Monsters can be a scary thing for kids to deal with, but there have always been lots of fun monster characters to enjoy in books, TV shows and movies. They can teach us lessons about not making judgments while making us laugh with their silliness and giving a physical representation to our fear of the unknown. With Halloween right around the corner, I gathered a list of colorful and funny books starring all kinds of monsters. Whether you are looking for board books to help your young kids face their fears, or picture books with an important message on making judgments, there is something here for everyone!
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Let Kids Take Control
Go Away Big Green Monster was written and illustrated by Ed Emberley. This book allows kids to stand up to monster fears by turning the die cut pages and making the big green monster grow and then shrink away.
The Monster at the End of This Book was written by Jon Stone and illustrated by Michael Smollin. This hilarious book follows Grover (of Sesame Street fame) as he begs the reader not to turn the pages of the book. He is scared of meeting the monster mentioned in the title, so he tries very hard to stop the reader from finishing the book. My daughter loves turning the pages against Grover’s wishes, especially as the obstacles he builds create more of a mess. This is a really great one to read aloud and get kids into the story. Check out my previous post with activities to pair with this one!
Don’t Push the Button was written and illustrated by Bill Cotter. This is another interactive book that my daughter loves. Larry only has one rule in his book – don’t push the button. Of course, he eventually encourages the reader to push it anyway, and chaos ensues. Kids will love pushing the button and shaking the book while interacting with the lovable Larry.
There’s a Monster in Your Book was written by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Greg Abbott. This interactive read aloud gives kids the opportunity to perform lots of actions to shake the monster out of the book. But when he gets out of the book, what happens next? This fun book is one that you will want to read over and over again!
Monsters Can Be Cuddly & Fun!
That’s Not My Monster was written by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Racheal Wells. This colorful addition to the “That’s Not My…” series from Usborne Books offers lots of bright illustrations which utilize different textures. As with the other books in the series, there isn’t a lot of text, but the sensory experience is one that kids will enjoy.
Tickle Monster was written by Josie Bissett and illustrated by Kevan J. Atteberry. The adorable Tickle Monster arrives from Planet Tickle with a mission to use his talent for tickling. Follow along with the rhyming text and vivid illustrations while tickling your little ones and eliciting lots of giggles.
Having Fun with Monsters
How to Catch a Monster was written by Adam Wallace and illustrated by Andy Elkerton (the team behind How to Catch an Elf and How to Catch a Leprechaun). Follow a young ninja as he travels into the closet to catch the monster living there. Is he really as scary as he seems?
Monster Trouble! was written by Lane Fredrickson and illustrated by Michael Robertson. When monsters keep Winifred Schnitzel up at night, she decides to figure out a way to get rid of them. Rhyming text and colorful illustrations tell a sweet and funny story that kids and adults will both enjoy.
Teaching Important Lessons
The Monster Who Lost His Mean was written by Tiffany Strelitz Haber and illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds. What happens when a monster loses the ability to be mean? He learns that perhaps being mean isn’t as much fun as being nice after all. The rhyming text is accompanied by bright illustrations showcasing the cheerful monster that kids won’t be able to help but love.
The Color Monster was written by Anna Llenas. Help the color monster sort through his feelings and separate his mixed up colors. This pop up book uses bright colors and 3D illustrations to address common emotions with kids.
Quit Calling Me a Monster! was written by Jory John and illustrated by Bob Shea. This book introduces readers to Floyd Peterson, a creature who looks and acts like a monster, but doesn’t want people to be scared of him. The hilarious text and illustrations also hold an important message for kids about stereotypes and not making judgments.
Monster Books to Share While Snuggling Before Bed
Love Monster was written by Rachel Bright. This sweet board book follows a cute little monster as he tries to fit in and find love. The bright illustrations and simple story will entertain very young children, while teaching an important lesson that everyone deserves to be loved for who they are.
Goodnight, Little Monster was written by Helen Ketteman and illustrated by Bonnie Leick. This cute story puts a fun twist on the bedtime book by following a little monster as he prepares for bed. The colorful illustrations are full of lots of fun monster-inspired details for kids to enjoy.