Okay, so we all know that our books, C is for Cthulhu: The Lovecraft Alphabet Book, the C is for Cthulhu Coloring Book and the brand new SWEET DREAMS CTHULHU: A Lovecraftian Bedtime Book are absolute favorites for young and old ones alike.
However, with the holidays nearly here, your little monsters might expect some new books under the tree to devour in the new year.
We surveyed our audience of 30,000+ parents and Lovecraft fans and have compiled a list of their top recommended titles.
So if you're looking for something new for the 'lil cultists in your life this holiday season, try one of these books in our recently updated list!
Recommended Reads for C is for Cthulhu Fans...
Goodnight, Goon by Michael Rex
It's time for bed, but one little goon still isn't ready for sleep! With lively rhymes and cheeky art that'll get readers howling, this hilarious take on the beloved classic will have a whole new audience saying, "Goodnight monsters everywhere!"
Cthulhu has eaten your childhood! The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar is a full color, fully-illustrated book in the style of a classic piece of children’s literature―not actually intended for a young audience. A cthulhupillar eats more and more to sate his ravenous appetite … and what shall he become?
The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar
Mummy's Always Right
Littlest Lovecraft: The Call of Cthulhu
Dr. Suess Books
A perfect gift for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds, this collection of five beloved Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, and Fox in Socks—will be cherished by young and old alike. Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, they will begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime!
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
They are the stories we've known since we were children. Rapunzel. Hansel and Gretel.Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty. But the works originally collected by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800's are not necessarily the versions we heard before bedtime. They're darker and often don't end very happily—but they're often far more interesting.
The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft
Another excellent edition in the Knickerbocker Classic series, The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft collects the author's novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft's trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes, that have influenced some of today's writers and filmmakers, including Stephen King, Alan Moore, F. Paul Wilson, Guillermo del Toro, and Neil Gaiman. Included in this volume areThe Case of Charles Dexter Ward, "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," "At the Mountains of Madness," "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," "The Colour Out of Space," "The Dunwich Horror," and many more hair-raising tales.
Peek-a-Boo Bunny by Holly Surplice
Hop along with Bunny and play peek-a-boo in this gorgeous rhyming hide-and-seek adventure from author-illustrator Holly Surplice! Bunny is having such a wonderfully exciting time during his forest game of hide-and-seek that he manages to miss most of his friends' hiding places. Young readers will delight in spotting all the hiding places as they follow along with Bunny.
Ghoul on a Stool
Where's My Shoggoth? By Ian Thomas
A young boy wants to take his pet shoggoth for a walk—but oh, no! The shoggoth has escaped! Fearing for the safety of the poor thing, the boy sets out to find it, accompanied only by a small black cat. On the way, they explore the rambling mansion and its grounds and encounter a number of creatures and demigods. Unfortunately, none are the shoggoth! Where, oh where, could his poor shoggoth be?
Hogula: Dread Pig of Night by Jean Gralley
Look out! Hogula is a vampire pig on the loose. Every night he roams the city, snorting the necks of people who are up past their bedtimes and putting them into a deep piggie snooze. Life is high-on-the-hog for this porcine fiend. And yet, something is missing: Hogula is lonely.
Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown
It's bedtime in the Star Wars galaxy, and Darth Vader's parenting skills are tested anew in this delightful follow-up to the breakout New York Times bestsellers Darth Vader™ and Son andVader's™ Little Princess. In this Episode, the Sith Lord must soothe his rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia—who are not ready to sleep and who insist on a story. As Vader reads, the book looks in on favorite creatures, droids, and characters, such as Yoda, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Admiral Ackbar, Boba Fett, and many others as they tuck in, yawn, and settle down to dream. As ever, Jeffrey Brown's charming illustrations and humor glow throughout, playing on children's book conventions to enchant adults and kids alike.
Little Monster Goes to School by Alison Inches
Today is Little Monster's first day of nursery school, but he doesn't want to go. Lift the flaps to see why the first day of school isn't so scary after all! The combination of familiar Muppet characters and a friendly setting will reassure children who are nervous about their first day of nursery school.
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly.
Softly she sings to him:
"I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be."
So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in 1986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of thousands of copies in Spanish and French)
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
Clever soldiers outwit greedy townspeople with the creation of a special soup in this cherished classic, a Caldecott Honor book.
Aesop's Fables Illustrated by Don Daily
Get in step with the colorful animals that race, waddle, and leap through these pages! From a fast-footed monkey to a two-timing fox, each creature has a story to tell and a moral to teach. These famous tales tickle the imagination and teach simple truths, ones that children and adults face every day.
