The Best Children’s Books About Monsters

“What are the best Children’s books about Monsters?” We looked at 143 of the top Kids Monster books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 17 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Monster” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 100+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 17 Best Children’s Monster Books



17 .) Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich written by Adam Rex

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Read Brightly

Stories in verse about the monster-sized problems Dracula, Wolfman, Bigfoot and other monsters have.



16 .) Goodnight, Little Monster written by Helen Ketteman

Goodnight, Little Monster

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution

Rhyming text describes a mother guiding her young monster through bedtime preparations, such as howling at the moon, snacking on worm juice and beetle bread, and choosing a bedtime story.



15 .) I Need My Monster written by Amanda Noll

I Need My Monster

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution

When Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note saying that Gabe has gone fishing and will be back in a week. He tries out several substitute monsters, but finds that none are as perfect as Gabe.



14 .) Love Monster written by Rachel Bright

Love Monster

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution

Featuring the only Monster in Cutesville, LOVE MONSTER is a wonderfully warm and witty look at how sometimes, when you least expect it, love finds you… From a phenomenal picture book talent. It can be tough being the only funny-looking Monster in Cutesville, but this Monster is not one to hang around and feel sorry for himself, so he’s off – out into the big wide world to look for someone to love him. He looks high, he looks low and he looks everywhere in-between, but it’s only when he’s just about to give up that he finally finds what he is looking for… Featuring an instantly charming main character who will appeal to children and adults alike



13 .) Monsters Love Colors written by Mike Austin

Monsters Love Colors

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution

Playful monsters combine their favorite crayons, red, yellow, and blue, to create new colors, including one never before seen.



12 .) My Monster Mama Loves Me So written by Laura Leuck

My Monster Mama Loves Me So

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution

A young monster describes all the things its mother does to show she loves it.



11 .) My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) written by Peter Brown

My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution

Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.



10 .) Quit Calling Me a Monster! written by Jory John

Quit Calling Me a Monster!

Lists It Appears On:

  • Preschool Inspirations
  • Read Brightly

A young monster resents being called a monster.



9 .) The Monstore written by Tara Lazar

The Monstore

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution

Zack’s house is overrun when he buys defective monsters from the Monstore.



8 .) There’s a Nightmare in My Closet written by Mercer Mayer

There's a Nightmare in My Closet

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flashlight Worthy Books
  • Goodreads

Childhood fear of the dark and the resulting exercise in imaginative exaggeration are given that special Mercer Mayer treatment in this dryly humorous fantasy.



7 .) There’s a Monster in Your Book written by Tom Fletcher

There’s a Monster in Your Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Read Brightly

Encourages the reader to shake, tilt, and wiggle the book to remove the little monster inside, but once it is out, another problem arises.



6 .) Go Away, Big Green Monster written by Ed Emberley

Go Away, Big Green Monster

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flashlight Worthy Books
  • Goodreads
  • Preschool Inspirations

Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.



5 .) If You’re A Monster And You Know It written by Rebecca Emberley

If You're A Monster And You Know It

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Preschool Inspirations

Monsters sing their own version of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.



4 .) Leonardo, the Terrible Monster written by Mo Willems

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Read Brightly

Leonardo is a terrible monster — he can’t seem to frighten anyone. When he discovers the perfect nervous little boy, will he scare the lunch out of him? Or will he think of something better?



3 .) Monster Needs a Costume written by Paul Czajak

Monster Needs a Costume

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Preschool Inspirations

As Halloween nears, Monster tries out a variety of costumes, including a cowboy, a ballerina, and a ninja, but finally comes up with the perfect idea.



2 .) Where the Wild Things Are written by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flashlight Worthy Books
  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Preschool Inspirations

A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.



1 .) The Monster at the End of This Book written by Jon Stone

The Monster at the End of This Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Family Education
  • Flashlight Worthy Books
  • Goodreads
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Read Brightly

Grover worries page by page about meeting the monster at the end of this book.




