Not So Scary Stories

Recommended scary picture books and beginning readers.

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Bedtime at the Swamp
Artist/Author/Cast:
Crow, Kristyn; Pamintuan, Macky (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Crow
Description:

A little boy hides in a tree after he hears a swamp monster coming.

Bone Dog
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rohmann, Eric (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Rohmann
Description:

A little boy is unexpectedly rescued from some graveyard skeletons.

Bone Soup
Artist/Author/Cast:
Evans, Cambria
Call Number:
JP Evans
Description:

A hungry ghost tricks the townspeople into making bone soup.

Bumps in the Night
Artist/Author/Cast:
Allard, Harry; Marshall, James (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JER Allard
Description:

Dudley Stork asks his friends to help find out what is causing the spooky noises in his house.

Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance
Artist/Author/Cast:
Graves, Keith
Call Number:
JP Graves
Description:

Frank the monster loves to dance, but when he gets onstage, unexpected things start to happen.

Frankie Stein
Artist/Author/Cast:
Schaefer, Lola M.; Atteberry, Kevan J. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Schaefer
Description:

Little Frankie just isn't very scary!

Haunted Party
Artist/Author/Cast:
Trapani, Iza (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Trapani
Description:

A ghost and his friends have a party on Halloween night.

In a Dark, Dark House
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dussling, Jennifer; Jones, Davy (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JER Dussling
Description:

Simple words and rebus pictures make learning to read easy in this tale of a boy in a haunted house.

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories
Artist/Author/Cast:
Schwartz, Alvin; Zimmer, Dirk (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JER Schwartz
Description:

A collection of scary stories and frightening folklore.

Jeepers Creepers: A Monstrous ABC
Artist/Author/Cast:
Leuck, Laura; Parkins, David (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Leuck
Description:

Twenty-six monsters go to school and learn their letters.

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
Artist/Author/Cast:
Morales, Yuyi
Call Number:
J398.20972 M8288j 2003
Description:

Senor Calavera arrives to take Grandma Beetle to the next life, but Grandma isn't ready to go.

Little Goblins Ten
Artist/Author/Cast:
Jane, Pamela (Author); Manning, Jane (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Jane
Description:

A spookier version of "Over in the Meadow."

Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mayer, Mercer (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Mayer
Description:

With her quick thinking, Liza Lou manages to outwit all the scary creatures in the Yeller Belly Swamp.

Monsters on Machines
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lund, Deb; Neubecker, Robert (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Lund
Description:

What is this scary construction crew building?

Night of the Gargoyles
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bunting, Eve; Wiesner, David (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Bunting
Description:

In the middle of the night, the gargoyles of a museum come to life and frighten the night watchman.

No More Monsters For Me!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Parish, Peggy; Simont, Marc (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JER Parish
Description:

When Minn finds a monster in the rain, she brings him home and hides him in the basement.

Prietita and the Ghost Woman
Artist/Author/Cast:
Anzaldúa, Gloria; Gonzalez, Maya Christina (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Anzaldua
Description:

Prietita becomes lost in the woods. Will she meet the frightening ghost woman?

Shrek!
Artist/Author/Cast:
Steig, William
Call Number:
JP Steig
Description:

Horribly hideous Shrek leaves home and terrifies everyone he encounters in his search for his equally ugly bride.

Skeleton Hiccups
Artist/Author/Cast:
Cuyler, Margery; Schindler, S. D. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JP Cuyler
Description:

Skeleton wakes up with the hiccups. Hic, hic, hic! Finally Ghost has a helpful idea.

The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree
Artist/Author/Cast:
Berenstain, Stan; Berenstain, Jan
Call Number:
JER Berenstain
Description:

Join the bears in this creepy adventure with an old tree.

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