Books on: Ghosts and Monsters

Books which acknowledge childhood fears of ghosts and monsters. Some books attempt to neutralise fears by portraying characters who seem frightening at first but ultimately reveal friendly qualities.

The Monster Who Ate Darkness
Author: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: Jimmy Liao
How this book may help: This book elegantly 'neutralises' fear of monsters by portraying a non-threatening (and ultimately caring) one. It also provides a fun and poetic explanation to why darkness is so necessary at night time.
Jo-Jo can't sleep as he thinks a monster may be lurking in the darkness under his bed.... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, phobias


Billy Monster's Daymare
Author: Alan Durant
Illustrator: Ross Collins
How this book may help: Exploring common night time fears about monsters under the bed, in cupboards or lurking in shadows. This book may help to explain to a child in a humorous way that lots of people feel the same way. The humour lies in the fact that this book is about a monster having a “daymare” about a child!
Turning the tables on being afraid of monsters, the young monster “Billy” in this story is... read more

Tags: anxiety, fears, nightmares, phobias


Tappity-Tap What was That?
Author: Claire Freedman
Illustrator: Russell Julian
How this book may help: That by facing our fears they often turn out not to be scary!
Owl, Mouse and Rabbit are friends and have a Very Important Meeting to talk about the Monster of... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, monsters, phobias


Bella and Monty: A Hairy Scary Night
Author: Alex T.Smith
Illustrator: Alex T.Smith
How this book may help: May comfort a child who is anxious about the dark, spiders, ghosts or monsters, and make them realise they are not alone.
Bella Bones and Monty Mittens are best friends and have lots in common (they both like the colour... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, friends, ghosts, monsters, phobias

Under the Bed
Author: Paul Bright
Illustrator: Ben Cort
How this book may help: Ghosts and monsters, fear of the dark, bedtime.
This rhyming book describes all the various beasts, dragons and other monsters that live under the... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, ghosts, monsters, nightmares

The Monster Bed
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Susan Varley
How this book may help: Reassuring children who are afraid of the dark or anxious about monsters.
Dennis doesn't want to go to sleep because he's frightened that there might be something under his... read more

Tags: anxiety, comfort, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, monsters, nightmares, phobias

Little Princess - I Don't Want to Go to Bed
Author: Tony Ross
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: Helping children to understand why it's important to go to bed on time.
The Little Princess doesn't want to go to bed, and doesn't see why she should have to when she's... read more

Tags: phobias, monsters, fears, anxiety

Little Princess - I Want My Light On!
Author: Tony Ross
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: May help to neutralise a fear of ghosts and the dark.
The Little Princess doesn't like her light to be turned off at bedtime because she's scared of... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, ghosts, monsters

Ready Steady Ghost!
Author: Elizabeth Baguley
Illustrator: Marion Lindsay
How this book may help: By tapping into children's emotions of feeling small in a big world. Children who are afraid of ghosts may be comforted by the central character, Bertie: a very friendly phantom!
Bertie is a little ghost who wishes he was as good at haunting as the big ghosts. However, he finds... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, ghosts

Monster in the Hood
Author: Steve Antony
Illustrator: Steve Antony
How this book may help: This story tackles the fear of the unknown, and helps a child to consider that situations they might initially think are scary can turn out to be harmless, and even enjoyable. It also challenges prejudice.
Three friends (Sammi Squirrel, Henri Hedgehog and Marvin Mouse) have all heard about the “Monster... read more

Tags: prejudice, monsters, friends, fears, being different, anxiety

There's No Such Thing as a Ghostie
Author: Cressida Cowell
Illustrator: Holly Swain
Publisher's summary: "The Queen has finished her royal tea and it's two more hours till bedtime so she suggests a hunt..." read more

Tags: fears, ghosts

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