Ah Halloween. A lovely day to break up the long distance between the start of Autumn and Christmas.

Evie is obsessed with books. We read everyday and her favourite thing to do is to bring us books to read to her. Not dissimilar to how I was when I was small.

Last month we shared with you what was on Evie’s Autumn bookshelf.

We still can’t get over how much of a difference there’s been in her learning, just from us changing up her books every so often.

She easily recognises the items or animals that feature in her books, both on the pages and in real life without prompt, and her love for books is growing daily.

With Halloween just around the corner, it made sense to change up our books again and create a Halloween themed bookshelf.

Halloween Bookshelf

This will be Evie’s first Halloween where she’ll be able to understand what’s going on a little more. She’s still a bit small to go trick or treating but themed books are a great way to introduce her to the concept of the day.

When we create themed shelves, we always try and combine them with themed outdoor activities and crafts. This seems to help her make the connection a lot quicker, that the things in her books, can also be found all around us.

This week we’ve been making some little Halloween crafts from things found in her books and in her reading corner. Next week we’ll be going out to find some real pumpkins to carve and paint.

Reading is so important and it’s so lovely to watch how much she enjoys playing with and learning from books.

If you want to encourage reading, this is a really great way to do it.

Halloween Bookshelf

We’ve had our little Halloween book corner (there were going to be way more decorations but Mr. Buzzkill reigned me in) for about a week now and Evie has already learnt to recognise a spider, a witch and a pumpkin.

Unfortunately she recognised a spider on the ceiling above my head when I was in the bathroom this week. I am terrified of spiders and her timing wasn’t great.

But I tried so hard to pretend it was such a lovely thing to be in the presence of a spider. I really don’t want her to be afraid like me.

We have three books on Evie’s Halloween bookshelf so far:

Halloween Bookshelf

Meg and Mog
This is such a classic and has been around for over 30 years. It’s about a witch called Meg and her cat called Mog. There is a series of Meg and Mog books but this is the original book and follows what happens to Meg and Mog one Halloween. I remember reading it when I was little so it was such a strange but lovely feeling getting to read back through it twenty years later with my daughter.

Room on the Broom
Julia Donaldson books are wonderful. This poetic classic book follows a witch, a cat, a dog, a bird and a frog as they all try and squeeze on the witches broom. Unfortunately along their travels they come across a very hungry dragon.

I Am a Witch’s Cat
The pictures in this book are so beautifully done. They’ve been handcrafted out of three dimensional paper and mixed media techniques. It’s really worth getting just to look at the pictures. The story follows a little girl who thinks her mum is a really good witch, when to the adult reader, she’s just a regular mum doing magical things. It’ll really spark your little ones imagination.

Evie’s favourite is I Am A Witch’s Cat. It seems only right that she’s going to be dressed as a cat on Halloween and Mummy will be the Witch.

When we created our bookshelf, the regular Halloween books weren’t yet out in the shops, but we’ll be adding some to our shelves in the next couple of weeks. Other books we’ll be getting are:

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Pumpkin Party
Parents of Peppa Pig fans, this is an absolute must for your Halloween bookshelf.

Boo Who? a Spooky Lift-The-Flap Book
This is great lift the flap book for toddlers who are just learning about Halloween. Each page introduces a new Halloween character such as a ghost, a witch and an owl.

We get most of our books from either Amazon or our local bookshop. But we also go to the library once a fortnight.

Libraries are brilliant, they’re such an inexpensive way to change up your bookshelves and you can even include your little one and turn your visit to the library into a little adventure.

Do you have themed books for your little one? What do you think of Evie’s Halloween bookshelf? Are you excited for Halloween?

This is not a sponsored post, I just love our books and wanted to share them. This post does contains affiliate links, that means if you purchase anything using the links, I get a little bit of money to pay towards some more books for Evie.

