I've always loved celebrating holidays but they are so much more special with kids around! Now I have a great excuse to go just a little bit overboard. Halloween is no exception!
I come from a family of readers so it's no big surprise that I'm passing along my love for books to my children. We visit the library weekly, we attend Story Time and I never say no to a book fair or a book order. We have bookshelves in almost every room in our house, including bedrooms. We also have a collection of books for each holiday that get stored away until it's time to celebrate!
DIY HOLIDAY BOOK STORAGE CRATE
With Halloween being less than 3weeks away, I figured it was time to get our Halloween decorations and books out of storage over the weekend. The kids had so much fun sorting through all of the Halloween books that we collected over the past 11 years. We try to add one or two new Halloween books to our collection each year and they're really starting to add up!
We have a special antique apple crate from a nearby former-orchard-turned-housing-development that we use to hold our holiday/seasonal books. As I started to put the books into the crate this week I realized that a few of the rusty nails were starting to break through the wood. It was time to retire that crate to strictly decor and search for a new holiday book storage option!
My initial thought was to keep things Pinterest-ing by hanging IKEA spice racks or rain gutters on my wall, but I decided I wanted something more mobile. I headed to my go-to spot for home decor (TJ Maxx) to check out their basket collection. Of course, I immediately spotted the most perfect crate and it ended up coming home with me!
With a little help from a chalkboard pen and a pom pom garland from the Target Dollar Spot, it was all ready to go! The entire project cost less than $15! ($12.99 to be exact.)
Crate - TJ Maxx ($9.99)
Pom Pom Garland - Target Dollar Spot ($3)
While I was feeling creative I decided to set up a fun reading area for my kids. I turned their favorite spot in our house into a cozy little Fall reading nook!
I just placed a rug we already had in front of the fireplace, added a few pillows and moved our antique rocking chair into the room. It was such a quick and easy arrangement! I even added our old book storage crate to the decor!
Throw Rug - Costco
Pillows - Target Dollar Spot
Light Up Pumpkin and Glitter Pumpkin - TJ Maxx
Chalboard Haunted House - Target Dollar Spot
Beware Sign - Target Dollar Spot
Polka Dot Pumpkins - Target (set of 8)
My kids were SO excited when they spotted their new cozy reading nook and book storage crate. They didn't move from that rug all night!
FAVORITE HALLOWEEN BOOKS FOR KIDS
I rounded up a few of our favorite Halloween books to share with you. These are the ones that are always read the most in our home!
These are the books we have owned since Dylan was a baby. They have been a beloved part of our Halloween book collection for over a decade. After going through 4 kids, they are very well loved!
Monster Tales Pumpkin Patch Party
There was a time when Lexie loved Dora and Diego. Lily is a fan of these books now!
For Kids 4-8
These books are perfect for kids in the lower grades. I have very fond memories of reading Froggy's Halloween and The Haunted Ghoul Bus to Dylan when he was in preschool!
For The Girls
These three "girly" books quickly became Lexie's favorites and now Lily loves them!
These books are perfect for babies and toddlers. The Touch and Feel books, Lift the Flap books, books with sound and slide and find books are always a great choice!
For The Older Kids
Goosebumps books are great for kids 8 and up. For the tween crowd, check out R.L. Stine's Fear Street series.
My kids love our new holiday book storage crate! It's now part of our Halloween decor and the crate provides easy access to our favorite Halloween books. There's nothing better than curling up in front of the fireplace with a good book! (Except there's no longer a spot for me!)
What are your favorite Halloween books for kids? Do you have a special way of displaying them?
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