'Tis the season for things that go bump in the night! From the Princess in Black to the works of R.L. Stine, it's clear that in the corners of our imagination, there are always a few monsters lurking. Here are some of my favorites, for the youngest horror enthusiasts to kids in their double-digits hunting for a real scare.
For picture book readers
El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!: When Ramón and his family moved from Mexico to the United States, El Cucuy tagged along! Now, for the first time ever, El Cucuy is scared. Can Ramón help him adjust to his new home?
Poesy the Monster Slayer: Some kids are scared a monster might be lurking under their bed - but Poesy can't wait to trap hers!
For new readers
Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories: Who is scratching at the window? Who is lurking under the bed? Crack open this collection of scary stories if you dare, then follow it up with more terrifying tales by Mister Shivers.
The Haunted House Next Door: Andres Miedoso likes to describe himself as a "normal-boring" kid, but all that changes when he befriends, Desmond, the ghost hunter who lives next door. Before you can say: Boo! - Andres finds himself involved in Desmond's otherworldly activities and becomes a member of Desmond Cole, Ghost Patrol.
For older readers
Artie and the Wolf Moon: Becoming a werewolf? If you're Artie Irvin, it's just a natural part of growing up.
Living Ghosts & Mischievous Monsters: Hungry skeletons, walking dolls, skinwalkers and more populate the pages of this compilation of thirty-two Native American ghost stories by Dan SaSuWeh Jones (Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma) and Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva tribe of Southern California).
Monstrous: How nutritious is your brain? Could electricity bring you back to life? Learn about the science behind eight famous monsters.
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears: Rational, science-loving Paola Santiago finds it hard to believe La Llorona exists - but the evidence points to sí! Paolo Santiago is one of a number of storylines being created by the Rick Riordan Presents Imprint, where monsters and monster hunters abound.
Do you have any favorites you'd like to share? Comment and let us know.
Witching you a monstrously Happy Halloween!