36 Popular Monster Books That Kids Love (Ages 2 to 16)

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Monsters can be sweet and giggly or stinky and creepy. Which of these popular monster books will your kids love?

You’ll find picture books and chapter books filled with monsters that boogie, won’t go to sleep, need haircuts, want to make friends, attack villages, and more.

Monsters in Picture Books

36 Popular Monster Books That Kids Love (Ages 2 to 16)
Fingers For Lunch by Brandt Lewis, illustrated by Cori Dornfeld
Little hands wiggle through the die-cut holes while the grown-up “monsters” read and “eat” yummy fingers. How fun!


The Monster at the End of This Book
by Jon Stone, illustrated by Michael Smollin
This is SUCH a funny book that you’ll read multiple times through and laugh every time. Grover tries EVERYTHING to stop you from turning the page — because of the monster at the end of the book. Are you getting nervous? You’ll be surprised when you meet the “monster.” (Don’t worry, parents, there is nothing scary at the end — it was Grover all along.)


Nibbles The Monster Hunt
by Emma Yarlett
Nibbles is a book monster who makes a monstrous mess in the boy’s books. First, the boy chases Nibbles but then he joins him. Read the mini-books about colors and numbers and peek through the holes.

 
Creature vs. Teacher A Book of Rhyme
by T. Nat Fuller, illustrated by Alex Eben Meyer
Exuberant illustrations show a monster creature and a teacher. The creature tries to get the teacher’s attention. When he does, it’s fun and giggles!

36 Popular Monster Books That Kids Love (Ages 2 to 16)
Muddle and Match Monsters: A mix-and-match book! by Stephanie Hinson
Mix up the heads, bodies, and feet to create ogres, beasts, giants, and yetis.


Ten Creepy Monsters
by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis
Count down from 10 creepy monsters to 0 in this creepy rhyming book with ghoulish illustrations. Clever and entertaining with scary-ish Halloween illustrations.

36 Popular Monster Books That Kids Love (Ages 2 to 16)
Have You Seen My Monster?
 by Steve Light
Help this little girl search for her monster at the fair. Her monster loves the funhouse, the slide, and bumper cars. The illustrations are black and white except for the geometric shape featured on each page — octagon, rectangle, decagon, etc. This is a delightful search-and-find book.

 
Monster Boogie
by Laurie Berkner, illustrated by Ben Clanton
This big, purple monster with yellow eyes and green teeth likes to do the monster boogie! And you can, too! Happy kids and their monster friend boogie and wiggle together. This picture book invites you to join in the playful dancing with a not-too-scary monster. Clanton’s vibrant illustrations with brightly textured backgrounds capture the fun of this Laurie Berkner song. Listen to the song here.

 

36 Popular Monster Books That Kids Love (Ages 2 to 16)
This Book is Full of Monsters
by Guido Van Genechten
Get ready to be live in the stinky, loud, interactive world of monsters. Page after page, you’ll love this book of monsters. Each page instructs you to do something to prepare for the next page’s monster such as hold your nose, be very quiet, or plug your ears. And you’ll love the big ending.

 


Even Monsters Need Haircuts
by Matthew McElligott
Wow, I had no idea that monsters needed haircuts. Now I know. And this boy barber, inspired by his barber dad, spends one night a month giving monsters haircuts –no matter who shows up or what they need! (Think Cyclops, Medusa, and Frankenstein.) Fantastic!

 


Alfred’s Book of Monsters
by Sam Streed
Alfred loves monsters spending time reading his monster book — pages which we can read, too. However, his aunt does not approve of his interest in monsters. Equally, Alfred does not enjoy teatime with his Aunty. So, after a few really borings tea times, Alfred has a brilliant idea…he’ll invite monsters from the graveyard to tea. And when they come, they all have a terrible (=wonderful) time (except for Aunty). The pages are dark brown with mostly black, white, and yellow colored illustrations creating a dramatic ambiance.

 


Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesdays
by Jon Stahl, illustrated by Tadgh Bentley
The big blue monster begins a story with “once upon a time” only to immediately add, “the end.” Little by little, his yellow monster friend helps the blue monster improve his story so that there is a dragon, a knight, a super-smart damsel, and …a plot!! Which makes the story much better. But wait! The dragon from the story arrives in real life. Yikes. Luckily for the monsters, they remember from the story’s details that dragons only eat noodles on Tuesdays. Hooray! Except– it’s Wednesday! Ut-oh! This unexpected ending will totally crack you up.

36 Popular Monster Books That Kids Love (Ages 2 to 16)
Monster Trouble!
 
by Lane Fredrickson, illustrated by Michael Robertson
Winifred isn’t scared of the monsters who visit her bedroom. She loves them and thinks they’re cute. But they are annoying — they interrupt her sleeping and are smelly. She tries everything to get rid of them until she stumbles on the perfect solution — kisses! Monsters hate kisses. Funny!!


Tickle Monster
by Josie Bissett, illustrated by Kevan Atteberry
This picture book and tickle mitts arrive in a beautiful box. A monster arrives from Planet Tickle to bring joy and happiness to Earth. How? By tickling kids readers of this book! Cute, huh?


