By Lisa Lysne, Senior Product Marketing Manager
Trick-or-treating, costume parties, and carving pumpkins. Halloween is time to take in the best of fall and a great time to curl up with a good book. As winter nears and the days become shorter, the fall season is upon us.
At Renaissance, we have more than 2.8 billion real-world data points that show us exactly how students build skills and achieve mastery in core subjects. Analysis of these data points—what we call learning analytics—helps us continually refine and improve our solutions. It also helps inform us about what kids are reading and what’s popular nationwide. We took a look at what students are reading this fall related to Halloween and highlighted some of the most-popular selections below. Take a look!
1. Fly Guy and the Frankenfly
By Tedd Arnold
Part of the best-selling Fly Guy series, Fly Guy and the Frankenfly is the thirteenth book in the series. Buzz and Fly Guy spend a day together playing some spooky games and doing arts and crafts. However, when Buzz goes to bed, he has a nightmare that a Frankenfly is out to get him!
2. The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
By Linda Williams
A timeless Halloween tale, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything tells the story of a little old lady who decides to take a walk in the woods one autumn night. Her walk takes a frightening turn when she hears some strange noises, giving her the scare of her life!
3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
By J.K. Rowling
While all the books in the Harry Potter series are a nice addition to a reading list this time of the year (or anytime, for that matter), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets fits particularly well. While Harry, Hermione, and Ron attempt to figure out who opened the Chamber of Secrets, Headless Nick hosts a party for other Hogwarts ghosts on Halloween.
4. Eighth Grade Bites
By Heather Brewer
A fresh take on vampires, Eighth Grade Bites follows Vladimir Tod, a middle-school student who happens to be a vampire. On top of dealing with bullies, a tough principal, and girl trouble, Vladimir now has to worry about a vampire hunter after him! The first book of the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, Eighth Grade Bites is an adventure for middle-school students!
5. The Bad Beginning
By Lemony Snicket
The first book of the ever-popular Series of Unfortunate Event books (and Netflix series), The Bad Beginning tells the story of three children who become orphans and are sent to live with Count Olaf. As if that isn’t bad enough, Count Olaf attempts to steal their inheritance.
Between the endless Butterfingers and many great books, there is a lot to love about Halloween. A good book can lead to a love for reading for years to come. Each book idea mentioned above leads to Renaissance Accelerated Reader Bookfinder®, where there are thousands of books searchable by category, grade, and more. Encourage students to browse the website, as they might find their next read! As for me, I’ll be nestled up with a good book and snacking on candy this Halloween.
How else are you celebrating Halloween with students? Are you incorporating Halloween into one of your school library themes? Are you letting students dress up? Will you be dressing up? Let us know what spooky festivities will be taking place in your school this fall in the comments below, post on our Facebook, or tweet us at @RenLearnUS!
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Lisa Lysne is the Senior Product Marketing Manager for Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360®. She grew up in a household passionate about education and reading and has spent her entire career marketing educational solutions in both K-12 and higher education.