Diverse Halloweenish Children’s Books

Since the theme of this year’s Children’s Religious Education is Diversity and Racism, I’ve spent a great amount of time searching for diversity in children’s literature. Since it’s October, I’ve compiled a list of Halloween picture books with diverse characters. Read them out loud while your kids dream of candy, munch on pumpkin seeds, and change their costume plans for the umpteenth time. Not all of these picture books are Halloween-specific; but all of them follow typical Halloween book themes such ghosts, monsters, witches or pumpkins.

Behind the Mask by Yangsook Choi
Halloween Monster by Catherine Stock
Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
Ghosts for Breakfast by Stanley Todd Terasaki, illustrated by Shelly Shinjo
The Closet Ghosts by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Shiraaz Bhabha
The Bake Shop Ghost by Jacqueline Ogburn, illustrated by Marjorie A. Priceman
Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson, illustrated by Michael Robertson
The Pomegranate Witch by Denise Doyen, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming

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