Monster Reads

Check out these great read-alouds, perfect for storytime with your little monsters!

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Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Monsters are supposed to be good at one thing – scaring people! However, one little monster, Leonardo, just can’t seem to do it. No matter how much he growls and roars and makes his scariest faces, nobody is even a little afraid. But when Leonardo hatches a plan to terrify the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole wide world, scaring someone seems like a sure thing. When the boy cries, though, everything changes for Leonardo. Hilarious, quick, and a great read aloud – both parents and kids will enjoy this not-so-scary monster story.

If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley
With bright illustrations and text set to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” this book invites readers to sing and dance along. With prompts to snort, growl, twitch your tail and more, this book will have everyone channeling their inner, goofy monster.

My Teacher is a Monster! by Peter Brown
Bobby’s teacher, Ms. Kirby, is a monster. He’s sure of it! She stomps. She roars. Definitely a monster. So, when Bobby runs into Ms. Kirby at the park, he’s less than excited. When a gust of a wind blows Ms. Kirby’s favorite hat off and away, it’s up to Bobby and Ms. Kirby to chase it down before it’s too late. After a day together outside of school, Bobby starts to see Ms. Kirby a little differently. Is she still a monster? Bobby’s not so sure.

Monster Trouble by Lane Frederickson
Winifred Schnitzel is never afraid, not even of the monsters that come creeping into her room right at bedtime every night. But, with her sleep interrupted, Winifred finds that she’s going too sleepy to focus at school or even have fun. Enough is enough. When tricks and traps fail, Winifred is shocked to discover the one thing that will send even the biggest monsters running—a kiss! Follow along with Winifred’s silly story written in rhyming text and with bright illustrations.

Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin
All of the big, scary monsters living in La La Land are terrified of one thing – bubbles! Chewing gum bubbles, bubble baths, even bubble wrap is terrifying to this group of monsters. Watch as Wumpus, Froofle, Mogo, and Yerbert attempt to overcome their fear of bubbles. You’ll never guess what they’ll be afraid of next!

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
Follow along in this classic, interactive book as the Big Green Monster’s face appears piece by piece. When the Big Green Monster finally appears, watch him slowly disappear! Another great read aloud, kids will love telling the Big Green Monster to “Go Away!” over and over again.

Now that you’re in the monster mood, create your own yarn monster with this simple craft from ZingZingTree.

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