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MLA Summer Scares 2022 Resources

Summer Scares 2022

Official Summer Scares Resource Page (hosted by Summer Scares RA guru Becky Spratford)

Official Summer Scares 2022 Programming Guide

Summer Scares 2022 (Medway Public Library)

Summer Scares Archive 2019-2021 (Medway Public Library)

Summer Scares Bookmarks (Canva, nonbranded)

Summer Scares Selection 2022 sticker (Canva, nonbranded)* 

*(please make a copy before editing)

Titles mentioned in MLA Rapid Fire Presentation:


Summer Scares 2022 YA titles:

The Companion by Katie Alender

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare  

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Summer Scares 2022 MG Titles:

Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian Heidicker  

The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown

Beetle & The Hollowbones by Aliza Layne

Picture Books:

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Gustavo the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago

Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

The Monsters' Monster by Patrick O'Donnell

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone and illustrated by Michael Smollin

What There is Before There is Anything There: A Scary Story by Liniers

The Rock From the Sky by Jon Klassen

Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer (and sequels)

The Dark by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Allie All Along by Sarah Lynne Reul

The Big Bad Wolf in My House by Valèrie Fontaine and Nathalie Dion

Other Useful Picture Book Titles (Nonscientific Additions Based on a Quick Perusal of Our Shelves):

Monster & Son by David Larochelle and illustrated by Joey Chou (parent & child together time)

There was an Old Mummy Who Swallowed a Spider by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Steve Gray (this riff is popular around Halloween)

Have You Seen My Monster? by Steve Light (shapes/concept book) 

The Haunted Lake by P.J. Lynch (extended picture book for older readers--beautifully creepy illustrated tale)

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold (a story about being afraid...or not)

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds (words) and Peter Brown (pictures) (carrots are defending themselves! [there are sequels!])

Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak (The baby has been stolen by goblins and sister Ida must come to the rescue; for an actually scary safe-scare book, this is an enduring classic)

Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima (the old haunted house just needs the right family)

Nibbles the Book Monster by Emma Yarlett (cute Nibbles likes to eat pieces of stories! [there are sequels!])

More (Picture Book-Related) Articles and Lists Worth Reading:

Novelist's piece on Summer Scares

Dad Suggests: The Top 13 Scary Picture Books for Kids

Batch of Books' Creepy Picture Book Selections

Topher Fixed It for those who may have read The Giving Tree/Love You Forever/Rainbow Fish to the wrong audience

Comments, questions?