by Mindy Baker
D is for Drool: My Monster Alphabet, written by Amanda Noll and Shari Dash Greenspan and illustrated by Howard McWilliam, is an adorable and very monsterly alphabet book! When a little boy can’t sleep, he decides to say his ABCs. A is for arms, B is for belly, C is for claws. You get the idea. The illustrations make this book truly special. This is sure to become a family favorite and is a fun way to help your child learn his letters and letter sounds.
READ: D is for Drool: My Monster Alphabet
What is your favorite monster in the book?
As you read, when you say a body part such as the monster neck or nose, have your child point to his/her neck or nose.
Have you ever had a hard time getting to sleep? What strategies did you try?
What letter does Neck/Nose start with?
Can you think of any other words that start with the N sound?
Repeat for other letters.
DO: Make monsters that can be used to practice letter shapes!
You will need:
1 package craft sticks (colorful ones make it fun)
Variety of “bits and bobbles” for the hair and accessories of your monsters.
Chenille stems (so you can twist to make the rounded letters)
1. Twist two different colored chenille stems together or use a craft stick.
2. With a glue gun, attach the googly eyes.
3. Use bits of yarn, fabric, sequins, chenille stems, or other bits and bobbles to make the monster into a unique friend.
4. Decorate with markers (optional).
5. Using your monsters, practice forming your letters.