Monster Storytime

Since Halloween is near and there are so, so, so many wonderful monster picture books it seems to me it was high time to host a MONSTER STORYTIME! We read some new and some tried and true monster books, and then had a monster fun time crafting monster feet for our post-storytime craft.

Monster Storytime Lineup:

The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell

Hands down one of my favorite new picture books of the year. It’s brilliant. The kids loved it. The adults loved it. It’s a story about how monsters Grouch, Grump, and little Gloom ‘n’ Doom spend much of their time arguing over who is the “biggest and baddest”. They decide to end the constant bickering by creating the “biggest and baddest’ monster of them all. Their plan does not turn out in any way they thought it would.

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

A tried and true favorite monster picture book, and a personal favorite in our own home as well.

My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck, illustrated by Mark Buehner

Like human mothers, even monster moms love their little monsters.

If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberly

This book was such a hit reading it aloud with the kids! The story is to be read to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know it,” except inserting monster  noises and manners. I invited the storytimes to act out their inner monsters with me while I read.

Monster Feet Craft:

There are all kinds of adorable monster crafts currently circulating the internet, but this one from The Baker’s Wife caught my eye. I decided to try these monster feet on for size with Sunday’s stortyimers.

Materials used: brown paper bags, tissue paper, colored cardstock, scissors, glue, tape, markers, and a pencil.

The first couple steps I did pre-storytime. To start, I cut a hole into the side of the bag with the folded side facing down. The hole needs to be close to the edge of the bags opening and large enough for a child to slide their foot into.

Make sure the holes are in similar places on the bags.

Next, take a piece of colored cardstock and fold it hotdog style (lengthwise).

Draw monster toes with the opening of the fold facing you, keeping clear of the actual fold.

Cut out toes. Be creative with the different toe shapes! Monsters have a wide variety of feet types. Think Big Foot, Sasquatches, the boogey man, Frankenstein, monsters that live under the bed, and so forth. I also did this step before storytime.

After the foot holes are cut in the paper bags and the toes are cut out in a variety of colors, I was about finished with the prep work. Now is the fun part…. The kids decorated their gigantic feet by coloring and gluing the toes on.

The toes were glued on the folded end of the bag.

Our library has lots and lots of tissue paper that we’re trying to use up, so I picked out a few assorted colors and cut out messy, uneven squares and rectangles. This was another pre-storytime activity, which older kids could easily do on their own.

They glued or taped the tissue paper onto their paper bag feet. Here I made them look furry, but a lot of kids glued the tissue paper so that it looked like scales.

Once the feet are complete, open the bag and loosely wad 1-3 sheets of newspaper per bag…

… and shove the newspaper into the bottom of the bags (tops of the feet).

Slide feet into the cut-out holes (it’s best it you don’t have shoes on) and walk or slide! It helps if you roar or growl while attempting to grow into you’re new monster feet.

My little monster sporting her new monster foot attire.

Next week is Halloween Storytime! If you have any book or craft recommendations, please leave them in the comments below– I love receiving suggestions!!


4 Responses to “Monster Storytime”

  1. So so so cute! I think my little man would LOVE these books. And he has some monster feet house shoes that I WISH he’d wear. They’re so darn cute. 😀

    • Rebecca says:

      Thank you so much, Andi! They were super fun to make and the kids loved them. My daughter only wore them for maybe 2 minutes, but at storytime the older kids wore them around the library. I can hardly keep shoes on that girl’s feet let alone giant monster feet! :)

  2. Alyisha says:

    Where does one acquire big paper sacks like that? I frequently see crafts that use ’em but I’ve yet to find a source that’d be good for a library budget!

    • Rebecca says:

      Our local grocery store donated them to me for this particular storytime. Most grocery stores should have paper bags. If you have a Super Target near you, they have paper bags too and most likely will be willing to donate a stack. Good luck!

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