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A Book to Match Your Costume

Many schools require students to wear Halloween costumes that are book related. Some even ask children to bring along a book that matches his or her costume. This policy is a great way to promote reading and integrate Halloween into the curriculum, but it can also be a source of stress. What if a child wants to wear a Spider-man costume, but all of the Spider-man books have already been checked out to other patrons? You might try recommending a book about Marvel comics, arachnids, or even a biography about Tobey Maguire.

To be prepared for the last minute rush to find books to match costumes, we created a list of “books to match your costume.” These titles are just a starting point. If you use your imagination, you can find a book to match just about any costume.

So you want to be Minnie Mouse . . .

Assistant Children's Librarian, Jeannie Bull
Assistant Children’s Librarian, Jeannie Bull

In addition to the obvious Disney choices such as Minnie’s Costume Party, you might also recommend a book about mice or Disney World.

Fiction:

  • Abel’s Island by William Steig
  • Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
  • Anatol by Eve Titus
  • Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole

Nonfiction:

  • About Rodents: A Guide for Children by Cathryn and John Sill
  • Walt Disney: The Man Behind the Magic by Tamra Orr

So you want to be a crayon . . .

Heidi and I pose with a few of our favorite books.
Heidi and I pose with a few of our favorite books.

Drew Daywald’s bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit is a perfect match, but don’t limit yourself. There are many, many great children’s books about art and colors.

Fiction:

  • Amber Brown is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger
  • Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  • A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch
  • Bad Day at Riverbend by Chris Van Allsburg (This book also matches cowboy costumes!)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Nonfiction:

  • What Happens at a Crayon Factory by Lisa M. Guidone
  • The Science Book of Color by Neil Ardley

So you want to be the Statue of Liberty . . .

liberty
There are plenty of good books about the Statue of Liberty, and there are usually at least a few available on the shelf. However, you also might recommend a book about new immigrants, sculpture, or New York City.

Fiction:

  • Lisa in New York by Anne Gutman and George Hallensleben
  • Naming Liberty by Jane Yolen and Jim Burke
  • A Picnic in October by Eve Bunting

Nonfiction:

  • All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel by Dan Yaccarino
  • How They Built the Statue of Liberty by Mary J. Shapiro
  • The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Besty & Giulio Maestro

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Our guest blogger today is Rebecca Scotka. Rebecca is the Children’s and Young Adult Librarian at the East Lyme Public Library in Niantic, Connecticut.

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