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Publication Order of Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark Books

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Tales to Chill Your Bones (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of And Other Noodle Tales Books

There Is a Carrot in My Ear and Other Noodle Tales (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All of Our Noses Are Here And Other Noodle Tales (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Alvin Schwartz Picture Book Books

Kickle Snifters and Other Fearsome Critters (1911)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

A Twister of Twists, A Tangler of Tongues Tongue Twisters (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whoppers: Tall Tales and Other Lies (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tomfoolery: Trickery and Foolery with Words (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chin Music: Tall Talk and Other Talk (With: John O'Brien) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ten Copycats in a Boat, and Other Riddles (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flapdoodle: Pure Nonsense from American Folklore (With: John O'Brien) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Busy Buzzing Bumblebees and Other Tongue Twisters (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fat Man in a Fur Coat and Other Bear Stories (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cat's Elbow and Other Secret Languages (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales of Trickery from the Land of Spoof (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gold and Silver, Silver and Gold: Tales of Hidden Treasure (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Saw You in the Bathtub and Other Folk Rhymes (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghosts! Ghostly Tales from Folklore (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And the Green Grass Grew All Around: Folk Poetry from Everyone (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stories to Tell a Cat (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Hobbies: An Introduction to Crafts, Collections, Nature Study, and Other Life-Long Pursuits (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Going Camping: A Complete Guide for the Family Camper (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Witcracks: Jokes and Jests from American Folklore (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When I Grew Up Long Ago: Family Living, Going to School, Games and Parties, Cures and Deaths, a Comet, a War, Falling in Love, and Other Things I Remember (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unriddling: All Sorts of Riddles to Puzzle Your Guessery (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Telling Fortunes: Love Magic, Dream Signs, and Other Ways to Learn the Future (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of I Can Read Books

Mr. Pig and Family (By: Lillian Hoban) (0)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ready...Set...Robot (By: Lillian Hoban,Phoebe Hoban) (0)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hurray for Hattie Rabbit (By: Dick Gackenbach) (0)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Molly and the Strawberry Day (By: Pam Conrad) (0)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Come and Play, Hippo (By: Mike Thaler) (0)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grandmas at Bat (By: Emily Arnold McCully) (0)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Digby (By: Barbara Shook Hazen) (0)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bootsie, Barker Ballerina (By: Barbara Bottner) (0)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zack's Alligator Goes to School (By: Shirley Mozelle) (1817)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weather: Poems (By: Lee Bennett Hopkins) (1900)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Fighting, No Biting! (By: Else Holmelund Minarik) (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grizzwold (By: Syd Hoff) (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Father Bear Comes Home (By: Else Holmelund Minarik) (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oliver (By: Syd Hoff) (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Bear's Friend (By: Else Holmelund Minarik) (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cat and Dog (By: Else Holmelund Minarik) (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chester (By: Syd Hoff) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Bear's Visit (By: Else Holmelund Minarik) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stanley (By: Syd Hoff) (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weekly Reader Books presents Grizzwold (By: Syd Hoff) (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Kiss for Little Bear (By: Else Holmelund Minarik) (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Horse in Harry's Room (By: Syd Hoff) (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moke and Poki in the Rain Forest (By: Mamoru Funai) (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Piggle, (By: Crosby Newell Bonsall) (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mooch the messy (By: Marjorie Weinman Sharmat) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twelve Bells for Santa (By: Crosby Newell Bonsall) (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pelly and Peak (By: Sally Wittman) (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stanley, story and pictures (By: Syd Hoff) (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Too Many Babas (By: Carolyn Croll) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scarlet Monster Lives Here (By: Marjorie Weinman Sharmat) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Witch and the Riddle (By: Bruce Degen) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Perfect Christmas Picture (By: Fran Manushkin) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Plenty of Pelly and Peak (By: Sally Wittman) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bell Ringer and the Pirates (By: Eleanor Coerr) (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mr. Sniff and the Motel Mystery (By: Thomas P. Lewis) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Story of Bentley Beaver (By: Marjorie Weinman Sharmat) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adventures of Little Bear (By: Maurice Sendak,Else Holmelund Minarik) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Don't Be My Valentine: A Classroom Mystery (By: Syd Hoff,Joan M. Lexau) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mice at Bat (By: Kelly Oechsli) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Case of the Two Masked Robbers: Story and Pictures (By: Lillian Hoban) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Syd Hoff Treasury (By: Syd Hoff) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghosts!: Ghostly Tales from Folklore (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snowshoe Thompson (By: Nancy Smiler Levinson) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Soap Soup: And Other Verses (By: Karla Kuskin) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aunt Eater's Mystery Vacation (By: Doug Cushman) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Questions: Poems (By: Lee Bennett Hopkins) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Bear (By: Else Holmelund Minarik) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Captain Cat (By: Syd Hoff) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad (By: F.N. Monjo) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Arthur's Camp-Out (By: Lillian Hoban) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buzby to the Rescue (By: Julia Hoban) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Outside Dog (By: Jennifer Plecas,Charlotte Pomerantz) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marigold and Grandma on the Town (By: Stephanie Calmenson) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wizard and Wart (By: Janice Lee Smith) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spooky Tricks (By: Rose Wyler) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lighthouse Children (By: Syd Hoff) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower (By: Peggy Parish) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Joe and Betsy the Dinosaur (By: Lillian Hoban) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wizard and Wart at Sea (By: Janice Lee Smith) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Know-Nothings (By: Michele Sobel Spirn) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Creepy Crawly Critters and Other Halloween Tongue Twisters (By: Nola Buck) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aunt Eater's Mystery Christmas (By: Doug Cushman) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Come Back, Amelia Bedelia (By: Peggy Parish) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Detective Dinosaur (By: James Skofield) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sid and Sam (By: Nola Buck) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Know-Nothing Birthday (By: Michele Sobel Spirn) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silly Tilly's Valentine (By: Lillian Hoban) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 18 Penny Goose (By: Sally M. Walker) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Detective Dinosaur: Lost and Found (By: James Skofield) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forest (By: Laura Godwin) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Emma's Magic Winter (By: Jean Little) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aunt Eater's Mystery Halloween (By: Doug Cushman) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Arthur's Birthday Party (By: Lillian Hoban) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Don't Be My Valentine: A Classroom Mystery (By: Joan M. Lexau) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thank You, Amelia Bedelia (By: Peggy Parish) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Adventures with Syd Hoff (By: Syd Hoff) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Bear and the Marco Polo (By: Else Holmelund Minarik) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of I Can Read Book 2 Books

