October means my birthday (woot) but more importantly it also means another excuse for storytimes featuring monster books! Since not everyone celebrates Halloween in my community I try not to offer that as a theme during this month. However I do love me a good monster book and any excuse to growl, snarl and stomp around makes for a good storytime.
Check out five books to share with your favorite monsters!
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Love Monster and the Scary Something by Rachel Bright
It’s way past bedtime o’clock in Cutesville . . . . but somebody can’t sleep. The harder he tries to nod off, the more wide awake Love Monster is, and the later and darker and spookier it gets. When he hears a rustle rustle, then a creeeak, scuffle-shuffle BUMP, he’s just sure there’s a hungry, scary something on its way to get him. So Love Monster musters up his courage . . . . and discovers that the something scary isn’t so scary after all. It’s just his friend coming to pay Love Monster a visit. Turns out Love Monster’s pal couldn’t sleep, either.
Monster Park by Annie Bach
“Monster play. Monster ‘YAY!’ Monster Park—come on, this way!” Monster’s having a fun time at the park—swinging and sliding, swirling and twirling, and riding the whirly-whirl. When it’s time to go, though, Monster says “NO!” But all’s okay because Monster can return another day. A monstrous-ly enjoyable follow-up to Annie Bach’s delightful Monster Party!
The Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine and March Brown
2016 Children’s Choice Book Award Winner — Kindergarten-2nd Grade Book of the Year
A frighteningly fun picture book adventure from two monstrously talented children’s book icons–Marc Brown and R.L. Stine!
Are you are afraid of monsters?
Do they make you shiver and shake and shut your eyes really tight at night?
Welcome to the Little Shop of Monsters! Do you want a SNEEZER? A TICKLER? Or one of the CREEPIEST monsters of all? Come on in and choose your favorite, if you dare (before one of them chooses YOU!).
Renowned children’s book creators Marc Brown and R.L. Stine join forces for the very first time-in Stine’s picture book debut-with a tale that is monstrously good fun.
The Monster Returns by Peter McCarty
Jeremy thought he’d seen the last of his monster when he sent him away with a one-way bus ticket. But suddenly there’s a knock on the door . . . and the monster has returned!
Jeremy tries to decide what to do. Is it possible that the monster is in need of a friend?
Peter McCarty brings his popular monster back in style, with a sequel that will have kids drawing their own little monsters in no time.
If You’re A Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley
A brand-new monster twist on a classic song by Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley and his daughter, Rebecca Emberley.
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.” Rebecca Emberley has written a rollicking text, which she has illustrated in collaboration with her father, Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley. Includes a fun sing-along song by Adrienne Emberley which can be downloaded at www.scholstic.com/ifyouramonsterandyouknowit