Scary Bedtime Stories – If You Dare

Do you love to read before bed?   When my kids were little, I read to them every night before bed and scary stories were always the favorite.  I love to read scary stories at lunch, before breakfast, before bed…well anytime.  My type of scary has more suspense in it than gore, and a slight twist of dark humor.  All of the authors and books I recommend fit my requirements for scariness at it’s best.

Before you begin you need a few things to make the experience just right: a big mattress, a blanket to throw over your head, a teddy bear to squish, and scary voices for each character. Bundle these all up together and you’re set to have these stories add to your perfectly scary Halloween.  Boo.

Here’s a few of my picks for the younger readers:

The Dark by Lemony Snicket,  Illustrated by Jon Klassen

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Afraid of the dark? I mean who isn’t afraid of the dark?  What lurks in the closet or under your bed?  The story begins with: “The dark lived in the same house as Lazlo, a big place with a creaky floor, smooth, cold windows and several sets of stairs.”  I’m already scared.  Aren’t you?  Read it to the end, and find out what the dark has to say.

Jerry the Boy Who Cried Monster, by Sally Spratt

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Okay, well I have to say this is my ALL TIME FAVORITE.  Did I mention I wrote this one?  Jerry, has a problem…monsters.  They are everywhere and no one believes him.  The monsters mess up his room, eat his homework and even try to eat the class hamster.  This is a fun but still scary book. because it has monsters in it, e-book available in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt book app called MeeGenius.  Don’t want to read alone? Turn on the narration and have it read to you.

For kids who are just getting started reading on their own, or your middle grade readers.  Here are a few of my favorite scary authors (not too scary):

 

The Zombie Chaser Series by John Kloepfer. 139_TheZombieChasers-cvr

A 7 book series full of zombie chills and guts.  Book one drops you into the story of Zach and his best friend, Rice along with the mean queen Madison.  Everyone in the world around them is changing into ZOMBIES, includes Rice’s sister.  Its’ up to these three to survive and save the world. Can they do it without getting turned into zombies themselves?

Scary School by Derek the Ghost

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I don’t even have to say this is scary, the title tells you all. Plus it’s written by a ghost named Derek.  This is the first in a 3 part series (so far). Derek is a ghost, he’s 11 and he died in science class when one of Mr. Acidbath’s experiments went horribly wrong.  Derek walks you through the  school where your homeroom teacher is Ms. Fang and T. Rex is there to help you through detention, if he’s not too hungry.   There’s a web-site filled with scary stuff, fun and games:  www.scaryschool.com.

The Haunted Library, by Dori Hillestad Butler

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Is the first of a 7 book series.  It’s more than a haunted library book, it’s a mystery too.  Kaz is a ghost, a kid ghost who got separated from his family and is now “stuck” in the library.  Claire is a human who can actually see Kaz.  Together the two work on their first mystery of who is haunting the library, and they try to find Kaz’s family.  It’s fun, and not too scary, if you don’t mind a ghost here and there that is.  If you want to read an excerpt and find out more about the series visit: www.penguinrandomhouse.com

My Teacher is an Alien, by Bruce Colville

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So maybe this title doesn’t sound so scary to you.  But what if your teacher WAS an alien and you saw him peeling off his face?  That’s what happened to Peter.   He and his best bud Susan discovered Mr. Smith’s (a.k.a. the alien) horrible plans for their class mates.  They have to work fast to get rid of the  extraterrestrial visitor—and save the rest of the sixth grade class and the world.  This is just the first book in a four part series.  But Bruce also has more series titled: Camp Haunted Hills and The Chamber of Horrors.  Visit his sight for details about all of his books and more:  www.brucecoville.com

What are your favorite scary stories?  How do you prepare?  Do you read on your bed under tucked under the blankets?  Maybe you read UNDER the bed?

 

Book Review: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

13588082Beautiful story with gorgeous artwork by E.B. Lewis. Winner of a Correta Scott King Honor award. Jacqueline wove a story around a new girl, Maya, who arrived at school with clothes from last season. But the story isn’t about Maya, it’s about how Chloe and several other classmates treat her. One day Maya is gone and the teacher has a lesson on each kindness we do.  She gives a simple demonstration with a pebble tossed in water, and the ripples it causes.  The ripples are each kindness expanding out.  One little pebble, one kindness, has an effect far beyond it’s original point.   This causes Chloe to second guess her actions toward Maya. She wants Maya to come back so she can start over, share some kindness. Buy Maya doesn’t return, and Chloe doesn’t get a second chance.

Although this is touted as an anti-bullying book. I will say it’s more about being kind to those around you. There is no way to tell what that person is going through. Just because someone doesn’t wear new clothes, and perhaps doesn’t have money for lunch -doesn’t mean they don’t deserve kindness. Once the opportunity has come and gone, you may not get a second chance. It’s a gentle and subtle reminder.

