These monster books for kids are perfect for talking about monsters with young children.
Whether you have a child who loves monsters or needs help overcoming their fear of monsters, these monster picture books are sure to help. They are also great for monster lesson plans or Halloween time too.
Monster Books for Kids to Read This Month
Monster, Be Good! by Natalie Marshall
This is a great bedtime read with fun and colorful illustrations! Monster, Be Good! encourages the reader to conquer bedtime fears by encouraging them to re-direct the bad behavior of the monsters in the book.
This book also offers various opportunities to discuss personal life lessons about behavior, such as: taking turns, social emotional skills, handling bulling, and more.
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
This is a great book about encouraging children to take control of their fears! As we read we build the monster piece by piece before then scaring him away piece by piece. It is easy and amusing to read and re-read this interactive book over and over again.
There are so many fun follow up sensory activities that can accompany it too. From flannel to play dough you can easily incorporate narrative skills and shape recognition.
If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Ed Emberley
Not only are action songs fun, but they are also great for practicing sequencing, concentration, pretend play and gross motor movement. This book is a fun take on the classic “Happy and You Know It” song. It encourages the readers to move around like monsters while navigating through the bright eye-catching pages.
We get to participate by joining them in snorting and growling, smack our claws, stomp our paws, and twitching our tails! This would be a great addition to a monster theme and/or story time!
Quit Calling Me a Monster! Hardcover by Jory John
Although technically a “monster”, Floyd Peterson is tired of being categorized as one. Quit Calling Me a Monster! is a great read aloud and lead in for conversations (or lessons) about how to treat others.
This book is funny and interactive while tackling the heavier concept of stereotyping.
Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak and Illustrated by Weny Grieb
This loveable Monster is so excited for Halloween Night, but he just cannot settle on one costume. After he adorably spends days trying on costume after costume, he finally overcomes his frustration to creatively create that perfect costume! This book has a delightful lesson on not giving up and using your imagination to solve problems.
It also has some fun vocabulary words due to the nature of his various personas throughout the book; desperados, twenty-gallon hat, nimble, pirouette, plie, tendu, stealthy, shuto, vanish, discouraged, toothy, raucous, bounded, etc.
Spider Sandwiches by Claire Freedman and Illustrator by Sue Hendra
Max is a monster with a large and very interesting appetite! The things Max eats are laugh-out-loud gross. As he is incredibly hungry, the “yummy” combinations seem to go on and on. Spider Sandwiches was an extremely entertaining read with some truly fabulous illustrations.
Some great vocabulary opportunities in this book include words such as appetite, fright, guzzles, internet, starving, scrumptious, squashed, beams, delicious, and massive.
After reading this book, why not make a spider squishy bag with the kids?
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds and Illustrated by Peter Brown
Creepy Carrots is a great “spooky” tale about the insatiable Jasper Rabbit who is being stalked by giant living monster carrots! Jasper cannot get enough of the carrots growing at Crackenhopper Farm–until they start following him! Nobody believes poor Jasper. But he knows that the giant creepy carrots exist, and so he devises a plan to keep them away from him.
The illustrations in this book are genius! Everything is depicted in black, white and grey, except for the pop of orange color seen throughout the book.
Elmer and the Monster by David McKee
Elmer the elephant helps his friends to realize that sometimes we let our imagination scare us more than the actual “monsters”. In fact, Elmer shows them that if we open ourselves up to cautiously facing our fears, we may even come to realize that there isn’t anything to be scared of at all.
In Elmer and the Monster, our lovable patchwork friend is on a walk when he starts to see other animals fleeing past him. As he moves on, he starts to hear the “monster” that the animals say is making the roaring sounds ahead of him. Elmer cautiously proceeds forward and comes across the source of the loud roaring. It’s a small blue creature, named Bloo Bloo, who is crying and making noise because he is scared of the animals he is hearing!
This is another fabulous book that can be used as tool to start a conversation about bedtime fears and/or facing the unknown things that might scare us. Great vocabulary opportunities include: stampeded, vanished, cautiously, frightened, decent, explained, fled, creature, sniffed, safe, chatted, etc.
Scaredy Boo! by Claire Freedman
This is an adorable book about understanding and overcoming your fears! Scaredy Boo is a monster who is afraid of everything—to the point that he is missing out on having fun adventures with his fellow monsters! In the book, Scaredy Boo is encouraged by another monster to talk about and investigate the things that frighten him. Scaredy Boo realizes that by overcoming his fears he is less lonely and can experience fun new adventures with his friends.
This book offers a variety of rich vocabulary words and opportunity for back and forth discussion about how Scaredy Boo is feeling. Vocabulary words: raced, weak, trembled, peeked, worried, shadow, quiver, exciting, twitchy, etc.
Bonus! I found this particular book using downloadable books at our local library. Not only can you read it on a computer or other device for free, but it also has a read-along function that narrates the book as well!
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
There cannot be list of monster books for kids without including the classic Where the Wild Things Are! I have been reading and enjoying this book since I was a child. Now I have the pleasure of sharing it with my own little “wild things”. Not only does the story have such a sweet message of parental love, but it also shows just how powerful one’s imagination can be!
In this gorgeously illustrated book, Max starts all kinds of mischief while in costume. This earns him the name “wild thing” from his mother. He is banished to bed without dinner. While in his room, he begins a fantastic adventure through the woods and across the ocean to the land “where the wild things are”. Max tames the wild beasts and becomes king to the yellow eyed terrible clawed creatures. After a few pages depicting a wild rumpus of fun, Max realizes that he is lonely and hungry. He returns to his room to find his supper waiting for him—still warm.