Ghosties for 3 year olds
May 17, 2018 8:13 AM   Subscribe

Nearly 3 yo loves ghosts (of the sheet looking variety, not Poltergeist). We've been looking for picture books with them in, but have had no success so far. The ideal would be a lot like Funnybones, but any suggestions would be great. Thanks!
posted by threetwentytwo to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I have fond memories of Gus Was a Friendly Ghost from my own childhood (have not revisited to see how it stands the test of time).
posted by Kriesa at 8:24 AM on May 17, 2018 [5 favorites]

We had Ten Timid Ghosts.
posted by beccaj at 8:25 AM on May 17, 2018

I thought Goldfish Ghost was pretty cute.
posted by Wobbuffet at 8:28 AM on May 17, 2018

The book version of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."
posted by Melismata at 8:39 AM on May 17, 2018

My ghost-loving kids liked Sandra Boynton's "Spooky Pookie". It's a short little board book about dressing up for Halloween, but it prominently features the sheet variety of ghost costumes.
posted by hilaritas at 8:41 AM on May 17, 2018 [2 favorites]

Ghosts in the House

Gilbert the Ghost

The Teeny Tiny Ghost

In the Haunted House

... and my son's all time top ten favorite Boogie Knights (ghosts, but not in sheets. Great puns, though)

also, Ten Timid Ghosts for sure
posted by anastasiav at 8:44 AM on May 17, 2018

It’s out of print, but I always loved Georgie the Ghost.
posted by corey flood at 8:52 AM on May 17, 2018 [2 favorites]

Boo! is good if your toddler likes Leslie Patricelli.
posted by hankscorpio83 at 9:31 AM on May 17, 2018

Seconding Georgie and the Gus Was a Friendly Ghost books (there's a whole series, and they're adorable!). Those were some of my favorites as an also ghost-loving child.
posted by limeonaire at 10:47 AM on May 17, 2018

Leo: A Ghost Story. Very sweet and charming.
posted by photovox at 10:56 AM on May 17, 2018 [1 favorite]

Does the child like scary ghosts or cute ghosts? My 4yo loves SCARY ghosts. And I am that terrible parent who gives 4yos scary books.

Ghosts! Ghostly Tales from Folklore is rated for grades 1 - 3. And so is In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories. Both are favorites with my 4yo, especially if you read them in creepy voices.

This one is marked as for 4 - 8 year olds, but it is a bit more gruesome than the other two. Grandpa's Ghost Stories. My kid, of course, much prefers this one over the other two.
posted by jillithd at 11:12 AM on May 17, 2018

Not a book, but if your kid is a Toca games aficionado, they might enjoy Toca Boo. Fun, young child-friendly game with ghosts (may or may not like the scaring aspect of the game, though it is done in a silly way, with comic effect)
posted by LKWorking at 12:34 PM on May 17, 2018

Inside a House That Is Haunted (with many other creepy creatures too)
posted by mkb at 12:41 PM on May 17, 2018

I also came here to rec Gus Was a Friendly Ghost!
posted by assenav at 3:11 PM on May 17, 2018

Caspar! Lots and lots of comics, cartoons, etc. There may well be picture books too.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 4:26 PM on May 17, 2018

The Johnny Boo series by James Kochalka, my kid loved them at that age.
posted by milk white peacock at 5:27 PM on May 17, 2018

Popping by to nth ghosts in the house by Kazuno Kohara! It is well loved in my (ghostless) house!
posted by this-apoptosis at 6:10 PM on May 17, 2018

If you can get hold of a used cooy, the book and record version of Disney's Story and Song of the Haunted Mansion is great fun. (If you can only find the book, the audio can be found online in several places. The linked site also has scans of all the pages, if your little ghost hunter likes reading from a screen.)
posted by The Underpants Monster at 10:44 PM on May 17, 2018

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