Sunday, October 6, 2013

Scary? Not Really

Every year students seem to find a new twist in books they’re interested to read in the classroom.  Last year was no exception as my class fell in love with books that seem scary, but really aren’t.  As our calendar turns to October it seems the perfect time to bring these books out again and see if this class feels the same way about them.

These books led to interesting writing, sincere conversations about things that scare us, discussions about bravery, and of course more books that seem scary. I think students will love these books to read and reread as well as use as mentors for writing.

My Current Top Ten Favorites
Stop by the Scary? Not Really Pinterest board to view my growing list of titles.

The Dark by Lemony Snicket (author) and Jon Glassen (illustrator)

Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta (author) and Ed Young (illustrator)

Open Very Carefully:  A Book with a Bite by Nick Bromley (author) and Nicola O’Byrne (illustrator)

I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll (author) and Howard McWilliam (illustrator)

The Spooky Box by Mark Gonyea

Do Not Open This Book! by Joy Cowley (author) and David Lund (illustrator)

A Beasty Story by Bill Martin Jr. (author) and Steven Kellogg (illustrator)

What’s Under the Bed by Joe Fenton

Jumpy Jack and Googily by Meg Rossof (author) and Sophie Blackall (illustrator)

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds (author) and Peter Brown (illustrator)


  1. Fun list! I just checked out Crankenstein from the library. Looking forward to reading it. :-)

  2. Nice list! I bet Do Not Open This Book is kind of like The Monster at the End of this Book. Gonna go check paperbackswap.

  3. Ok when you do this I want there to be a button I can click 《add these to your Amazon cart》 ♥