Inside are twenty classic fables, including The Tortoise and the Hare, The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs, and The City Mouse and the Country Mouse. Passed from generation to generation, Aesop's best-loved fables are presented here with beautiful illustrations that bring these naughty, bold, brave, and lovable creatures to life.
All About Me! by DK Publishing
DK's best-selling Fun Flaps series introduces babies and toddlers to key words and concepts with durable lift-the-flap board books that are the perfect size for little hands to hold.
All About Me! takes babies on a tour of their own incredible bodies- encouraging imitative play by showing babies making faces and performing simple actions.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak's artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in May 2012. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. It continues to be one of the best loved books of all time the world over, by the one and only Maurice Sendak.
The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman
A is for Always, that's where we embark . . .
Two children, treasure map in hand, and their pet gazelle sneak past their father, out of their house, and into a world beneath the city, where monsters and pirates roam.
Will they find the treasure? Will they make it out alive?
Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci
Meet Cinderella Skeleton, as sweetly foul as only a ghoul can be. Poor Cinderella has no one to help her hang the cobwebs and arrange dead flowers--certainly not her evil stepsisters. But the Halloween Ball is just around the corner. . . . Will Cinderella find happiness at last?
Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
Dear Kids, A long time ago, when you were little, Mom and I took you to where we wanted to build a house. . . . I remember there was one tree, however, that the three of you couldn’t stop staring at. . . .
After the family spares him from the builders, Steve the tree quickly works his way into their lives. He holds their underwear when the dryer breaks down, he’s there when Adam and Lindsay get their first crushes, and he’s the centerpiece at their outdoor family parties. With a surprising lack of anthropomorphizing, this is a uniquely poignant celebration of fatherhood, families, love, and change.
Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen
When Mortimer Henryson offers to take care of a strange plant called Plantzilla for the summer, he is in for more than he bargained for.
The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerlizzi
"'Will you walk into my parlor,'
said the Spider to the Fly..."
is easily one of the most recognized and quoted first lines in all of English verse. But do you have any idea how the age-old tale of the Spider and the Fly ends? Join celebrated artist Tony DiTerlizzi as he -- drawing inspiration from one of his loves, the classic Hollywood horror movies of the 1920s and 1930s -- shines a cinematic spotlight on Mary Howitt's warning, written to her own children about those who use sweet words to hide their not-so-sweet intentions.
Elephant & Piggie Books: I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations.
Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss
Celebrate sleep with Dr. Seuss’s classic rhyming good-night picture book. Van Vleck, a very small bug, is getting sleepy, and his yawn—contagious as yawns are—sets off a chain reaction, making all those around him feel sleepy, too! With typically Seussian nods to alarm clocks, sleepwalking, and snoring, this charming ode to bedtime will lull listeners (and readers) toward dreamland. Zzzzzzzzzz.
Happy Halloween, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
It's almost time to go trick-or-treating, but first Stinky Face has just a few questions for Mama. As always, Mama lovingly addresses each and every one of her child's concerns. A sweet and reassuring Halloween tale from Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?
Luna Maris by Steven Archer
We all have questions...even the moon. On his night off, the moon decides to journey to the earth in search of the answer to a burning question: What is the ocean for? Children and parents alike with enjoy this whimsical story with dream-like illustrations.
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
Wemberly worried about spilling her juice, about shrinking in the bathtub, even about snakes in the radiator. She worried morning, noon, and night. "Worry, worry, worry," her family said. "Too much worry." And Wemberly worried about one thing most of all: her first day of school. But when she meets a fellow worrywart in her class, Wemberly realizes that school is too much fun to waste time worrying!
School's Cool Lickety Split by Harland Williams
Boris and Bella by Carolyn Crimi
Bella Legrossi is the messiest monster in all of Booville. Her slime is the slimiest and her grime is the grimiest. Alas, she is neighbors with Boris Kleanitoff, a persnickety ghoul so tidy he vacuums his vampire bats. What could ever bring these two together? Why, a hoppin' Halloween party, of course!
I is for INNSMOUTH, a hell of a town, Where the people wear gold, and are quite hard to drown. Learn your ABCs and 123s - Mythos style! In the tradition of Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies, comes a children's book based on H.P. Lovecraft's writings. Blast your child's soul as they learn their letters and numbers. Written by award-winning author, C.J. Henderson and drawn by Erica Henderson. Contains a foreword by Robert M. Price and an afterword by Professor William Jones
Baby's First Mythos
Not just for kids, adult readers are sure to love this hilarious parody as much as the real childrens books they enjoyed in years past.