A Monsterously Huge Amount of Fun at Story Time

1 Jun

I visit the local intermediate unit in my county once a month to present story time to two different classes of toddlers and preschoolers who are on the autism spectrum and/or have other possible learning disabilities.  The classes are usually between 5 – 12 kids and are the majority are boys.

This is probably one of the best parts of my job!  I love the challenge that these children present and I love trying to find at least one piece of story time that interests each child.  We’ve done a construction theme, dinosaur theme, and bug theme in the past, so even though it’s nowhere near Halloween, I’m planning a monster themed story time for next week.  For the most part, I don’t choose books based on the children’s disabilities, I choose books that I think any child would enjoy.

There are tons of great monster books for kids – everything from relieving night-time fears to funny stories that are sure to make your kids giggle!  Because I see two different classes, I’m choosing a couple more books than I usually do.  Some are for the younger kids (mostly two-year-olds) and others are for the older (3 & 4 year-olds).

The books I chose for story time are:

Title: I’m Not Going Out There
Author: Paul Bright
Summary: Monsters, witches, and een a dragon quake in fear when a prank transforms an ordinary person into a terrible beast!


Title: There Was an Old Monster!
Author: Rebecca, Adrian, & Ed Emberley
Summary: In this variation on the traditional cumulative rhyme, a monster swallows ants, a lizard, a bat, and other creatures to try and cure a stomachache that began when he swallowed a tick.


Title: Mostly Monsterly
Author: Tammi Sauer
Summary: On the outside, Bernadette is a lot like the other monsters in her class but when she shows that she can be sweet, her calssmates reject her until she finds a way to fit in again.


Title: Leonardo the Terrible Monster
Author: Mo Willems
Summary: 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?


Title: Can You Make a Scary Face?
Author: Jan Thomas
Summary: A ladybug invites the reader to play a game of “let’s pretend.”

** This is one of the funniest books to read out loud to a group of kids!  They absolutely love it!

Other monster books you might want to take a look at include:

  • Jumpy Jack & Googily By, Meg Rosoff & Sophia Blackal
  • Billy Monster’s Daymare By, Alan Durant
  • My Monster Mama Love Me So By, Laura Leuck
  • Thelonius Monster’s Sky-High Fly Pie By, Judy Sierra
  • Monster Hug By, David Ezra Stein
  • What Do You Say When a Monster Says Boo? By, Hope Vestergaard
  • SocksquatchBy, Frank W. Dormer

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