Scary Books
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Grades K - 1
I'm not scared

Allen, Jonathan. I’m not scared
When Baby Owl takes his stuffed Owly out for a walk in the moonlit woods, he insists that he is not afraid of the other animals.

 

   
Little mouse's big book of fears

Gravett, Emily. Little Mouse’s big book of fears
Little Mouse draws pictures of some of the many things he is afraid of, including creepy crawlies, sharp knives, and having accidents, and provides the correct scientific name for each of his fears.

   
you read to me, i'll read to you

Hoberman, Mary Ann. You read to me, I’ll read to you: very short scary tales to read together
Using rhyme, rhythm and repetition, the scary text invites young children to read along with an adult.

 

   
how scary

Lodge, Bernard. How scary!
Presents an increasing number of scary beings, from one big growling giant to ten rattling robots.

   
Grades 1 - 2
I'm not afraid of this haunted house

Friedman, Laurie B. I’m not afraid of this haunted house
Simon Lester Henry Strauss is not in the least afraid of any haunted house, but there is something else that terrifies him.

   
Scary fright, are you all right?

Gibala-Broxholm. Scott. Scary Fright, are you all right?
After playing with a new human friend, Scary Fright begins behaving strangely- choosing a kitten for a pet, developing a taste for pizza and drawing rainbows on her wall.

   
The haunted hamburger

LaRochelle, David. The Haunted hamburger and other ghostly stories.
A ghost father tells his children three frightening stories to help them go to sleep at night.

   
Vampire's vacation

Roy, Ron. Vampire’s vacation
Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose investigate a mysterious man in black who Josh believes is a vampire.

   
Rosie and the nightmares

Waechter, Philip. Rosie and the nightmares
Tired of having nightmares about monsters, Rosie the rabbit decides to confront her fears.

   
Grades 3 - 4
dinkin dings and the frightening things
Bass, Guy. Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things
He's too scared to wear socks, has nightmares about sliced bread, and can't even look at kittens. He's Dinkin Dings and everything scares him, except the frightening things.
   
The golden ghost

Bauer, Marion Dane. The Golden Ghost
On a bike outing to the abandoned houses by the old cement mill, Delsie and her friend Todd discover one of the houses is not empty-- and a ghost dog haunts the area.

   
Vampire Island

Griffin, Adele. Vampire Island
Siblings Maddy, Lexie, and Hudson Livingstone, who are vampire-fruit bat hybrids, struggle to adjust to living as humans in New York City while maintaining their individual vampire strengths.

   
Spooky America: four real ghost stories

Haskins, Lori. Spooky America: four real ghost stories
Recounts four fact-based tales of haunting, including a ghost horse on the coast of Massachusetts, a haunted painting at a Virginia plantation, a skeleton in Colorado and a ghostly sea captain of California.

   
bunnicula meets edgar allan crow

Howe, James. Bunnicula meets Edgar Allan Crow
An overly alarmed Chester the cat predicts a gruesome fate for the pets in the Monroe household, when a writer of juvenile horror fiction and his bird companion stay overnight.

   
The curse of the campfire weenies, and other warped and creepy tales

Lubar, David. The Curse of the campfire weenies, and other warped and creepy tales
Thirty-five creepy stories about pigeons, ancient predators, Girl Scouts and other terrifying things.

   
More bones

Olson, Arielle North. More bones: scary stories from around the world
Can you escape from an evil wizard? Can you outrun a corpse? Can you learn secrets from a severed head? These terrifying questions--and many more,-- enliven twenty-two tales collected from around the world.

   
Carnival of horrors
Preece, Philip. Carnival of Horrors
When Ben tries to hide from bullies at a carnival, he is drawn into a sideshow that promises to make his dreams of popularity and good grades come true, if only he signs a contract agreeing to give up a few minutes of his time.
   
Triple dare to be scared

San Souci, Robert. Triple-dare to be scared: thirteen further freaky tales
Thirteen spooky tales using themes from folktales and urban legends to create tales in which the protagonist, more often than not, does not escape in the end.

   
Scary stories to tell in the dark

Schwartz, Alvin. Scary stories to tell in the dark: collected from folklore
Tapped from oral traditions of American folklore, these ghost stories and tales of weird happenings, witches, and graveyards have startling, funny, or surprising endings.

   
woolvs in the sitee

Wild, Margaret. Woolvs in the sitee
In a mostly abandoned city, Ben lives in a musty basement room, terrified of the ‘woolvs’ that dwell in the shadows outside, with only an upstairs neighbor, Mrs. Radinski, to help him cope with his fears.