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  1. October 20, 2015 / 9:02 am

    We love room on the broom in our house. I remember Meg and Mog from when I was younger – classic! #twinklytuesday

    • October 22, 2015 / 6:48 pm

      Room On The Broom has been read so much I think we could read it without the book haha. But you can’t beat Meg and Mog can you. x

  2. October 20, 2015 / 9:19 am

    I love the idea of a halloween book corner! I will be adding this to our things to do list. #twinklytuesday

    • October 22, 2015 / 6:49 pm

      It’s worth checking your local library too. Sometimes it’s perfect for short themes like this! 😀 x

  3. October 20, 2015 / 9:37 am

    Such a great idea to help introduce Evie to the concept of halloween – I LOVE the book corner! You are so creative. Ours is still a little too young to really appreciate books (she just tries to eat them!) but I’m really looking forward to introducing her to books properly. Room on the Broom is one of my favourites! #TwinklyTuesday

    • October 22, 2015 / 6:50 pm

      Haha I remember those days. We’ve got so many chewed books with broken spines. She seems to have gotten so gentle with books in the last few months and she loves reading them. I think 18 months is such a nice age to introduce themed books too because they’re really starting to understand everything that’s all around them. We’ve noticed a big change in the last few months. You’ll absolutely love it when your little one reaches this stage. Books become so much fun. x

    • October 22, 2015 / 6:51 pm

      It’s such a lovely book isn’t it. You really can’t go wrong with a Julia Donaldson book. x

  4. October 20, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    These look like a perfect introduction to Halloween for your lovely girl

    • October 22, 2015 / 6:55 pm

      Thank you. She has no idea what Halloween is still but it’s helped her to learn about witches, spiders, pumpkins etc. We get lots of ‘ohhh wows’ now when we walk past a Halloween display and lots of ‘Hello ‘ders’. Which is ‘Hello spiders’ in baby talk. x

  5. October 20, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    I really want to do this with my daughter. I wonder how many books would be good to have on the shelf at a time. #twinklytuesday

    • October 22, 2015 / 7:01 pm

      If I had my way the shelf would be bursting haha. We have so many books but we also swap things up at the library a lot. We’ve been sticking to four or five seasonal books and they do get read a lot. It’s a perfect amount for us but I’d happily have more. 😉 x

      • October 25, 2015 / 8:25 pm

        Thanks I’m going to go through what my daughter has and look out for additions.

        • October 26, 2015 / 11:32 pm

          Halloween is such a fun excuse to change up the bookshelves isn’t it! x

  6. dairiesofamum
    October 22, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    We haven’t read any of these but we will be looking in the library for a few of these next week

    • October 22, 2015 / 8:23 pm

      I love the library. We go every few weeks and swap up our books. It’s such a brilliant resource and a fun trip out for little ones at the same time isn’t it. x

  7. October 25, 2015 / 11:42 am

    We love spending time at the library too and I love love love your themed bookshelf. What a wonderful idea. We adore Room on the Broom here. We live in Australia and have never celebrated Halloween but this year we are a bit more interested because my soon-to-be sister-in-law will be spending her first Halloween outside America. We are going to dress up and have a spooky dinner in her honour. We’ve decided to go as Room on the Broom characters. My little boy will be the dragon, my baby girl will be the dog, I will be the cat, and my husband will be the witch (his decision, but the woman at the shop when we were buying the hat was horrified at this gender reversal. Not sure she quite got the point of dress ups!) Happy Halloween and happy reading! 🙂

    • October 26, 2015 / 11:29 pm

      Thank you so much. Room on the Broom is a firm favourite in our household. Halloween seems to be becoming bigger and bigger in the UK as well. Every year there are more parties, more themed events, more merchandise. I hope you have a really fun halloween. It sounds like you’ve got an amazing day planned. I adore your choice of costumes and I think it’s great that he’s going as the witch. It’s definitely the point of dress up, to be whoever you want to be and enjoy yourself! I’m very jealous of your plans, you’re going to have a brilliant time. x

  8. October 26, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    AHH I LOVED MEG AND MOG!! Seeing that cover has brought back such lovely memories! I keep meaning to take the boys to the library and get some Meg and Mog books! Thanks so much for linking up to #TwinklyTuesday — hope to see you again tomorrow!

    • October 27, 2015 / 7:19 am

      It’s such a classic book isn’t it. It’s good that it’s still around. I hope you get to go to the library soon. x

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