Holiday Books for Language Enhancement and Emergent Reading


Each year, my collection of fall and Halloween books grows.  That’s because they are so good for teaching so many skills.  They are novel and relevant and therefore motivating.  These are not specialty books, mind you.  They are books gotten at regular stores.  I prefer board books because of their durability.

Here are a few skills you can tap using fun books:



Learning new words is the crux of learning language.  Find books with photographs or simple pictures.  Practice pointing and naming.  Talk about colors and shapes.  Make photocopies of the pictures and create a matching game.  Sort the copied pictures into categories (scary/not scary, real/make-believe, costumes/decorations, etc.).


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Lift the flap books are perfect for developing prediction skills.  And who doesn’t love the joy of lifting the flap to discover the mystery picture.

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The Little Old Lady Who was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams is a favorite of many kindergarten teachers.  It uses repetitive text to work on memory skills and prediction skills.  A quick search on Pinterest will lead you to a plethora of activities and printables to accompany this fun book.


I like books with simple, engaging pictures.  I prefer little or no text.  Then, I adapt the book to the reading level of my student.  You can use a label maker to write your own text……


…..or use those handy-dandy post-it notes.


This is a great way to work on concept of print, sight words and incorporating new vocabulary.

Another option is to read  a book that uses pictures and words.  The adult reads the words and the child names the pictures.  This keeps the child engaged in the book and establishes concept of print.  In A Dark Dark House by Jennifer Dussling is a favorite around here.

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No books?  No worries!  Use the costume catalogs that come in the mail or find images on the internet and make your own posters or books.

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Whatever you use and however you do it, take advantage of the fun of pumpkins, spiders, costumes and all things (a little) scary to get your child talking and reading One Word At A Time!

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