Mysterious Creatures


Photo of Bigfoot.Have you ever wondered about the existence of creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster? As a librarian, kids ask me about these mysterious monsters all the time.

When you look for books on this topic, you’re searching the field of “cryptozoology.” Cryptozoologists are people who research whether these creatures exist or existed in the past.


If you’re interested in learning more about them, here are some books to get you started on your search.

Monster Hunt: Exploring Mysterious Creatures by Jim Arnosky – Arnosky is a famous picture book writer and illustrator, so this book has lots of detailed information and gorgeous illustrations. He discusses Bigfoot, the kraken (giant squid), dragons, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Lake Champlain Monster.

Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist by Kelly Milner Halls – This book provides an overview of famous monsters, including Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, and lesser known monsters, including the Marozi of Kenya, the Orang-pendek of Sumatra and the Thylacine of Tasmania.

The Loch Ness Monster by Peggy J. Parks – This book provides an in-depth look at “Nessie,” the creature from the Scottish Highlands.

Bigfoot by Heather L. Miller – This book takes a close look at the world-famous creature, which has different names all over the world, including Yeti (Scotland and China), Sasquatch (Canada), the Abomnable Snowman (Himalayas), Kikomba (Africa), and Yowie (Australia).

Online Articles

Read some of the latest cryptozoology new articles in the Scientific American blog, USA Today, and


Author Bio:

Karen Choy is the Youth Services Librarian in Half Moon Bay.

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