Featured Reviews by You(th): Spoooooky Stories!

October 28th, 2014 by

spooky-houseThe best way to serve some revenge to a friend who has wronged you? Recommend to them the scariest, most spine-chilling, spooky book to read and then watch them shake in their boots! (Or sneakers. Or flip-flops. Or any kind of footwear, really).

Check out some great book reviews from kids who read these spooky tales and lived to tell us about it!

Something Upstairs
by Avi

Reviewed by Cole, Age 12, Rhode Island

“One night while sleeping Kenny hears noises from the closet. Kenny looks in the closet and sees a blood stain. He is very curious about the blood stain…” Read More »

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
Reviewed by chas, Age 11, Rhode Island

“The people don’t know what’s going on but they might’ve just woken up the evil spirits in the house…” Read More »

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Reviewed by William, Age 13, California

“Be prepared, be very prepared, there’s absolutely no way for you to prepare for SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT.” Read More »

More Bones by Arielle North Olson & Howard Schwartz
Reviewed by Joslyn, Age 11, New York

“i recommend this book to the people who LOVE scary story’s if you do READ IT! :)” Read More »

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Submitted by Trystan, Age 10, New York

“Your friend the right is shivering in fear, the friend to the left side of you almost peed his pants!” Read More »

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Have you read any goosebumps-worthy books lately? Show off how brave you were by leaving a review!

— Nancy

icon_nancyNancy knows that Monkey will always be there to protect her if she gets scared.

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Halloween = Candy and… Librarians?

October 24th, 2011 by

jack-o-lanternYou know what we love here at Kidsmomo? CANDY! But you know what we love even more? Librarians! Yes, we’re super book nerds, but c’mon, people — librarians are like knowledge ninjas: you tell them something you like, and they look into their zen-stealth minds and tell you a book you’ll enjoy. How do they do it?!

So today we’re combining two things we love: CANDY and librarians! Check out this trick-or-tastic guest post from our friend, Kelly Butcher, who runs her own kidlit site called The Lemme Library. (And if you stop by her site, you’ll see that we have our own Halloween-themed guest post over there!)

I love Halloween and I look forward to it every year! What’s not to love? Candy, costumes, tricks, scary stuff, haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns, witches… Did I mention candy?

I have loved Halloween since I was a little kid. Back in my day, we had flammable, plastic costumes that cars couldn’t see… and we couldn’t see the cars because the eye holes on our masks were so small! Your face would get all sweaty from being under that tight plastic mask all night. But the candy! What a bounty! Homemade popcorn balls, full-size candy bars, caramel apples — with the occasional penny or toothbrush thrown in (some things don’t change!).

As much as I love Halloween, I have discovered that librarians and Halloween don’t really go together as well as I had hoped. There is something about the personality of a librarian that doesn’t scream “HALLOWEEN!”

Once I became a librarian, people stopped inviting me to go to haunted houses with them. They stopped asking me what I thought of their Halloween costume choices. And worst of all, they stopped inviting me to their Halloween parties.

In an attempt to reclaim my status as Queen of Halloween, I started doing a little research. After a few years of undercover work, I have discovered three reasons people don’t want a librarian at their Halloween parties.

I have done this work to help fellow librarians so they can once again be invited to all of those fun Halloween parties that they have been missing out on. If you know any librarians, encourage them to consult this list before Halloween so they can attempt to modify their behavior in hopes of getting a party invite this year!

1. Librarians love order. Librarians love sorting. Librarians love candy corn. Put all three things together and there is bound to be trouble. Allow me to explain: Look at this picture of candy corn and tell me what you see.


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Countdown to Halloween: Get Pumpkin Junkin’

October 14th, 2010 by

Last October, I shared some of my favorite book-inspired Jack-o-lanterns. This year, it’s YOUR turn!

I just learned about something called the Pumpkin Junkin’ contest, where you dig up a whole bunch of stuff you have lying around the house and use it to decorate your pumpkin. Then you submit a photo of your masterpiece and wait to see if you won!

Here are some examples of junked pumpkins, created by the genius who came up with the contest:

From agirlwhocreates.com

(By the way, a parent will need to submit the photo for you, so be sure you show them all this info on how to enter the contest. Although, I’m gonna guess your parents will notice something’s up anyway when you drag home a big pumpkin and start messing up your house with glue and random pieces of paper and buttons and felt…)

If you need a little inspiration before creating your work of art, check out this trio of pumpkin books:

  • Pumpkin Decorating by Vicki L. Rhodes (how-to guide)
  • Pumpkin Painting by Jordan McKinney (how-to guide)
  • Me and the Pumpkin Queen by Marlane Kennedy (fiction)

And, of course, check out our list of spooky/supernatural tales that are perfect for setting the Halloween mood. Plus, don’t forget our list of scary books recommended by other kids!

Then get to junkin’ your pumpkin! (It’s so fun to say, I’m going to write that again: junkin’ your pumpkin junkin’ your pumpkin junkin’ your pumpkin!!!! Whew, I got a bit carried away there…)

— Karen

A few years ago, Karen carved a jack-o-lantern and displayed it proudly on her windowsill. Within a few days, it had rotted. Apparently the universe didn’t appreciate her art.

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Kidsmomo Podcast #10: “Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet”

November 3rd, 2009 by

Finally coming down off your Halloween sugar high and need a pick-me-up? Well, you’re in luck because it’s time for our latest podcast, all about spooky and supernatural books!

    Download the MP3 (13.4 MB)

  • “Mini Monsters, Evil Aliens, and Ballerinas in Sweatpants” — this week’s mystery book and ghosts of our Halloweens past
  • “Ghosts and More Ghosts” — our spooky book picks* (The Graveyard Book and Something Upstairs)
  • Karen’s most glorious costume moment… sadly, decades ago

And when you’re done listening, don’t forget: our next theme is wacky families! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and check out these books about wacky families that will have you laughing out loud and maybe, just maybe, being a little nicer to your siblings. Ha ha, yeah, right…)

— Nancy and Karen

*P.S. – In this part of the podcast, Karen mentions that you can hear Neil Gaiman read all of The Graveyard Book if you go to his website. Here’s a quick link right to it!