KENNEWICK — Ann Reeves would much rather give out a Richard Scarry children's book than dish out candy on Halloween.
So this year, she and her husband Ken have assembled assorted titles sure to please the parade of goblins, super heroes and princesses that will come trick-or-treating Sunday.
Last year, the Reeves gave away 30 books to Halloween door-knockers, and not one was disappointed at receiving no candy.
"They were leaving here, waving their books and running to their mothers, saying, 'I got a book. I got a book,' " Reeves said. "It's not a trick. It's a treat."
Reeves said she was inspired last year to try the book giveaway for Halloween after reading a comic strip in the Herald. A teenager in the strip Stone Soup was suggesting that her mother hand out books instead of candy.
This year, the Reeves' home in Kennewick's Creekstone subdivision will have free books suitable for kindergartners through fourth graders. Most came from the recent Friends of the Library book sale.
Children will be able to choose the book they want from a table placed just inside the front door of their house.
Some of the titles include: The Hard-Times Jar, Storm on the Desert, Captain Snap and the Children of Vinegar Lane and Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride.
A lucky kindergartner will get If I had a Pig and serious young readers can choose from Tina's Diner or Most Timid in the Land: a Bunny Romance.
"My husband and I are prolific readers. We enjoy seeing the kids get excited about getting a book," said Reeves who grew up in Philadelphia. "I used to love spending hours and hours at the library. It was my escape."
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