Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Spooky Reading for a Spooky Day

We have a treat for you today, just in time for Halloween! Children's book author and super agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette, has dropped by the Cottage to share her five favorite spooky books.  . . .                                             
Some days the sky is blue and the sunshine golden. Other days? Not so much. There’s something about the slate-gray of an overcast sky that can make a reader look for comfort in the pages of a book. Something synchronous, maybe, about finding an inner shiver to match the outer one.

For just those types of days, here are some of my favorite spooky reading titles:


by Elinor Lander Horwitz
Illustrated by Barbara Cooney 
Viking, 2004

On a bimulous night, when the sky is like lace… So begins one of my very favorite read-alouds, just right for curling up tight with a cozy blanket, a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and your favorite reader tucked tight within your lap.


by Lemony Snicket
Illustrated by Jon Klaasen 
Little, Brown, 2013

Who’s afraid of the dark? By turns spooky-scary and empowering, this picture book might be too much for the very youngest reader, but preschoolers and older will eat it up.


by Angie Sage 
Katherine Tegen Books, 2008

This book launches a fabulous chapter book series, starring the irrepressible Araminta Spookie as she navigates a haunted house peopled with ghosts, haunted suits of armor, and a ghoulish surprise around every corner.


by Vivian Vande Velde 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008

This is a marvelous ghost story about a boy whose five-year-old sister has an imaginary friend… who turns out to be less imaginary and more… dead. By turns spooky and silly and moving, this is a great read that’s just right for a dark and stormy night.  

by Mary Downing Hahn 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008

It all begins with a creepy old photograph in the attic… soon Ali and her friends are swept in a mystery that is both ghostly—and potentially deadly. Thrills and chills abound in this beautifully written story!


What spooky delights are YOU pulling out of your bookshelves today? Happy reading!

 And don't miss Ammi-Joan Paquette's own deliciously spooky tales -- GHOST IN THE HOUSE and RULES FOR GHOSTING!

by Ammi-Joan Paquette

Illustrated by Adam Record
Candlewick Press, 2013

Peek-a BOO! It was a dark and spooky night. Wait! Did you hear that? It sounds like it might be something scary! What is it? Turn the page and find out. . . . 

"The bouncy rhyme in this cumulative story is engaging, and the scariness level is just right for the very young. --The Horn Book

by A.J. Paquette
Walker/Bloomsbury, 2013

The ghostly adventures of twelve-year-old Dahlia, along with her new living friends Oliver and Poppy, as they dodge a creepy Ghosterminator, a town official with devious plans, and set about solving the mystery of Dahlia's death before it's too late.

"As Dahlia and Oliver search for answers, surprising plot developments will keep readers re-evaluating the clues until the story's thrilling conclusion. Paquette's high-spirited tale featuring a benign, good-natured ghost offers readers an imaginative, intriguing mystery." --Kirkus

AMMI-JOAN PAQUETTE is an agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency. She is also the author of the picture books Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids, as well as the novels Paradox and Nowhere Girl. She has several other books due out in the next few years. 

When she is not on the phone, answering email, or writing, you will most likely find Joan curled up with a book. Or baking something delicious. Or talking about something delicious she’s baked. Really, after books and food, what else is there worth saying?

For more about Ammi-Joan, visit her website: http://ajpaquette.com/

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