Free Printable Book for Early Readers: Ten Little Monsters

Today I’m super excited to share my first printable book for early readers: 10 Little Monsters! 

10 Little Monsters - free printable book for early readers - the measured mom

When I was teaching first grade, I worked hard to accumulate a set of books that my early readers could read on their own.  Unfortunately, these kinds of books are hard to find – even in the library.  What some people don’t realize is that kids who can’t sound out words (much) can still read… just a different kind of book.

What kind of book is good for early readers who know how to match speech to print, have a small knowledge of sight words, and possess a basic understanding of how words work – yet aren’t proficient at sounding out?  These are things to be on the lookout for:

a) the book rhymes (not necessary, but a great bonus!)

b) the book is predictable

c) the story and/or pictures are engaging — so that your child actually wants to read the book!

d) very little text on a page

e) the story has few pages – making it manageable for a short reading session

I hope I’ve succeeded in creating a book for early readers that meets these criteria.  It’s actually a little beyond what my Four can read right now. (Stay tuned! This summer I plan to share lots of free books for emergent readers.)  However, I created this book to reinforce the concept of subtraction.

And while I was doing that, I figured I might as well make it an early reader so that I’ll have it when he’s ready!

You might recognize the PinkPueblo monster clip art from some of my other printables.  These little guys are just too cute to leave alone!



Please indulge me and tell me it’s adorable.  All right – even if the story itself doesn’t thrill you – it’s FREE!  I hope you can use it – would love to hear from you in the comments if you’ll use it.

To assemble, I printed the pages on cardstock, cut them in half, and stacked them together.  Then I laminated them (not necessary), punched a hole in the side, and connected with a metal ring:


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  1. says

    This is ADORABLE! We are doing a “monster” themed week at home this summer for our “summer camp” and this will just be fun to go along with it!

    • Susie says

      My daughter had a fear of monsters made worse by her older brother. It was before computers, and research was at the library or by word-of-mouth. Somehow, I “brewed up” a top secret monster mood vaporizer (water and vinegar, really stinky) that was sprayed from a small spray bottle. Though the monster still existed, its powers were denigrated.
      As it turns out, monsters are only monsters because they do not understand how it feels to be loved. When we try to love them, or at least like them, even though we do not understand them completely, monsters have less power over us.
      Yes, this was a life lesson as well. My son says I should publish the books I wrote for them because, as was stated, the books just are not readily available. The ones I wrote have been shared with the neighborhood, and now my grandbabies.
      Maybe he has a point…but how does one go about publishing a book without the finances. Oh well…
      Blessings from Port Huron, Michigan.

      • Anna Geiger says

        Great story, Susie! Some people have found success with self publishing, which might be something to look into. Have a wonderful weekend!

    • annageig says

      Yes, that’s actually why I chose to put the numerals instead of the number words – for the sake of my boys, too.

  2. Amy says

    Thanks for the great freebie. I really like the predictable pattern and the rhyming text. The monsters are adorable as well!

  3. says

    I am always looking for emergent readers for my kindergarten kids. This will work perfectly with our monsters theme. thanks so much.

  4. says

    Hi I am stopping by your blog from the Adorned From Above Wednesday Blog Hop. I would very much love it if you would stop by ours as well. We also have a great giveaway running with a winner to be announced in 8 days. Come on by and join up. We will also have a blog hop Friday.


    Thanks so much!

  5. says

    What an adorable and fabulous little book. Thanks so much for sharing this as a free printable!!! And… Thanks for sharing at For the Kids Fridays over at SunScholars. I am featuring you at this week’s link party!!

  6. Shelley Brimacombe says

    My kinders will love the monsters and have fun with the rhyming. Thank you for sharing your God given gifts with others!

  7. Erica says

    Thank you! This is absolutely adorable! My daughter (age4), wants to read it over and over, and I just put it together! She tries to be the monsters and giggles, a sound I LOVE to hear! Thanks again!

    • Anna Geiger says

      Yes, Kristina – that’s a good idea to put in the number words. I left those out because my little guy wasn’t quite big enough to get those, and I wanted the book to be accessible to him. Maybe some day I’ll offer an additional version.

  8. says

    This is SO appealing – I like the humorous touches:) Thanks for sharing your beginner readers. I’m a Reading Intervention teacher and always looking for simple books to appeal to Grade 1 children who think they can’t read.

  9. Nancy says

    Thanks much for sharing your work. I think it is wonderful and will be using it with my
    intervention work in kdg, one and two. It is great to see some folks understand how kids grow and learn. I think the public system has lost the path. Thanks again.

    • Anna Geiger says

      I’m so glad you can use it, Nancy! I’m glad to be in a situation where I can create and share whatever I want without having to follow someone else’s rules!

  10. Edna says

    Very clever. Love the not so scary monsters. I pinned it — hope lots of pelple
    come to your webite and download it. Thank you, Edna

  11. says

    This is an excellent site. Thank you so much for being so generous!! So much of our own money supports student learning which makes you such an amazing gift. I now have a great resource for my emergent readers printed at school for free!

    I have added a link at my blog connecting to your site so that even more teachers can add these resources to their classroom. Your emergent readers are perfect! Thank you again. Liz 😉

    • Anna Geiger says

      Hi, Liz! I know just what you mean about using your own money to support your students’ learning – I spent WAY too much of my own when I was a teacher! I’m happy I can provide things for free because teachers need any free resources they can find! I’m so glad you’re finding things you can use here, and thanks so much for adding a link on your blog. Keep spreading the word :)

  12. Liza says

    This is excellent! Thanks so much – I’ve printed it out and can’t wait to use it tomorrow when holiday season starts! Cheers from Canberra, Australia :)

  13. Danie says

    This is beyond adorable, and perfect for my little monsters first birthday party. I am really trying to to have a candyless party. This will be perfect for the grab bags.

  14. Vicki says

    Thank you for sharing this book. I do think it is ADORABLE. I am no longer teaching, but have done the first day of school mornings for a friend for the last two years. She had time to do all the paper work and admin. parts of teaching on a first day, and I get to keep the students engaged.

    I was looking for M activities and was thinking of making monsters….so this is perfect. I will use it as a read aloud on the first day (tomorrow) and incorporate the activity. Then I will leave a pair of laminated copies in the reading center for future use. (First Grade).

    Thank you,

  15. anitha says

    Thanks Anna, wonderful monsters ! :) very innovative. I am so bookmarking “themeasuredmom” for my research as new student and intern for ECCEd. Great job!

  16. Sharon Fisher says

    Thank you for sharing your monster book with us. I am a four/five year old pre-k teacher and we do a monster lesson each ear this will be add to our reading and math centers. I’m sure the children will enjoy it tremendously.

  17. DeeDee says

    I love this! I went on Pinterest looking for monsters for my grandson and this popped up. He loves monsters and I love reading to him – win, win combination! Thank you so much!


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