Today I have two tales of Halloween for you and your kids to learn all about Halloween's origins and history. I've shared how we love to unit study on topics and with that I love a blend of fun reads as well as educational ones. Since it's almost Halloween we've been busy reading up on that.
First up is Gail Gibbons' book Halloween Is.... It covers such traditions as Halloween costumes, the jack-o-lantern and of course trick or treating. It is a simple book which is geared towards younger children (4-8), though it covers lots of information. Think about pairing it with Gail Gibbons' The Pumpkin Book for even more holiday fun and learning.
For kids ages 8 and up I would recommend The Story of Halloween by Carol Greene and illustrated by Linda Bronson. Longer text and dreamy illustrations take readers back over 2000 years to the origins of Halloween with the Celts' celebration of Samhain, meaning summer's end on October 31st. As you read through these old traditions and beliefs you will see how many have changed throughout time but how many are still with us today in our traditions and celebration of this fall holiday.