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Collection Spotlight: Halloween Books

The latest UBC Education Library Collection Spotlight highlights English and French Halloween picture books, novels, and readers that can be found at our branch.

Please click on the title or book cover to take you to the record in the UBC Library catalogue.

Just a few of our featured Halloween Picture Books:

The Scarecrow / written by Beth Ferry; illustrated by the Fan Brothers
“All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing. He saves the tiny baby crow. Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?”


That one spooky night / written by Dan Bar-el; illustrated by David
Huyck. (2012)
“Three strange tales filled with shivery fun occur on a dark, spooky night and include the stories of a broom that goes in search of a witch, mermaids who swim in a bathtub and a house party that turns unexpectedly batty.”


Yo ho ho, Halloween! / by Pam Muñoz Ryan; illustrated by Edwin
Fotheringham. (2016)
“Halloween is coming! This year, Tony Baloney wants to stand out in the crowd at the school Halloween parade. But can he keep his costume intact until the day of the parade?”


Leah’s mustache party / by Nadia Mike; illustrated by Charlene Chua.
“At Leah’s moustache party, everyone gets in on the dress-up fun, even Grandma!”


This is the house that monsters built / by Steve Metzger; illustrated by
Jared Lee. (2016)
“Using the building verse of the original nursery rhyme, a mummy, a skeleton, a zombie, and other monsters create a house.”


Black and bittern was night / [text by] Robert Heidbreder ; [illustrations
by] John Martz. (2013)
“When skeletons take over a small town, the grown-ups call off trick-or-treating, but the kids in town vow to save the day.”

Duck, duck, dinosaur: perfect pumpkin / written by Kallie George ;
illustrated by Oriol Vidal. (2017)
“Duck-and-dino siblings Feather, Flap, and Spike visit the pumpkin patch together to find the perfect pumpkin to decorate for Halloween.”


Trick-or-treat, smell my feet! / Lisa Desimini. (2005)
“When twin witches Delia and Ophelia cook up a mischievous spell for Halloween, a mysterious ingredient causes the potion to backfire.”


The walking bathroom / words by Shauntay Grant; art by Erin Bennett
Banks (2017)
“It’s Halloween and Amayah doesn’t have a costume to wear to school. She dressed as a ghost for the last three years in a row, witches are overdone, and fairies are not her style. She wants to be something different, something creative, something no one else in the world has ever been in the history of Halloween.”


The ghosts go spooking / Chrissy Bozik; illustrated by Patricia
Storms. (2015)
“Little ghosts go trick-or-treating by ones, twos, and up to ten in this spooky and fun-filled take on “The Ants Go Marching.”


Jazlyn J & a screen of a Halloween / written by Renná Bruce ;
illustrations by Janet Shultis; illustration colouring and page design by
Kevin Strang & Whitney Strang. (2014)
“Jazlyn J and her friends through their Halloween was ruined. They had no idea it would turn out to be one they would never forget!”


Me and my dragon: scared of Halloween / David Biedrzycki. (2013)
“A boy tries to find the perfect Halloween costume for his pet dragon, so they can go trick-or-treating together.”


The graveyard hounds / by Vi Hughes; illustrations by Christina Leist.
“When the dogs in town lose their barks, Mike and Annie set out to solve the mystery.”


Boo! / by Robert Munsch; illustrated by Michael Martchenko. (2004)
“It’s Halloween, and Lance decides to paint his face to make it the scariest ever. He makes his face so scary that when the adults answer the door they fall over in fright!”


One terrible Halloween / Mary Labatt. (2002)
“Sam: Dog Detective is bored. There are no ghosts in her house, no monsters, no mysteries! Luckily, Halloween is only a week away; soon Woodford will be crawling with vampires, goblins, mutants and witches.”

Collection Spotlight: Happy Thanksgiving!

The current Collection Spotlight highlights books about Thanksgiving (the holiday) as well as the broader theme of gratitude and giving thanks. Please drop by the branch and visit the display located on the main level breezeway.

