Several years ago we began reading our nightly books by candlelight the week before Halloween. It adds a bit of excitement to our nightly routine and is a great opportunity to read seasonal picture books. This year I discovered this wonderful list of Halloween picture books and immediately went about reserving each one at our local library! We've been able to read several "new to us" books each night!
On another note. Did anyone read this article? How sad to think that picture books are on the decline. Personally, I see this as just one more way we are pushing our children too much, too soon. While I was still teaching we certainly read many chapter books, but we read a gazillion picture books too. In fact, some of my favorite picture books are best read to older children! I'm in no way saying that young children shouldn't read chapter books (need I mention Harris' love of one Mr. Willy Wonka?) but that there is just as much value, if not more, in a good picture book as in a good chapter book. I will now step off of my soap box (which is actually very difficult- I feel I could talk about this for a while!).