I’ve already written two posts about some Halloween picture books that are just perfect for reading aloud in October. (Click here
to read Great Halloween Read-Alouds for Little Listeners
to read my review of The Three Bears' Halloween
.) I also posted links
to several lists of suggested Halloween books. Now, how about some books with POEMS
about Halloween, monsters and witches, and other things that go bump in the night?
BEWARE, TAKE CARE
Fun and Spooky Poems by Lilian Moore
Illustrated by Howard Fine
Henry Holt, 2006
This posthumous collection contains fifteen poems that were published in some of Moore’s earlier poetry books, including Spooky Rhymes and Riddles and See My Lovely Poison Ivy. Beware, Take Care includes poems about ghosts, dragons, monsters, and other spooky subjects. The book is intended for younger children.
Click here to read the review I wrote of Beware, Take Care last fall at Blue Rose Girls.
One of my favorite poems in this book is Lost and Found.
LOST AND FOUND
by Lilian Moore
A Wizard’s loving pet.
May be hungry or
Please feed daily.
Flails his scaly
Would eat twenty LARGE meals
If we let him.
come and get him.
P.S. No reward necessary.
SKELETON BONES & GOBLIN GROANS
Poems for Halloween
Written by Amy E. Sklansky
Illustrated by Karen Dismukes
Henry Holt, 2004
This collection, which has lighthearted poems about Halloween candy, jack o’ lanterns, a skeleton’s bones, Cyclops, zipping bats, and a haunted house that’s for sale, is a good book of poems to share with preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades as the end of this month approaches. The beaded canvas illustrations are bright and colorful and set a festive tone in celebrating a holiday that usually sends shivers of delight through children.
Most of the poems in Skelton Bones & Goblin Groans rhyme. Some do not—including the haikus Mummy and Grave. One of the most engaging poems in the book is House for Sale!
House for Sale!
by Amy E. Sklansky
Two fireplaces. Eat-in-kitchen.
Atmosphere you’ll find bewitchin’.
Lots of bedrooms. Space galore.
Slightly creaky hardwood floors.
Walk-in closets you can fill.
Stunning view atop a hill.
Asking price is very good.
In a lovely neighborhood.
All in all, just what you wanted.
(BY THE WAY, THIS HOUSE IS HAUNTED.)
If you read that poem to children, you know they will be able to provide the final word in the last line.
Do check out this page at Amy Sklansky website. There you will see a two-page spread from Goblin Groans & Skeleton Bones. It includes the full text of two poems: After Trick-or-Treating and Jack O’ Lantern.
I’ll end this Poetry Friday post with a witch poem I wrote many years ago.
THERE WAS A WITCH
A Poem by Elaine Magliaro
There was a witch who liked to race
Her supersonic broom through space.
At six o'clock last Friday night
She blasted off at speed of light.
She whizzed past Mercury and Mars...
Then headed off toward distant stars.
Across the galaxy she sped,
A black peaked helmet on her head.
An interstellar traveler, she
Explored the Milky Way with glee.
She chased swift comets here and there.
She watched bright supernovae flare.
She zipped through clouds of cosmic dust…
A witch bewitched by wanderlust.
There was a witch, I’m sad to say,
Flew near a big black hole one day.
It sucked her in just like a bean.
You won’t see HER on Halloween!
Kelly Fineman has the Poetry Friday Roundup