I'm a baby about spooky stories.
When you are a school librarian, you learn fast that children love spooky stories.
I feel compelled to share spooky stories in the library every year.
Here are some I read in my elementary school library.
Level of Spookiness: 1
Children feel powerful when they can make a big, green monster go away.
Level of Spookiness: 2
Lots of spooky things pop out of the pages of this book.
Level of Spookiness: 3
This little old lady isn't scared of spooky things, so children feel braver, too.
Level of Spookiness: 4
This one is brand new. It's by the author/illustrator team that brought us Creepy Carrots.
It was a huge hit with my primary students last week.
Level of Spookiness: 5
The Viper is really an extended joke. Poor Peggy! The phone keeps ringing,
and it's always the Viper, reminding her that he will be coming soon.
Teachers love the story because it brings in time concepts and the dictionary.
Kids love it because it takes some thinking to figure out just who the Viper really is.
Level of Spookiness: 6
La Llorona is an old ghost story told along the Texas border.
I especially love it because it is in English and Spanish.
Level of Spookiness: 7
This is the scariest I get with my primary school students.
Believe you me, it is scary.
I always warn them not to read Chapter 4, The Girl with the Green Ribbon.
Of course, it is the first chapter they go to when they check it out.
Level of Spookiness: 8
When I was in fifth grade, librarian Catherine Munson Foster came to my elementary school and told local ghost stories. The most powerful one of all, for me, was the ghost of Brit Bailey. He haunted, according to legend, a spot just down the highway from where I lived. I love to share this story with my students because it has a local connection.
Level of Spookiness: 9
I got this book in a Scholastic book order in elementary school. I took it along on a Girl Scout campout and read the stories aloud. We were some scared Girl Scouts.
I have shared some of the stories with my fifth and sixth graders. These were terrifying.
Level of Spookiness: 10
This is about as scary as it gets at an elementary school. This book and its two sequels has been on dozens of banned book lists. The stories are very, very scary and the illustrations are scary, too.
I've found even sixth graders are spooked by these.
Do you have any scary stories you read with students? I hope you will share them with me!
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