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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.

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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

1813 Monsters Who Should Be AvoidedKevin ShortsleeveGoodreads
19Badger’s Parting GiftsSusan VarleyFamily Education
20Bear’s ScareJacob GrantRomper
21Bedtime for MonstersEd VereGoodreads
22Big Sister, Little MonsterAndria Warmflash RosenbaumGoodreads
23BLEAGH AND BLEEP! A Second Book About ValuesLeana Lyn DorayGoodreads
24BLEAGH, BLEEP and BAXTER! A Third Book About ValuesLeana Lyn DorayGoodreads
25BLEAGH! A Book About ValuesLeana Lyn DorayGoodreads
26Boris and BellaCarolyn CrimiGoodreads
27Bye-Bye, Big Bad Bullybug!Ed EmberleyGoodreads
28Can You Make a Scary Face?Jan ThomasGoodreads
29Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?Martin WaddellFamily Education
30City Of GhostsVictoria SchwabRomper
31CrankensteinSamantha BergerGoodreads
32Creepy CarrotsAaron ReynoldsPreschool Inspirations
33Creepy Monsters, Sleepy MonstersJane YolenGoodreads
34Curious George Goes to the HospitalH.A. ReyFamily Education
35Does Frankenstein Get Hungry? Read Brightly
36Eat Pete Read Brightly
37Elmer and the MonsterDavid McKeePreschool Inspirations
38Ernestine, Catastrophe QueenMerrill WyattRomper
39Even Monsters Need HaircutsMatthew McElligottGoodreads
40First Day JittersJulie DannebergFamily Education
41Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to DanceKeith GravesGoodreads
42FrankensteinRick WaltonGoodreads
43Frankenstein Takes the CakeAdam RexGoodreads
44Glad Monster, Sad MonsterEd EmberleyGoodreads
45Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying ParodyMichael RexGoodreads
46Goodnight, Little MonstersKara LaReau, illustrated by Brian WonRomper
47Groggle’s Monster ValentineDiana MurrayGoodreads
48H Is For HalloweenDisney Book GroupRomper
49Harry and the Terrible WhatzitDick GackenbachGoodreads
50How the Nobble Was Finally FoundC.K. WilliamsGoodreads
51Huggly’s Christmas (Huggly, #7)Tedd ArnoldGoodreads
52I Love You, Stinky FaceLisa McCourtGoodreads
53If Your Monster Won’t Go to BedDenise Vega and Zachariah OhoraBarnes & Noble
54It Hurts When I Poop!Howard J. BennettFamily Education
55Jellaby (Jellaby, #1)Kean SooGoodreads
56Jeremy Draws a MonsterPeter McCartyGoodreads
57Little Monster at SchoolMercer MayerGoodreads
58Lucia and the LightPhyllis RootGoodreads
59Maggie And The MonsterElizabeth WinthropGoodreads
60Marilyn’s MonsterMichelle KnudsenGoodreads
61Maximillian VillainousMargaret Chiu GreaniasGoodreads
62Mind Your Monsters: Mommy Evolution
63Monster CheeseSteve WolfsonGoodreads
64Monster GooseJudy SierraGoodreads
65Monster MamaLiz RosenbergGoodreads
66Monster MashDavid CatrowGoodreads
67Monster Mayhem Read Brightly
68Monster SchoolKate Coombs, illustrated by Lee GatlinRomper
69Monster Trouble!: Mommy Evolution
70Monster, Be Good!Natalie MarshallPreschool Inspirations
71Monster, Monster in the TreeJohn E. DoreyGoodreads
72Monsters and MoldAsia CitroPreschool Inspirations
73Monsters Are Afraid of the MoonMarjane SatrapiGoodreads
74Monsters Come In Many ColorsJocelyn StevensonGoodreads
75Monsters Don’t Eat BroccoliBarbara Jean HicksGoodreads
76Monsters Eat Whiny ChildrenBruce Eric KaplanGoodreads
77Monsters Love UnderpantsClaire Freedman and Ben CortBarnes & Noble
78Monsters on MachinesDeb LundGoodreads
79Mostly MonsterlyTammi SauerGoodreads
80My Mama Says There Aren’t Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins or ThingsJudith ViorstGoodreads
81Mythological MonstersSara FanelliGoodreads