The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings
by Anna Llenas
Monster’s colors are all scribbly and mixed-up which means his emotions are, too. The little girl helps Monster separate his feelings on each page with fantastic pop-ups. I love the green calm page showing Monster in a hammock. The next-to-last page has fun pull-up tabs so kids can see inside each of the feelings jars. And the last page is the best surprise…

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Spike the Mixed-up Monster 
by Susan Hood, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Kids will adore the surprises in this book about a monster (an axolotl) named Spike who is no bigger than a lily pad. But, when a very scary Gila monster, el monstruo, arrives, all the other pond animals run away. But not Spike. See what happens when Spike meets el monstruo.


Go to Sleep, Monster
by Kevin Cornell
George can’t sleep because he’s scared of the monster under his bed. His sister, Anna, gives the monster a stern talking to and learns that gasp! the under-the-bed-monster is scared of the monster who lives under the floor who, in turn, is scared of the monster under the room who is scared of . . . well, you get the idea. The monsters and human kids learn that they can all be friends which helps everyone sleep.


Mind Your Monsters
 by Catherine Balley, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Monsters invaded Wally’s small town, scaring kids, smelling like rotten eggs, and causing big messes. Wally tries everything to get the monsters to stop. Finally, he says the right word: PLEASE. And that works! (Of course.)


My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not)
by Peter Brown
Bobby’s teacher (Ms. Kirby) is a scary monster who yells and keeps kids in at recess. You know the type. But one day Bobby sees his monstrous teacher at the park and Bobby helps her rescue her runaway hat. Together they feed the ducks and fly paper airplanes. And something really strange happens to Ms. Kirby. She doesn’t seem like a monster anymore. At least not until Bobby gets back to school…

 
Eat Pete! 
by Michael Rex
When the boy named Pete invites the monster to play, the monster wants to eat Pete but instead, he plays trucks and pirates. Until he can’t resist and eats Pete. But playing alone without Pete isn’t as much fun. What will the monster do now? Because friends make everything more fun.

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I Will Fight Monsters for You
by Santi Balmes, illustrates by Lyona
This is a parallel story picture book of a young girl and a young monster who are both frightened about sleeping because of fears about each other. Can the little girl and monster come together and see each other as something not scary?


What Makes a Monster? Discovering the World’s Scariest Creatures
by Jess Keating, illustrations by David DeGrand
Monsters — real animal monsters — is a topic that kids will love reading about. Keating writes in a way that gives kids lots of information in a readable, engaging way. I love the design, too –it’s a mix of photographs, illustrations, cool fonts, and bright colors. What Makes a Monster is a must-read picture book filled with unexpected information about fascinating, dangerous animals. Are they real monsters?


Hattie & Hudson
by Chris Van Dusen
Hattie’s sweet singing draws a large green “monster” reminiscent of the Loch Ness Monster out of the lake’s depths. The two become good friends. Unfortunately, the lake’s other residents are terrified of the supposedly dangerous monster who Hattie has named Hudson. Hudson comes up with a brilliant idea to show the townspeople what they can’t yet see — his kind heart.

36 Popular Monster Books That Kids Love (Ages 2 to 16)
Dining with Monsters! A Disgusting Way to Count to 10!
 by Agnese Baruzzi
Turn this picture book sideways to read and lift-the-flaps to see what these horrible monsters eat — 1 spider, 2 frogs, 3 whales. Awesome bold graphic illustrations!


Monster School First Day Frights
by Dave Keane
Norm’s new school is full of hairy, scary, Larry monsters. But, Norm feels different because he’s not a monster. But, he can turn green like Hilda when she takes him for a wild broom ride. Kids love this hilarious, not-at-all-scary I Can Read easy reader book about monsters.


Ava the Monster Slayer by Lisa Maggiore, illustrated by Ross Felten
We think Ava rocks – she’s the fierce monster slayer (and quite cute) who braves monsters in her basement to rescue stuffed Piggy. She is awesome, don’t you think?

36 Popular Monster Books That Kids Love (Ages 2 to 16)
Even Monsters Say Good Night
by Doreen Mulryan Marts
Avery doesn’t want to go to bed. She’s worried about the monsters under her bed and in the closet, too. Until her mom explains that monsters sleep in their own beds in their own houses. And Avery isn’t scared anymore. What a great way to help calm children’s nighttime fears, don’t you think?

Monsters in Chapter Books

36 Popular Monster Books That Kids Love (Ages 2 to 16)
Monster Juice
by M.D. Payne
(ages 7-10)
Here’s another chapter book series that’s entertaining and funny – perfect for anyone who likes anything gross and with monsters. I read Fear the Barfitron and thought it was great.

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Notebook of Doom
by Troy Cummings
(ages 6 – 10)
Alexander discovers his new town is FILLED WITH MONSTERS! And, he’s right in the middle of everything especially after he finds an old notebook of drawings and facts about monsters. Fun with an edge of scary. These easy chapter books are hard to put down.

