One of the best picture books ever written is Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. I love reading this book aloud; it has a wonderful rhythmic text and fantastic pictures that have not aged in 40 years. (Unlike the reader.)
A new favorite is Mo Willem's Leonardo the Terrible Monster. Leonardo is indeed terrible . . . at being a monster and scaring anybody. He gives it his best shot, and finds that there is a better way to get attention.
Everybody likes Ed Emberley's Go Away, Big Green Monster. Troubled by monsters with long blue-green noses and scraggly purple hair? Let the author show you how to get rid of that monster one feature at a time, till it is all gone. A very satisfying interactive read-aloud.
If you still need help getting rid of those pesky monsters, try this song (sung to the tune of Did You Ever See a Lassie?):
If you ever see a monster, a monster, a monster,
If you ever see a monster, Then here’s what you do:
Make this face and that face and this face and that face,
If you ever see a monster---be sure to shout Boo!
The kids had fun singing this song and making crazy faces.
Next week: Pumpkins!