Top 5 Best Ghost Story Books for 5-year-olds

These spook-tacular stories will thrill young readers with plenty of ghostly characters and strange circumstances. Check out the list below for the best ghost story books for 5-year-olds.

1. Usborne Illustrated Ghost Stories

Jose Emroca Flores

This ghoulishly-illustrated book contains an assortment of traditional spine-tingling tales and hair-raising retellings, all presented in an appealing hardback format.

2. The Ghost Library

David Melling

The ghost library is a room full of empty shelves where the ghosts go to listen to stories, borrowed from unsuspecting children. But then they try to borrow a book from Bo, who won't let her book go. She travels with the ghosts to the ghost library and teaches them that stories exist everywhere, not just in books. This humorous tale features friendly ghosts and stunning images.

3. Moomin and the Little Ghost

Tove Jansson

In this gorgeous Moomin picture book, the Moomin Family are enjoying a nice, relaxing holiday - but Moomin isn't so relaxed. Every night, he's visited by a little ghost, and Moomin is getting more and more scared, but no-one knows how to help him. Then, one night, Moomin's beloved friend Snorkmaiden goes missing, and Moomin bravely ventures out to find her. What will happen next? This exciting story will captivate young readers.

4. Knitbone Pepper: Ghost Dog

Claire Barker & Ross Collins

Knitbone Pepper, a friendly ghost dog, haunts the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. But when he discovers that the Hall is up for sale and his beloved owner, Winnie Pepper, and her wacky parents must leave their home, he smells a rat. Can he and his ghostly gang help Winnie save Starcross?

5. The Fairground Ghost

Felicity Everett

This funny fairground tale stars a little ghost, who is deemed not scary enough by the Ghost Inspectors and loses his job at the fairground. But Jake is determined to help him be scarier and win his job back - can he do it? This spooky story will help children develop their reading confidence whilst they enjoy an enthralling tale.

  • AOLOO 5 years +
    Claire Barker
    5 years +
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    Knitbone Pepper is a friendly ghost dog, haunting the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. But when he discovers that the Hall is up for sale and his beloved owner, Winnie Pepper, and her madcap parents must leave their home, he smells a rat. Can Knitbone and his ghostly gang of animals help Winnie save Starcross?
  • AHREM 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Moomin and the Little Ghost is a brand new Moomin picture book! The Moomin Family are relaxing on holiday; with the exception of Moomin. Every night he is being visited by a little ghost and Moomin is getting more and more scared by him. His friends and family don't know what to do to help him. Then one night, Moomin's beloved friend - Snorkmaiden, goes missing and Moomin bravely sets off to find her. What will happen next...? This is the fifth in a series of Moomin picture books. This delightful story is a gently affirming read, perfect for Halloween and snuggling up! Tove Jansson was born in Helsingfors, Finland, in 1914. Her mother was a caricaturist who designed 165 of Finland's stamps and her father was a sculptor. She studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France, and subsequently became a book illustrator. Her extraordinary illustrative style is seen as a design classic the world over. Originally written in Swedish, the Moomintroll books have been translated into 34 languages and adapted for television, film, radio and opera. Tove Jansson lived alone on a small island in the gulf of Finland, where most of her books were written. She died in 2001. Look out for these other Moomin picture books: Moomin and the Moonlight Adventure; Moomin and the Birthday Button; Moomin and the New Friend; and, Moomin and the Winter Snow.
  • AHREO 5 years +
    David Melling
    5 years +
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    The ghost library is a room full of empty shelves where the ghosts go to listen to stories borrowed from unsuspecting children - until they try to borrow a book from Bo...Bo unable to let her book go travels with the ghosts to the ghost library and there she teaches them that stories exist everywhere, not just in books. This spooky picture book from bestselling author-illustrator David Melling has sold over 300,000 copies and continues to enchant children. 'A humourous tale with friendly ghosts...and images that will inspire your child to take on the role of story-teller.' Junior
  • APIHR 5 years +
    Jose Emroca Flores
    5 years +
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    A collection of illustrated tales of ghosts, ghouls and other unexplainable apparitions. This mix of original stories and retellings is presented in an attractive padded hardback format, with a ribbon marker for keeping your place.
  • APNSA 5 years +
    Felicity Everett
    5 years +
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    An amusing and original story for children growing in reading confidence. When the littlest ghost is deemed not scary enough by the Ghost Inspectors, he loses his job at the fairground. Can Jake help him be more scary and win his job back? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.