Bread and Jam for Frances (By: Russell Hoban,Lillian Hoban) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best Friends for Frances (By: Russell Hoban,Lillian Hoban) (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bargain for Frances (By: Russell Hoban,Lillian Hoban) (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (With: Víctor Rivas) (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Newt (By: Matt Novak) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Know-Nothing Halloween (By: R.W. Alley,Michele Sobel Spirn) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Wolf, Big Wolf (By: Matt Novak) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Piggle: A Homer Story (By: Crosby Newell Bonsall) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Am the Turkey (By: Joy Allen,Michele Sobel Spirn) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amazing Whales! (By: Sarah L. Thomson) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grandpa Spanielson's Chicken Pox Stories: Story #1: The Octopus (By: Denys Cazet) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (By: Jennifer Frantz) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King Kong, Meet Kong and Ann (By: Jennifer Frantz,Peter Bollinger,Robert Papp) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Valentine Hearts (By: JoAnn Adinolfi) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flicka: A Friend for Katy (By: Jennifer Frantz) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Can Read, the Land Before Time: Cera's Shiny Stone (By: Catherine Hapka) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ice Age 2: Join the Pack! (By: Artful Doodlers,Ellie O'Ryan) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ice Age 2: Geyser Blast! (By: Ellie O'Ryan) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
X-Men: The Last Stand: Rogue Finds a Home (By: Harry Lime) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
X-Men, The Last Stand: Meet the X-Men (By: Steven E. Gordon,Harry Lime) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Open Season: Meet the Characters (By: Monique Z. Stephens) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amazing Sharks! Edition: Reprint (By: Sarah L. Thomson) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlotte's Web: Wilbur's Prize (By: Jennifer Frantz) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grandpa Spanielson's Chicken Pox Stories: Story #3: The Shrunken Head (By: Denys Cazet) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spider-Man 3: Meet The Heroes and Villains (By: Steven E. Gordon,Harry Lime) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Meet the Robinsons: A Family for Lewis (By: Disney Storybook Artists,Sadie Chesterfield) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Meet the Robinsons: Journey to the Future (By: Apple Jordan) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shrek the Third: Friends and Foes (By: Steven E. Gordon,Catherine Hapka) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Surf's Up: Meet the Characters (By: Lisa Rao) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Custard Surprise (By: Tim Bowers,Bernard Lodge) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cera's Shiny Stone (By: Catherine Hapka,Charles Grosvenor,Artful Doodlers (uk)) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian: Larry's Friends and Foes (By: Catherine Hapka) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spider-Man Versus Electro) (By: Susan Hill) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Planet 51: Lem Saves the Day (By: Gail Herman) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Planet 51: Welcome to Planet 51 (By: Gail Herman) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Knight Rises: Tools of the Trade (By: Betty Baker) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Knight Rises: Batman Versus Bane (By: Jodi Huelin) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Alvin Schwartz
Author Alvin Schwartz was the writer of over fifty books that were dedicated to and dealt with topics like word play and folklore, and many of them were intended for younger readers.

