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This Halloween, fill your book basket with this marvelous collection of monster books for preschoolers! Your kids will want to read them all month long.
My guys loved monster books when they were younger, but they did not want to be scared. There are so many great picture books about monsters that don’t have a scare factor in them.
That makes them perfect for Halloween or any time!
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of picture books about monsters that your little ones are sure to enjoy.
You should be able to find them at your local library or book store. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli | In this rollicking picture book, monsters insist they don’t like broccoli. They’d rather snack on tractors or a rocket ship or two, or tender trailer tidbits, or a wheely, steely stew. But boy do those trees they’re munching on look an awful lot like broccoli. Maybe vegetables aren’t so bad after all!
Monsters Love School | Summer is over, and now it’s time for the biggest adventure of all . . . Monster School! Join these colorful monsters as they go to school for the first time. Reading and writing and learning your monster history has never been so much fun!
Glad Monster, Sad Monster | Glad, sad, silly, mad – monsters have all kinds of different feelings! In this innovative die-cut book, featuring a snazzy foil cover, you’ll try on funny masks as you walk through the wide range of moods all little monsters (and kids!) experience.
My Monster Mama Loves Me So | At once tender and funny, this monster bedtime story is guaranteed to generate giggles, tickles, and plenty of monster hugs.
The Monster at the End of This Book | By all accounts, this book is a favorite among toddlers and adults alike. Generations will recall their first time reading along as lovable, furry old Grover begs the reader not to turn the page . . . for a monster is at the end of the book! But, of course, the monster is none other than Grover himself.
Monster Mess! | Crash, crash! Stomp, stomp! A tired monster goes up the stairs. But zzzz, zzzz, a boy is sound asleep. And ick, ick, his room is not so neat — not neat enough for a monster to take a nap! So whishtt, whishtt, the monster starts to clean.
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters | Creep, gurgle, crawl, tumble! Meet two young monsters who are far from scary – they’re too busy having fun. They go to school, play outside with their friends, and eat after-school snacks. But they also have a bedtime, whether or not they’re ready for it!
If You’re a Monster and You Know It | Children will stomp their paws, twitch their tails, snort and growl, and wiggle and wriggle along with this bright and bold picture book twist on “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Tickle Monster | A loveable monster has just flown in from Planet Tickle on a mission is to tickle any child who happens to be following along with the Tickle Monster book. Parents read aloud and do the tickling, while children laugh and squirm with delight.
I Need My Monster | One night, when Ethan checks under his bed for his monster, Gabe, he finds a note from him instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week.” Ethan knows that without Gabe’s familiar nightly scares he doesn’t stand a chance of getting to sleep, so Ethan interviews potential substitutes to see if they’ve got the right equipment for the job—pointy teeth, sharp claws, and a long tail—but none of them proves scary enough for Ethan. When Gabe returns sooner than expected from his fishing trip, Ethan is thrilled. It turns out that Gabe didn’t enjoy fishing because the fish scared too easily.
Leonardo the Terrible Monster | Leonardo is truly a terrible monster-terrible at being a monster that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research. Finally, he finds a nervous little boy, and scares the tuna salad out of him! But scaring people isn’t quite as satisfying as he thought it would be. Leonardo realizes that he might be a terrible, awful monster-but he could be a really good friend.
How to Catch a Monster | Get ready to laugh as a young ninja heads into the closet to meet the monster that’s been so scary night after night! But what if things aren’t what they seem and our monster isn’t scary at all? What if our ninja hero is about to make a friend of strangest sort?
Goodnight, Swampy the Little Monster | With funny catchy words and nursery rhyme verses to keep children hooked, Goodnight, Swampy the Little Monster belongs in every nighttime book library.
Monsters Love Underpants| Monsters around the world have different ways to scare, but they all share a love for zany underpants! Every Saturday night, you will find them in a secret cave, showing off their pants as they dance the Monster Bop—but they have to make it home before the sun comes up. After all, who would be scared of monsters in pants that were stripped and dotted?
Goodnight, Little Monster | Little Monster needs to get ready for bed. That means howling at the moon, scrubbing his scales, getting into his creepy PJs, and enjoying a nice snack before bed: worm juice and baked beetle bread. And, of course, Little Monster’s mother is nearby to tuck Little Monster into bed and turn on his night-light—because even little monsters can be afraid of the dark.
Round Out Your M is for Monster lessons with These Activities:
Felt board activities are so much fun for kids. Little ones will love building their own monsters over and over again when you present them with this handmade monster felt board activity.
Serve up a batch of monster cookie dough dip for your next afternoon snack! Your kids will thank you.
Reinforce the concept of big and little with these Big and Little Monsters Inc worksheets.
What are a few of your favorite preschool monster books to read with your little ones?