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I Need My Monster - Storytime Online

Hello everyone! We hope you are all excited for I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll!

Leanna and I have put together a bunch of fun activities and crafts for the little ones. Starting on Monday, October 18th (today), the kits will be available to pick up for our online storytime.

Enjoy a borrowed copy of the book, and have fun doing the activities. Please return the book after you are done; everything else is yours to keep!

"I Need My Monster" by Amanda Noll

“A unique monster-under-the-bed story with the perfect balance of giggles and shivers, this picture book relies on the power of humor over fear, appeals to a child’s love for creatures both alarming and absurd, and glorifies the scope of a child’s imagination. One night, when Ethan checks under his bed for his monster, Gabe, he finds a note from him instead: "Gone fishing. Back in a week." Ethan knows that without Gabe’s familiar nightly scares he doesn't stand a chance of getting to sleep, so Ethan interviews potential substitutes to see if they've got the right equipment for the job — pointy teeth, sharp claws, and a long tail — but none of them proves scary enough for Ethan. When Gabe returns sooner than expected from his fishing trip, Ethan is thrilled. It turns out that Gabe didn't enjoy fishing because the fish scared too easily.”

You will have to return this book to the library; everything else is yours to keep!

You will have the book read to you by actress Rita Moreno. She did such a great job; we hope you enjoy her reading as much as we did!

Kits include:

  • a borrowed copy of I Need My Monster by Rita Moreno

  • information page

  • colors game (5 colored ghosts)

  • a flyer for this website

  • 2 activity pages

  • 2 coloring pages

  • rhymes/song pages with web links (instrument included)

  • Build Your Own Monster craft

  • 3 magnets from the story

  • stickers

HANDOUT GAMES – play with included ghost handouts

Can You Show Me…?

(Tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

Can you show me the white ghost?

White ghost, white ghost?

Can you show me the white ghost?

And wave her in the air?

Black… green… orange… yellow

Hold It High – Choose one ghost from handouts

Hold your ghost high and stand

Now wave it around in gestures grand!

Hold your ghost below your chin

Now hold it way up high again

Hold your ghost against your nose

Now touch the ghost to your toes

Touch your ghost to the ground

Now wave that ghost all around!

Hold your ghost in front of you

Now turn around – one time, two!

Hold your ghost and jump up high!

Now let your ghost fly fly fly (throw it in the air)

SONGS & INSTRUMENTuse included instruments

Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed by Super Simple Songs

Monsters Stomp Around the House by The Kiboomers

Go Away! by Super Simple Songs

Halloween Stomp by The Singing Walrus

BOUNCE RHYME (bounce along with child in lap)

Monster Dance

If you want to be a monster, now’s your chance.

“Cause everybody’s doing the monster dance.

You bounce up and down

Wave your arms around

Bounce down and up

Stretch your arms up!

Bounce around and around

Then wave at the ground

Bounce up high then down low

Then let out a growl and bounce…real… slow!


If You’re a Monster

(Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms

If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms

If you’re a monster and you know it, then your arms will surely show it,

If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms your claws

...gnash your teeth

...stomp your feet

...growl out loud

Monster, Monster, Turn Around

Monster, monster, turn around.

Monster, monster, touch the ground.

Monster, monster, reach up high.

Monster, monster squint your eye(s)

Monster, monster, show your teeth

Monster, monster, stamp your feet.

Monster, monster, show your claws

Monster, monster, now just pause

Monster, monster, time to growl

Monster, monster, now you howl!

There’s a Monster in My Closet

There’s a monster in my closet

And it’s green! (Rawwwr, rawwwr)

There’s a monster in my closet

And it’s green! (Rawwwr, rawwwr)

There’s a monster in my closert

And it’s really, really green

There’s a monster in my closet

And it’s green! (Rawwwr, rawwwr)

There’s a monster in my closet

And it smells! (Pew, pew!)…

There’s a monster in my closet

And it snorts! (Snort, snort!)…

There’s a monster in my closet

And it cries!! (Boo hoo!)…

There’s a monster in my closet

And it jumps! (Jump, jump)…


We’ll all be great big monsters (Hold up one hand above head)

And everyone we’ll scare. (Show claws)

With two big horns, (Both index fingers up on head)

And bulging eyes. (Circle fingers around eyes)

And stringy dark brown hair. (Stroke hair)

He has two large scary heads, (Hold up 2 fingers and open eyes wide)

And an extra-long long nose. (Mime a Pinocchio nose)

With big enormous monster feet, (Lift up feet)

And crooked, squeaky, creaky toes (Point to toes)

Shhh! Let’s show him were not afraid (Finger to lips)

Or he might start to grow (Raise hand slowly)

Grab your broom, hit him, WHAM! (Mime these actions)

Oh look! Where did he go? (Shrug shoulders, look around)


Amazon’s page on Amanda Noll:

Illustrator Howard McWilliam’s site:

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