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Spooky Books and Election Day Fun

September 27, 2012 1:47 pm
Written by: Beth Shugg
As the leaves begin to fall and Halloween decorations creep out and around neighborhoods this month, the Nov. 6 presidential election will likely become a topic of conversation between parents and children. Here are some books, apps and other products that celebrate fall and educate children — and their parents — about presidential elections past and present.

Fall into good books

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills (Scholastic, $10.99) follows Duck and Goose as they hunt for the perfect pumpkin. (Ages 2-4.)

Witches Handbook by Monica Carretero (Cuento De Luz, $14.95) offers a spooky but playful guide to the mysterious world of witches, including information about their spells, potions and brooms. (Ages 5 and up.)


Bedtime for Boo
by Mickie Matheis (A Golden Book, $10.99) tells the story of how little Boo falls asleep after a big night of haunting. Only Mama Ghost knows the trick to getting him to sleep. (Ages 2-6.)

Max & Mo's Halloween Surprise by Patricia Lakin (Aladdin Paperbacks, $3.99), a Ready-to-Read book, explores Max and Mo's Halloween mask-making adventure. (Ages 4-6.)

Ready for Pumpkins by Kate Duke (Alfred A. Knopf, $16.99) focuses on "Herky," a guinea pig and first grade class pet, who discovers pumpkins during a lesson about how to grow them. Kids will enjoy Herky's humorous point of view throughout this fun fall story. (Ages 5-9.)

Goosebumps, the book series by R.L. Stine, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. You can now download the TV series via iTunes and an audiobook via Scholastic Audio, as well as access the Goosebumps video games from Scholastic Interactive, including the Get Goosebumps PhotoShock app for iOS and Goosebumps Horrorland for Nintendo Wii. (Ages 8-12.)

A Ghost Hunter's Guide to The Most Haunted Places in America by Terrance Zepke (Safari Publishing, $9.95) offers detailed discussions about what the author labels "15 of the most haunted places in America." Maybe you've already been to a few of them ... (Ages 15 and up.)

"The Grand Scream of Things" is not a Halloween book, but rather a Halloween audio play featuring 10 songs and guest vocals by assorted "kindie" artists. 

Prepare for Election Day

Here are some a few books and apps that will help educate your kids about the upcoming presidential election.

Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote by Kerrie Logan Hollihan (Chicago Review Press, $16.95), focuses on the women who fought for the 19th Amendment, which guarantees all American women the right to vote. (Ages 9 and up.)

Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts by Syl Sobel (Barron's $6.99) is a kid-friendly guide to how U.S. presidents are elected, and includes other facts about U.S. presidents. (Ages 9 and up.)

Boomer and Halley: Election Day by Mary Jane McKittrick (Theo Davis Printing, $9.50) tells the story of Election Day in the small southern town of Shady Pines. In this story, Boomer and Halley elect to get involved in restoring civility within their community. (Ages 4-8.)

Here are a few more books about presidential elections and other positions we elect candidates for:

Baby Mouse for President by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House, $6.99).
Dubs Runs for President by Dick Morris (Velocity Press, $13.95)
My Senator and Me: A Dog's Eye View of Washington, D.C. by Sen. Edward Kennedy (Scholastic, $8.99).
Woodrow The White House Mouse, House Mouse Senate Mouse and Marshall the Courthouse Mouse (three books) by Peter Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes (Little Patriot Press, $16.95)

Have some digital election fun

PBS Kids has redesigned The Democracy Project, a website for kids that features fun, interactive election-themed activities for early-elementary age kids to learn about the presidential candidates and the election process — online, offline and on tablets. The Democracy Project includes campaign posters, presidential trade cards, games and more.

Download the Basher Presidents app to learn facts about and the order of all U.S. presidents, as well as the role each played in American history. Available for the iPhone and iPad, version 1.0 and higher; $1.99.

Lynn University, host of the third and final presidential debate on Oct. 22, has created a Debate Curriculum for Education app, available for free download via the iPad through Apple iTunes U, or through Lynn University's website at debate2012.lynn.edu/curriculum. There are three activities for kindergarten through fifth grade, and four activities for sixth through 12th grade.

And now for something completely different

Oct. 7-13 is Fire Prevention week. In order to help promote fire safety awareness, Technolio has created a new app called Fire Rescue, which teaches children how to dial 911 (the app configurable to any country's emergency number), "stop, drop and roll," "stay low," and identify objects that are hot and should be avoided. Children will also enjoy the app's games, such as dressing the fireman and hanging up their clothes. $1.99. Available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, version 4.3 or later. 

This month's giveaway

How do you plan to spend Election Day this year? Will you involve the kids? Let us know! Because we are in the process of transitioning from one blog system to another, we're experiencing problems associated with posting comments on our blog posts. For now, you can post your comment here in order to enter our giveaway to win the following books:
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin
Witches Handbook
Bedtime for Boo
Max & Mo's Halloween Surprise
Ready for Pumpkins
A Ghost Hunter's Guide to The Most Haunted Places in America
"
The Grand Scream of Things" audio play on CD
Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote 
Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts
Boomer and Halley: Election Day
Baby Mouse for President
My Senator and Me: A Dog's Eye View of Washington, D.C.
Woodrow The White House Mouse
House Mouse Senate Mouse
Marshall the Courthouse Mouse
Free download of Fire Rescue App

As the leaves begin to fall and Halloween decorations creep out and around neighborhoods this month, the Nov. 6 presidential election will likely become a topic of conversation between parents and children. Here are some books, apps and other products that celebrate fall and educate children — and their parents — about presidential elections past and present.