The 100+ Additional Best Kids Books About Monsters



# Books Authors Lists
18 13 Monsters Who Should Be Avoided Kevin Shortsleeve Goodreads
19 Badger’s Parting Gifts Susan Varley Family Education
20 Bear’s Scare Jacob Grant Romper
21 Bedtime for Monsters Ed Vere Goodreads
22 Big Sister, Little Monster Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum Goodreads
23 BLEAGH AND BLEEP! A Second Book About Values Leana Lyn Doray Goodreads
24 BLEAGH, BLEEP and BAXTER! A Third Book About Values Leana Lyn Doray Goodreads
25 BLEAGH! A Book About Values Leana Lyn Doray Goodreads
26 Boris and Bella Carolyn Crimi Goodreads
27 Bye-Bye, Big Bad Bullybug! Ed Emberley Goodreads
28 Can You Make a Scary Face? Jan Thomas Goodreads
29 Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? Martin Waddell Family Education
30 City Of Ghosts Victoria Schwab Romper
31 Crankenstein Samantha Berger Goodreads
32 Creepy Carrots Aaron Reynolds Preschool Inspirations
33 Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters Jane Yolen Goodreads
34 Curious George Goes to the Hospital H.A. Rey Family Education
35 Does Frankenstein Get Hungry?   Read Brightly
36 Eat Pete   Read Brightly
37 Elmer and the Monster David McKee Preschool Inspirations
38 Ernestine, Catastrophe Queen Merrill Wyatt Romper
39 Even Monsters Need Haircuts Matthew McElligott Goodreads
40 First Day Jitters Julie Danneberg Family Education
41 Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance Keith Graves Goodreads
42 Frankenstein Rick Walton Goodreads
43 Frankenstein Takes the Cake Adam Rex Goodreads
44 Glad Monster, Sad Monster Ed Emberley Goodreads
45 Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody Michael Rex Goodreads
46 Goodnight, Little Monsters Kara LaReau, illustrated by Brian Won Romper
47 Groggle’s Monster Valentine Diana Murray Goodreads
48 H Is For Halloween Disney Book Group Romper
49 Harry and the Terrible Whatzit Dick Gackenbach Goodreads
50 How the Nobble Was Finally Found C.K. Williams Goodreads
51 Huggly’s Christmas (Huggly, #7) Tedd Arnold Goodreads
52 I Love You, Stinky Face Lisa McCourt Goodreads
53 If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed Denise Vega and Zachariah Ohora Barnes & Noble
54 It Hurts When I Poop! Howard J. Bennett Family Education
55 Jellaby (Jellaby, #1) Kean Soo Goodreads
56 Jeremy Draws a Monster Peter McCarty Goodreads
57 Little Monster at School Mercer Mayer Goodreads
58 Lucia and the Light Phyllis Root Goodreads
59 Maggie And The Monster Elizabeth Winthrop Goodreads
60 Marilyn’s Monster Michelle Knudsen Goodreads
61 Maximillian Villainous Margaret Chiu Greanias Goodreads
62 Mind Your Monsters:   Mommy Evolution
63 Monster Cheese Steve Wolfson Goodreads
64 Monster Goose Judy Sierra Goodreads
65 Monster Mama Liz Rosenberg Goodreads
66 Monster Mash David Catrow Goodreads
67 Monster Mayhem   Read Brightly
68 Monster School Kate Coombs, illustrated by Lee Gatlin Romper
69 Monster Trouble!:   Mommy Evolution
70 Monster, Be Good! Natalie Marshall Preschool Inspirations
71 Monster, Monster in the Tree John E. Dorey Goodreads
72 Monsters and Mold Asia Citro Preschool Inspirations
73 Monsters Are Afraid of the Moon Marjane Satrapi Goodreads
74 Monsters Come In Many Colors Jocelyn Stevenson Goodreads
75 Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli Barbara Jean Hicks Goodreads
76 Monsters Eat Whiny Children Bruce Eric Kaplan Goodreads
77 Monsters Love Underpants Claire Freedman and Ben Cort Barnes & Noble
78 Monsters on Machines Deb Lund Goodreads
79 Mostly Monsterly Tammi Sauer Goodreads
80 My Mama Says There Aren’t Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins or Things Judith Viorst Goodreads
81 Mythological Monsters Sara Fanelli Goodreads
82 Nighty Night, Little Green Monster Ed Emberley Goodreads
83 No More Monsters for Me! Peggy Parish Goodreads
84 Not Now, Bernard David McKee Goodreads
85 Ol’ Halloween Night Casey Browning Goodreads
86 One Monster After Another Mercer Mayer Goodreads
87 Peanut Butter & Brains: A Zombie Culinary Tale Joe McGee Goodreads
