Books about Monsters

Here are some of our favorite  not-so-scary books about monsters…


Hungry Monsters is a super-fun pop up book that teachers your child all about colors!  Written with a simple story line and bright colors, this book is sure to be a favorite!

One Hungry Monster:  A Counting Book in Rhyme is one of our new favorite books.  Not only is it a perfect way to introduce numbers and one-to-one correspondence, but the storyline is lots of fun!  Ten monsters invade the home of this little boy, causing all sorts of ruckus and making a huge mess.  The little boy finally gets fed up after they’ve eaten all the food in his house and shoos them out!  And don’t worry, the monsters in this book are way more silly than they are scary!

Monsters are certainly misunderstood.  Even though everyone knows monsters are scary, there are some not-so-scary things about monsters too!  The Monster Show sets out to show the lesser-known “facts” about monsters.  Big Brother’s favorite part of the book was, “Even monsters look silly when they are just wearing underpants.”  And did you know that some monsters like to eat toothpaste?  ;)  This was another book that has been asked to be read over and over and over again.  It will be well-loved by the time we take it back tot he library!

Go Away, Big Green Monster! is probably one of the most popular monster books.  This book is so simple and TONS of fun.  The way the book itself is constructed will pique your child’s interest.  More on this book to come at a later post…

Five Little Monsters Went to School looks like lots of fun.  I haven’t read this one (yet), but Deborah from Teach Preschool did an excellent review of it here with lots of fun activities too.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is one of our most beloved children’s books.  I love how it highlights the imagination of a young boy and makes his fantasy journey come to life!



What is your favorite “monster” book???

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  1. says

    Those look like great books! We really enjoyed “Go Away, Big Green Monster” too! My favorite monster book is “The Monster at the End of This Book” starring Grover. We all loved it growing up and now I get to read it to my kids.

  2. Amy says

    I am loving all these “monster” ideas– I’m planning a (friendly of course) monster storytime for the week of Halloween for my preschool group.

    Kids have loved “The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Loveable, Furry Old Grover” by Jon Stone and is particularly fun as a read-aloud.

  3. kate says

    there was an old monster is also cute. It follows there waan old lady who swallowed a fly sing-song style, and you can download the story read/sung on scholastics website. my kids think its so cool to hear it sung on my phone at story time :)

  4. Sarah M. says

    One of my favorite monster books is “I Need My Monster” by Amanda Noll. The monster living under a little boy’s bed goes on vacation, so the boy interviews a bunch of substitutes. In the end, none of them will do, and he realizes that he needs his monster back. It’s lots of fun as long as your child is old enough to see the humor and not be scared of something under his/her bed.

  5. paula c. says

    My son’s favorite monster books are : A Monster At The End Of This Book,Another Monster At The End Of This Book, and There Was An Old Monster. Every time he reads them he is always laughing cuz the books are so funny.

  6. Teresa says

    I was looking at the 3-5 year part and could not open “what you need to know about 3 year olds” in the gross,fine,language etc.

  7. says

    The Ravenous Beast by Niamh Sharkey
    Frank was a Monster who wanted to Dance by Keith Graves
    Of course There was an Old Monster, but once you read it with the song there’s no reading it any other way.
    I Need my Monster by Amanda Noll. Pre read this book, it’s NOT for every child. It’s a fun story, but creepy pictures.

  8. says

    Nobody has mentioned my all-time favorite monster book! I love “There’s a Monster in my Closet” by Mercer Mayer. The illustrations are darling and the monsters are so funny and loveable. My kids adore it too.

  9. says

    The Monster at the end of This Book (you know, the book with Grover), is my favorite monster book. But I do really like Go Away Big Green Monster also.

    The one of the monsters going to school looks very cute. :)

  10. Linda says

    My preschooler’s love “There’s a Nightmare in my Closet” by Mercer Mayer, “The Hungry Thing” by Jan & Ann Slepian, and “Nighty Night Little Green Monster” by Ed Embereley. There are also the monster books by Mike Austin!


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