The air is chilly. The leaves are crunchy. The mood is spooky.  

It’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a good autumnal read. Check out these cozy, creepy suggestions – perfect for all ages!  


Picture books 


Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima  

Little Ghost Who was a Quilt by Riel Nason 

Gustavo the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago 

The Shadow in the Moon by Christina Matula 

Sir Simon: Super Scarer by Cale Atkinson 

Rules of the House by Mac Barnett 

How to build a haunted house by Frank Tupta 

The House of Madame M by Clotilde Perrin 

The Dark by Lemony Snicket 

Behind the Mask by Yangsook Choi 

Tiger Called Tomas by Charlotte Zolotow 


Chapter Books


Small Spaces by Katherine Arden 

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh 

Hide and Seeker by Hermon Daka 

A Box of Bones by Marina Cohen 

Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro 

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab 

Puppet’s Payback by Mary Downing Hahn 


Middle Grade Graphic Novels


Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne 

Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse 

Cardboard Kingdom: Roar of the Beast by Chad Sell 

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner 

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh 


YA fiction


What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo 

Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis 

Wilder Girls by Rory Power 

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall 

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand 

You May Now Kill the Bride by R.L. Stine

 Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus

 White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig 

There’s Someone inside your house by Stephanie Perkins 


YA Graphic Novels

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker 

Moonstruck by Grace Ellis 

Sheets by Brenna Thummler 

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell  

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa 



by Lisa Clark, Youth Collection Coordinator for KCPL.

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