Enjoy 5 preschool and kindergarten appropriate Frankenstein-themed books to read in celebration.
Today is Frankenstein Day, so to celebrate, let’s read some stories featuring Dr. Frankenstein’s monster. Did you know that scientist is actually named Dr. Frankenstein and the monster is simply called “monster?”
Speaking of monsters, The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell, is a not-scary monster book starring 3 little monsters who love causing trouble and wreaking havoc! They decide to create the biggest, baddest monster ever to help them carry about their sinister plans. However, instead of carrying out trouble-filled ideas, the big monster that they bring to life teaches them an important lesson about gratitude and saying “thank you.”
Frankenstein Doesn’t Wear Earmuffs by John Loren. —
This a hilarious story about a little boy who dresses up as Frankenstein’s monster for Halloween. It’s a cold night and his mom wants him to bundle up. She gives him boots, a scarf, and earmuffs, among other stuff. Finally, the little boy is so loaded down that he throws off the stuff his mother gave him and proclaims, “Frankenstein doesn’t wear earmuffs!” He storms outside to trick-or-treat and realizes that it is really cold. Too bad he doesn’t have any earmuffs…. He sees his friends wearing their warm clothes over their costumes and realizes that you can expand your vision for your Halloween look to include warm clothes. This is a lesson that we can apply to lots of situations, and it is a good one for little kids to learn — it is ok to change our minds and rethink our vision. The illustrations are fantastic and really bring to life the little boy’s imagination! The rhyming, funny text will keep readers’ attention and they will giggle along with the story.
Moldilocks and the Three Scares by Lynne Marie. —
In this monster-filled take on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Moldilocks stumbles onto the home of a monster family. She tries 3 bowls of gross soup, sits in 3 spooky chairs, and tries out 3 monster beds before falling fast asleep. The 3 nice monsters return home, and to Moldilocks’ surprise, they welcome her into the family and all live happily-ever-after. My son really likes this book! It has the “spooky” elements that he loves and features a loving, parent-child relations that he enjoys in stories.
The House the Monsters Built by Steve Metzger — Steve Meztger’s books are favorites among the preschool crowd! This book, a spooky version of The House that Jack Built, explores all of the monsters’ house-building contributions, complete with rhymes, spooky sounds, and humorous illustrations by Jared Lee. I have read this one so many times at library preschool storytime and to my own son. Preschoolers and kindergarteners love this book!
Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler. —
This is a cute story about a skeleton named Bonaparte who keeps losing his bones. He is literally falling apart and is nervous about starting school with his condition. His monster friends, including Franky Stein, try and help ease his fears by coming up with creative ways to keep Bonaparte’s bones together, but all of their attempts are unsuccessful. Finally the friends come up with a great idea — a service dog! The dog fetches Bonaparte’s bones and brings them back to him. This enables Bonaparte to participate in all of the fun activities his friends are doing at school.
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