36 Popular Monster Books That Kids Love (Ages 2 to 16)
Ghoulia: Making New Friends Can Be Scary
by Barbara Cantini
(ages 6 – 9)
Ghoulia wants to make friends. But, she’s a zombie so she’s forbidden to befriend village children or else their family will be cast out of the village. When she overhears the children talking about Halloween, Ghoulia realizes she can join in with the celebrations, too. The children are impressed by her costume until Ghoulia pulls off her head. Shocked, all they can do is stare. And stare. Until they shot with joy — they love it and promise to keep her family’s secret. Full-color, charming illustrations give this story tons of personality.


The Curse of the Were-Hyena (A Monstertown Mystery)
by Bruce Hale
(ages 8 – 12)
Your kids will love this new action-packed fantasy adventure series from the talented Bruce Hale. In this first book, Carlos and Benny notice strange behaviors from their favorite teacher. They’re convinced he is changing into a were-something-or-other. Using their comic book store owner friend, brains, and courage to save their teacher, they must stop the original were-hyena from making more, before it’s too late. Absolutely fantastic and funny, this is a new must-read book.

36 Popular Monster Books That Kids Love
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo
by Drew Weing
(ages 8 – 12)
Brilliant illustrations and an action-packed plot make this a fantastic graphic novel story. Charles isn’t thrilled with his family’s move to a run-down art-deco building in a big city. Making matters worse, the place is haunted. Fortunately, he meets Margo Maloo, a monster mediator. Margo finds the basement troll who promises not to bother Charles anymore. But there’s more! After Charles goes poking around looking for more monsters, a group of ogres believes he stole an ogre baby and they’re prepared to dismember him. Now what is he going to do?

Monster Bubble Writer36 Popular Monster Books That Kids Love
My Monster Bubble Writer
by Linda Scott
(ages 8 – 12)
Get your writers psyched about writing in cool letter styles with this fun new book of monster handwriting fun!


The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Colgate
(ages 8 – 12)
Based on this book, you’d think the zombie apocalypse was totally fun. At least that’s how Jack approaches life and zombie fights. He and his best friend, Quint, live in an upgraded, well-defended treehouse where they plan for rescuing his crush June (she doesn’t need rescuing being quite capable) and fighting zombies and monsters. Illustrations throughout make this even more appealing to read and imagine. Delightful. Who would have thought?!


The Adventurers Guild
by Zach Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos
(ages 8 – 12)
Get ready for your new favorite fantasy adventure series. Zed and Brock don’t want to be chosen for the Adventurers Guild. Nobody does. Unlike the mages or merchants guild, the adventurers have to leave the safety of the walled city to fight the monsters. Before they can finish training as Adventurers, Zed, Brock, and other trainees are sent outside the city on a fact-finding mission that uncovers treachery, fiendish beasts, and Zed’s unexpected and untapped magic. Imaginative world-building, intriguing plot twists, and complex characters kept me enthralled from the beginning.

 

Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
(ages 8 – 12)
Set in Victorian London, this is a beautiful, bittersweet story about a plucky girl and her protector golem. Young Nan’s Sweep father-figure is gone; she still dreams of his kindness and their life before he left. To survive, she works for a cruel chimney sweep. When another child sweep tries to burn Nan alive, a charcoal golem who was a piece of charcoal left to her by Sweep emerges to save her. She and her growing protector golem, Char, find a new, safer place to live but must stay vigilant so her old master doesn’t find them. On their own, they are helped by a street boy and a kind Jewish teacher. Sweep is an irresistible story that will expand your heart…and your definition of what makes a monster.

 


Scarlett Hart Monster Hunter
by Marcus Sedgwick and Thomas Taylor
(ages 8 – 12)
Scarlett is determined to follow her deceased monster-hunter parent’s path– even though she’s not old enough to do it legally. That’s where her devoted butler, Napoleon come in. He helps her, turning in her kills as his own. But the nefarious Count Stankovic wants Scarlett stopped. Not only that, he may be the reason for the influx of murderous, out-of-control monsters. My 13-year-old daughter enjoyed this graphic novel more than I did.


The Big Book of Monsters: The Creepiest Creatures from Classic Literature
by Hal Johnson, illustrated by Tim Sievert
(ages 10+)
We all know Frankenstein’s Monster but maybe not The Horla or Beatrice Rappaccini, just two of the scary monsters from literature illuminated fully in this book. Packed full of information, The Big Book of Monsters features 25 monsters from many cultures, some as ancient as you can imagine starting with Apep who comes from The Book of the Dead, 16th Century BC. Like all the monsters in this book, you’ll read who he is (Yikes!) then supporting information in a “Beyond the Book” section which in this case is about translating the hieroglyphics and Egyptian short stories. Goulish illustrations and plenty of fear-inducing creatures fill the pages. Maybe don’t read this right before bed!


Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One
 by Jeff Guns
(ages 10 – 15)
I liked this first book of the series. When he’s repeatedly attacked by monsters, Jack learns he’s a Monster Hunter and fair game to be hunted. It’s not as scary as it sounds but is more of an adventure with monsters which happens to include zombies. 

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