Picture Books about Monsters

My oldest daughter loves monsters, from the scary and slimy to the cute and cuddly, and today I’m pleased to share 20 monster picture books that you are sure to love! These funny picture books are great for kids who love monsters and are also excellent for easing fears in children with monster anxiety.

With Halloween just around the corner, there’s even more reason to check out some of these monster picture books, but we love to read most of them year-round!

Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson and Michael Robertson

Little Winifred Schnitzel is brave as can be, and she definitely isn’t afraid of monsters. Despite this fact, night after night monsters show up in Winifred’s room attempting to frighten her. Every night the monsters cause such a commotion that Winifred can’t get a good night’s sleep, until she finally decides that she’s had enough. After many attempts to rid her house of the bothersome monsters, Winifred stumbles upon an unexpected solution to her problem.

Love Monster by Rachel Bright

It’s hard being a monster in a world of cute, fluffy things. But our hairy, googly-eyed protagonist doesn’t want to sit around feeling sorry for himself, so he decides to leave his hometown of Cutesville and find someone who will love him just the way he is. This story is delightfully funny and full of heart.

Nibbles: The Book Monster by Emma Yarlett

Nibbles is a naughty little monster who loves to bite, chomp, and chew on anything he can get his paws on – especially books! When Nibbles starts nibbling his way through classic fairy tales, he causes quite a ruckus! Readers will love the flaps and peek-through windows. My four-year-old couldn’t get enough of this book!

Monster Mess! by Margery Cuyler and S. D. Schindler

Under the cover of night, a creepy, crawling monster makes its way upstairs to a sleeping boy’s bedroom but is met with toy blocks on the floor, dirty laundry strewn about, and general untidiness. The monster decides to clean the room while the boy sleeps, using its many arms and legs to stuff clothing back into drawers and sweep the dusty floor before finally turning in for the night.

Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

In this delightfully zany introduction to color mixing, a group of colorful monsters use red, yellow, and blue crayons to create new colors. This amusing picture book will appeal to toddlers and preschoolers.

Monsters Love School by Mike Austin

With backpacks and supplies in hand, the energetic monsters from Monsters Love Colors (plus a few new friends) are heading to their first day of monster school! They meet the crossing guard, principal, and teachers, and have lessons in art, spelling, music, and monster history. This vividly illustrated story would be a great classroom read-aloud.

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Leonardo is terrible at being a monster. No matter how hard he tries, he just can’t seem to scare anyone! So, what’s an unscary monster to do? Track down the most scaredy-cat kid in the whole world, of course!

We Wish for a Monster Christmas by Sue Fliess and Claudia Ranucci

A pair of siblings ask for a monster for Christmas, but their parents aren’t too keen on the idea. When Santa Claus leaves a giant, hairy beast under the tree, the children must work out a way to keep their new pet from destroying the house!

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen and Kelly Murphy

In this adorable bedtime story, readers will follow two rambunctious young monsters on their daily routine, from school and snack time all the way to bedtime. Kids and parents alike will love the gentle humor and charming artwork.

Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters by Jane Yolen and Kelly Murphy

In this delightful sequel, the endearing young monsters enjoy an activity-filled day at the park! Readers will love the whimsical illustrations, which depict dozens of different googly-eyed monster kids jumping rope, blowing bubbles, riding bikes, and eating ice cream.

Don’t Push the Button! by Bill Cotter

This silly interactive book, which is similar to Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, will have kids in stitches as they find out what effects the titular red button will have on Larry the monster.

If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed by Denise Vega and Zachariah Ohora

This tongue-in-cheek handbook is packed with helpful advice for children who need help getting their monsters to sleep. The detailed descriptions of how to feed your monster (starting with a glass of crunchy, oozy bug juice) and bathe him (with mud soap, of course) will be a hit with kids who like a bit of gross humor.

The Monstore by Tara Lazar and James Burks

Hoping to frighten his pesky little sister, Gracie, Zack pays a visit to the Monstore, a one-stop shop for only the most useful monsters. But when Zack’s monster is more interested in playing with Gracie than scaring her, Zack bring home another monster. And then another, and another, and another! The vividly illustrated monsters are more cute than scary, making this book appropriate for all ages.

Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex

In this “petrifying parody” of the classic book Goodnight Moon, a young werewolf is tucked into bed in a cold gray tomb that is jam-packed with monsters and other silly and spooky sights and sounds.

Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks and Sue Hendra

These silly monsters insist that they DO NOT like broccoli. They would much rather snack on tractors or have a picnic of trees and boulders. This funny, rhyming book is sure to entertain little ones.

Even Monsters Need to Sleep by Lisa Wheeler and Chris Van Dusen

As a furry, blue monster dad tucks his young child into bed, he reads her a book about how other types of monsters go to sleep at night. A pajama-clad bigfoot in a tree, a family of dragons in their nest, a young troll, and even the Loch Ness Monster are among the cute creatures that readers will see dozing in this adorable book.

I Want a Monster! by Elise Gravel

After begging, pleading, and negotiating, Winnie convinces her father to let her get a pet monster, a baby Oogly-Wump that they name Gus. Winnie has her hands full looking after Gus. Monsters are messy and have lots of energy. They need plenty of love and attention, and a bit of discipline too. Under Winnie’s tutelage, Gus quickly grows into a well-behaved adult monster. But one day Winnie notices that Gus isn’t quite himself and comes up with an interesting solution to make him feel better. This was another of our family’s absolute favorites!

Unlike Other Monsters by Audrey Vernick and Colin Jack

Zander is like other monsters in many ways. He enjoys scrapbooking, eating raisin bread, and scaring children. But in some ways Zander is different: unlike his fellow monsters, Zander isn’t content with things always being the same. If there’s one thing Zander is sure of, it’s that monsters definitely don’t have friends. But when Zander meets someone who finally understands him, he starts to wonder if he’s even more different than he thought.

The Problem with Not Being Scared of Monsters by Dan Richards and Robert Neubecker

The problem with not fearing monsters is that they think you’re one of them! The narrator of this story has a monster-sized dilemma: a cadre of overly-friendly monsters who follow him everywhere!

Monster Math by Anne Miranda and Polly Powell

One little monster is having a birthday party, and 49 of her monster friends are invited. Count along as each party guest arrives, first one-by-one, then ten at a time! Rhyming text describes the growing chaos as the house fills with energetic monsters. This humorous story incorporates counting and basic math concepts.

How many of the monster picture books on this list have you read? Are there any good ones I missed? Let me know in the comments!

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