   
Grades 5 - 6
ghosts of gribblesea pier

Abela, Deborah. The Ghosts of Gribblesea Pier
Aurelie Bonhoffen, who has grown up in the circus, discovers a remarkable family secret on her twelfth birthday that may help in dealing with a sinister man who wants to take over her family's pier.

   
The seer of shadows

Avi. The Seer of shadows.
In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer’s apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs. When Horace accidently frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.

   
bearwalker
Bruchac, Joseph. Bearwalker
Although the littlest student in his class, 13-year-old Baron calls upon the strength and wisdom of his Mohawk ancestors to face both man and beast when he tries to get help for his classmates, who are being terrorized during a school field trip to the Adirondacks.
   
The dead boys

Buckingham, Royce. The Dead Boys
Timid, twelve-year-old Teddy Matthews and his mother move to a small, remote desert town, where the tree next door, mutated by nuclear waste, eats children. The friends Teddy makes turn out to be dead.

   
the ghost behind the wall
Burgess, Melvin. The Ghost Behind the Wall
Twelve-year-old David sneaks through the ventilation shafts in his London apartment building playing pranks on his neighbors. They awaken the ghost of a boy with a grudge against the lonely, senile old man, who lives upstairs.
   
witch in the lake

Fienberg, Anna. The Witch in the lake
Witches and wizardry and a very mysterious lake in 16th century Italy.

   
secret of whispering springs

Garretson, Jerri. The Secret of Whispering Springs
When fourteen-year-old Cassie’s family purchases an old stone mansion in the Flint Hills of Kansas, she finds herself dealing with a mysterious ghost and a desperate man.

   
deep and dark and dangerous

Hahn, Mary Downing. Deep and dark and dangerous
When thirteen-year-old Ali spends the summer with her aunt and cousin at the family’s vacation home, she stumbles upon a secret that her mother and aunt have been hiding for over thirty years.

   
the ghost of crutchfield hall

Hahn, Mary Downing. The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall
In the 19th century, ten-year-old Florence goes to live with her great-uncle and great-aunt and sickly cousin James. She soon realizes the house has another resident, who means to harm her and James.

   
the old willis place: a ghost story

Hahn, Mary Downing. The Old Willis Place: a ghost story
Twelve-year-old Diana ignores her brother’s warnings and befriends the daughter of the new caretaker, setting in motion events that lead to the release of the spirit of an evil, crazy woman.

   
Half minute horrors
Half-minute Horrors
An anthology of very short, scary stories by an assortment of authors and illustrators including Chris Raschka, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, and Lane Smith.
   
the big book of horror

Heyman, Alissa. The Big book of horror: 21 tales to make you tremble
These horror stories include Charles Dickens’ “The Signalman” and Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat”.

   
ghost dog secrets

Kehret, Peg. Ghost dog secrets
Rusty, determined to help an injured dog chained outdoors in cold weather, calls animal control. He then takes matters into his own hands, aided by his best friend and a ghost collie that leads him to a secret.

   
scary school

Kent, Derek Taylor. Scary School
Describes a year at Scary School, where werewolves, zombies, and humans mingle and the teachers range from dragons to vampires.

   
zombie chasers

Kloepfer, John. The Zombie chasers
With the zombie antidote in hand, Zack Clarke and his team of zombie chasers embark on a wild cross-country road trip to end the undead apocalypse once and for all.

   
ghosts of the titanic

Lawson, Julie. Ghosts of the Titanic
Alternates between tales of Angus Seaton, the youngest crew member on a boat recovering bodies from the Titanic wreckage in 1912, and Kevin Messenger, a modern day class clown, who helps lay a victim’s spirit to rest.

   
gossamer

Lowry, Lois. Gossamer
While learning to bestow dreams, a young dream giver tries to save an eight-year-old boy from the effects of both his abusive past and the nightmares inflicted on him by the frightening Sinisteeds.

   
the dark thirty

McKissack, Pat. The Dark Thirty: Southern tales of the supernatural
A collection of ghost stories with African American themes, designed to be told during the dark thirty- the half hour before sunset- when ghosts seem all too real.

   
a field guide to monsters

Olander, Johan. A Field guide to monsters
Reports the habitat, diet, lifecycle and other characteristics of unusual monsters, as observed and recorded by a monstrologist.

   
the unseen

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. The Unseen
Feeling angry and out-of-place in her large family, twelve-year-old Xandra finds a magical key to a world of ghostly, sometimes frightening, phantoms that help her see herself and her siblings more clearly.

   
Dragon's tooth

Wilson, Nathan. Dragon’s tooth
When their parents' seedy old motel burns down on the same night they are visited by a strange man covered in skeleton tattoos, Cyrus, Antigone, and their brother Daniel are introduced to an ancient secret society, and discover that they have an important role in keeping it alive.