82Nighty Night, Little Green MonsterEd EmberleyGoodreads
83No More Monsters for Me!Peggy ParishGoodreads
84Not Now, BernardDavid McKeeGoodreads
85Ol’ Halloween NightCasey BrowningGoodreads
86One Monster After AnotherMercer MayerGoodreads
87Peanut Butter & Brains: A Zombie Culinary TaleJoe McGeeGoodreads
88Playtime with Monster: Mommy Evolution
89PorkensteinKathryn LaskyGoodreads
90Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-A-ZooMercer MayerGoodreads
91Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monsters’ CaveMarcus PfisterGoodreads
92Robot Zombie Frankenstein!Annette SimonGoodreads
93Roly-Poly MonsterCharity ToberGoodreads
94Roly-Poly Monster Goes to the ZooCharity ToberGoodreads
95Romping Monsters, Stomping MonstersJane YolenGoodreads
96Say “Ahhh!” Dora Goes to the DoctorPhoebe BeinsteinFamily Education
97Scaredy Boo!Claire FreedmanPreschool Inspirations
98Scaredy SquirrelMelanie WattFamily Education
99SerendipityStephen CosgroveGoodreads
100Shrek!William SteigGoodreads
101Silly Monsters ABCGerald HawksleyGoodreads
102Skelly’s HalloweenDavid Martin, illustrations by Lori RichmondRomper
103Spider SandwichesClaire FreedmanPreschool Inspirations
104Stop Following Me, Moon!Darren FarrellBarnes & Noble
105That’s Not My MonsterFiona WattGoodreads
106That’s Not the Monster We OrderedRichard Fairgray, Terry Jones, and Tara BlackBarnes & Noble
107The Aliens Are Coming!Colin McNaughtonGoodreads
108The Berenstain Bears Learn About StrangersStan and Jan BerenstainFamily Education
109The Berenstain Bears Visit the DentistStan and Jan BerenstainFamily Education
110The GruffaloJulia DonaldsonGoodreads
111The Hidden WitchMolly Knox OsterbergRomper
112The House In Poplar WoodK. E. OrmsbeeRomper
113The Invisible StringPatrice KarstFamily Education
114The Legend Of EverwinterTara BehanGoodreads
115The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of AnythingLinda D. WilliamsFamily Education
116The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky EatingAlice W. FlahertyGoodreads
117The Monster in the BackpackLisa MoserGoodreads
118The Monster Next Door Read Brightly
119The Monster Who Ate My PeasDanny SchnitzleinGoodreads
120The Monster Who Did My MathDanny SchnitzleinGoodreads
121The Monster Who Lost His Mean: Mommy Evolution
122The Monsters in my TummyRoman DirgeGoodreads
123The Monsters’ MonsterPatrick McDonnellGoodreads
124The Monstrous Book of MonstersLibby HamiltonGoodreads
125The Octonauts and the Only Lonely MonsterMeomiGoodreads
126The Owl Who Was Afraid of the DarkJill TomlinsonFamily Education
127The Utter Zoo: An Alphabet by Edward GoreyEdward GoreyGoodreads
128There Are Monsters EverywhereMercer MayerGoodreads
129There Was An Old Monster!Rebecca EmberleyGoodreads
130There’s No Such Thing As MonstersMichael YuGoodreads
131This Monster Cannot Wait!Bethany BartonGoodreads
132Thunder CakePatricia PolaccoFamily Education
133Tickle Monster: Mommy Evolution
134Trick or Treat on Monster TreatDanny SchnitzleinGoodreads
135ValensteinsEthan LongGoodreads
136Valentina and The Haunted Mansion (Valentina’s Spooky Adventures, #1)Majanka VerstraeteGoodreads
137What a Bad DreamMercer MayerFamily Education
138When a Monster Is BornSean TaylorGoodreads
139When I Was a Child: I Was Always AfraidMichael CascioGoodreads
140Where’s My Mummy?Carolyn CrimiGoodreads
141Who is the Beast?Keith BakerGoodreads
142Who’s Afraid of Godzilla?Marc CerasiniGoodreads
143Zombie in LoveKelly DiPucchioGoodreads

8 Best Children’s Monster Book Sources/Lists

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