 

 

Book Blast and Giveaway: Ten Thankful Turkeys

Ten Thankful Turkeys by Angela Muse

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Title: Ten Thankful Turkeys | Author: Angela Muse | Illustrator: Ewa Powdles | Publication Date: October 4, 2014 | Publisher: 4EYESBOOKS | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 2 to 8 Summary: This colorful autumn tale follows ten turkeys as they get ready for an important celebration. This story teaches about gratitude. There are also fun turkey facts in the back of the book.

Kindle version available for only 99 cents from Amazon on October 24 & 25, 2014. Grab your copy now!!

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About the Author: Angela Muse

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Angela Muse was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the “new kid” in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first rhyming children’s book aimed at toddlers. Since then she has released several more children’s picture books and released books in her first young adult romance series, The Alpha Girls, in 2013/2014. Her husband, Ben Muse writes suspense/thriller books that can also be found on Amazon.

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Blog Tour and Book Review: My Friend Suhana

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About the Book

Title: My Friend Suhana: A Story of Friendship and Cerebral Palsy

Authors: Shaila Abdullah & Aanyah Abdullah

Publication Date: December 16, 2013

Publisher: Loving Healing Press

Pages: 30

Recommended Ages: 3+

Summary

A simple tale of love and friendship to warm your heart. Award-winning author and designer Shaila Abdullah teams up with her 10-year-old daughter Aanyah to bring you this heartwarming tale of a little girl who forms a close bond with a child with cerebral palsy.

 

My Review

I was thoroughly enthralled by “My Friend Suhana” and not just because it was written by the mother-daughter team of Shaila and Aanyah Abdullah, but also because of the openness, love and caring that the main character has for her best friend.

Most children can say they have a best friend, and it’s not too hard to be best friends with someone who is like you, someone who can walk and talk, laugh with you and play. But Suhana, is like no other, and it’s not until a few pages in that we find out why.

Suhana may not be able to communicate as well as others, or get around as fast. But it’s quickly obvious that this has not stopped her from friendship. We learn that it’s okay for people to be different, that we are diverse in how we learn, how we move and how we look. The main character is quick to share that Suhana has and shows hers emotions such as frustration, happiness and excitement. And, that Suhana has different needs than most children, but its okay.

I think this book is a must read for all children. It’s a great way to introduce them to the differences in people, and not to be afraid of differences. It lets them know that inside is what matters, not the outside.

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About the Authors: Shaila Abdullah & Aanyah Abdullah

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Shaila Abdullah is an author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of two books: Saffron Dreams and Beyond the Cayenne Wall. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award, Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction, Patras Bukhari Award for English Language, Reader Views Award, Written Art Award, and a grant from Hobson Foundation.

Aanyah Abdullah is a creative and compassionate 10-year-old, who is drawn to children born with physical and mental disabilities. When she was in second grade, Aanyah along with her mother Shaila, started volunteering out at a local community center where they helped assist special needs children. Later Aanyah wrote an essay about her friendship with a girl in the class who had cerebral palsy. That essay is the inspiration behind My Friend Suhana. Aanyah dreams of establishing a special school for children with disabilities one day. She is known to always stand up for what is right and is-–in her parents’ and teachers’ eyes––a perfect role model for her baby sister.

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My Friend Suhana Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

March 4

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

Identity Discovery (Review & Giveaway)

Cherry Mischievous (Guest Post)

March 5

Stanley & Katrina (Review)

Nik’s Picks Book Reviews (Review)

Victoria Simcox (Book Spotlight)

March 6

Doodles, Doodles (Review)

Sally Writes (Review)

March 7

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

March 8

Mythical Books (Review)

Books Direct (Review & Author Interview)

March 9

When I Grow Up I Wanna Write a Kids Book (Review)

For the Love of Books (Review)

March 10

When Did I Become My Mom (Review)

Probably Crafting (Review)

March 11

WS Momma Reader’s Nook (Review)

Coffee & Books & Art (Guest Post & Review)

 

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Shaila Abdullah & Loving Healing Press and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
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Jerry the Boy Who Cried Monster – coming soon

Soon to be released on the MeeGenius! children’s book app (which you can get by clicking here) is my picture book, “Jerry the Boy Who Cried Monster.”

Jerry the Boy Who Cried Monster

Jerry has a lot of problems, which of course he blames on the monsters.  However, nobody but Jerry seems to  see the monsters like he can.  And, everyone is tired of Jerry blaming everything he does wrong on the monsters.

By the way, when you download the MeeGenius! app on your Apple or Android, you get several  free books, which are already chosen for you.  New books are as low as $1.99.  You don’t have to have a smart phone or tablet to view your books, you can also view them on a computer.  Also every MeeGenius! book has highlighted text and narration which you can turn on or off.