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



  1. What is your favorite monster in the book?

  2. 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.

  3. Have you ever had a hard time getting to sleep? What strategies did you try?

  4. What letter does Neck/Nose start with?

  5. Can you think of any other words that start with the N sound?

  6. 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)

  • Markers

  • Glue gun

  • Googly eyes

  • 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.