Anna and I are celebrating The Picture Book Month. You will see more of our favorite picture books in WMCIR posts throughout the month, mostly from our own book shelves. As we went through the book themes, I discovered that we have interesting holes in our library – absolutely no books on monsters, pirates or dragons. We were hard pressed to find books on princesses too! To save “the Monster day”, I brought a few books home from the library. The only book that Anna accepted as remotely interesting was I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll. It’s beautifully illustrated by Howard McWilliam. I think the story is pretty hilarious, but I was a bit worried that it will give my daughter some unwanted monster thoughts. I suggested her to create her own monster. She was not fully on board at first as she usually is with arts and crafts, but eventually really got into creating her monster, especially once she got hold of sparkly “spooky stickers”. As usual, she didn’t quit while she was ahead, but I still love how her monster turned out. No nightmares from this girly friendly monster :) I made one too, but mine turned out extremely plain in comparison to this one. It was a nice 30 min activity before dinner – it’s hard sometimes for us both to get into this type of projects, but results are so much fun.