Monster Mash

We are thrilled that I Need My Monster is included in the top level Barnes & Noble store display from now until Halloween. Send us a photo of I Need My Monster on display at B&N (on the front table until Oct. 25th and in the children’s department until the 31st) to win a free signed Monster BOO!kplate and BOO!kmark.  If you can include some other best-selling books in the photo, even better, so we can see the company we’re keeping. Email your photo to Please note at which store location your photo was taken and provide your mailing address so we can send your bookplate and bookmark. In addition, I Need My Monster is included in the B&N online Halloween store.

For fun Monster-related Halloween activities, try our Monster finger puppets, Make Your Own Monster, check out several activities for the classroom, and be sure to look at our printable Trick or Treat Safety Guide.

I Need My Monster is being read at Storytime at many B&N stores. Check the B&N near you. Here are two of tomorrow’s listings:
Tues., October 25, 2011 10:00 AM  B&N Booksellers Northcross, 4005 N Tenth Street, McAllen, TX
Tues., October 25, 2011 11:00 AM Oakview Mall, 3333 Oakview Dr. Omaha, NE 68144

Happy Halloween!

Tree of Giving Book Drive and Our Youngest Fan

SAAC Helps Willamette Tree of Giving Book Drive for Grant Community School

by Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director

SALEM, ORE. — Members of the Willamette University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) participated in the Willamette Tree of Giving Book Drive this year by donating books. A total of 80 books were provided to Grant Community School in Salem, Ore., as a result of the book drive.

All of the books were delivered to students and teachers at Grant Community School by Tree of Giving organizer Melissa Treichel, Hatfield Library access services manager, and by SAAC representatives Sarah McSweeney (SAAC co-president, cross country/track and field) and Alfredo Zuniga (men’s soccer).

Others attending the event were Alice French, Hatfield Library technical services specialist, and Judy Gordon, assistant athletics director and SAAC advisor.

In addition to delivering the books, the group from Willamette also displayed the books on tables for the fourth graders to see when they entered the library. After the Grant students enjoyed the books for a while, McSweeney and Zuniga gathered the students together and read I Need My Monster to the group, with much interaction during and after the reading.

The students from Grant also asked a variety of questions including:
Is college hard?
Does Willamette have separate teams for girls and boys?
Which sports involved Sara and Alfredo?

In addition, the Grant students called out the names of their favorite sports. Soccer and dodgeball ranked high on their lists.

The most popular books, which were donated in both English and Spanish versions, were the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Grant Community School’s librarian expressed her gratitude for the much needed donations to their library. In addition to the books, donations of hats, gloves and scarves were collected and delivered to Grant. McSweeney and Zuniga displayed a large poster which was signed by SAAC representatives, who included special messages about the power and joy of reading. SAAC members are looking forward to being sponsors of the Tree of Giving Book Drive next year.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee was created to provide insight into the student-athlete experience at Willamette. SAAC members provide input to help the Athletics Department and Willamette University develop rules, regulations and polices that affect student-athletes.

Original article here.

Click on the pic to read more about our young avid fan of I Need My Monster.

Our youngest fan

Monsters in California!

I Need My Monster (Amanda Noll & Howard McWilliam) is one of five books nominated in the Primary category of the California Young Readers Medal, 2011-2012. The CYRM program is sponsored by four major literacy groups in the state: the California Reading Association, the California Association of Teachers of English, the California School Library Association, and the California Library Association. Last year, the CYRM counted nearly half a million votes (collectively in the five categories: Primary, Intermediate, Middle School/Junior High, Young Adult, and Picture Books for Older Readers.)

The California Young Reader Medal Committee members greatly enjoyed I Need My Monster. This book met our qualifying standards for both child appeal and literary merit. The colorful illustrations really added to the story. We are looking forward to promoting this title to students, teachers and librarians throughout California.

Out from under the bed and onto the California Young Readers list!

Kid’s Book Blog Reviews I Need My Monster

That’s the thing about monsters in bedrooms. As long as you and your monster come to an understanding, everything will be okay.

Ms. Catherine from the St. Mary’s County Library Kid’s Book Blog just posted a great review of I Need My Monster (Amanda Noll & Howard McWilliam), complete with instructions on how to build a monster trap!

Read the rest of the review here.

New Monster Halloween Safety Tips

Trick or Treat MonsterThere’s only one week until Halloween, so now is a great time to review Halloween safety rules with your young trick-or-treaters.

We know that your children already love the monsters from I Need My Monster,  so we’ve enlisted the tiniest monster’s help in outlining some important safety tips.  Our  guide is  perfect for a family discussion.

Check out our new I Need My Monster Trick-or-Treat Safety Sheet here.