Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 31, 2014

Not-too-scary monster books

If You're a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley

In honor of Halloween, here are some picture books from the Montclair collection featuring (mostly) friendly monsters, for your little monsters to enjoy. Happy Halloween!

If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley (J 782.42 EMBERLEY). Colorful monsters sing their own version of this popular song.

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems (J PICBK WILLEMS). 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?

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone (J PICBK STONE). Grover (of “Sesame Street” fame) worries page by page about meeting the monster at the end of this book.

Nighty Night Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley (J PICBK EMBERLEY). With the turn of every page, Little Green Monster’s face gradually appears.

Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund (J PICBK LUND). Construction crew monsters work together to build a haunted house.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (J PICBK SENDAK). A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things and becomes their king.

My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck (J PICBK LEUCK). A young monster describes all the things its mother does to show she loves it.

Monsters vs. Kittens by Dani Jones (J PICBK JONES). Text and pictures humorously compare the characteristics of kittens and monsters.

I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll (J PICBK NOLL). 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.

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex (J PICBK REX). A young monster says goodnight to all of the other monsters in his bedroom.

10 Picture Books about Not-Too-Scary Monsters, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library


  1. Another not-scary monster book for the list: The new favorite in our house is Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri’s Big Bad Bubble, a funny book about monsters trying to overcome their fear of bubbles.

    And: Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson: Winifred Schnitzel is not afraid of monsters, but she does have to work out a unique way to keep them from bugging her.

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