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.
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.
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:
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.