KC’s Kids CZ Book List

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 10th, 2006

Looking for some suggestions for your holiday gift-giving to add to the book shelves of cryptozoologists-in-training? Trying to come up with colorful presents for those stockings? Here’s some book ideas that are being put out there for kids who are visiting the activities and the current Missouri home of the traveling exhibition that left Bates College only a few weeks ago.


The Kansas City Library’s children’s services are recommending various kid-friendly books to go with the new exhibition at the H & R Artspace, the show that is entitled “Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale.” One section of the traveling exhibition, now in Kansas City, is based on my nonfiction International Cryptozoology Museum, from here in Maine, with artifacts from it.

Historically speaking, it was the initial visits between Mark Bessire, Sean Foley, and myself, with Mark leafing through my book, Cryptozoology A to Z, that stimulated the beginning thoughts of this exhibition. The Artspace’s Raechell Smith was brought in, early, as Mark’s co-curator for the exhibition.

Here’s some of the book suggestions now circulating in KC, in conjunction with the exhibition. Yes, disclaimer-wise, most of them have some tie-ins to me, of course, because the exhibition is linked to my collection. Nevertheless, it is a question I am asked a lot – cz books for kids for the holidays – so I thought you might like to see this list:

1) Let’s begin with my 1999 book on the subject. Chosen for the 2001 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults List by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and American Library Association (ALA), Cryptozoology A to Z is a foundation volume of the exhibition and loved by young and old people. (Parents have told me it was this book that helped their resistant-reader-children begin to enjoy reading real books.)

Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature (NY: Simon and Schuster, 1999)

2) This next new book has descriptions of the cryptids, children’s activities, and profiles of cryptozoologists. It is time for cryptozoology to be seen as the new frontier of learning it is, and Tales of the Cryptids is a book I recommend for kids.

Tales of the Cryptids

Tales of the Cryptids: Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, and Roxyanne Young (Columbus, OH: Darby Creek Publishing, 2006).

3) On the walls of the Artspace exhibition are drawings from two field guides that are very visual, driven by individual eyewitness cases, and purposely easy to read. They are:

The Field Guide of Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates by Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe (NY: Anomalist Books, 2006)


The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep by Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe (NY: Tarcher/Penguin, 2003).

4) This next book gives the only background to the Midwest’s reports of giant birds, especially those seen from the Ozarks up through Missouri to the bluffs of the Mississippi River, into the cornfields of central Illinois. It is a unique book that young people have told me they very much like.

Hall Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds: America’s Living Legends of Giant Birds (NY: Paraview, 2004)

5) The exhibition, as you may know, has an Australian undercurrent to it, with several exhibits about reports of the Yowie and Thylacine. The following newly published book is very Australian, youth-friendly, and would adds a flavor to anyone’s book list that you won’t find anywhere else.

The Yowie Healy Cropper

The Yowie: In Search of Australia’s Bigfoot by Paul Cropper and Tony Healy (NY: Anomalist Books, 2006)

6) The following continued bestseller, especially among people new to the field, is about the world’s currently most popular cryptid, and contains a special subsection on Momo, the Missouri Monster.

Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America (NY: Paraview Pocket/Simon and Schuster, 2003)

7) This biography is a good overview for teens who are looking for a real-life personal story of one adventurer’s involvement in the subject and about his expeditions – especially in search of Yeti.

Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology (Fresno, CA: Craven Street-Linden Press, 2002)

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman

Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct).

Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015.

Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

3 Responses to “KC’s Kids CZ Book List”

  1. DreamKeeper responds:

    Lovely! Now I know some titles to ask for Christmas 🙂

  2. Lesley responds:

    I am looking for books for my 5 year old niece, would any of those be right for her age group?

  3. Craig Woolheater responds:


    As Loren states above, I would also highly recommend Tales of the Cryptids for any child who has an interest in this subject matter. Heck, I would even recommend it for those that don’t.

    It covers the whole gamut of cryptozoology. It is a great book!

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