Little Library Bookshelf – Monster Reads

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It’s the season for monsters and scary stories. In this month’s bookshelf guest librarian Heather Hageli from the Vernon Area Public Library shares some favorite Monster Books to spook up your October reading list.

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Ahhhh Monsters! Sink your fangs and claws into 4 new tales of monsters and one not-so-new favorite! Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Monster Books for Kids

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There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott


There.Is.A.Monster.In.This.Book. Brace yourself, he doesn’t want to leave! Follow the instructions in the story to see if you and your child can shake, tilt and wiggle to book to evict the monster.



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I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas by Kevan Atteberry


A rhyming love poem between Papa and Little Monster as they trek through the swamp one moonlit night. How much does Papa love Little Monster? More than the grossest things you can think of on an October night!




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How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton


Newly-minted Ninja (a role in the school play) decides to use his newfound courage to scare the monster in his closet! He uses everything in his arsenal but soon learns, maybe monsters aren’t that scary after all.



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Monster Trucks by Joy Keller, illustrated by Misa Saburi


Monsters aren’t just working around Halloween, no! They have year round jobs driving monster trucks! They pave roads and plow snow just to name a few jobs. The perfect book for your truck loving toddler.



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If You’re A Monster And You Know Itby Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley


A little monstery twist on the classic tune. You and your child will certainly be happy at the end of this singable book!




Here at the Vernon Area Public Library, we use the five early literacy practices — TALK, SING, READ, WRITE, PLAY — as the foundation for all of our storytimes. It’s never too early to start on these five activities to set the stage for reading readiness.

We offer storytimes beginning at birth, and all are welcome to stop by and visit — no library card required. But if you are a resident, you can sign up for your library card while you are here! Find our calendar of storytimes and other events.

If you would like more information about early literacy, what is happening at the library, and a printable calendar, subscribe to our quarterly Early Literacy eNewsletter.

Looking for more book recommendations for you or your little ones? Visit our Goodreads or Pinterest accounts for librarian-selected reading for all ages.

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2014 Mini Comic Con – Photo Credit: Vernon Area Public Library


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