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Suggested Scary and Spooky Stories for First Grade


Ready for goosebumps and crazy creatures? Here's a collection of spooky stories featuring unexpected creatures and adventures. Books are suggested for First Grade readers and listeners, but remember that each child is different and might find something interesting at another level.

It's midnight and the moon is full, but Darth Vader isn't scared. Of course I am not scared. Nothing can scare lord Vader! Correct. Not monsters or witches or ghosts, and especially not the dark. So what is Darth Vader scared of?

Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer

Finn and Cara live by the sea in Ireland.  When their daid makes a small curragh for them, he warns them to never go to Fog Island, a dark and dangerous place. But one day, while out in the boat, a fog envelopes the siblings and strong currents carry them to the island.

Being a monster isn't all frightening villagers and sucking blood. Monsters have their trials, too. Poor Frankenstein's cupboard is bare, Wolfman is in need of some household help, and it's best not to get started on Dracula’s hygiene issues. What could be scarier?

Learn what zombies look like, where they come from, what they eat, what zombies in other countries are like, and the best thing about being a zombie.

During a thunderstorm, the farm animals are frightened out of the barn by a monster, and only cow friends Minnie and Moo are brave enough to investigate.

Yikes! This collection of easy-to-read, silly, spooky tales features a pirate bride, a ghost that grows and grows, and a big slobbery monster.

Crazy Dave gives instructions on how to ward off a zombie attack using different plants.

On a stormy night two hundred years ago, a young woman sat in a dark house and dreamed of her life as a writer. Young Mary Shelley was trying to write a ghost story, and she felt frustrated that nothing she could think of was scary enough. But as she drifted off to sleep, she dreamed of a man that was not a man. He was a monster.

The spider and the fly by Mary Botham Howitt

"'Will you walk into my parlor,'
said the Spider to the Fly..."

Join celebrated artist Tony DiTerlizzi as he shines a dramatic spotlight on this oft-quoted warning about those who use sweet words to hide their not-so-sweet intentions. 

A boy who is certain that his house is filled with monsters takes a karate class in order to vanquish them.