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Scary Books for 3rd-5th Grades

Please note: some titles listed are more appropriate for the older kids in this age group. Also, some are available in paperback; look for them on the J paperback carousels. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Children’s Fiction (J)


Alcock The Stonewalkers
Avi Something Upstairs: A Tale of Ghosts
Bauer The Blue Ghost
Bellairs The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Beware Beware!: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories
Brittain The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree
Bunting Is Anybody There?: A Novel
Cameron The Court of the Stone Children
Clifford Help! I'm a Prisoner in the Library
Coville The Ghost Wore Gray
Cross Mystery at Loon Lake
Embry The Blue-Nosed Witch
Faces Faces in the Dark: A Book of Scary Stories
Fine Bad Dreams
Gibbons Hook Moon Night: Spooky Tales from the Georgia Mountains
Gorog In a Creepy, Creepy Place and Other Scary Stories
Griffin The Ghost Sitter
Gutman Nightmare at the Book Fair
Hahn The Doll in the Garden: A Ghost Story
Hahn Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story
Hamilton Wee Winnie Witch's Skinny: An Original African American Scare Tale
Hardinge Well Witched
Hurst The Wrong One
Ibbotson The Beasts of Clawstone Castle
Irving The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Kehret Terror at the Zoo
Levy Dracula Is a Pain in the Neck
Lively The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
Mayne Hob and the Goblins
McKenzie The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow
McKissack The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural
Medearis Haunts: Five Hair-Raising Tales
Newbery A Newbery Halloween: A Dozen Scary Stories by Newbery Award-Winning Authors
Nixon Ghost Town: Seven Ghostly Stories
Oxford The Oxford Book of Scarytales
Pearce Who's Afraid?: And Other Strange Stories
Roberts The View from the Cherry Tree
Seabrooke The Haunting at Stratton Falls
Sleator Among the Dolls
Snyder The Ghosts of Rathburn Park
Sommer-Bodenburg If You Want to Scare Yourself
Spooky Spooky Stories for a Dark & Stormy Night
Stine Nightmare Hour    (also Y Stine)
Vande Velde Ghost of a Hanged Man
Walker The Scared Ghost, and Other Stories
Wallace Peppermints in the Parlor
Whitcher Real Mummies Don't Bleed: Friendly Tales for October Nights
Woodruff The Ghost of Lizard Light
Wright A Ghost in the House
Wright The Dollhouse Murders
Wright The Ghost Comes Calling
Yolen The Bagpiper's Ghost

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry


J133.1 CO Ghostly Warnings
J398.2 Favorite Favorite Scary Stories of American Children
J398.2 San Souci More Short & Shivery: Thirty Terrifying Tales
J398.2 Scared Scared Witless: Thirteen Eerie Tales to Tell
J808.1 CO Cobwebs, Chatters, and Chills: A Collection of Scary Poems
J808.83 LU Spooky Tales About Witches, Ghosts, Goblins, Demons and Such
J808.83 SC The Scary Book
J821 McN Making Friends with Frankenstein: A Book of Monstrous Poems and Pictures
Y398.2 Ask Ask the Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World
Y398.2 Haskins The Headless Haunt and Other African-American Ghost Stories
Y398.2 Olson More Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World
Y398.2 Schwartz Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Last Updated: 10/09

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