Schwartz was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 25, 1927, and was the son of Harry (a taxi driver) and Gussie Schwartz.

Alvin first became interested in folklore during his childhood, but didn’t think of it as something he could study. It was just something that was part of his childhood: the rhymes and riddles, games, scary stories, and superstitions.

After spending time in the navy, he became interested in writing. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Colby College and his master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

From 1951 until 1955, Alvin reported for The Binghamton Press. During his professional writing career his work was published by various firms, including Bantam Books, HarperCollins, Lippincott, and Farrar Strauss.

In the year 1963, Alvin quit his steady job to become a full-time freelance writer. He began by converting the shed in his backyard into his office. In the beginning, he wrote about the serious social issues: the decay of inner cities, the labor movement, and bridging the gap between each of the generations. However most of his better known works is definitely not that serious.

When the grant money dried up for these sorts of books, he chose to become a re-teller and collector of folklore for kids, sometimes heading out to libraries to look things up in some old books. Sometimes even getting his jokes and stories from the kids in the neighborhood. Some of the folklore that he collected was scary while some was more funny.

While writing the books, which he felt was a very important part of the process, he would say everything out loud three or four times in his bathroom, since the acoustics are so good. He listened to the way things link up and work with each other, so he’d lock himself in the bathroom and read his book aloud and circle things that weren’t working in terms of sounds. Since his stories were meant to be read out loud, the sounds are important.

He wrote a series of books on folklore for kids which were illustrated by Glen Rounds and each one featured a sort of folklore. One featured wordplay, another smart aleck jokes and riddles, while a different one was about superstitions.

He is best known for writing the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” that featured nightmarish and gruesome illustrations done by Stephen Gammell. It was America’s most frequently challenge book (or book series) for library inclusion of the nineties.

For the “Scary Stories” series, he drew heavily from urban legends and folklore as the topic of his stories. He researched extensively and spent over a year actually writing each one of the books.

His influences for the books include Mark Twain, Jan Harold Brunvand, T.S. Eliot, Bennett Cerf, Shakespeare, and Joel Chandler Harris.

These books had sold more than seven million copies by the year 2017, and appeared on numerous children’s bestseller lists. They’ve been collectively hailed as a cultural touchstone for an entire generation. And in the year 2019, the series was adapted into a movie which was written by the Hageman Brothers and was directed by Andre Ovredal and starred Zoe Colletti, Austin Zajur, Michael Garza, and Natalie Ganzhorn.

In the year 1982, “The Cat’s Elbow and Other Secret Languages” was an ALA Notable Book.

He died in Princeton, New Jersey of lymphoma on March 14, 1992, only six weeks before his 65th birthday. He was survived by his four kids and wife.

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is the first collection in the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series and was released in the year 1981. This rather spooky addition to Alvin’s popular books on American folklore is filled to the brim with stories of dark revenge and spooky horror which are sure to make you jump with fright.

There’s a story here for everybody: a ghost that takes revenge on her killer, skeletons with tangled and torn flesh that roams the earth, and a haunted house where every night some bloody head comes down the chimney.

Stephen’s creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of over two dozen scary tales, and even some scary songs. All of which are just right for reading alone or telling aloud in the dark. If you dare!

It is clear that Alvin knows his stuff, and it is obvious he did extensive research on folklore for this book and that he knew his stuff about the subject matter. These are great stories for kids to enjoy and turn around and introduce them to their kids and others later on. Alvin delivers a wonderful little collection of stories which are chilling and some are, at times, quite funny.

“More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is the second collection in the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series and was released in the year 1984. For everybody that enjoyed the first volume are going to find a satisfyingly spooky sequel in this new collection of the fantastic, the macabre, and the funny. Could it really be possible to die and just not know it? What happens to a murderer whose victim comes back from the grave, or to a thief that is foolish enough to rob a corpse? What if a person gets buried too soon?

Read about each of these horrifying predicaments along with what happens when some practical jokes produce some gruesome consequences and other initiations go wrong.

“More Tales to Chill Your Bones” is the third collection in the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series and was released in the year 1991. This one joins his other popular collections of scary folklore to deliver to readers funny, spooky, and fantastic stories that are guaranteed to raise some goosebumps.

Why would a hearse be filled up with men with yellow glowing eyes? Who is the Wolf girl? How does somebody avoid an appointment with Death? Can a nightmare actually become reality?

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