Wednesday, October 17, 2012

If You Are a Monster...

If you are a monster...and you know who you are...then you will love this story time!  Halloween is almost here, and it is an excellent time to let your inner monster out a little bit--especially if your inner monster is as fun and/or adorable as any of the monsters in the books below.  Kerstin Schoen's monster in her picture book, Monsters Aren't Real published by Kane/Miller, is such a refreshing change of pace from the usual creepy, crawly, under-the-bed variety, and the moral of the story (that you're okay, just the way you are) is worth sharing with a young audience any time of year.

Every parent I knows practically starts crying when the conversation comes around The Monster at the End of this Book the all-time best Golden Book title, featuring Grover at his most lovable.  It may be old, it may be small, and it may be plain my today's glitzy picture book standards, but you will have parents and grandparents wrapped around your little finger if you share this book at your monster story time. You can get a little more analysis of why this books is just so darned good at Ronosaurus Rex's Metablog on Metafiction.

Craft and art ideas for monster programs abound, from roll-a-monster games to paper collages ala Emberley, to cookie decorating (yum!).  Apple, potato, brussel sprout, and other autumn crop stamps make a nice seasonal tie-in and will result in some fine, fun, scary monster paintings.  ROAR!

Family Program 
30 minutes


INTRO RHYME
Five Ugly Monsters Jumping on the Bed


BOOK

Monsters Aren't Real by Kerstin Schoen

SONG
If You're Happy and You Know It...




BOOK

If You're A Monster and You Know It by Rebecca and Ed Emberley

SONG
If You're a Monster and You Know It...

BOOK

The Monster at the End of This Book



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