Spookier Stories for Beginner Readers

Spooky stories for beginner readers — approximately grades K-2

Dem Bones by Bob Barner

Colorful paper collages revive a classic African-American song, as frolicking skeletons sing along to the well-known spiritual, accompanied by interesting, informative “bone facts.”

Canterville Ghost by Susanna Davidson

A celebrated and feared English ghost is outraged when the new American owners of his haunting place refuse to take him seriously and actually fight back against him.

The Tailypo: A Ghost Story by Paul Galdone

A strange varmint haunts the woodsman who lopped off its tail.

The Monster and the Tailor by Paul Galdone

Once there, the tailor quickly regrets his decision to spend the night in the graveyard sewing lucky trousers for the Duke.

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz

Seven scary stories to tell at night in front of a fire or in the dark, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries.

Ghosts! Ghostly Tales from Folklore by Alvin Schwartz

Presents seven, easy-to-read ghost stories based on traditional folk tales and legends from various countries.

Scary Stories to Read When it’s Dark

Encounter a creepy croaker who eats little froggies for supper, and a mysterious man who waves his bloody fingers!


Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, Teen Mental Health Initiative, and volunteers. She also coordinates the library's Innovation Lab, STEAM Kits project, and Young Readers League. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member.  A majority of her free time is spent with her two corgis Tyrion and Gimli. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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