Below are just some of the books on display. Click on the title or book cover below to take you to the record in the UBC Library catalogue.

See our Seasons and Celebrations booklist for a list of selected teacher resources, picture books, and non-fiction related to different community celebrations throughout the year.

If you’re thankful and you know it / Chrissy Bozik; illustrated by Patricia Storms.
This Thanksgiving celebration is versioned on “If you’re happy and you know it.” Here, families, neighbours and friends gather to give thanks for everything the season has to offer: from changing leaves to turkey and pies; from a hockey game to a cozy sweater. And most of all, for the warm memories of time spent together with loved ones. A perfect reminder any time of the year of the things that are important, and to stop and be grateful.

Around the table that grandad built / Melanie Heuiser Hill; illustrated by Jaime Kim.
In a unique take on the cumulative classic “This Is the House That Jack Built,” a family gathers with friends and neighbors to share a meal around a table that brims with associations: napkins sewn by Mom, glasses from Mom and Dad’s wedding, silverware gifted to Dad by his grandma long ago. Not to mention the squash from the garden, the bread baked by Gran, and the pies made by the young narrator (with a little help). Serving up a diverse array of dishes and faces, this warm and welcoming story is poised to become a savored part of Thanksgiving traditions to come. A beautifully illustrated celebration of bounty and gratitude, family and friendship, perfect for the holidays and every day.

The perfect Thanksgiving / by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi.
Two families–one that is perfect and one that is far from it–celebrate Thanksgiving in their own loving ways.

The memory cupboard: a Thanksgiving story / by Charlotte Herman; illustrated by Ben F. Stahl.
For Katie, nothing compares to Thanksgiving at Grandma’s. There are the aunts and uncles, whom Katie loves to see each year. But a cherished object is broken at dinner, and Katie blames herself for spoiling the day.

Thelonius Turkey lives! : (on Felicia Ferguson’s farm) / Lynn Rowe Reed.
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Thelonius Turkey becomes worried when Felicia the farmer starts to fatten him up and pluck his feathers.

Thanksgiving day / Dorothy Goeller.
Simple text and photographs present a story with a Thanksgiving theme.

Thank youThanksgiving / by David Milgrim.
While on a Thanksgiving Day errand for her mother, a girl says thank you to all the things around her.

Hello, harvest moon / by Ralph Fletcher; illustrated by Kate Kiesler.
Poetic prose describes a full autumn moon and the magical effect it has on the earth, plants, animals, and people around it.

The autumn equinox: celebrating the harvest / Ellen Jackson; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis.
Discusses the significance of some of the harvest festivals around the world and describes how they are celebrated.

The Thank You Book / by Mo Willems
In The Thank You Book, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.

Room 155 is Available for Booking

100 Years of Loss: The Residential School System in Canada

UBC Education Library is currently hosting a display called, “100 Years of Loss: The Residential School System in Canada.” This exhibit is part of an education program developed by the Legacy of Hope Foundation. The program includes a kit (designed for teachers) which includes this mobile exhibition.   It is located on the main level of the Education Library near room 155.

The Faculty of Education is also putting on two groundbreaking exhibits on the residential school system. Bi-Giwen: Coming Home, Truth Telling from the Sixties Scoop and Generations Lost: Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools. The exhibits are presented in partnership with UBC Library and will be on display in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre until October 29, 2021.  To find out more about these two additional displays please visit

The Education Library exhibit features selected books related to the residential school system, truth and reconciliation, and a side display featuring Orange Shirt Day. It runs until October 20, 2021.



Collection Spotlight: World Teachers’ Day is October 5!

Our latest Collection Spotlight is up!  “World Teachers’ Day” is a gathering of picture books featuring teachers.

Titles such as: “Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten,”  “What DO Teachers do (after YOU Leave School)?”  “Because You Are My Teacher,” and “My Teacher is a Monster (no, I am not!),” are all on display and just a small sample of the books waiting for you to sign out!  Drop by and browse the selection in person until October 5.


(click on the book covers above to take you to the catalogue record)