Skeleton Books for Kids that Make Great Read Alouds – 2024

October is a great time to discuss and explore skeletons, but really you can do this any time of the year. This post shares skeleton books for kids that you can use for this purpose. All of the picture books on this list lend themselves to this topic really well. Take a peek below to learn more about these skeleton books for kids!

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3 Skeleton Books for Kids

Below is a list of some of our favorite skeleton books for kids to share with elementary students. They are all in our Skeleton Book Companion Bundle. Check them out!

1. Bone Soup by Cambria Evans

It is the time of year for the feast of all feasts! Finnigin is nothing more than skin and bone. Everywhere he goes, he brings his eating stool, spoon, and his ravenous eating mouth! In passing, he asks a witch where the Halloween Feast is. She took one look at him and flew away without a reply.

Back in her town, she told all the creatures that Finnigin was coming. They hid all their food! Bat wings to cellars and eyeballs booby-trapped in glasses- they must protect their goods from Finnigin! Once he arrived, everyone shooed him away. That is, until he gathered wood, a big cauldron, and placed his magical bone inside. All the creatures came out, wanting to see what this bone soup was all about. As he swirled the soup, the creatures ended up giving him all of their resources. Once it was done, the whole town had a feast together! Finnigin was pleased and the townspeople were full!

Check out these Bone Soup teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!

2. Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler

Bonaparte is having a tough time. This skeleton cannot play any games without losing a limb! His friends try to help him, but all their ideas don’t work. Bonaparte begins to feel nervous for the first day of school. What if people make fun of him?

That is, until a dog is seen running by. Bonaparte trains the dog to fetch his bones as they fall off. The dog quickly becomes a sensation, and the duo flourish in school!

Check out these Bonaparte Falls Apart teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!

3. Skeleton Meets the Mummy by Steve Metzger

There is a chill in the air, and Sammy’s mom wants him to deliver some soup to his grandmother. Although he wants to play with his friend Derek, he takes the thermos and begins his way through the woods.

While in the woods, he hears a variety of sounds, sees scary animals, and feels like he is being followed. When he looks back, he sees a mummy behind him!

Sammy runs and runs, but when he is finally tired of being scared, he takes the cloth from the mummy and unravels him. Sammy realizes that it was just Derek! The two have a laugh and continue on to his grandmother’s house.

Check out these Skeleton Meets the Mummy teaching resources and activities to help you plan and deliver highly engaging read aloud lessons!

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In closing, we hope you found this list of skeleton books for kids helpful! They are part of our Starts With a Story collection. If you want to get more book ideas to read aloud to your elementary students, then grab this reading freebie. It includes read aloud books lists, reading logs, and reading challenges for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classroom teachers. It will have you covered for the entire school year, as well as the summer months! Grab this free elementary reading packet now!

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