Ramona Quimby, Age 8
. New York: Avon Books, 1992. A little girl enters the third grade.
Anthony, The Perfect Monster.
New York: Beginner Books, 1996. A little boy starts school, and goes from being perfect to being a perfect monster.
It’s Halloween, Dear Dragon.
Chicago: Follett: 1981. A boy and his pet dragon do things together. Excellent example of details in a story for children learning to write and include events.
The Very Worst Monster.
New York: Greenwillow Books, 1985. A little girl wants to prove that she’s a worse monster than her brother.
Too Many Monsters.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin: 1982. Howard lives in the forest with 99 monsters who frighten him.
There’s One Hungry Monster: A Counting Book in Rhyme.
Boston: Joy Street Books, 1989. It’s bedtime and a small boy has to deal with hungry monsters creating problems.
The Dragons are Singing Tonight.
New York: Greenwillow Books, 1993. A collection of poems about dragons and where you can find them--even in your computer, for example.
Brave Martha and the Dragon.
New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1996. A Provencal tale about a girl who captures the dragon that’s been terrorizing her village.
Where the Wild Things Are.
New York: Harper & Row, 1963. A young boy is sent to bed without dinner, takes a voyage and tames monsters.
Too Many Tamales.
New York: Putnam, 1993 A young girl tries on her mother’s wedding ring and then loses it while making tamales.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
New York: Aladdin Books, 1987. This is a story adults can relate to as well as children. It is useful to have the children create and illustrate their own parallel experience.
My Mama Says There are no Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things
. New York: Atheneum, 1973. A young boy doesn’t quite believe what his mother has told him.
Chair for My Mother.
New York: Greenwillow Books, 1982. A family works together to save money for a new chair after losing their furniture in a fire.
Nine in One Grr Grr.
San Francisco: Children’s Book Press, 1989. Are nine cubs a year too much for mother tiger? Bird figures out a way to cope.