Fall into good books

Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills (Scholastic, $10.99) follows Duck and Goose as they hunt for the perfect pumpkin. (Ages 2-4.)

Witches Handbook by Monica Carretero (Cuento De Luz, $14.95) offers a spooky but playful guide to the mysterious world of witches, including information about their spells, potions and brooms. (Ages 5 and up.)


Bedtime for Boo
by Mickie Matheis (A Golden Book, $10.99) tells the story of how little Boo falls asleep after a big night of haunting. Only Mama Ghost knows the trick to getting him to sleep. (Ages 2-6.)

Max & Mo's Halloween Surprise by Patricia Lakin (Aladdin Paperbacks, $3.99), a Ready-to-Read book, explores Max and Mo's Halloween mask-making adventure. (Ages 4-6.)

Ready for Pumpkins by Kate Duke (Alfred A. Knopf, $16.99) focuses on "Herky," a guinea pig and first grade class pet, who discovers pumpkins during a lesson about how to grow them. Kids will enjoy Herky's humorous point of view throughout this fun fall story. (Ages 5-9.)

Goosebumps, the book series by R.L. Stine, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. You can now download the TV series via iTunes and an audiobook via Scholastic Audio, as well as access the Goosebumps video games from Scholastic Interactive, including the Get Goosebumps PhotoShock app for iOS and Goosebumps Horrorland for Nintendo Wii. (Ages 8-12.)

A Ghost Hunter's Guide to The Most Haunted Places in America by Terrance Zepke (Safari Publishing, $9.95) offers detailed discussions about what the author labels "15 of the most haunted places in America." Maybe you've already been to a few of them ... (Ages 15 and up.)

"The Grand Scream of Things" is not a Halloween book, but rather a Halloween audio play featuring 10 songs and guest vocals by assorted "kindie" artists. 

Prepare for Election Day

Here are some a few books and apps that will help educate your kids about the upcoming presidential election.

Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote by Kerrie Logan Hollihan (Chicago Review Press, $16.95), focuses on the women who fought for the 19th Amendment, which guarantees all American women the right to vote. (Ages 9 and up.)

Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts by Syl Sobel (Barron's $6.99) is a kid-friendly guide to how U.S. presidents are elected, and includes other facts about U.S. presidents. (Ages 9 and up.)

Boomer and Halley: Election Day by Mary Jane McKittrick (Theo Davis Printing, $9.50) tells the story of Election Day in the small southern town of Shady Pines. In this story, Boomer and Halley elect to get involved in restoring civility within their community. (Ages 4-8.)

Here are a few more books about presidential elections and other positions we elect candidates for:

Baby Mouse for President by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House, $6.99).
Dubs Runs for President by Dick Morris (Velocity Press, $13.95)
My Senator and Me: A Dog's Eye View of Washington, D.C. by Sen. Edward Kennedy (Scholastic, $8.99).
Woodrow The White House Mouse, House Mouse Senate Mouse and Marshall the Courthouse Mouse (three books) by Peter Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes (Little Patriot Press, $16.95)

Have some digital election fun

PBS Kids has redesigned The Democracy Project, a website for kids that features fun, interactive election-themed activities for early-elementary age kids to learn about the presidential candidates and the election process — online, offline and on tablets. The Democracy Project includes campaign posters, presidential trade cards, games and more.

Download the Basher Presidents app to learn facts about and the order of all U.S. presidents, as well as the role each played in American history. Available for the iPhone and iPad, version 1.0 and higher; $1.99.

Lynn University, host of the third and final presidential debate on Oct. 22, has created a Debate Curriculum for Education app, available for free download via the iPad through Apple iTunes U, or through Lynn University's website at debate2012.lynn.edu/curriculum. There are three activities for kindergarten through fifth grade, and four activities for sixth through 12th grade.

And now for something completely different

Oct. 7-13 is Fire Prevention week. In order to help promote fire safety awareness, Technolio has created a new app called Fire Rescue, which teaches children how to dial 911 (the app configurable to any country's emergency number), "stop, drop and roll," "stay low," and identify objects that are hot and should be avoided. Children will also enjoy the app's games, such as dressing the fireman and hanging up their clothes. $1.99. Available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, version 4.3 or later. 

This month's giveaway

How do you plan to spend Election Day this year? Will you involve the kids? Let us know! Because we are in the process of transitioning from one blog system to another, we're experiencing problems associated with posting comments on our blog posts. For now, you can post your comment here in order to enter our giveaway to win the following books:
Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin
Witches Handbook
Bedtime for Boo
Max & Mo's Halloween Surprise
Ready for Pumpkins
A Ghost Hunter's Guide to The Most Haunted Places in America
"
The Grand Scream of Things" audio play on CD
Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote 
Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts
Boomer and Halley: Election Day
Baby Mouse for President
My Senator and Me: A Dog's Eye View of Washington, D.C.
Woodrow The White House Mouse
House Mouse Senate Mouse
Marshall the Courthouse Mouse
Free download of Fire Rescue App
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