-and-a-half two-and-a-half-year-old children—is that how it works? Or five deformed fetuses floating in mason jars? Whatever—point is, I’ve spent every year since 2009 cramming […]

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