6 Not-So-Scary Monster Books for Storytime @ HRL

cute-monsters-title-cardEven if you don’t like thrills and chills, you can still get in a Halloween mood with these Monstrous books.  More cute and cuddly than scary and scaly, these little monsters will be sure to delight your own little monsters.

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Love monster

  • Love monster by Rachel Bright – JE Bright
  • 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. Featuring an instantly charming main character who will appeal to children and adults alike, LOVE MONSTER is a warm and witty tale about the power of taking action.


Book Jacket for: If you're a monster and you know it

  • If you’re a monster and you know it by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley – JE Emberly
  • Monsters sing their own version of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.



Book Jacket for: Beasty bath

  • Beasty bath by Robert Neubecker – JE Neubecker
  • A young child’s imagination transforms bath time into a monster-filled adventure.



Book Jacket for: Buddy and the bunnies in : Don't play with your food

  • Buddy and the bunnies in : Don’t play with your food by Bob Shea – JE Shea
  • A monster named Buddy is determined to eat some cute little bunnies, until they prove to be more enjoyable as playmates.



Book Jacket for: Your pal Mo Willems presents Leonardo the terrible monster

  • Your pal Mo Willems presents Leonardo the terrible monster by Mo Willems – JE Willems
  • Leonardo is truly a terrible monster-terrible at being a monster that is. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to frighten anyone. Determined to succeed, Leonardo sets himself to training and research.  In turns touching and humorous.



Book Jacket for: Creepy monsters, sleepy monsters : a lullaby

  • Creepy monsters, sleepy monsters : a lullaby / Jane Yolen ; illustrated by Kelly Murphy – JE Yolen
  • Two rambunctious monsters creep, gurgle, crawl, and tumble before falling asleep.



These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: Not-So-Scary Monsters Booklist .  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

Horns and Fangs  (Sing to the tune of “Head, Shoulders”)

Horns and fangs,
knees and claws,
knees and claws.
Horns and fangs
and knees and claws,

Eyes, ears, tails, and paws.
Horns and fangs,
and knees and claws,
knees and claws,

If I were a monster . . .

If I were a happy monster,
I’d go “Ha, ha, ha!”

If I were a sad monster, I’d go
“Boo, hoo, hoo!”

If I were a mad monster,
I’d go Stomp, Stomp, Stomp

If I were a scared monster,
I’d go “Eek, Eek, Eek!”

But I’m just me, you see,
so I’ll just read, read, read!

Five Little Monsters
(count on fingers or toes)

This little monster has a big red nose
This little monster has purple toes.
This little monster plays all night.
This little monster is such a fright.
And this little monster goes “Tee-hee-hee”
“I’m not scary, It’s just me!”

Five Little Monsters

Five little monsters sitting on the floor. (hold up 5 fingers)
The first one said, “Let’s knock on someone’s door.” (knock)
The second one said, “Let’s act a little scary.” (show claws)
The third one said, “Why are we so hairy?” (shrug shoulders)
The fourth one said, “I hear a funny sound.” (cup ear)
The fifth one said, “There’s no one else around.” (shake head)
Then “WHOOSH” went the wind (fling arms to one side)
And “EEK!” someone said. (wave hands in the air)
So the five little monsters ran under the bed. (hold up 5 fingers, hide them under other hand)

Monster, Monster  (like “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear”)

Monster, monster, turn around.
Monster, monster, touch the ground.
Monster, monster, reach up high.
Monster, monster, squint your eyes.
Monster, monster, show your teeth

We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Storycrafters – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Preschool Time – Tuesdays @ 10:30AM

Handley Library
Preschool Time – Mondays @ 10:30AM
Baby and Me – Tuesdays @ 10:30AM
Toddler Time – Thursdays @ 10:30AM

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.

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