Looking for some great October read aloud books? Here’s a fun October Book list to read with your child this month.
We’ve gathered over 100 books for October just for you. Each book recommendation includes a link to YouTube where you can also listen to a Read Aloud of the story. The handpicked book read alouds are both Teacher and Mom Approved!
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October Read Aloud Books for Preschool and Kindergarten
There are many reasons why children’s books are fun to read in October. Here are a few:
- They often have spooky or Halloween-themed stories. This can be a fun way to get kids excited about the holiday and learn about different traditions.
- They can be a great way to teach kids about different cultures. Many children’s books feature characters from different countries and celebrate different holidays.
- They can help kids develop their imaginations. Children’s books are full of fantastical creatures and adventures that can help kids think creatively.
- They can be a great way to bond with your child. Reading together aloud is a fun and relaxing activity that can help you connect with your child.
- They can help improve your child’s literacy skills. Reading aloud to your child is a great way to help them develop their vocabulary and comprehension skills.
So if you’re looking for a fun and educational activity to do with your child this October, consider reading some children’s books together!
October Book Themes
Books about Scarecrows
Scarecrow Activity Idea: Make a Shape Scarecrow for Math fun!
Hispanic Heritage Month Books for Kids
Hispanic and Latino Heritage Activity Idea: Check out these resources from EDSITEment! — the Teacher’s Guide to Hispanic & Latino Heritage in the US is incredible.
Halloween Books for Kids
Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle (Listen to Read Aloud)
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams (Listen to Read Aloud)
Construction Site Gets a Fright! by Sherri Duskey Rinker (Listen to Read Aloud)
The Crayons Trick or Treat by Drew Daywalt (Listen to Read Aloud)
The Bad Seed Presents: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky by Jory John (Listen to Read Aloud)
The Spooky Wheels on the Bus by J. Elizabeth Mills (Listen to Read Aloud)
Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete by Kimberly & James Dean (Listen to Read Aloud)
10 Trick-or-Treaters: A Halloween Counting Book by Janet Schulman (Listen to Read Aloud)
The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing (Listen to Read Aloud)
Halloween Activity Idea: Take a look at our ultimate list of Halloween Activities for kids.
Books About Pumpkins
Want more? Take a peek at our ultimate collection of Pumpkin Books for Kids! Hand-picked by a busy mom and Kindergarten teacher just for you this Halloween. These books about pumpkins include fiction, non-fiction and even early readers to choose from.
Books About Ghosts
Gus Was a Friendly Ghost (Gus the Ghost) by Jane Thayer (Listen to Read Aloud)
Ready, Steady, Ghost! by Elizabeth Bauley (Listen to Read Aloud)
Ghost in the House: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Ammi-Joan Paquette (Listen to Read Aloud)
In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting (Listen to the Read Aloud)
Lift-the-Flap Tab: Spooky House by Roger Priddy (Listen to Read Aloud)
The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt by Riel Nason (Listen to Read Aloud)
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell (Listen to Read Aloud)
Gustavo, the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago (Listen to Read Aloud)
Ghost Afraid of the Dark by Sara Conway (Listen to Read Aloud)
How to Scare a Ghost by Jean Reagan (Listen to Read Aloud)
Ghost Activity Idea: Focus on learning sight words with these Ghost Themed Sensory Bottle Activity.
Books About Skeletons
Skeleton Activity Idea: Create your own Skeleton STEM Camp for Halloween!
Books About Witches
This is the ultimate collection of the best children’s books about witches for your Halloween fun! Hand-picked for a little spooky fun for even the littlest witches and wizards.
Witch Activity Idea: Make a spellbinding witch recipe inspired by a witch book!
Books About Monsters
Explore our collection of the best Monster Books for Kids.
Monster Activity Idea: Take a look at these 20 Spooky Fun Monster Activities for Kids.
Books About Bats
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Calendro (Listen to Read Aloud)
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (Listen to Read Aloud)
Bats by Gail Gibbons (Listen to Read Aloud)
Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt (Listen to Read Aloud)
Bats at the Beach (A Bat Book) by Brian Lies (Listen to Read Aloud)
The Bat (Disgusting Critters) by Elise Gravel (Listen to Read Aloud)
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies (Listen to Read Aloud)
Little Bat in Night School by Brian Lies (Listen to Read Aloud)
The Magic School Bus in the Bat Cave (Listen to Read Aloud)
Fly Guy Presents: Bats (Scholastic Reader, Level 2) by Tedd Arnold
Bat Activity Idea: Try this flying bats STEM challenge!
Books About Dia de los Muertos
Dia de Los Muertos by Roseanne Greenfield Thong (Listen to Read Aloud)
The Day of the Dead / El Día de los Muertos by Bob Barner (Listen to Read Aloud)
Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead by Judy Goldman (Listen to Read Aloud)
The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle (Listen to Read Aloud)
Coco Little Golden Book by RH Disney (Listen to Read Aloud)
The Festival of Bones / El festival de las calaveras by Luis San Vicente (Listen to Read Aloud)
Clatter Bash! A Day of the Dead Celebration by Richard Keep (Listen to Read Aloud)
Books About Spiders
Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks (Listen to Read Aloud)
Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin (Listen to Read Aloud)
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle (Listen to Read Aloud)
I’m Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton (Listen to Read Aloud)
Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider by James Dean (Listen to Read Aloud)
Spider on the Floor (Raffi Songs to Read) by Raffi (Listen to Read Aloud)
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott (Listen to Read Aloud)
Books About Owls
Explore our collection of the best owl books for kids.
Owl Activity Idea: Have some nocturnal animal fun with these owl activities for kids.
Books About Diwali
I’ve gathered the ultimate collection of the best Diwali Books for Kids, take a look!
Diwali Activity Idea: Pick one of these special Diwali Activities with your child.
Books About Fire Safety
Curious George and the Firefighters by H. A. Rey (Listen to Read Aloud)
Stop, Drop, and Roll! by Charles Ghigna (Listen to Read Aloud)
Plan and Prepare! (Fire Safety by Charles Ghigna (Listen to Read Aloud)
No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E. Pendziwol (Listen to Read Aloud)
Pete the Cat: Firefighter Pete by James Dean (Listen to Read Aloud)
Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill by Jamie Harper (Listen to Read Aloud)
Fire Safety Activity Idea: Create a hands-on art project for fire safety week.
There are so many amazing books to read in October with your child. Which book will you read first?
Here are some additional activities for your child to enjoy…