13 Monstrously Fun Monster Books

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.


  • Trish

    October 2, 2017 at 7:51 am Reply

    My son has all kinds of monster books, he loved these kinds of books! ♥

    • Vicki

      October 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

      They can be so much fun!

  • Shann Eva

    October 2, 2017 at 8:31 am Reply

    So many cute books, and such a great idea to help kids face their fears. The Monster at the End of this Book used to be one of my favorite books growing up, so we read that one a lot. Now, we need to get a few more of these! Thanks for the suggestions.

    • Vicki

      October 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them! That is one of my favorites as well, and I’m so excited my daughter has been enjoying it as well!

  • Patricia

    October 2, 2017 at 10:38 am Reply

    We don’t really do scary in our house so I love these options!

    • Vicki

      October 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply

      I’m not a huge fan of scary either. These are lots of fun without being scary!

  • jehava

    October 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply

    What a great roundup of books! Thanks for sharing!

    • Vicki

      October 2, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Adree

    October 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply

    These books look so cute! They are getting added to our library book list. I love the “that’s not my…” books. I bet the monster one is adorable.

    • Vicki

      October 2, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them! My daughter loves the “That’s Not My” books.

  • Jolene

    October 2, 2017 at 3:38 pm Reply

    We have “Don’t push the button” and that’s a favorite!

    • Vicki

      October 2, 2017 at 7:51 pm Reply

      It has lead to many laughter filled reading sessions!

  • Nicole

    October 2, 2017 at 5:01 pm Reply

    We have no books for Halloween and this is a great list!! I’ll have to pick up a few of these!

    • Vicki

      October 2, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Francesca

    October 2, 2017 at 6:37 pm Reply

    So many cute choices! I still have my copy of the monster at the end of the book from when I was little !

    • Vicki

      October 2, 2017 at 7:53 pm Reply

      Me too! It was always one of my favorites!

  • Courtney Byers

    October 2, 2017 at 7:55 pm Reply

    These books are so cute! I will have to share this guide with my sister-in-law for my niece.

    • Vicki

      October 2, 2017 at 11:55 pm Reply

      I hope she enjoys them!

  • Jennifer Driskell

    October 2, 2017 at 8:47 pm Reply

    These are so great — I’ll have to get a few of these! Thanks for sharing!

    • Vicki

      October 2, 2017 at 11:56 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them!

  • Allison

    October 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm Reply

    We LOVE monster books! That’s not my monster is the BEST!

    • Vicki

      October 2, 2017 at 11:56 pm Reply

      Monsters can be so much fun!

  • anupriya

    October 3, 2017 at 6:38 am Reply

    These look ie some real fun books. My son loves the monsters from the Sesame Street.

    • Vicki

      October 3, 2017 at 1:14 pm Reply

      They’re so lovable! My daughter is a big fan of them right now too.

  • Meg

    October 3, 2017 at 8:31 am Reply

    I love Don’t Push This Button! Have you ever read I Need My Monster? It’s a fun twist on bedtime fear of monsters about a boy who NEEDS the monster under his bed in order to fall asleep.

    • Vicki

      October 3, 2017 at 1:20 pm Reply

      Aw, I meant to add that one on here! It’s such a fun twist on the monster under the bed!

  • Krista Davis

    October 3, 2017 at 8:56 am Reply

    I need to get some of these. My son adores monsters.

    • Vicki

      October 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them! They are a lot of fun!

  • Marquita

    October 3, 2017 at 10:03 am Reply

    Such a fun list. Thanks for the breakdown. What’s not to love about a monster, really.

    • Vicki

      October 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply

      They’re so much fun!

  • eryn

    October 3, 2017 at 10:26 am Reply

    What a fun theme of books for October! I have a little list going in Amazon and will have to add a few of these to it!

    • Vicki

      October 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Nita

    October 3, 2017 at 11:04 am Reply

    These are really great i will try to find some of them and share it with my little ones… Every kid is afraid of monsters.

    • Vicki

      October 3, 2017 at 1:22 pm Reply

      I hope you enjoy them! They definitely help to make monsters less scary!

  • Emily | The Multitasking Mom

    October 3, 2017 at 12:18 pm Reply

    This is a fantastic collection of monster books! We love That’s Not My Monster!

    • Vicki

      October 3, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply

      Thanks! My daughter loves the “That’s Not My” books!

  • Belle

    October 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm Reply

    My kids will love these books! I need to get some of these!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Vicki

      October 3, 2017 at 6:51 pm Reply

      I hope they enjoy them!

  • Cassie | White Sands and Cool Breezes

    October 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm Reply

    These are great! And I love the idea of the Love Monster book. I’m looking forwarding to adding these to our library 🙂

    • Vicki

      October 3, 2017 at 6:51 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! They are so much fun!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    October 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm Reply

    My daughter LOVES the Love Monster books! We also spent many nights reading the Monster at the End of This Book when she was little. It was one of her favorites 🙂

    • Vicki

      October 3, 2017 at 6:52 pm Reply

      It’s currently one of my daughter’s favorites! I love reading it to her too because it’s so much fun!

  • Lauren

    October 3, 2017 at 7:34 pm Reply

    What a great selection of monster books for kids!!


    • Vicki

      October 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm Reply


  • Jamie

    October 3, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply

    Such a fabulous list for monsters in the fall!! I personally love “my monster mama loves me so”- it might be one of my favorite kid’s books of all time!

    • Vicki

      October 3, 2017 at 8:54 pm Reply

      Aw, I don’t know that one! I will definitely have to check it out!

  • JeeYoung

    October 3, 2017 at 9:16 pm Reply

    So many good picks! My boys would love all of these Monster themed books! They’re obsessed with Halloween and it seems fitting!

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm Reply

      Monsters don’t have to be scary, and these books make them so much fun!

  • Katie @ Book Ink Reviews

    October 3, 2017 at 9:44 pm Reply

    Don’t Push the Button never fails to send my kiddo into a giggle fit.

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm Reply

      Mine too! It is so much fun!

  • Tamara Goyette

    October 3, 2017 at 9:51 pm Reply

    Monsters, monsters everywhere. So many great books and some I’ve not heard of before!

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply

      They are so much fun! It’s a great way to help kids get past a fear of monsters.

  • Amanda Maxwell

    October 4, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

    My son LOVES Tickle Monster- it is one of his favorites year round!

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply

      My daughter loves playing Tickle Monster so I was thrilled to find a book about it!

  • Heather OT

    October 4, 2017 at 8:17 pm Reply

    What awesome suggestions! The next time we put in a book order at school, I would love to get The Love Monster! It sounds so sweet! Thank you for the great reading list!

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 9:14 pm Reply

      Thanks! I love that they all show that monsters can be funny instead of scary!

  • Jenni Petrey

    October 5, 2017 at 7:23 am Reply

    My children love the Love Monster book, it is one of their favourite books. Another favourite monster book is “A Monster Wrote me a letter!”

    • Vicki

      October 5, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply

      I haven’t heard of that one! I will have to check it out!

  • Brittany

    October 6, 2017 at 6:31 am Reply

    I’m putting some of these books on my list! Noelle loves to read

    • Vicki

      October 6, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Amanda Rinehart

    October 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply

    SO cute! What a fun round up for Halloween. I bought by youngest son a ton of “monster themed” baby things. They’re all so adorable!

    • Vicki

      October 9, 2017 at 12:16 pm Reply

      They are! I love when they make monsters fun instead of scary!

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