Halloween Tricks and Treats

A good horror story has it’s charms any time of year, but even more so as the days grow darker and colder. Weird tales and ghost stories are even more entertaining when delivered by a great storyteller. Nothing beats a professionally narrated audio book for evoking tales told around campfires and whispered under blankets with a flashlight held to your chin…
For Little Monsters (ages 4-8)
Okay, so this isn’t really a scary book, but there are bats involved, and this bestselling title raises shrieks of delight  from young listeners. It also ties in nicely with the baseball playoffs. Perfect!
odious-ogreTHE ODIOUS OGRE
A scary-enough story that leaves kids smiling rather than shivering, from the creators of the classic THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH – which, by the by, will be celebrating its 50th  anniversary in 2011.
An antisocial duck adopts an egg that hatches out very differently than he expects. A real find for the rhyme and rep set.  
Funny stuff for kids who’ve graduated to chapter books. This time out, Roscoe tries to win books for his library by guessing the weight of a great pumpkin. Check out all the ROSCOE RILEY RULES books. You hear one, you’ll want to hear them all.

For Guys and Ghouls (ages 8-10)
Zombie stuffed toy terrorizes middle school? Enough said. (For a chance to have your students’ questions answered by author Kevin Bolger and to win Zombiekins on CD, click here!)
Not your usual ghost story. A haunting tale of loss and renewal set during the Katrina disaster in New Orleans.  
There may be more to Dwight’s paper finger puppet than meets the eye. Can Origami Yoda really read minds and predict the future? Kids are loving this and recommending it to their friends. Watch out, it may well be the next WIMPY KID. (Speaking of wimpy kids, have you entered yet to win a life-size Wimpy Kid for your classroom?)
Not for the Faint of Heart (ages 12 and up)
Might just be the best dystopian zombie hunter story EVER, from that bestselling prince of darkness Jonathan Maberry.  
MISGUIDED ANGEL (Blue Bloods #5)
New York Times bestselling BLUE BLOODS series has it all: vampires, fallen angels AND over-privileged rich kids partying like there’s no tomorrow. The latest installment will not disappoint. View the book trailer at MTV!
THE CURSE OF THE WENDIGO (Monstrumologist #2)
The sequel to 2010 Printz Honor Book and bestseller THE MONSTROMOLOGIST takes our Fearless monster hunters to Canada in search of a life-sucking immortal that puts vampires to shame. Gory? Yes. But totally engrossing.
jekel-loves-hydeJEKEL LOVES HYDE
The author of last year’s surprise bestseller JESSICA’S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE reanimates the Robert Louis Stevenson classic with the tale of two teen descendants of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde who seem doomed to repeat their ancestor’s mistakes.


Motivate! Author Interview Series – Submit Your Questions for Kevin Bolger

Next up in the Motivate! Author Interview Series is Zombiekins author by night, teacher by day Kevin Bolger. After all, who better for the October interview than an author who specializes in fourth grade zombie attacks?


Last month, a group of students in Utah submitted questions for Rita Williams-Garcia. This month, we’re letting YOU submit the questions! You can ask your own questions or involve your students (be sure to let us know if your question comes from students!). Submit your questions here or on our Facebook page. Submit your questions by next Friday, October 15 October 20, and we’ll pick our favorites to send to Kevin. If your question is picked, you’ll win a copy of Zombiekins for your classroom! The interview will be posted at the end of the month, just in time for Halloween.

And don’t forget – there’s still time to enter to win the wimpy kid, Greg Heffley, for your classroom!

Free Audio for Halloween!

Frankenstein is back, wishing you a Happy Halloween from Recorded Books! In case you missed it, AudioFile Magazine has a free download of several Edgar Allen Poe stories. You must download before October 31, 2009.

You can also check out the free audio downloads and lesson plans we offered last year for a few spooky stories: Dracula vs Grampa at the Monster Truck Spectacular, The Story of Ichabod Crane, and Frankenstein.

eprepAnd don’t forget that there’s still time to enter our ePrep giveaway! Tell us (on that post, not this one!) why your school needs SAT/ACT prep and you can win 25 seats in this great new test prep and data analytics program.


Halloween Activities and Audio


Looking for some reading to get your students into the Halloween spirit? Here’s free audio and activities from RB! Even if your school doesn’t celebrate Halloween, these books will be winners in your classroom. Enjoy audiobook excerpts from these fun and spooky titles. Play the audio excerpt (listen online or right click to download) and have students fill out the free Activity Worksheet discussing the mood and setting of what they hear.

Activity Worksheet – Students will explore how mood is set with words, sounds, sights, and actions.

Elementary School
Dracula vs. Grampa
at the Monster Truck Spectacular
by Kirk Scroggs | audio excerpt
*An AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording!
Text available from Recorded Books. “Wiley and Grampa triumph over the supernatural forces invading their hometown. In the first book, they meet Colonel Dracula and his Mudsucker–a blood-guzzling vampire truck … a welcome high-interest choice for younger or reluctant readers.”—School Library Journal

Middle School
The Story of Ichabod Crane by Washington Irving | audio excerpt
Share with students the original story of Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman. This audio is excerpted from Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Text is available at Project Gutenberg.

High School
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley | audio excerpt – chapter 20
This classic Gothic masterpiece really comes to life with the narration of AudioFile Golden Voice George Guidall. Guaranteed to set a spooky mood in any classroom! Text is available at Project Gutenberg.

*Problems downloading or listening to audio from the blog? Try it on your home computer—and ask your school or district IT department to put us on the “safe list”!*

Halloween Activities from Recorded Books

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