If you do trick-or-treating early and want another fun family activity in the evening, be sure to come by the library today and look for all the Halloween themed picture books in the library’s collection. They’ll have orange pumpkin stickers on the spine. If you want a new book to read, try It’s Raining Bats & Frogs by Rebecca Colby, illustrated by Steven Henry. Delia the young witch is excited to be in this Halloween’s witch parade. But while flying there on her broomstick she notices dark clouds gathering and, sure enough, but the time the parade is ready to start it’s raining quite heavily. All the witches are wet and miserable, so in a flash of brilliance Delia whips out a rhyming spell and turns the rain into cats and dogs. Things progress nicely… for a while. Then the cats and dogs start fighting, so Delia tries hats and clogs. Shoes and hats to dress up in! The witches are thrilled. However, there’s a hitch. Everyone gets jealous of one another’s snazzy new outfits. So, it’s on to bats and frogs, but that doesn’t last for long either. The illustrations in pencil, pastel, and ink aren’t bright (it’s storming after all!) but they are colorful. In addition to a seasonally appropriate book, this story can lead to a short and hilarious lesson in rhyming words, or a discussion about local weather. To find out how this wacky witch parade ends, come on down to the library for this sugar free family treat and more Halloween themed reads.
You can get more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit.