The Lion and the Mouse written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.Â In glowing colors, Pinkney's textured watercolor illustrations masterfully portray the relationship between two very unlikely friends in this virtually wordless retelling of Aesop's classic fable. Two titles were named Caldecott Honor books:Â All the World illustrated by Marla Frazee and written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski and written by Joyce Sidman. Other 2010 award winners include: Geisel Award:Â Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes Coretta Scott King Author Award:Â Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award:Â Â My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr. and written by Langston Hughes Belpre Author Award:Â Return to Sender by Julie Alvarez Belpre Illustrator Award:Â Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day illustrated by Rafael Lopez and written by Pat Mora Sibert Medal:Â Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
"Mary Had a Vampire Bat" by Judy Sierra (from the book Monster Goose)
Mary had a vampire bat. His fur was black as night. He followed her to school one day And promised not to bite. She brought him out for show-and-tell; The teacher screamed and ran. And school was canceled for aÂ week, Just as Mary planned.
"The Goblin" by Jack Prelutsky (from the book It's Halloween)
There's a goblin as green As a goblin can be Who is sitting outside And is waiting for me. When he knocked on my door And said softly, "Come play!" I answered, "No thank you, Now please, go away!" But the goblin as green As a goblin can be Is still sitting outside And is waiting for me. Or how about a creepy song?
"Home of the Strange" ( to the tune of "Home on the Range") words by Kelly DiPucchio (from the book Sipping Spiders Through a Straw)
Oh, give a me a home where the Boogie Men roam, where the ghosts and the green goblins play. Where there aren't any phones, only grunts, shrieks, and moans and the flies are all welcome to stay. Home, home of the strange, where the feared and the freaks come to play. Where the stench in the air, comes from goon underwear and the kids are all pasty and gray. ForÂ more spooky, creepy fun try Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich orÂ Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex, MonsterÂ Motel by Douglas Florian, Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam, andÂ The ScaryÂ Book by Joanna Cole.