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15 Not- So- Scary Monster Favorites for Kids
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Titles only available in English
Never Touch a Monster: This book is perfect for some of our smallest of friends. Each page a has a different monster and explains in a fun rhyme why you shouldn’t touch him. It’s perfect for building language and sensory skills as each monster has a large piece of textured rubber for kids to touch.
Monster Mess (Margery Cuyler): In this sweet little story our monster friend is not at all interested scaring us but rather wants to clean up our messes. Where do I sign up for one of these little guys?!?
Molly’s Monsters (All Aboard Books): Holy nostalgia Batman! I had this book as a kid and it was one of my favorites. Molly is settling down for bed but her room is inundated with monsters! This is a counting book so as more monsters come in they come in in bigger clusters. Molly is a brave girl though! She turns on the lights and scares them away with a scary face of her own!
There’s A Monster in Your Book (Tom Fletcher): This book is beyond cuyute! The illustrations are adorable and it’s interactive. Your kiddos will love tickling, shaking and wiggling the book to try to get the monster out!
How To Catch A Monster (Adam Wallace): In this fun rhyming story, the main character is a brave little ninja. The ninja armed with a backpack full of things walks down the hall to confront the monster. Little do they know that they will get an unexpected surprise!
Titles Available in English and Spanish
Where the Wild Things Are/ Donde viven los monstruos (Maurice Sendak): I know they’re not technically called monsters but what can of writer would I be if I didn’t include this classic tale??? In this story, Max acted naughtily and got sent to bed without his supper. In his room, he discovers an amazing transformation! He is in a jungle filled with ginormous, malicious beasts! Max tames the beasts and they accept him as their king. Soon, Max realizes he is lonely and returns home to find his supper waiting for him in his room.
Monster’s New Undies/ Los nuevos calzoncillos de monstruo (Samantha Berger): In this silly story Monster has outgrown his chonies (underpants) and is upset! Mom takes him shopping at a place the specializes in chonies. He gives her and the salespeople a laundry list of reasons as to why each pair is not the one he wants until he spots the perfect pair. Mister man really enjoyed this one and giggled throughout. I can already tell that this one will be a frequent one in our rotation.
Love Monster/ Monstruo y el amor (Rachel Bright): Love Monster is red and hairy so he has a difficult time fitting in in Cutesville. He seeks to find someone who will love him for him. Join him in his search and discover the wonderful lesson he learns along the way.
Go Away Big Green Monster/ Fuera de aqui horrible monstruo verde (Ed Emberly): This Caldecott award-winning book will help little friends overcome their fear of monsters. Kiddos watch the big green monster get bigger before their very eyes but then watch him disappear as they show him who is boss.
My Teacher is a Monster/ Mi maestra es un monstruo: Bobby’s teacher is the worst! She yells and doesn’t let him have any fun. He looks forward to the weekend when he can play in the park away from her watchful eye. One day that all changes!
The Color Monster/El monstruo de colores: I love this book for so many reasons! As the mama of a very emotional fournado this book is so helpful. The color monster is about a little monster who has his emotions all mixed up. A little girl helps him sort through his feelings by explaining them using colors and helps him to find some calm in the process. This is such a fantastic tool to help little friends sort through their feelings and gain self-awareness.
Marisol MacDonald and the Monster/Marisol McDonald y el monstruo: Marisol McDonald is one of my favorite characters because she’s bi-cultural and proud of it! In this book, we learn that Marisol loves all words that begin with m except the word monster because monsters are scary! One night she begins to hear noises in the dark and becomes afraid that there is a monster under there. At the end, Marisol faced the scary monster and was pleasantly surprised!
The Tickle Monster/ Monstruosa sorpresa (Eduoard Manceau): This is another book that will help little ones overcome their fear of monsters. When the monster tries to scare you give him a tickle! Tickling him cause him to essentially break down into something not scary.
Glad Monster, Sad Monster/ Monstruo triste, monstruo feliz: This book is also by Ed Emberly, the author of Go Away Big Green Monster. In this fun and interactive book, kids can explore the range of emotions that monsters, and they, feel. This is another great resource for teaching kids to be self-aware and in control of their emotions.
Spanish Only Titles:
Como Reconocer a un Monstruo (Gustavo Roldán): This book is written as a series of questions and answers about the characteristics of monsters. For example, does it have huge hairy feet? Then it’s probably a monster. This book is great for teaching kids how to ask and answer questions. This is a great segway into those difficult conversations about recognizing danger or tricky situations/people.
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