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Shadows and Scary Stories

Explore the world of things that go bump in the night!

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The August House Book of Scary Stories

An anthology of spooky stories drawn from folklore, local history, and the storytellers' imaginations.

Grades 4-8

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Beware! : R.L. Stine picks his favorite scary stories by R.L. Stine

A collection of 19 spine tingling stories and poems selected by the master of terror himself. Even the bravest soul will be hiding under the covers after they are done with this book.

Grades 3 and up

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Clay by David Almond

One of my all time favorite scary books. You become friends with Stephen the new kid in town and soon discover he has supernatural powers and could bring things to life. He knows that you too have this special power and convinces you to help him bring to life a giant clay creature. Will you be ready for what comes next?

Grades 5 and up

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Frank was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance! by Keith Graves

Frank was a monster who wanted to dance. He is having a ball showing off his moves until his head begins to roll.

Preschool

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Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex

A collection of poems, exposing the private lives of various monsters, including Wolfman, Frankenstein, Bigfoot, and Godzilla.

Grades 1-5

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The Gargoyle on the Roof  by Jack Prelutsky

Presents poems about gargoyles, vampires, the bogeyman, gremlins, and other monsters.

Grades 1-5

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Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

Turn the pages of this book and watch the Big Green Monster grow, then disappear!

Preschool

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The Hobyahs by Robert San Souci

Five faithful dogs save their mistress from the dreadful Hobyahs.

Grades K-4

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I Need My Monster  by Amanda Noll

When a little boy’s under-the-bed monster disappears, he finds that no substitutes are as perfect as his own monster.

Grades 1-3

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Leonardo the terrible Monster by Mo Willems

No matter how hard Leonardo tries he just can’t scare anyone. As he attempts to scare the most scardy cat kid in the WHOLE world Leonardo is faced with a tough choice

Preschool to Grade 1

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Monster Goose  by Judy Sierra

A collection of twenty-five nursery rhymes, rewritten to feature vampires, ghouls, mummies, the Loch Ness monster, and other fearsome creatures.

Grade 4 and up

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Monster Hunters by Dean Lorey

What if the monsters from your nightmare were real? Would you be brave enough to help fight them and send them back to the dream world? In this book you will meet Charlie Benjamin who has just become a student at the Nightmare Academy. Here he will learn the skills needed to fight of the nightmare monsters. Enroll if you dare.

Grades 5 and up

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Monster Mayhem  by Sam Schultz

A collection of jokes about monsters.

Grades 1-5

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Spooky A B C  by Eve Merriam

Untold hazards haunt this alphabet book -- APPLES you don't dare bite, BATS that lurk and swoop -- But beware! The T is for TRAP, so read with care!

Grades 3-6

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Spooky Sillies by Mark Moore

A collection of jokes about ghosts.

Grades 2 and up

 

The Tailypo: A Ghost Story by Joanna Galdone

A strange creature haunts the woodsman who lopped off its tail.

Grades 1-4

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There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

A small boy takes action and settles his problem with a nightmare.

Preschool-Grade 2

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The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of her house, although others in her family disagree, and when the wolves come out, the adventure begins.

Grades 2-5

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Whose Shadow is This? A Look at Animal Shapes– Round, Long, and Pointy by Claire Berge

Shows animal shadows and reveals the answers along with some interesting facts

Grade 1 - Grade 3

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Shadows and Reflections by Tana Hoban

Photographs of shadows in the day

Preschool and up

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Shadow Night by Kay Chorao

A child gets over his fear of the dark when his parents show him how to make shadow puppets

Preschool - Grade 1

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Shadow by Suzy Lee

Wordless illustrated book following a girl and the shadows things cast

Preschool - Grade 1

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Shadows are About by Ann Whitford Paul

Two children discover and play with shadows

Preschool - Kindergarten

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Darkness Slipped In by Ella Burfoot

A little girl makes friends with the darkness

Preschool - Grade 1