Read If You Dare: Chills, Thrills and Spooky Stories

Scary Books Are Good For Kids

Do your readers love scary books? Do they delight in the fright and devour every terrifying tale? If so, you’ve come to the right place! A little scare (one that’s age appropriate of course) can actually be a really good thing.

The unknown, the mystery, the suspense—the whole experience is frightfully fun and entertaining. Spooky stories get kids excited and interested in reading and isn’t nurturing a love of reading something we all want?

But that engaging experience does so much more. Research shows that reading scary stories with children can actually help them cope with different situations they may face in life and help them learn how to confront their fears.

Check out our enlightening infographic to learn about some of the important life lessons kids can learn from the pages of scary books and explore some of our fun activities, including pumpkin stencils of Katie Woo and Yasmin, along with recommended books and resources to try with students.

Adults, Don't Be Frightened—Kids Love Scary Books!

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Readers of all ages know the appeal of scary stories, with plots that twist and turn, spine-tingling terrors and surprise endings. But parents, teachers, and librarians alike wonder if such fare is appropriate for children. 

Don’t fear the popularity of scary books with young readers. Interest in age-appropriate frights can be an exciting milestone on the way to kids developing as life-long readers and exploring the boundaries of their independence.

Scary Books We Love

Our curated collection of frightfully delightful stories is perfect for kids who love a good scare. From whodunit suspense to ghost stories and alien encounters, our scary books will have readers on the edge of their seats.

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Tour Our Spooky Animal Crossing Island

Check out our Capstone themed Animal Crossing island! Explore the iconic locations from books like Secrets of the Library of Doom and Mr. Grizley's Class. Get your nonfiction fix with the PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next room. Try our custom design codes to recreate on your own island—from the creepy Secrets of the Library of Doom skull logo to Mr. Grizley’s iconic “Be Kind” tshirt. We also have fun, themed posters to use in your classroom or library.

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The Librarian has long worked in the shadows to guard the Library of Doom and its collection of deadly books. But now bestselling author Michael Dahl brings the hero’s adventures into the light with Secrets of the Library of Doom! Young readers will uncover new thrills and new mysteries in this chapter book series where the powerful Librarian is always prepared to save the day from the world’s most peculiar monsters and sinister book-hungry villains.

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Author Michael Dahl Q&A
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Scared Silly Jokes!

What is a ghost’s favorite drink?

 

Why was the clown so sad?

 

What do fish need to stay healthy?

Why did the donut go to the dentist?

 

How do you learn more about slime?

 

You Choose: Monster Hunter

A new action-packed series in the ever-popular YOU CHOOSE brand, where YOU learn about the world’s most elusive mythical creatures, including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Kraken, and the Chupacabra. Full of life-or-death decisions, this series of interactive books puts you smackdab at the center of the action. Each choice brings you one step closer to becoming an epic monster hunter—or an epic failure. Complete with real-life landmarks, nonfiction back matter, and dozens of possible outcomes, the adventure never ends with You Choose: Monster Hunter!

5 Creepy Cool Creatures

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Big, orange eyes. Venomous fangs. A liquid diet of blood. A living body with no head.

These creatures are made for scary stories! But while some may call them creepy, we think they're pretty cool and a lot of kids do too! Who says a creature can’t be both frightening AND awesome anyway? We’ve gathered our top five favorite creepy and cool creatures. Help rewrite their scary narrative and share these fascinating creatures with your readers. Who knows, maybe you’ll even agree that what makes these critters creepy, is also very cool.

Can You Find It?

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Spooky Sights: Ghosts
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Spooky Sights: Jack-o-Lanterns
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Spooky Sights: Witches
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Character Pumpkin Stencils

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Katie Woo 

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Sadiq 

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Yasmin 

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Max Axiom 

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Spooky Kids Activities

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Connect the Dots:
Dark Water Magic

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Connect the Dots:
School Spirit

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How to Draw a Cockroach
 

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Make a Spider Activity