Not Too Scary Stories

Not Too Scary Stories

Boo! Do you like to be scared, but just a little bit? These semi-scary stories are for younger children, mostly in picture book format.

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Children's Services staff
Bedtime for Monsters

Ed Vere
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ver)

A monster goes on an adventure to seek a different kind of bedtime snack. Recommended for ages 3-6.


The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree

Stan Berenstain
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Be)

*This item also available on LibbyOne by one, three bears have second thoughts about exploring inside a spooky old tree. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Boo! Made You Jump!

Lauren Child
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Charlie Ing)
Series: Charlie and Lola

Charlie thinks he isn't frightened of anything and Lola takes that as a challenge to scare her brother! Will anything scare Charlie? Recommended for ages 3-6.


Can't Scare Me!

Ashley Bryan
(Juvenile Nonfiction - 398.2 Tukama tootles Bry)

A fearless little boy ignores Grandma's warning about nighttime monsters until he runs away and meets the two-headed giant's three-headed brother. Recommended for ages 6-9.


A Dark, Dark Tale

Ruth Brown
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Br)

Journeying through a dark, dark house, a black cat surprises the only inhabitant of the abandoned residence. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Ed Emberley
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Em)

Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Granny Greenteeth and the Noise in the Night

Kenn Compton
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

When no one will help Granny find out what's making the noise under her bed, she starts a chain reaction that brings results. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Halloween Hustle

Charlotte Gunnufson
(Juvenile Holiday - Ej Gun)

In the dark, a funky beat. Something white with bony feet. Skeleton dancing up the street, doing the Halloween Hustle. Skeleton is dancing his way to a Halloween party––but as he grooves across town, he keeps stumbling, tumbling, and falling apart! Can Skeleton stay in one piece long enough to make it to the party? Recommended for ages 3–6.


Heckedy Peg

Audrey Wood
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wo)

A mother saves her seven children from Heckedy Peg, a witch who has changed them into different kinds of food. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Hilda Hen's Scary Night

Mary Wormell
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wo)

During her nighttime journey to the henhouse, Hilda Hen finds unexpected courage within herself as she tiptoes past a snake, runs from a fox, and swims a lake. Recommended for ages 3-6.


Knock! Knock!

Jan Wahl
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wa)

Little witch sitting alone at her spinning wheel hears a knock at her door, but the various body parts that enter are not much company. Recommended for ages 3-6.


The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Linda Williams
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

Our heroine must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods. Recommended for ages 3-6.


The Mouse Who Wasn’t Scared

Petr Horáček
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Hor)

Little Mouse wants to play in the woods. The woods are dark and full of big, scary animals. But Little Mouse isn't afraid of anything ... is she? Recommended for ages 3-6.


Not Very Scary

Carol Brendler
(Juvenile Holiday - Ej Bre)

On Halloween, Melly is invited to Cousin Malberta's home for a surprise, but as she walks there on a beautifully spooky evening, she is followed by increasing numbers of creatures that may actually be frightening. Recommended for ages 3-6.


One Witch

Laura Leuck
(Juvenile Holiday - Ej Le)

A witch goes around to her fiendish friends––from two cats to ten werewolves––to gather the ingredients to make gruesome stew for her party. Recommended for ages 3–6.


Piggie Pie

Margie Palatini
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Pa)

Gritch the witch flies to a farm for some pigs to make a piggie pie, but when she arrives she can't find a single porker. Recommended for ages 6-9.


Pumpkin Eye

Denise Fleming
(Juvenile Holiday - Ej Fle)

See the sights and sounds of a crisp Hallow’s Eve––jack o'lanterns glowing in the night, trick or treaters laughing and running from door to door, and a sleek black cat slinking off into the eerie shadows. Recommended for ages 3–6.


The Teeny-Tiny Woman: a Ghost Story

Paul Galdone
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Teeny Tiny Gal)

A teeny-tiny woman finds a teeny-tiny bone in a teeny-tiny churchyard and puts it away in her cupboard before going to sleep. Recommended for ages 3-6.


There's a Nightmare in My Closet

Mercer Mayer
(Juvenile Picture Books - Ej May)

A child believes that there is a nightmare hiding in his bedroom closet but no one takes him seriously. So he takes matters into his own hands. Recommended for ages 3-6.


This Book is Haunted

Joanne Rocklin
(Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ro)

A not-too-scary ghost tells six short stories interspersed with creepy drawings and poems. Recommended for ages 6-9.