88 Playtime with Monster:   Mommy Evolution
89 Porkenstein Kathryn Lasky Goodreads
90 Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-A-Zoo Mercer Mayer Goodreads
91 Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monsters’ Cave Marcus Pfister Goodreads
92 Robot Zombie Frankenstein! Annette Simon Goodreads
93 Roly-Poly Monster Charity Tober Goodreads
94 Roly-Poly Monster Goes to the Zoo Charity Tober Goodreads
95 Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters Jane Yolen Goodreads
96 Say “Ahhh!” Dora Goes to the Doctor Phoebe Beinstein Family Education
97 Scaredy Boo! Claire Freedman Preschool Inspirations
98 Scaredy Squirrel Melanie Watt Family Education
99 Serendipity Stephen Cosgrove Goodreads
100 Shrek! William Steig Goodreads
101 Silly Monsters ABC Gerald Hawksley Goodreads
102 Skelly’s Halloween David Martin, illustrations by Lori Richmond Romper
103 Spider Sandwiches Claire Freedman Preschool Inspirations
104 Stop Following Me, Moon! Darren Farrell Barnes & Noble
105 That’s Not My Monster Fiona Watt Goodreads
106 That’s Not the Monster We Ordered Richard Fairgray, Terry Jones, and Tara Black Barnes & Noble
107 The Aliens Are Coming! Colin McNaughton Goodreads
108 The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers Stan and Jan Berenstain Family Education
109 The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist Stan and Jan Berenstain Family Education
110 The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson Goodreads
111 The Hidden Witch Molly Knox Osterberg Romper
112 The House In Poplar Wood K. E. Ormsbee Romper
113 The Invisible String Patrice Karst Family Education
114 The Legend Of Everwinter Tara Behan Goodreads
115 The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything Linda D. Williams Family Education
116 The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating Alice W. Flaherty Goodreads
117 The Monster in the Backpack Lisa Moser Goodreads
118 The Monster Next Door   Read Brightly
119 The Monster Who Ate My Peas Danny Schnitzlein Goodreads
120 The Monster Who Did My Math Danny Schnitzlein Goodreads
121 The Monster Who Lost His Mean:   Mommy Evolution
122 The Monsters in my Tummy Roman Dirge Goodreads
123 The Monsters’ Monster Patrick McDonnell Goodreads
124 The Monstrous Book of Monsters Libby Hamilton Goodreads
125 The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster Meomi Goodreads
126 The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark Jill Tomlinson Family Education
127 The Utter Zoo: An Alphabet by Edward Gorey Edward Gorey Goodreads
128 There Are Monsters Everywhere Mercer Mayer Goodreads
129 There Was An Old Monster! Rebecca Emberley Goodreads
130 There’s No Such Thing As Monsters Michael Yu Goodreads
131 This Monster Cannot Wait! Bethany Barton Goodreads
132 Thunder Cake Patricia Polacco Family Education
133 Tickle Monster:   Mommy Evolution
134 Trick or Treat on Monster Treat Danny Schnitzlein Goodreads
135 Valensteins Ethan Long Goodreads
136 Valentina and The Haunted Mansion (Valentina’s Spooky Adventures, #1) Majanka Verstraete Goodreads
137 What a Bad Dream Mercer Mayer Family Education
138 When a Monster Is Born Sean Taylor Goodreads
139 When I Was a Child: I Was Always Afraid Michael Cascio Goodreads
140 Where’s My Mummy? Carolyn Crimi Goodreads
141 Who is the Beast? Keith Baker Goodreads
142 Who’s Afraid of Godzilla? Marc Cerasini Goodreads
143 Zombie in Love Kelly DiPucchio Goodreads


8 Best Children’s Monster Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Barnes & Noble 5 Picture Books About Not-So-Scary Monsters
Family Education Books for Kids Afraid of the Dark, Monsters & More
Flashlight Worthy Books The Best Picture Books about Not-So-Scary Monsters
Goodreads Picture Books with Monsters
Mommy Evolution Lovable Monster Books for Kids
Preschool Inspirations Not So Scary Monster Books for Kids
Read Brightly 9 Funny Children’s Books Starring Silly, Lovable Monsters
Romper 9 Spooky Children’s Books To Read With Your Little Monsters This

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