Saturday, October 31, 2015

Spooky Stories and Spook Fun!

Happy Halloween!! 

Are you in the mood for some spooky stories from Barefoot Books?

Check out my recommendations below!

Let's start with our featured book - Tales of Mystery and Magic by master story teller Hugh Lupton.  These seven stories from around the world introduce children to the bewitching world of mystery and magic, and range from charming - the Seneca tale Winter and Summer explains the transition from winter to summer in the guise of a cold and grumpy old man and a warm and friendly old woman - to downright spooky - the Scottish story of The Strange Visitor features disembodied body parts that arrive one night to snatch an old woman from her home.  These stories are not for children who frighten easily, but are perfect for kids who love the thrill of being scared by a story.  Recommended for ages 6 to 10.  Read them out loud yourself, or enjoy Hugh Lupton's magical narration on the story CD.

For more magical stories from around the world, check out our Magic Stories independent reader series, which currently includes a story from Ireland and a story from Russia.  These stories are perfect for children ages 6 and up!

In Cara and the Wizard, two Irish sisters love each other very much - so when Molly vanishes one morning, Cara decides she will go out into the wide world to find her. She is armed only with gifts from her mother and father, and her own kindness and courage. Can brave Cara defeat a wolf and a wizard to bring back her beloved sister?

In Starlight Grey, after an old man dies, only his dreamy son Ivan is brave enough to keep vigil at his father’s grave. Ivan’s reward is the magical stallion Starlight Grey, which he keeps secret from his two greedy brothers. When the Russian king challenges all the young men in his kingdom to win the hand of his beautiful daughter, Ivan calls on the help of Starlight Grey.

Do you have a little monster-lover in your house?  Then our Monster Stories independent reader series is perfect for you.  Inspire young readers with these adventures that teach courage, compassion and kindness. Meeting monsters on the page helps children realize that many of the scary things in life are less frightening than they appear — and that monsters can have feelings too!

The storylines of these illustrated folktales from around the world are written in simple sentences to make them perfect first chapter books. 
Choose a story from Italy or South Africa, from Chile or Nepal, from Tahiti or North America...or buy all 6 at a special low price!  These are monster stories with happy endings, so children will experience the scary thrill of a good story and the satisfaction of knowing everything turns out fine in the end.  

Looking for more spooky fun?  Create monsters and magicians out of paper with this folding paper craft kit for ages 7 and up...

...or use strategy and problem-solving to mix a magic potion and stop the wizard in the cooperative board game Cauldron Quest...

...or make a monster mask with this craft activity based on our books...

...or serve Dracula's Gelatin to your kids with this spooky fun recipe for kid in the kitchen...

...or best of all, save 20% on everything you order today with the discount code FALL2015 - it expires at the end of the day on Halloween!

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